Laurier Leadership Summit
The one-day Laurier Leadership Summit aims to support and enhance the culture of student leadership engagement; provide meaningful and quality leadership training and development to students, and strengthen the identity of students as Laurier leaders.
The upcoming summit will take place at Laurier's Waterloo campus on Saturday January 7, 2017. All Laurier students are welcome, regardless of campus, program or year of study.
This year's theme is "Agents of Change" which reflects the Summit Steering Committee's belief that all Laurier students have the potential and capacity to lead positive social change in all aspects of their lives.
8:30 a.m. – Travel (Brantford students only)
9:30 a.m. – Registration opens
10:15 a.m. – Welcome and opening keynote by Orlando Bowen
11:30 a.m. – Featured speakers session
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
2 p.m. – Concurrent session 1
3 p.m. – Concurrent session 2
4 p.m. – Closing keynote by Zach Ingrasci
5:30 p.m. – Travel (Brantford students only)
Opening Keynote: Orlando Bowen
Orlando Bowen is a GameChanger. He is a speaker, trainer and the passionate founder and Executive Director at One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization. For the past nine years, Orlando has used story-telling, fitness activities and cognitive exercises to teach resilience, leadership and teamwork to over 300 000 people. When it comes to building teams, creating momentum and employing winning strategies, Orlando is the real deal.
Empowering people to overcome adversity, find their passion and to use their gifts to serve is the reason Orlando breathes. This gift has placed Orlando on hundreds of stages, boardrooms and in presentations across North and South America and has garnered him numerous awards.
Closing Keynote: Zach Ingrasci
From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Zach Ingrasci and his filmmaking partner Chris Temple are pioneering a new style of documentary filmmaking, using immersive storytelling to raise awareness and inspire action around pressing global issues. As a speaker, Zach demystifies some of the world’s most complex situations to leave audiences feeling more connected and empowered to make a difference.
Zach and Chris produced, directed, and starred in their first film, Living on One Dollar, which shot to #1 on iTunes for documentaries, reached the top banner on Netflix and won multiple awards at international film festivals. They also co-founded Living on One.
Their newest film, Salam Neighbor, premiered at AFI Docs Film Festival in June 2015 on World Refugee Day. The film follows Chris and Zach while embedded in a Syrian refugee camp to provide an in-depth perspective into the daily hardships and hopes of Syrian refugees. They are the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to be registered and given a tent in a refugee camp anywhere in the world.
Since graduating from Claremont McKenna College in 2012, Zach and Chris have given speeches at the United Nations, TEDx Buenos Aires, the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, and over 70 universities, high schools, and conferences. They have appeared on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, and their work has been featured in major international publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Variety.
Zach and Chris were recognized as two of the Top 100 Visionary Leaders of 2015 by Real Leaders Magazine. To date, their work has raised over $540,000 directly for microfinance loans, education scholarships, and refugee services around the world.
A key program of the Leadership Summit is the Featured Speaker session where prominent Laurier Alumni are welcomed back to campus and given the opportunity to engage with our students by sharing their wisdom and experiences. This year, all of our featured speakers are noted agents of change in their workplace, community and beyond.
We are extremely fortunate and excited to welcome back the following alumni:
Dan Herman is a two-time Laurier graduate. In his first stint he managed mediocre grades while excelling as a Turret bartender and residence life don. In his second stint, he completed a PhD while running a modestly successful research company. In between he spent several years providing strategic advice to corporations and government agencies on technology and innovation, as well as travelling to over 50 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He is now the Executive Director of Innovation Policy for the Government of Canada’s Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Dan currently lives in Ottawa with his wife Meghan and two awesome boys.
About Dan's Presentation:
Fail Better – The best baseball players on the planet are lucky to succeed 3 times out of 10. The best ever managed 4 times out of 10. In venture capital, investors make large numbers of small investments in the hopes of getting 1 or 2 big winners. These examples aside, most of us spend our time fixated on winning and succeeding. Dan was like that. Until one day he lost. He’s better for it and will share his story in the hopes of helping others make calculated risks to aim higher. As Samuel Beckett once wrote, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Gerry studied German and Philosophy at WLU – and graduated in 1979. He went on to get an MA in Philosophy from UW and an MBA from York University. He has held various positions at Nortel, Electrohome and at Christie in a tech career spanning 30 years. An acknowledged community leader, Gerry has volunteered with many organizations (United Way, Perimeter Institute, WLU) and has served on numerous non-profit boards including Shad Valley, Communitech, and the University of Waterloo. Currently, he is the Chair of the Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation and is advising several small business on scaling strategies.
