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Emerging Leaders Conference 2011

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Please join us for the Emerging Leaders Conference:

Rowan University Emerging Leaders Conference 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Chamberlain Student Center

The theme of this year's conference is "Training for the Sport of Taking Risks." Being a leader means having the courage to take risks. Being an exceptional leader means having the courage to take risks, navigate through the outcomes, and move forward with even greater passion, purpose, and power.

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Conference Schedule

11 - 11:15 a.m.RegistrationEynon Ballroom Foyer, Chamberlain Student Center
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Keynote Speaker: Harlan Cohen "Training for the Sport of Taking Risks"Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.LunchOn your own
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.Breakout sessions IChamberlain Student Center Eynon Ballroom, rooms 221, 129, 144
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.Breakout sessions IIChamberlain Student Center rooms 221, 129, 144
3:20 - 3:30 p.m.Refreshment BreakEynon Ballroom Foyer, Chamberlain Student Center
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.Celebrating Leadership AwardsEynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center

Keynote Speaker

When you take a risk and it doesn't go as planned, do you:

  1. Get embarrassed, hide, and give up?
  2. Get angry, get defensive, and then attack?
  3. Discover the reason why things didn't go as planned, and move forward with passion, purpose, and confidence?

ANSWER: Those untrained for the sport of taking risks get embarrassed, retreat, hide, get angry, defensive, and attack. It's only those who have trained who can discover why the risk didn't go as planned, and move forward with passion, purpose, and confidence.

Harlan CohenBeing a leader means having the courage to take risks. Being an exceptional leader means having the courage to take risks, navigate through the outcomes, and move forward with even greater passion, purpose, and power. Being an exceptional leader takes training.

As founder of Rejection/Risk Awareness Week (February 7–14 annually) and President of The International Risk-Taking Project, Harlan Cohen has recognized and identified the secret truth standing in the way of the hopes, dreams, and passions of millions. It's a truth called "The Universal Rejection Truth," and embracing The Truth and training to face The Truth is essential to overcoming the unavoidable obstacles found along the path to greatness.

"Training for the Sport of Taking Risks" is an interactive high-impact workshop that challenges each participant to look inward, look outward, and then to move forward with greater passion, purpose, and confidence. Attendees will participate in a series of exercises that transform fear into freedom and turn obstacles into a springboard to future success. Attendees will leave with unwavering confidence and the ability to overcome everyday adversity. Once participants complete their personal training, this same model can be applied to risk-taking in their organizations and communities.

Harlan Cohen is the bestselling author of four books (The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, The Happiest Kid on Campus: A Parent's Guide To The Very Best College Experience, Dad’s Pregnant Too!, and Campus Life Exposed: Advice from the Inside), a professional speaker, a musician, and one of the most widely read and respected male syndicated advice columnists in the country. He is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III and has been featured as an expert offering advice in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, Real Simple, Seventeen, Psychology Today, and hundreds of other newspapers and publications. King Features Syndicate distributes Harlan’s “Help Me, Harlan!” advice column worldwide. Harlan is a frequent guest on television programs across the country and has appeared on hundreds of radio programs. He has visited over four hundred college campuses across the country. Find him on Facebook at: www.Facebook.com/HelpMeHarlan and follow him on Twitter @HarlanCohen.


1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Advanced Training for the Sport of Taking Risks (Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center)
Harlan Cohen, Help Me Harlan, LLC
Participants will continue to battle the Universal Rejection Truth and make plans for appropriate risk-taking in their organizations

Birds of a Feather Flock Together (144 Student Center)
Stephen Fleming and Rachel Edelstein
Do you have a fear of birds? I hope not! You may be surprised to know that you work well with certain types of birds; depending on which type of bird you are. As part of any leadership role, you will be involved in situations that require you to work with individuals as a team. In this interactive session, you will explore Dr. Gary Couture’s personality profiling system and it relates to your own leadership style and how it affects how you work with others. So what bird are you?

The Power of Your Potential (221 Student Center)
Joe Perella, Ashley DelVecchio, Stephanie Pharo, Stephanie Ackerman, Jaclyn Halm, Ashley Super, & Kiley McCulloch
This presentation will include a strong focus on secrets to success and innovative student evolvement ideals. In addition, the presentation will spotlight ways to take advantage of all possible self-improvement opportunities.


2:30 - 3:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Breaking the Mold: Putting a positive spin on Greek Life (144 Student Center)
Jaclyn Halm and Mark Bernath
This presentation will focus on promoting positive public relations and recruitment strategies for Greek-letter organizations. Participants will gain knowledge on the positive aspects of Greek-letter organizations and focus on effectively recruiting strong members, and cross collaboration between organizations. Participants will also gain knowledge of how to strengthen their leadership skills.

Our Leadership Challenge (221 Student Center)
Niquel McRae,Yolanda Atkinson, Jessie McDaniel, Josh Howard, Shannon Miller, Lauren Barnes, Lanre Odunlami, & James Castorina
Come learn about the five basic principles of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s the widely accepted model, The Leadership Challenge: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. The book has collected empirical evidence from surveys given to millions of the world’s top leaders over the past twenty-five years. Kouzes and Posner collected information from all of these surveys and developed what they believed to be the top characteristics of a leader. These characteristics together form what was deemed The Leadership Challenge model. After learning about the model, hear a panel of student leaders discuss their personal leadership experiences and think about how to apply the theory in your own experiences.


Celebrating Leadership Award Recipients

Kathleen M. Murry Academic Excellence and Service University MedallionJill Steier
Distinguished Senior University MedallionJJ Vogel
Outstanding Student LeaderJJ Vogel
Outstanding New MemberJacob Brown
Legacy AwardJessica McDaniel
Advisor of the YearDr. Stanley Yedell