The Leadership Challenge EventTM was a two-day leadership development program that consisted of an educational orientation conference as well as a competitive leadership simulation in which small teams of regional high school and college students interacted within a variety of leadership environments.
Day 1: The Orientation (Thursday, March 7, 2013)
The orientation portion of the Leadership Challenge EventTM was more traditional and allowed students to understand leadership roles and challenges specific to the organizations and positions they would be simulating on Friday.
Leaders from the community provided insights and leadership lessons in break-out sessions:
Session 1: Introduction to Political Leadership
- David Kensinger, Campaign Manager for Governor Brownback’s Campaign in 2010
Session 2: Introduction to Candidate Values and Priorities
Session 3: Political Research
Session 4: Introduction to Political Engagement
- Kim Borchers, Director of Appointments for Governor Brownback
On Thursday evening student participants, team advisors, event sponsors and community members gathered at the Washburn Memorial Union for a dinner and political nomination convention.
- Banquet Featured Keynote Speaker: Jason Kander, Missouri Secretary of State
Day 2: The Competitive Simulation (Friday, March 8, 2013)
The full-day competitive leadership simulation expected students to work both individually and as a team to solve critical leadership challenges. Students were judged at each step of the competition, and winning teams were announced at the end of the day.
The simulation recreated real-world leadership scenarios for students using a variety of methods:
- Live interactions—community leaders role-played to enhance the reality of the simulation
- Video and audio feeds provided real-time updates and simulation theatrics
- Online environments for information provision
- Planned and unplanned tasks, meetings and presentations for team members