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CSU hosts Student Leadership Summit

University Relations

Charleston Southern University, recognized as One of America's Best Christian Colleges, will host a Student Leadership Summit on Saturday, September 13 in the Drew Conference Room in the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership.

"With all the noise and confusion in today's society Christian leadership provides a clear and clarifying voice that engages and transforms the culture," said Dr. Rick Brewer, vice president of student affairs and athletics. "

Charleston Southern's Student Leadership Summit seeks to raise a generation to find their voice so they may flourish as leaders. Not only will these young leaders have a clear vision for their future, but they will influence others to discover theirs as well."

Charleston Southern University

Dear Attendees, 

It is with great honor and utmost pleasure that I welcome you to Charleston Southern University and our first annual Student Leadership Summit! On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff, we are extremely glad that you are here. Many hours of planning have gone into this event, and we truly believe that it will leave a lasting impact on your life.

We live in a time in which information is key. Social media, television, news outlets, Internet, newspapers, books, speakers, programs, events--everything and everyone seems to be fighting for our attention, our time, and our focus. We want instant gratification, instant information, and instant answers. So, in a world where everyone desires to be heard, what leadership principles are going to make your voice rise above the rest? What skills and abilities can you foster in order to be effective? We are going to answer those questions today, leaving you more prepared to lead and guide your peers, staff, team, etc. with an ultimate goal to better the society in which you live. 

You have chosen to come to Charleston Southern University at a special time: not only our first annual Student Leadership Summit, but also the 50th anniversary of our school's founding! I hope that you will take the time to explore our beautiful campus and see what we have to offer. If you have the chance, venture downtown and check out some of the restaurants and shops, or even see a show. Charleston isn't called the "All-America City" for nothing! For now, sit back, relax, and open your mind to those leadership principles that will help you find your voice in a world of clutter!

Sincerely,

Dylan Gunnels

Student Body President

Charleston Southern University

Breakout Sessions


Ingrid Bonilla: Breaking through the brick walls: Challenges create strong leaders- If challenges didn't exist we would have little need for leaders. Challenges strengthen the individual by bringing out other characteristics that are hidden through calm moments in their lives. Whether someone judges a challenge to be a problem or an opportunity say more about the person than about the tribulation they're facing.  The way they choose to view the world is the way they're world will be.  In the end the challenges are there to show us that the brick walls between the troubles and happy times are temporary but the lessons and strengths gained from these tribulations last a lifetime.

Brandon McGrew: Characteristics of a Leader: "The Leader In The Mirror- When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see just a regular guy or girl? Or do you see a potential leader? This session will show you 7 qualities of an excellent leader coming from the book Leadership Excellence by Pat Williams, the Senior VP of the Orlando Magic. Do you have what it takes to be excellent in leadership?"

Kaitlyn Rogers: Self-Motivation (Start where you are)- We are called to be bold. God calls us to a life of leadership. Our age does not define our abilities.  Join me in experiencing God’s radical plan for our lives as young leaders. “Do not let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity”. 1 Timothy 4:12 

Erik Corcoran: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing; Matthew 6:33- On September 13th, come out and hear an immigrant, a political activist and a student who transferred 4 times before he finally figured it out. His story is a heartfelt one. The struggles and trials were part of God's plan to grow him as a person. Matthew 6:33 became his life verse and in so doing kept him focused on keeping the main thing, the main thing. 

Michelle Ard/Betsy Bolick: Women's Role in Leadership: We will examine the lives of Biblical female leaders. The word of God reveals deep truths in regards to women in leadership. Our society today has skewed the beauty of femininity and the roles of women. Please join us as we rediscover the beauty and purpose for women.

Trenton Green: Most of our significance in life comes from knowing servitude. We are all servants however with servant hood we must be effective leaders. Effective leaders are often set apart from the "in crowd" however we must know that God has destiny for our lives which calls us to be radical.

Sarah Altman: Building Effective Relationships: People, Not Power- Many people associate being a leader with power, but there is more to it than that. To become a leader, you must first learn how to build effective relationships with the people around you and sustain them. In this breakout session, we’ll discuss and get a hands-on idea of what it looks like to form lasting-relationships as a leader. Leaders are representatives of the people; therefore, we need to become relationship-driven in our leading rather than power hungry. 

Dr. Hester Young: Training tomorrow's leaders today. To change the direction of an organization, one must first develop as a leader.  When a church is floundering, the congregation looks for a new pastor. When a sports team is losing, owners look for a new coach. In troubling times, businesses look for new leadership. As managers and supervisors, if we don’t confront or challenge undesired behaviors they will continue, and the undesired behavior may become ingrained in the employee and the organization. Learn how to prevent the worse scenario from happening to you as a leader.

Garrison Stewart: Stepping Up in Leadership; Leadership Based on Strengths: Learning how to step out of your safety boat onto the treacherous waves where God has called you to walk. We will be discussing how to obliterate your comfort zone, and then lead where God has called you to lead. Stepping out is step 1, but strength based leadership can show you how you can best serve God's kingdom.

Keynote:

Dylan Gunnels: Visioneering; Why is Vision Important for Young Adults?: "What's next for me? Where do I see myself in ten years? What is God calling me to do? These burning questions bounce around the human mind at least once in a lifetime. Learn how to become a 'visioneer' over your life so that through God's guidance, you can literally engineer the vision of your life into reality."

Charleston Southern University

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