To Lead, Live & Look Ahead (Nov.)

Here at LeaderShape, we want to experience a world where everyone leads with integrity and lives in possibility. Where we work in community with one another. Where everyone sees their own gifts and finds ways to use them for the greater good.

We want to intentionally create spaces for others to be included and contribute in this world and then by doing so, lead others to do the same – “to lead, live and look ahead”.

This blog series is a place to find updates from our Community Engagement team at the beginning of each month. The updates will include #Day7, #LeaderShapeChat, and any other upcoming campaigns and projects you can participate in with us.

Day 7
This month, #Day7 focused on gratitude. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Expanding your gratitude can help you lead a happier and healthier life. LeaderShape gave tips and tricks to help you become a more grateful person in your everyday life. We had quizzes, articles, videos, and quotes to learn how to #PracticeGratitude in a fun and engaging way. Many fellow LeaderShapers got involved and it was a great success!   

#LeaderShapeWeb
Join us for this month’s LeaderShape Webinar Series on Thursday, November 16th at 12 p.m. CST. for The Power of Connection – Bridging the Divide with Vikas Narula!

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To register and attend, visit bigmarker.com/leadershape.

#LeaderShapeChat
Each month, we host a Twitter chat that exemplifies our belief of “to lead, live”. On Wednesday, November 29th, we encourage you to join us on Twitter at 12 p.m. CST for our #LeaderShapeChat about the year in review.

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LeaderShape Graduates
In October, we shined a light on four Institute graduates who are making a positive impact in this world each and every day. Thank you Denise & Rashad, Thalia, Eliza, and Christopher for all that you do, you are appreciated!

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If you would like to be a part of our “Where Are They Now” project, send an email to community@leadershape.org and we will share your story!

 

LeaderShape Welcomes New Trustees in 2017!

 

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The LeaderShape board is an amazing group of individuals who provide guidance and strategy for the organization since its incorporation 29 years ago. Some of these individuals have been with the organization throughout its existence providing wisdom and connection to our past. Some of them have been with us for only a few years, providing their expertise and guidance when their busy lives allowed. We are so fortunate to have them represent the organization serving as our loudest cheerleaders.

As a part of a review that was conducted a few years ago, the board instituted term limits as a way of insuring that new blood and energy was brought into the group consistently and efficiently. With those limits, we have thanked a handful of trustees for their contributions as they step off and welcomed some other folks willing to fill their shoes. This past year, LeaderShape added a few individuals to the board. We thought you might like to know who they are.

Dr. Jeanine Ward-Roof serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Ferris State University in Michigan. Jeanine has been a strong supporter of LeaderShape when she was at Clemson and Florida State. Given her responsibilities, she is not able to serve as a Co-Lead Facilitator of the Institute as much as she used to, but she still keeps her eyes and ears open for opportunities and good people to send our way.

Dr. Jamie Washington serves as a principal of the Washington Consulting Group based out of Baltimore. He is perhaps the most widely respected and known facilitator in the area of social justice within higher education. Jamie has served as a Co-Lead Facilitator of the Institute for at least a dozen years, making sure to include LeaderShape every summer. His laugh is legendary.

Dr. Deneece Huftalin serves as the President of the Salt Lake Community College system. SLCC is one of the largest community college systems in the United States so she has her hands full on a daily basis. Deneece has been involved as a Co-Lead Facilitator just a little longer than Jeanine and Jamie, always bringing her sense of humor and self-deprecating stories to the curriculum.

Dr. Tisa Mason serves as the President of Valley City State University in North Dakota. Tisa has a long and successful career working in student affairs at various institutions. Two areas of expertise that Tisa brings to LeaderShape involve her work with Fraternity and Sororities on a national level as well as her work with campus activities.

We are so happy and fortunate to have these four amazing LeaderShapers on the Board of Trustees! As you can see, our emphasis this year has been adding individuals from the field of higher education as we continue to reach more and more colleges and universities wishing to partner with LeaderShape. We look forward to their guidance, wisdom, challenges, and energy.

Please visit our website at www.leadershape.org to see the other trustees on the board and learn more about the organization.