He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, the Luminary Entrepreneur Award from Communitech and the Record Barnraiser Award in 2016.
Gerry has been happily married to another WLU alumna – Susan, for 38 years and has 3 children, 4 grandchildren and two grand-dogs.
About Gerry's Presentation:
My undergraduate years at WLU represent a formative period and in reflecting on this time, I want to highlight some events/learning that over time resulted in my assuming leadership roles with various agencies/companies. As President of Christie Digital, I established a positive employee culture, committed to a triple bottom line - profits, environment, and community - by leveraging the leadership and change agent capabilities of employees at all levels of the company. I will review some of these initiatives/programs with the students, suggest some models or ways to think about leadership and encourage them to follow their “Ikigai”.
Dr. Kimberly Moffit is one of TV’s most experienced relationship experts. She has appeared on some of North America’s most watched programs including Fox & Friends, The Better Show, ABC Washington, Good Day Chicago, NBC Baltimore, Canada AM, ETalk, and CBC’s The National. She has been quoted in Women’s Health Magazine, ELLE Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. She is Canada’s national spokesperson for Match.com and she has also lent her expertise to respected international brands as a relationship spokesperson to the media - including Tetley, Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, KitKat, Microsoft, Cadbury, AMEX, and LG.
Kimberly’s Youtube Channel “Ask Kimberly” has amassed over 15 million views and 235,000 subscribers in its first 2 years and its loyal and faithful following continues to grow at a rapid pace.
Kimberly achieved her doctoral degree in Psychology from Middlesex University in 2015. Prior to her doctoral studies, Kimberly also earned a Master’s of Music Therapy degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Guelph.
About Kimberly's Presentation:
“Charting Your Own Path to Success” – Most entrepreneurs and leaders are driven to succeed but many don’t know in advance exactly how they will do it. My presentation will focus on the details of my own path to success and how I did it, which highlights some of my own lessons, “aha” moments, and the personal traits and skills I had to develop, which I believe are essential to great success in the real world: Persistence, creativity, flexibility, cooperation, and fun!
Michelle Gould is currently a 2nd year resident physician at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She was accepted to Laurier at the age of 15 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Health Sciences Program. At the age of 18 she was accepted to McMaster University for medical school which she completed in 2015. She is now undertaking subspecialty training in pediatrics with the hopes of practicing as a pediatric gastroenterologist.
About Michelle's presentation:
In line with the theme of the summit “Agents of Change”, Michelle plans to talk about creation/innovation and driving change. She will speak about the importance of recognizing gaps and needs in your community and taking the initiative to fill those gaps with innovative projects. Addtionally, Michelle will touch on how to get started, how to set up a structure to ensure the continued success of your project and how to balance these leadership endeavors with university academics. Finally, she plans to tie it altogether by discussing how honing these skills in the university setting can drive success far beyond graduation.
Sarah Stockdale is the Director of Global Community Growth at Tilt. A Laurier grad, Sarah has spent her career growing early stage technology companies. Before joining Tilt, Sarah was one of the first Growth Marketers at Wave, a Canadian venture backed startup.
Sarah is also the co-founder of PageNerd (in beta); a tool that helps marketers create beautiful design. Sarah is passionate about technology, and creating safe spaces for women in STEM.
About Sarah's Presentation:
Growth vs. Fixed mindset— as a Growth Hacker Sarah has found many of the strategies she uses day to day working on early stage technology companies, apply directly to career and self-development. In this talk, she’ll work to reverse the confining ways students think about their education and career opportunities and offer strategies to accelerate their growth and learning. This talk will pull from the neuroscience of development, as well as learnings and stories from my career path in startup growth.
Four years after graduating from Laurier in 2004 with a Business degree, Tara Joyce left her corporate marketing career to begin building a business around her unique combination of interests in communications, writing, design, business, and psychology. Today, under her Elastic Mind brand, she advises small business owners globally on their marketing communications, crafts gemstone and metal jewellery, and writes a Forbes-recognized blog about business and personal leadership. Tara’s also recently authored her first book, Pay What It’s Worth, exploring the seemingly backwards marketing strategy of not setting a price. In it, she explores how our relationship with money, and with exchanging it, is another key and often overlooked space where we can lead with integrity, shaping the economy and the world we live in. Tara joyfully resides in her hometown of Toronto with her husband and dog.
