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Manhattanville College Students Go to Texas for Leadership Conference


Texas Leadership Conference 2014Alicia Leedham’17; Shan Du’15; Erlande Thelusma’14 and Emilia Ordonez’14 with Craig Donnelly at the 2014 Hatton W. Sumners Student Leadership Conference.
A small group of students representing Manhattanville College’s Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice went down to  the 2014 Hatton W. Sumners Student Leadership Conference hosted by the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin.

The annual conference which began in 2003, aims to inspire young men and women seeking leadership positions. The program focuses on creating progressive thinkers by exposing them to leadership challenges, and teaching them how to properly network amongst their peers.

“Not only did I enjoy all that I learned, but I met amazing individuals who I can now connect with for years to come. I truly loved every bit of the conference and will use all that I learned toward my future as a leader,” Alicia Leedham ‘17 said.

Speakers at this year’s conference included Michelle Rhee, author and former chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools, Tom Morris, a former philosophy professor at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Barry Bales, assistant dean for Professional Development at the LBJ School, and Shirley Franklin, former mayor of Atlanta. Each speaker shared their own personal and unique experiences with leadership, outlining important leadership roles and qualities.

“(The conference) was a great chance to learn from the experienced leaders, get inspired by future leaders, and an opportunity to improve my leadership skills. I loved it!” said Shan Du ‘15

Participants in the conference were divided into groups and attended different seminars that enforced communicational, organizational, and critical skills. Students were encouraged to talk to different people and even sing and dance with their groups in front of a crowd to loosen the nerves and be more outgoing.

“We were not only listening, but also interacting with others all the time. It was great practice for real life experiences,” said Emilia Ordonez ‘14.

The trip wasn’t all about going to the conference for the Manhattanville group as they also got to visit Austin which included listening to music on the famous 6th Street.  The full group includes Leedham, Du, Ordonez, Erlande Thelusma ’14, and Craig Donnelly, community services coordinator for the Duchesne Center

This marked the seventh year Manhattanville has gone to the conference.

Manhattanville will begin recruiting for its next group of leaders to attend the conference next fall.  Contact Donnelly and the Duchesne Center for more info on how to be a part of this event.