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March 2012 News Releases

Leadership Challenge Event kicks off Thursday, March 29

Highlighting the importance of leadership development for education and specifically to the students the second annual Leadership Challenge Event® (LCE) will take place March 29 and 30 at Washburn University. Student teams from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois will travel to Topeka to participate in a leadership conference and an all-day leadership simulation.

Students will partake in a half-day leadership conference on the Thursday where they will learn valuable and applicable skills that they will apply that day and Friday. Friday is a unique leadership competition where student teams perform leadership roles in addressing realistic situations and experiences in a simulated work environment.

Thursday, March 29 – Leadership Conference

4:15 – 5 p.m. - Team building/Leadership Skills Session, various rooms, Memorial Union

Team building: Students will go through team building exercises focusing upon enhancing student's communication and problem solving skills. Leadership skills: Students will be separate from the group working together to identify team strengths and weaknesses in order to prepare them for Friday's simulation.

6 – 8 p.m. - Banquet (Keynote speaker: Ed O'Malley, president and CEO, Kansas Leadership Center), Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

O’Malley will speak at 7 p.m. Also is an opportunity to interview students participating in the LCE.

Friday, March 30 – Leadership Simulation

12 – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch, room 100, Henderson Learning and Resource Center,

This is when all the teams will find out the topic of the leadership simulation. (The 2011 topic was a shooting on a college campus and the students had to navigate their way through the first crucial hours after.)

O'Malley, Miriam Krehbiel, president, United Way of Greater Topeka; Jeff Mott, director, Washburn Leadership Institute; and Washburn student leader Shae Kirsop, of Lyndon, will be available to speak to the media about the LCE and the importance of leadership development for education and specifically to the students.

3 – 4 p.m. – Final presentation holding rooms – Washburn Room B, Memorial Union and Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

There are two rooms where teams will be waiting to deliver their final presentations. Media may interview student participants after they give their final presentations.

4 – 5 p.m. - Awards ceremony – room 100, Henderson Learning and Resource Center

Teams, volunteers, and guests will wait to hear the final results. Teams will be awarded medallions, then Stand-out Team Performance awards, and lastly the LCE Champion awards.

There are two divisions in the LCE, high school and college. There are overall winners in both divisions as well as winners in communication and team collaboration. The overall high school winners are awarded scholarships from Washburn University and the college team is awarded savings bonds.

The LCE is the first of its kind and has taken root at Washburn University with the planning of the Washburn University Leadership Institute. With the direction of Kirsop and the generous support of the Topeka community, the LCE is a pillar for Washburn as well as the Washburn University Leadership Institute.

The Washburn University Leadership Institute strives to develop students into ethical, caring and diverse leaders prepared to immediately assume leadership roles in today’s changing society by cultivating the study of leadership and facilitating transformational learning experiences designed to challenge, motivate and inspire future leaders.

For more information about the LCE, contact Daphne Phillips, student director of community and alumni, Washburn University Leadership Institute, at (785) 865-6182 or

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Contact: Amanda Hughes, university relations, (785) 670-2153