Ichabods In Depth

Published Sept. 4, 2013

2014 Leadership Challenge Event prepares for Fall Launch

Leadership Challenge Event logo -- torch with the words, on blue background

There is still time to RSVP and help kickoff one of Washburn’s most unique student-run events. The Fall Launch of the Leadership Challenge Event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. Those planning to attend should RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 5, as hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Be there as volunteer registration opens for the 2014 Leadership Challenge Event and help those involved with the 2013 challenge to celebrate their success. Attire is at least business casual.

“Our sponsors will be there, we’ll present the promotional video from last year to rev-up the crowd,” said Braden McGinnis, student director for communications for the challenge event. “Last year, we left feeling even more excited.”

The Leadership Challenge Event brings teams of high school and college students to Washburn and puts them through two days of real-world leadership simulation. Each year the simulation is different and the participants don’t know what they’ll be doing. They are judged on things like decision-making and teamwork. It is planned, developed and executed by Washburn students.

About 200 student volunteers will be needed this year. Last year, 173 students participated as volunteers who do everything from helping participants find rooms to producing simulation materials.

McGinnis, a business management and marketing major from Oskaloosa, Kan., said his favorite part of last year’s challenge was the videos, presented as live TV news coverage, “and the curves we threw them during the simulation.”

He said the decision to stay involved was an easy one because it relates to his chosen field and the experience is incredible.

“It defines management more for me,” he said. “And seeing the students working together – in high school you don’t get a chance in most situations to really sit down like that and work together.”

The 2014 Leadership Challenge Event will take place April 3 and 4. Student leaders for this year’s event are:

  • Kristen Onions, Leadership Challenge Event fellow
  • Rachel Beiker, student director for logistics
  • Rachel Klaus, student director for outreach
  • Becca Maasen, student director for hospitality
  • Braden McGinnis, student director for communications
  • Kaitlyn Truesdell, student director for volunteers

If you have questions about the Leadership Challenge Event or the Washburn Leadership Institute, you are encouraged to contact Michael Gleason, director, Washburn Leadership Institute.