On Saturday, February 24, Marian University hosted the Transformational Leadership Conference (TLC) for over 75 participants, including student-athletes, student government representatives, orientation leaders, and 21st Century Scholars.
TLC was a free conference for Marian University students and specifically designed for undergraduate students. During the conference, students were able to explore different facets of their personal leadership style by participating in multiple breakout sessions.
Candace Luebbehusen, coordinator of student activities, opened the conference by explaining the conference theme: The Boiling Point of Leadership.
“At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. That is only a difference of one degree, but it is huge. Today, we challenge you to take your leadership to the next degree: from good to great,” Luebbenhusen said.
Breakout speakers included Marian University faculty and community partners, including Pass the Torch for Women and an Orr Fellowship panel. Keynote speaker David Coleman introduced students to key leadership characteristics include attitude, action, perseverance, and execution. Coleman’s presentation helped students understand what can be accompanied when leaders work together.
“The skills that are being presented will help us be leaders in this world. I was also thankful to everyone who took time out of their day to write letters to the troops and honor the sacrifices that they have made,” said Lilian Poe ’19, student-president of Marian's National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) chapter.
During the conference, NSLS hosted a letter writing campaign to thank and show support for the U.S. Marine Corps 1st Tank Battalion.
“The conference was a wonderful opportunity for students to explore their leadership style and values. They were challenged to think critically about many different leadership concepts in a supportive environment.” Jennifer Plumlee, director of the Center for Academic Success and Engagement, said. “The event allowed us to help students take their first steps toward fulfilling the university’s mission to create transformational leaders.”
The conference was hosted by the Center for Academic Success and Engagement and the Office of Student Activities. Generous support was provided by the Department of Athletics, the sophomore class, and 21st Century Scholars.