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.
Fort Hays State University
Kansas State University
Metropolitan Community College- Maple Woods
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