After a late night at Free Food Fun Friday, I woke up this morning quite sluggish. The sounds of the Manchester United v. Liverpool football game and the smells of the hot cuppa tea on the kettle got me ready and excited for the Diamond Leaders’ spring Inclusive Leadership Conference.
As a co-facilitator for the second year in a row, I had the opportunity to help set up and then sit in on three incredible sessions. Over three hundred students from various Philadelphia-area colleges converged on the Student Center despite the snow, and each had a focus on improving their leadership knowledge.
My first presentation was from two career advisors from the Community College of Philadelphia, who focused on personal branding and marketing yourself. Second, the Temple News spoke about leadership within organizations on campus. Finally, one of Temple’s resident directors presented about the food deserts in North Philadelphia and the surrounding community. While my purpose was to aid the presenters and assist with the leadership themes, I was able to absorb knowledge and make great connections around the university.
Marvin Worthy, our keynote speaker, remarked that “there are people counting on you that you haven’t even met yet.” As student leaders on campus, we strive to remember that every day. Our roles as students are transient, but every year, new students come in looking to learn from us, and we’re impacting them in ways we can’t possible imagine.
The DLs also had the chance to catch up with our former director, Liz, who recently accepted a position at Widener University. During my first two years in the program, Liz was an incredible mentor and while I’m so happy to see her bring her talents to a new community, she was definitely a sight for sore eyes and I had missed her. The spring Inclusive Leadership Conference was certainly a success and I’m already looking forward to our fall conference!