About Tara's Presentation:
Choose your own adventure. You are capable of designing the life and career that provides you with what you truly need to thrive. It’s all about getting to know your self and learning to make conscious choices that support what you truly desire.
During our time together, we’ll talk about the journey we’re each on to know our self better, and how your conscious participation in this process offers you the ability to be your most authentic, empathetic, and influential self.
Thomas is a Laurier alum (’13), and was the last person to graduate from the Philosophy, Political Science and Economics program. After this Thomas completed a MA in Economics at Queen’s. During his time at Laurier, Thomas was extensively involved as an Icebreaker, Don, Learning Community Don (Scholars’ Hall), IRC delegate, Supplemental Instructor in Economics, Headstart Coordinator, Research Assistant at the Viessmann European Research Center. Thomas is perhaps most proud of having captained a 3 time Laurier Intramural Champion ‘C’ Divison hockey team and being the only Don to win the award for highest GPA twice (aka nerdiest Don). Thomas has also been extensively involved in the Waterloo community, working and volunteering at the Volunteer Action Center, the Blood Donor Clinic, KW Counselling, Send ‘Em Off Smiling, the Alliance for Children and Youth and founding the first student run Gay-Straight Alliance in Waterloo Region. Currently Thomas is working in the field of solar energy in the United States at a company that he was a founding member of that was sold to a multibillion dollar renewable energy company.
Being an agent of change can take many forms, whether it be through your work, volunteering, small acts or your interactions with others. Thomas will be sharing his experiences and lessons learned in all of these areas to help you explore and identify how you can be the change that you want to see in the world.
In this talk, Thomas will be pulling from his recent experience of being a member of a five person solar energy startup that was sold to a $9 billion renewable energy company. He will also be drawing upon his not-for-profit work and volunteer experience, including his invaluable experiences during his time at Laurier.
As a Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project Manager, Trevor Mayoh primarily provides gender-transformative programming on college and university campuses across the province of Ontario. Additionally, Trevor's projects have focused on male-dominated workplaces in vast regions around the world from Papua New Guinea, Kenya, and beyond. A part of Trevor’s portfolio at White Ribbon is the recently launched innovative social enterprise, a consulting practice bringing unique gender equality and violence prevention solutions to the private sector. Before joining White Ribbon, Trevor co-founded a charity that uses fitness as a mentorship tool with at-risk youth and worked in the public policy sector. At Laurier, Trevor was the Vice-President: University Affairs at the Students’ Union, President of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, and he volunteered and worked with many groups on campus from being a Foot Patroller, a Head Icebreaker, and a Student Ambassador.
About Trevor's Presentation:
It was the unique experiences outside the classroom at Laurier that provided me with the most value - volunteering, becoming socially aware, and connecting with people with incredibly diverse experiences. Outside the classroom we challenged each other socially and professionally. It is the same network that many years later is still pushing me to take on new challenges, seek out new adventures, and to never stop improving myself or the world around me. I entered Laurier with a very different career plan than what I graduated with and this was due, in large part, to being surrounded by change makers.
Yvan is first and foremost a husband and a dad. He’s been happily married to his high school sweetheart Lynn for 32 years and is the proud father of Samantha, a fourth year Global Studies student at Laurier, and Zach who is in grade 9 at SJAM.
He arrogantly quit the Laurier BBA program in second year to start his own business that failed miserably. Humbled, he came back to complete his BBA. He’s been a high school teacher, a school bus driver, and a college administrator and he has been fired once. Yvan has proudly served on various boards including Laurier's Board of Governors.
After earning his MBA at Laurier in 1989, he launched his tech industry career at Focus Automation. In 1991, he created Taaz, a consulting firm that served emerging technology companies for nine years. He also co-founded Communitech. He served as Executive VP of Mitra, and led negotiations for its sale in 2002. He’s currently President & CEO at Primal and Chairman of The Official Community, two innovative companies in which he invested.
One of his greatest honours was to be selected as one of the Laurier 100 Alumni of Achievement.
About Yvan's Presentation:
“Leadership is being bold enough to have vision and humble enough to recognize achieving it will take the efforts of many people” - Kathy Heasley, Heasley & Partners.
