Past Leadership Challenge Events

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Leadership Challenge Event History

The 2014 LCETM was led by Kristen Onions and the Simulation theme challenged students to work both individually and as a team to overcome the chaos created from a flash flood disaster.  27 teams participated, 20 of those being from high schools and 7 from colleges and universities. During the conference, student participants learned about collaboration, healthy ways of handling conflict, managing nonverbals, and diversity and social responsibility.

The 2013 LCETM was led by Kristen Onions and the Simulation theme challenged students to work both individually and as a team to organize a campaign for a candidate running for Mayor of Metropolis.  28 teams participated, 20 of those being from high schools and 8 from colleges and universities. During the conference, student participants heard from David Kensinger, the campaign manager for Governor Brownback's campaign in 2010, and Kim Borchers, the Director of Appointments for Governor Brownback.

The 2012 LCETM was led by Shea Kirsop and the Simulation theme challenged students to work both individually and as a team to solve a budget crisis resulting from the embezzlement of millions of dollars within the Central Kansas Community Foundation. 19 teams participated, twelve of those being from high schools and seven from colleges and universities. During the conference, student participants learned about organizational leadership and positional leadership from Topeka's leaders, such as Laura Burton, Phillip Davis, Jeri Hansen, Miriam Krehbiel, and Charlie Lord.

The Leadership Challenge Event was created in 2011 through the work of Lauren Edelmen (Eckert), a senior in the Leadership Institute. Together with student volunteers, the first Leadership Challenge Event challenged students to overcome the chaos of a campus shooting occurring at Central Kansas University, a fictional campus in Metropolis, Central Kansas.15 teams participated, ten of those being from high schools and six from colleges and universities. During the conference, student participants learned about ethics in leadership, personal leadership styles and orientations, conflict management and consensus building, effective communication, and participated in various team building activities.