Day 1: The Orientation (Thursday, April 3, 2014)
The orientation portion of the Leadership Challenge Event™ was more traditional and allowed students to learn from area experts about key leadership competencies, many of which would be evaluated during the leadership simulation on Friday.
Leaders from the Washburn campus and community provided insights and leadership lessons in break-out sessions:
Session 1: Collaboration
Session 2: Healthy Ways of Handling Conflict
Session 3: Managing Nonverbals so They Don’t Manage You
Dr. Tracy Routsong
Session 4: Diversity and Social Responsibility
Marsha Carrasco Cooper
On Thursday evening student participants, team advisors, event sponsors and community members gathered at the Washburn Memorial Union for a dinner and a simulation video that revealed a flash flood was occurring in the fictional county of Central Kansas County.
- Banquet Featured Keynote Speaker: Dr. Munro Richardson
Munro Richardson is co-founder and CEO of LigoSphere, a Kansas City-based startup company focused on helping students succeed in college. Previously, Munro was co-founder and COO of myEDmatch, a recruitment and job matching start-up focused on the K-12 education market. Prior to his startup life, Munro was Vice President of Education at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. While at Kauffman he helped start the Kauffman Scholars college access program and the urban college prep Kauffman School. A Kansas City native, Munro has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas (where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa), master’s degrees from Harvard University and Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar), and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
Day 2: The Competitive Simulation (Friday, April 4, 2014)
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-play to enhance the reality of the simulation
- Video and audio feeds provide real-time updates and simulation theatrics
- Online environments for information provision
- Planned and unplanned tasks, meetings and presentations for team members