I will share a significant experience in my life where being both bold and humble led to a great achievement 19 years ago that is still being felt today. I will discuss how being both bold and humble has helped me remain true to a very important belief I hold regarding the purpose of businesses. And I will share how Laurier continues to be an important part of my “DNA” dating back to my first class in September 1979.
The Steering Committee has invited Laurier's some of our best student, staff and faculty to share their wisdom with the summit delegates through a presentation during the two concurrent session timeblocks. Check out each session description below. If you're planning on attending the Summit, you will be asked to pre-register for these sessions.
Becoming an Agent of Profound Change/ Surprise Your World
The desire to become part of the process that results in a real and lasting difference is felt by many. So it’s distressing to read stories of where vast amounts of effort and/or money is squandered, misspent or even pilfered. Is change possible? How can we maximize our efforts? Where do we start? What have we learned about leading in the process of lasting transformation? We will delve into current stories of change, many involving WLU grads, examine essential themes and consider how these might translate into the worlds we each live, work and play in.
Are you an Upholder, Obliger, Questioner or Rebel? How your personal tendency impacts habit change
Are there habits you would like to change or adopt? Are you struggling to create a new habit that would help your daily life? In this interactive workshop, you will find out which of the four tendencies best describes you and learn how it impacts your ability to create new habits or change existing ones. Based on the work of author Gretchen Rubin, these four tendencies will not only help you better understand yourself, but others as well.
Community Engagement, Service-Learning, and Bridge-Building
Presented by: Dr. Robert Feagan - Associate Professor, Society, Culture and Environment
Dr. Feagan will be preparing a panel of participants to dicuss the benefits of experiential learning through volunteer placements within the community. During the discussion, he will share his personal learned experiences through working with indigenous peoples within his community.
Decoding the culture enigma and building your International edge
“Culture hides more than it reveals, and it hides most effectively from its own participants.” In this session, through sharing personal experiences and stories from others, Ben intends to decode the culture enigma. The goal is to help participants to: (1) increase awareness about their own cultural values and assumptions; (2) gain insight on how cultural norms influence people's behaviour patterns and decision making from communication style to career choices; (3) be motivated to develop appropriate communication skills to work effectively across cultures.
Discover your Purpose. Be the Leader of your Life!
Leadership is often described as something we do in relation to other people. But, in order to be a good leader of others, you need to be aware of yourself; your values, your strengths and your interests. In this workshop you will identify what is important to you (in life, school and work), and learn strategies to live a life that is in-line with that purpose. Leadership starts with you!
Human-centered Design and Social Innovation
Through a series of interactive activities, students will better understand human-centered design and how it relates to social innovation. Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving. It’s about building a deep empathy, generating tons of ideas, building prototypes, and eventually putting your innovative solutions out into world. The aim of this session is to make students more aware of the various programs, resources, and staff that can support their capacity to make change beyond the Leadership Summit, through the Schlegel Centre.
Leadership and Storytelling
It has been said that, "Every great leader is a great storyteller" (Howard Gardner, Harvard Psychologist). This workshop will highlight how and why storytelling can be a powerful tool for inspiring others. After reviewing some stories from famous leaders, students will have an opportunity to apply storytelling techniques to draft leadership stories that inspire, inform, and engage others.
Leveraging Emerging Trends Towards a Low-Carbon Economy: Strategies for success as individuals and global citizens
Globally, there has been a clear shift of focus to a lower-carbon society and so today’s students must be equipped to respond to this, in both their personal and professional lives. Businesses are moving quickly of their own accord because of financial and reputational benefits but now more than ever, the biggest driver is compliance to legislated mandates. This session provides an overview of the drivers pushing this shift, from global to local, as well as resources necessary to respond. To become resilient, there is little choice but to adapt to existing and emerging trends, and become global citizens in the process.
Mental Health and Marginalization: Findings from the inaugural e(RACE)r Summit
On March 21, 2016 Laurier hosted the inaugural e(RACE)r Summit on Race and Racism on Canadian University Campuses. With over 150 delegates representing 19 institutions across Ontario, the event provided an opportunity to speak about the impact of racism across the post-secondary educational sector. Throughout the weeks and months following the Summit, however, something became increasingly clear: more focused attention on the mental health impacts of marginalization were urgently needed. This presentation, delivered by organizers of the e(RACE)r Summit, will provide insights into the nature of racism on university campuses, the mental health impacts that these experiences have on racialized students and their allies, and suggested approaches to developing an anti-racist lens when developing small and large scale mental health strategies.