Meet the Interns: Colby

Last week we introduced you to our intern Krista. Now it’s time to meet someone else! From Institute Participant to Community Engagement Intern, here is Colby:

Hi there! I would like to first introduce myself as one of the Community Engagement HeadshotInterns this summer. My name is Colby Brown and I have recently graduated from St. John Fisher College where I studied Media Management and minored in student activities. While I did not actually minor in student activities, one of the best decisions I made was becoming involved in various aspects of what Fisher offered. From planning campus events and helping with Orientation, to giving tours and becoming the college mascot, I enjoyed every minute of the past four years.

 

GraduationNow, as a retired mascot and college graduate, I spend my time reading books geared towards life after college. I am currently reading I Just Graduated… Now What? by Katherine Schwarzenegger and will soon read Good Enough Now by Jessica Pettitt. My hobbies also include hiking and kayaking in Upstate NY, listening to music, and of course, living with integrity.

I am from a family of five …  or six, if you include our nine-year old corgi-beagle mix named Cindy Lou Who. My father works for Xerox and my mother is a librarian at the elementary school in my hometown. My older sister went to the University of Oklahoma to study meteorology and now lives with her husband in Washington, D.C. My younger sister is about to start her senior year of high school and is looking study physical therapy in college. We all love traveling across the nation and trying new restaurants, as well as staying active in our communities.

I first heard of LeaderShape during my sophomore year of college from a mentor who participated in the Institute program. She described it as a life changing experience, and then asked me what I wanted my legacy to be. At the time, I did not have an answer, but after my experience with LeaderShape in 2015, my eyes were opened to the infinite possibilities of life. I came back to my college with a vision to ultimately connect people with people and tell stories.

LeaderShape GearOne of the most meaningful memories from my experience was the ability to connect with all of the participants sharing our visions and excitement for creating a positive change in the world. Our collective visions reminded me of one of my favorite quotes: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead. LeaderShape taught me how to live a life full of giving back and leaving a positive, sustainable legacy, which is something that I continue to work upon every day.

Growing up, I never really imagined having a personal hero. Always with my nose in a Family Clusterbook and my eyes on the movie theatre screen, I fell in love with the stories that were told and adored the many characters who overcame obstacles in their life. There were, and still are, many individuals (from novels, film, and real life) that I learn from – Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar speech, Ashton Kutcher’s Teen Choice Awards speech, my mother, and my best friends.

As LeaderShapers continue to stay in action during #Day7, there are certain questions that could be asked of us, some of them more interesting than the typical, “So, what did you do at LeaderShape?”. Here are some that I was asked to answer:

If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?
I hope you dance. Dance as if no one is watching. Dance in the rain. Dance until your feet hurt, and once you think about giving up, don’t. Just keep dancing.

Dance as if no one is watching. Do what makes you happy in life. Follow your passions and I guarantee that you will live a life that matters, one where you surround yourself with people and experiences that make you happy.

Dance in the rain. At times, you might find yourself frustrated with a situation or that you made a mistake or are having a disagreement with a close friend. That is okay. Appreciate the moments where you have options. “When something bad happens you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.” – Anonymous

Dance until your feet hurt, and once you think about giving up don’t. Just keep dancing. Life is not going to be easy; it is going to challenge us to our limits. We, however, set our limits. I challenge you, once you think you have reached whatever limit or goal at hand, take that one step further. Believe in yourself. Live beyond your limits.

Could you share a quote that you find particularly motivating or inspiring?
In my home office, there are a total of six motivational quotes on the wall and desk where I find my daily inspiration. One of them is from E.E. Cummings – “The most wasted of all days is the one without laughter.”

We know you have a pretty full schedule. If you were given a completely free day, with no obligations, what would you do?
Travel. I find that traveling to a new location with my handy-dandy journal and pen allows me to reflect on my life and set forth goals, both short term and long term, to strive towards and accomplish. I always wanted to buy a one-way plane ticket to a random location and see where life goes from there, but given that I only have one free day, I would settle for a day-trip exploring upstate NY or the Adirondacks.

If you made it to here, give yourself a high five, you deserve it! Now that you know a little bit about me, feel free to reach out and share your thoughts or your #Day7. Comment below or follow LeaderShape on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for daily inspirations, upcoming webinars, our monthly Twitter chats, and experiences from Institute, Catalyst, and Resilience.