Topeka, Kan.—The Washburn University Leadership Institute will host a record-number 33 high school and college teams for the 2017 Leadership Challenge EventTM (LCETM) March 2 and 3. This is the seventh 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.
“This truly unique event brings high school and college students together for an immersion leadership development experience that puts their leadership and presentation skills to the test in a simulation competition,” 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, March 2, students will hear from many influential speakers from the Topeka area. Zach Haney and Andrea Engstrom from ActionCOACH, Ron Brown, chief of police for Topeka public schools, and Dr. Eric Grospitch, Washburn University vice president of student life, and Danielle Dempsey-Swopes, director of university diversity and inclusion, will share information ranging from diversity to leadership in a team setting. Thursday night will conclude with a keynote address by Earl Kemper, Master Coach with ActionCOACH Business Coaching. This year, students will also receive formal training in Incident Command Structure, and will receive a certificate after this training.
The leadership simulation will start at 8:00 a.m. Friday, March 3 at the Maner Conference Center at the Topeka Capital Plaza. 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 members of “Central Kansas County.” The simulation encompasses three rounds, all observed by judges who score participants’ leadership acumen on a variety of metrics, including a group presentation defending all their decisions at the conclusion of the exercises. The event concludes with an awards ceremony beginning at 3:45 p.m. in ExpoCentre Heritage Hall. This ceremony is open to the public.
As with any event this size, volunteers and sponsor dollars are essential. This year, the LCE has broken past records, with 180 individuals from the Shawnee County and Washburn communities volunteering to make the event a success. Moreover, the students in the Leadership Institute have raised more than $36,000 in sponsorship to fund the LCE. Title sponsors include the Capitol Federal® Foundation and Westar Energy.
“I am so excited to have such an unprecedented amount of help from the Washburn and Topeka community for this year’s Challenge Event,” said Sarah Edelman, Leadership Challenge Event Student Fellow. “As Fellow, it truly makes me feel supported by my community and confident that we can make this year’s LCE the best one yet.”
Capitol Federal® Foundation
Angela and RJ Dake
Azura Credit Union
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
BNSF Railway Company
Clark and Susan Duffy
Flint Hills Community Health Center
J.F. McGivern, Inc.
Leadership Institute Class of 2010
Pleasant Hill Animal Hospital
Ron and Margaret Brown
Shea and Lindsey Kirsop
The Craig Group, Inc.
The Robb Company
Topeka Community Foundation
Tower Metal Works Inc.
United Way of Greater Topeka
Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation
Washburn University Career Services
Washburn University College of Arts & Sciences
Washburn University First-Year Experience (FYE)
Washburn University School of Business
Washburn University - Student Activities & Greek Life
Washburn University Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Washburn University Student Life
Washburn University Transformational Experience
Starbucks Coffee, 1223 SW Wanamaker
Starbucks Coffee, 3020 SW Wanamaker
Washburn Memorial Union and Washburn Dining
Western Associates, Inc.
Westside Stamp and Awards, Inc.
Kansas Department of Health & Environment
Washburn Institute of Technology/KanTRAIN
Fort Hays State University
Kansas State University
Metropolitan Community College- Maple Woods
Southwestern College (2 teams)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2 teams)
High School Participants:
Chase High School
Derby High School
Emporia High School
Highland Park High School
Louisburg High School
Omaha Westside High School (2 teams)
Piper High School
Rossville High School
Sabetha High School
Seaman High School (2 teams)
Shawnee Heights High School
Topeka High School
Topeka West High School
Washburn Rural High School (2 teams)
Wellington High School (2 teams)
Wichita East High School (2 teams)
Wichita High School North
Wichita High School South
Wichita Northwest High School
Wichita West High School