Diverse Perspectives on Leadership
Participants engaged in discussion with alumni and student leaders who shared their perspectives on what they have learned about leadership at Cornell and beyond in an event hosted by SLEN, the Cornell Student Leadership Educators Network.
Diverse Perspectives on Leadership with Melanie Abreu, current Dyson undergraduate student and Resident Advisor; Elvis Cao, current graduate student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and alumna Cvic Innocent PhD’14. View the recording of the session here.
The panelists started off by defining what leadership means to them. They went on to share which role models influenced them, and what they recommend to folks who spend time developing leadership capacity in others. They spoke of leadership gaps in Cornell education, where they failed and how they recovered. In the world now– vs. a year ago around our racial awakening – they were asked if they felt they are able to have conversations they didn’t before, what access they have to conversations, what conversations they currently have towards change, and how they advocate for change.
One of the best questions was, “Given what you know now, what didn’t you know before? Looking back, what didn’t you know that you knew?” The audience chimed in with several fantastic questions, including “What would you say to a student interested in leadership but isn’t sure how to start or doesn’t have the confidence to take the first step?” and “Are you able to achieve work-life balance? Do you find it hard to find time to take care of yourself?”
Additional questions that you can hear addressed in the recording include: “What completely stinks about leadership?” “How does a leader meet the professional and emotional needs of what is taking place in a genuine way? How do you move forward in your own spaces?” and “Have you experienced burnout and how did you get through it?”
Several past leadership topics hosted by SLEN have been recorded:
- Summary of the Leadership Wheel Model
by Clint Sidle, founding director of the Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program
View recording of this event
- On Collective Leadership
by Sonia Ospina Professor of Public Management and Policy, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
On Collective Leadership presentation slides
Co-sponsored by Natural Leaders initiative/Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County
- Developing Student Leaders
by Dr. Lynn Wooten, Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Developing Student Leaders presentation slides
- Engaged Cornell
by Mike Bishop, Director, Student Leadership, Office of Engagement Initiatives
Engaged Cornell presentation slides
- Supporting Student Leadership Remotely with perspectives from
Lauren Stulgis, Swanson Director of Student Project Teams in the College of Engineering,
Donna Haeger, Professor of Practice and Director of the Dyson Leadership Development Program, and
Amy Somchanhmavong, Associate Director, Service-Learning and Partnership, at the Cornell Public Service Center
Recording of Supporting Student Leadership Remotely session
- Talking About Race: Uncomfortable And Necessary Conversations with guests
Cal Walker and
Dr. Nia Nunn
Here are a few quotes Cal used in his presentation.
- Thoughts on Helping Students Manage Stress in Challenging Times
with Dr. Wai-Kwong WongAssistant Director for Community Based Services, Cornell Health
Recording of Thoughts on Helping Students Manage Stress in Challenging Times session
The Cornell Student Leadership Educators Network (SLEN) is open to faculty and staff dedicated to the promotion of student leadership development at the university. At monthly meetings, the group shares emerging developments and best practices, dialogues across curricular and co-curricular dimensions of leadership development such as foundational leadership competencies, and collaborates on projects and events. The current iteration of SLEN builds upon a rich history of professional staff and faculty members dedicated to student leadership development at Cornell.