Office of Student Activities

LEAD Series

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Series, based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, is designed to help students reach their full leadership potential - and learn how to use these skills in their own lives and their roles in student organizations.  With presentations designed by a variety of students, professionals, and faculty, there's bound to be something you're interested in!  While some sessions may be designed for student organizations, all students are welcome to attend the LEAD Series in the Student Organization Center regardless of involvement level. Simply pull up a purple couch and get ready to learn!

Topics are chosen by a student committee from submitted proposals.  Proposals for LEAD Series Spring 2015 will be accepted during the Fall 2014 semester!  Note - you will need to log into PurplePost with your ecom username and password to complete the proposal form.  We encourage students to get involved in a variety of ways - what's better than presenting to your peers?

Upcoming LEAD Series Dates

Leadership Lessons from 9/11, Rebecca Novick and Melinda Daniels, Leadership & Service Graduate Assistants
7 pm Thursday, September 11

Untying the Human Knot, Becky Collins, Leadership & Service Graduate Assistant
6 pm Monday, September 15
Ice breakers and team builders can do a great deal to bring your student organization together. What can you do to make these activities meaningful for your group? How do you facilitate?

I Survived A Campus Shooting, Maria Ruiz-Santana, NIU Campus Police Officer
6 pm Thursday, September 25 in the Sandburg Theater
NIU shooting victim shares her story from that horrifying day and how she overcame all odds to achieve her dreams of helping people, by becoming a police officer.  Also learn what we can do on WIU's campus if we encountered a similar situation.

Building on Student Leadership, Ann Comerford, Director of the University Union
7 pm Wednesday, October 8
Ever consider how your leadership development is like a building renovation project?  Ann will use what she's learned through the Union renovation project as a metaphor for your experiences as student leaders.

Pitch Perfect:  How to Sell Yourself, Sidney Colbert, Student Tenant Union President
6 pm Thursday, October 23
Come learn how to pitch yourself!  We will cover resumes, networking, and other professional necessities.  Through hands on activities you will learn the ins and outs of what it takes to sell yourself.

Reframing Leadership, Becky Collins, Leadership & Service Graduate Assistants
5 pm Monday, November 3
Let's talk about leadership. What is it?  Who is it? When is it enacted?  In this interactive presentation we will challenge what leadership is and help each other explore our own definitions of leadership.

Removing the 'Cry' from Crisis: Learning to work through Adversity Toward Exceptional Leadership, Rayvon Shelton, Graduate Student
4 pm Friday, November 7
Often times, members of the same organization do not see eye to eye. However, through successful execution of various leadership tactics, conflict resolution becomes more of a necessity and less of an option.  This program would enlighten anyone looking to develop impactful crisis management skills for the advancement of their eboard, organization as a whole, or for personal use

Your Own Personal Brand - What Your Actions Say About YOU, Pat McGrath, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Aquatics and Outdoor Pursuits
5 pm Wednesday, November 12
A student leader's brand is a promise of the value you bring to your organizations, your classrooms, your friendships, etc.  What's your promise?  What value do you bring?  What are you doing to improve brand YOU, and who are you marketing it to?  Based on an article from, in this session we'll explore your reputation as a leader on campus, think about what you want your personal brand to be, and develop the next steps to take.

Sorry Not Sorry: Leadership and Public Relations Following a Mistake, Melinda Daniels, Caitlyn Westfall, and Katie Effertz, College Student Personnel Graduate Assistants
8 pm Tuesday, November 18
We all make mistakes, but when others see you as a leader, how you respond holds much more value. Whether apologizing for a personal action or on behalf of an organization, there are strategies and tactics to keep in mind. This session will explore what the ingredients of a good apology are through examples of some great and not-so-great apologies in popular culture.

Exploring Gender Perceptions in Student Organizations, Justin Kim, Director of Public Relations for Student Government Association
5 pm Friday, December 5

What is gender? How is it constructed, reinforced, and perceived? Gender perceptions and resulting disparities have had a number of ramifications for our society in the past and present. While it is an irrefutable fact that gender biases have an impact in the professional field, in what ways does it manifest itself in student organizations? This program is designed to facilitate an open discussion on how gender perceptions have a tangible impact on nearly every aspect of our lives, and what this means for student leaders.

Talent Grant Recipients

Please note that you must attend at least THREE LEAD Series sessions each semester to receive funding. If schedule conflicts arise due to your class schedule, please contact early in the semester.

Contact Info

Student Activities
University Union
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Phone: (309) 298-3232
Fax: (309) 298-2879

Past LEAD Series
Fall 2013

Feels Like the First Time: Developing Your Presenter's Identity
Jaymee Lewis and Katie Mey, Graduate Students

Getting Personal With Finance
Diana Strom, Financial Aid Advisor

Salsa 29 
Sponsored by Casa Latina & Tradicion Hispana Dance Troupe

SMART Goals and SMART Leadership
Algerian Hart, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Sport Management/Kinesiology and Vincent Wilson, Graduate Student

Money Well
Students TALK

Insider's Exclusive: What Advisors are Looking for from Leaders
Jaymee Lewis and Katie Mey, Graduate Students

Stereotypes - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Who do Others Say We Are?
Janice Gates, Instructor, Department of Management and Marketing

Conflict Resolution Styles
Andrew Aviles, IFC President and Koryna Felt, Graduate Student

The Power of One: The Impact You Have on Your Organization
Carmen Stockberger, Student Organization Center Graduate Assistant

Presenting 101
Darcy Smith, Charlotte Wilson, and Amanda Kester, BCA

Be Positive, Be Proactive, Be a Leader: Better Ways to Serve and Make an Impact in Your Organization
Anjali Pattanayak, Graduate Student