Meet the Interns: Mary Kate

This summer two new interns have joined our Community Engagement team. In addition to their contributions to our social media presence, they will be serving as On-Site Coordinators for the Institute. If you are heading to the national session of the Institute that begins on July 21, you’ll have the chance to meet Mary Kate in real life. For now, we hope you enjoy getting to know more about her here – and be sure to check back tomorrow to meet our other intern, Sundas.

Leadershape headshot 1Hi everybody! My name is Mary Kate Kaufman and I am a senior pursuing a degree in Marketing and International Business and Bowling Green State University. I go by Mary Kate and MK and I am the middle child in my family. My older brother Jake just graduated from North Central College (Woo Hoo) and my younger sister Kelli is a junior in high school. I also have a dog named Wrigley who is a mutt and my roommate has a mini goldendoodle named Finn who I am a proud dog aunt at BGSU!

At school I am involved in the Center for Student Leadership, Delta Zeta, University Dance Alliance, Order of Omega, Dance Marathon, and serve as an off-campus commuter mentor. In the Center for Student Leadership, I am a Student Leadership Assistant or SLA. As an SLA I get to work on an incredible team of grad and undergrad students, and we create leadership programs for clubs and organizations and facilitate. I am also a Global Ambassador for Delta Zeta’s nationals and I get to go to alumni chapters and collegiate chapters and teach them about our national service project the Painted Turtle Camp and share about my experience as a cabin counselor.

When I am not participating in my clubs and organizations or going to class, I enjoy spending time outside with friends. I love to hammock, hike, read, volunteer, and find new places to eat with unique foods and flavors. What makes me MK is my support systems of amazing friends and family who are constantly challenging me to be the best version of myself. I would not be the person I am today if it was not for the communities I have been fortunate enough to live in and the opportunities I have had.

How did you get connected to LeaderShape?
I got connected to LeaderShape through my job as a Student Leadership Assistant. The office was planning it and my boss had the opportunity to go when she was in college and serve as an On-Site Coordinator for the Institute and she had nothing but positive reviews.

What is something from your involvement with LeaderShape that you continue to apply or work towards in your life?
Something I have learned from LeaderShape that I continuously apply in my life is that it is okay to fail and to have a positive approach on them. By seeing failures as being “fascinating” it has allowed me to not overthink things that have happened and be able to reflect and learn how to improve. I have always been super self-critical on myself and making failures into positive learning experiences has given me a new outlook on life

If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?
If I had the opportunity to speak to everyone in the world at the same time I would say be kind to everyone you meet because we do not know how long we have on this world and make the most of every interaction, experience because the world is a lot smaller than it appears.

Staying In Action: Part 2

Welcome back! We are eager to continue exploring ways in which we can stay in action. Before you read on, be sure you are all caught up with our first post.

Act On It
It might feel intimidating or it might be exhilarating – maybe a bit of both! – but what’s needed to create change in the world is putting our ideas into motion. We must move to action.

Breakthrough Blueprint & Tomorrow’s HeadlinesBinderPhone
These beautiful plans to move us toward a more just, caring, and thriving world that you created at the Institute are an excellent place to start. If, over time, you find your priorities shift and are no longer compelled by your initial dream, then use your blueprint as a guide to work toward a new vision for the world. See the future you wish to live in and take steps to move us toward it!

Going Against The Grain
In addition to big bold outward goals, experimenting with and acting on new behaviors, like you did with your Going Against My Grain habit during the Institute, is also a meaningful way to stay in action. Leadership and creating change aren’t only about what to do, but also how to be.

Build Resilient Habits
Stepping into leadership and working towards big and bold goals takes perseverance. Sometimes we’ll face obstacles that we need to overcome in order to stay in action. During these times, relying on our ability to be resilient is a great help. This is a theme we have explored on the blog before. Click over to the following posts for more depth on how to build habits toward resilience.

Reflecting in the Moment: 5 Take-Aways
Building Resilience Leaders
Resilience: Timeless Anchors

When it comes to creating positive change in the world, staying in action gets us there. Learn, Support, Take Action, Be Resilient. We are here for you and we are counting on you. We know you can do it!

Staying In Action: Part 1

We have had over 60 sessions and 2,500 participants and facilitators experience the Institute in 2019 so far! Add these folks to the over 70,000 who have also participated in the Institute over the past 32 years – and that is a lot of people carrying the lessons of the Institute with them. Some of us are deep into the work of activating what we learned at the Institute, while some of us are figuring out what it means to stay in action.

Whether you participated in the Institute a few weeks, a few months, or a few years ago, staying in action is the next step and an important part of being part of the LeaderShape community. As a LeaderShaper, we acknowledge the responsibility and privilege we have to create positive change in the world.

Over the next couple of days, we are going to share some ways in which you can stay in action and create change.

Keep Learning With Us
There isn’t an end to what we can learn. Learning is a life-long process. It’s exhilarating to know that there will always be new ideas to uncover. And there are ways that we can continue this learning together.

Download the LeaderShape App
Our new app is like having LeaderShape in your pocket and at your fingertips. It’s a daily opportunity to keep learning and keep teaching, in community with one another.AppPhonePhoto

  • Have a problem you to solve? Ask for advice.
  • Looking for information? Crowdsource that in the app.
  • Have a story or resource to share? Pass it on.
  • Get involved with what we’re sharing. Each month we’ll have a theme that is meant to keep us all engaged with growing as leaders and change-makers.

Download the LeaderShape app for iOS
Download the LeaderShape app for Android

Join us for Day 7 on the 7th of each Month
We use this day to explore a topic related to staying in action across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You’ll find encouragement as well as ideas and practices to incorporate into your day-to-day life.

Get Support, Give Support
We recognize and celebrate the community you have in your life beyond LeaderShape – those people who offer you guidance and support as well as the folks that you lift up through the encouragement you have to offer. Tending to these relationships is part of leadership and connection.

Maintain relationships from the Institute
It can be challenging to help people who weren’t part of the experience understand what happened and why it was so impactful. But the folks who were at the session with you do have that insight and can offer a special kind of support and understanding. Whether it is face-to-face or through technology, prioritize the connections you made during the program.

Find a mentor or coach
There are a lot of talented people in the world with experience we can learn from. Find someone who will share their time in a way that helps you grow and reach your goals.

Support Others
Did you know that you also have experiences and perspectives that will help others to reach their goals? Have you considered that your words of encouragement, appreciation, and feedback can elevate others and help them feel seen? If you didn’t, we hope you do now. Supporting others on their journey is an invaluable act.

Which of these ideas are you ready to try? Think on it and come back tomorrow for more thoughts to help you to stay in action.