So You Think You're Smarter Than A Fish?
Presented by: Elyse Mulhall, Residene Education Advisor
Have your ever encountered a student that does not learn in a tradition mindset, but does not require the additional services that a university provides? A student that needs to take that additional next step to better their learning, but is unaware of how to begin that process or is unaware that they need that additional step? You are invited to participate in an interactive session that explores the theories of multiple intelligence and growth mindset in order to establish interactive programming goals within the Department of Residence. Listen to personal experiences that have benefited from the Department of Residence programming and on-campus partners, while engaging in group activities that will further ones understanding on education.
Student Culture: Providing the Best Experience Possible.
Presented by: Tyler Van Herzele, Students' Union President
Student culture remains in a state of perpetual change as students come and go from the University setting. At the Students' Union we strive to "provide the best student experience to our members." This results in adapting to the culture and making meaningful change. This round table style presentation will create an environment where we as leaders can help create a path to success.
Supporting Others, and the Continuing Self-Care Endeavour
Participants will identify tools learn strategies that are useful for providing support to a peer who may be experiencing difficulty. We will also focus on the importance of building and maintaining self-care strategies while in student leadership roles.
The Essence of Relationship Building and Disseminating Learning
This presentation will focus on the process of enhancing your 'coaching' abilities through the development of your own curriculum. The importance of disseminating your knowledge to others will also be explored through different learning strategies.
What competencies have you developed while participating in co-curriculars?
Presented by: Clayton McCourt - Associate Director, Residence Life and Dave Shorey - Associate Director, Residence Education
Research points to the positive impact that out-of-class learning can have on students during and after graduation. In our session we will explore what skills and knowledge students acquire while participating in co-curricular programs at Laurier, gain a deeper understanding of how transferable your learning is to life after graduation, engage in reflection about the unique competencies you have developed through co-curricular involvement at Laurier, and practice articulating your learning to others. We want to help you share with others how you live a life of leadership and purpose.
Your Meaningful Leadership Story
Presented by: Leanne Holland-Brown - Dean of Students, Waterloo and Adam Lawrence - Dean of Students, Brantford
In our roles at Laurier, we have had the opportunity to work with many incredible and inspiring student leaders. As highly engaged students on campus, these individuals were able to create meaningful change, build strong relationships, and had lasting impacts during their time at Laurier. Please join us as we profile 6 graduates from Laurier, and explore how their experiences as student leaders helped shape their lives after graduation. We hope that their reflections will help guide your own meaningful leadership story at Laurier.
Bracelets Breaking Boundaries
Presented by: Kelly Warren and Kayla Babock, Residence Life Dons
“Don’t judge my story by the chapter you walked in on” - Anonymous
Each and every one of us has authored a unique story. We have lived unique lives, which has resulted in each of us having a one of a kind story we present to the world. Through “Bracelets Breaking Boundaries” we will explore the importance of each individuals’ unique story, the importance of validating each individuals’ experience, and how by doing this a healthier community/team can be achieved. Delegates will participate in a unique community building activity meant to allow self-exploration as well as build bonds and create understanding within the Laurier community.
"Linda, Linda Honey, Listen!"- Leading by Listening
Presented by: Kirsten Sizoo and Nicole De Soysa, Leadership Ambassadors
Laurier has recently been rated #1 in Student Satisfaction because our school listens to the needs of the students. In a time when people want their voices to be heard, we as leaders need to remember it is important to listen in order to successfully lead the communities around us. While listening seems like it is an easy skill, are you really listening? This workshop will challenge your listening abilities because in order to meet the needs of our communities, we need to go back to the basics of listening.
Experiential Learning and Networking On and Off Campus
Presented by: Zak Said, Sam Sharratt, Joanne Vallely Hignett, Jacob Verbraeken, Leadership Ambassadors
Our workshop is a hybrid between two currently offered workshops from the Laurier Student Leadership Program. The Student Leadership Program is designed to cultivate leadership ability, networking, and experiential learning. The Leadership Ambassador team would like to emphasize self-awareness, leadership development, and intentional learning; inspiring you to take the things you learn from this workshop and implement it in your life.