This semester for the Leadership Development Honors Program has been off to a magnificent and exciting start! Our student leaders have been soaring to new heights through the projects and initiatives they have taken on for the betterment of the Program and all who are involved. At the most recent Leadership Council Dinner, a few of our leaders presented their updates and goals about their own initiatives to the Leadership Advisory Council.
Brooks Mencke and Sophia Joseph, both members of the Leadership Class of 2016, along with Barry Kirschner, Executive Director of the Valerie Fund, presented to the Council about the second annual PirateThon! It is an all night, 12-hour dance marathon, which raises donations towards the Valerie Fund that supports children with cancer and blood disorders. PirateThon was a huge success last year raising over $30,000! This year the event will be taking place on March 1st.
Following their presentation, Noel Girgenti, a member of the Leadership Class of 2016 and Director of the Social Media Initiative, presented the goals her and her team put together for this semester to the Council. The Social Media Initiative is responsible for the Leadership Development Honor Program’s blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and LinkedIn pages which facilitates marketing and seconds as a news source for the program to prospective Stillman students, parents, alumni, business professionals, the current team, and the Leadership Advisory Council. After her presentation, she received a great response when she opened the floor to the executive audience for suggestions about how to reach its goals and achieve its fullest potential!
After Noel’s presentation, Ali Kruse, member of the Leadership Class of 2015, gave an update on the Women’s Leadership Program, which is half way through its successful inaugural year! She shared with the Council the positive feedback that the Program has experienced thus far about the one-on-one mentoring sessions and the Fall Kick-Off Event. She also informed and extended an invitation to the Council about their next event, the Women’s Leadership Panel Discussion, being hosted on February 26th that will be open to the entire school.
After all of these presentations, the rest of the Leadership Program joined Noel, Sophia, Brooks, Ali, and the Council for the networking and dinner portion of the night. With great company, conversation, and food, the night was successful and exciting as usual with great opportunities for the students on their career journey. It was a great night for the Leadership Program and we are looking forward to the next Council Dinner in April!
To read more about the Valerie Fund, visit its website at http://www.thevaleriefund.org/
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