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Students from Across the Midwest to Participate in Washburn Leadership Institute Leadership Challenge Event April 5 and 6

04/04/18 11:04 am CDT
"Both groups will face the same scenario, but they will look at it through different lenses."

     The Washburn University Leadership Institute will host a record-number 36 high school and college teams for the 2018 Leadership Challenge EventTM (LCETM) April 5 and 6. This is the eighth annual LCE the Leadership Institute has hosted.

     The LCE simulates the real-world process of leadership through a two-day event consisting of a live, interactive leadership simulation. Student teams compete to fulfill the challenges and overcome the obstacles placed before them in a manner that demonstrates exemplary leadership knowledge and execution.

     “For the first time this year, we’re providing a different experience for the high school and college teams,” said Dr. Michael Gleason, director of the Washburn Leadership Institute.  “Both groups will face the same scenario, but they will look at it through different lenses.”

     Gleason explained that past college teams had asked for a more advanced experience so Washburn created an additional set of roles to the simulation to offer the college teams a greater challenge.

     “As always, both the high school and college students will have their leadership and presentation skills put to the test,” said Dr. Michael Gleason, director of the Washburn Leadership Institute. “These students gain experience they can apply as they take on leadership roles in their schools and communities.”

     During the first day, students will hear from a number of influential individuals including keynote speaker Lonnie Walker, Jr., diversity & inclusion analyst at Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka.  The speakers and coaching sessions on the first day are designed to prepare participants for the challenge itself on the second day.  The leadership simulation will start at 8:00 a.m. Friday, April 6 at the Maner Conference Center at the Topeka Capital Plaza.

     The actual scenario used in the simulation remains a closely-guarded secret until the competition begins when students will participate in planning and strategy meetings, written tasks, and individual and team leadership decisions. During this time, they will interact with volunteers role-playing as citizens and officials of Central Kansas County as well as organizations in the mythical city of Metropolis, Kansas. 

     The simulation encompasses three rounds, all observed by judges who score participants’ leadership acumen on a variety of metrics. The event concludes with an awards ceremony beginning at 3:45 p.m. in ExpoCentre Heritage Hall. This ceremony is open to the public.



Editor’s Note:


College Participants:

Cottey College

Fort Hays State University

Hesston College

Kansas State University

Metropolitan Community College- Maple Woods

Southwestern College

Union College (2 teams)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2 teams)

Washburn Institute of Technology


High School Participants:

Blue Valley High School

Chase High School

Derby High School

Emporia High School

Highland Park High School (2 teams)
Nemaha Central High School

Piper High School

Rossville High School

Sabetha High School

Salina High School

Seaman High School (2 teams)

Shawnee Heights High School

Topeka High School

Topeka West High School (2 teams)

Wabaunsee High School

Washburn Rural High School (2 teams)

Wellington High School

Wichita East High School

Wichita North High School

Wichita Northwest High School

Wichita West High School



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