CLARION, Pa. – The Advisory Board for Leadership and Engagement at Clarion University organized a Leadership in Action conference on Saturday, March 8.
The theme for this year’s day-long event was “Lead Your Legacy” and consisted of sessions based around leadership and engagement as well as keynote speaker.
Robert Robilotta presented a speech in the morning session prior to a one-hour lunch break that was described as being motivational and inspirational by students. His speech focused on empowerment, and when asked what he hoped to achieve by speaking at the conference, Robilotta said, “Ultimately, the business of planting seeds, so in other words it’s my goal that what I have done and what specific aspects of my message were received, like seeds – I have planted them.” He used the analogy of a planted seed, and students need to water them and feed them to grow as people. Robilotta continued, “I did a couple of sessions at the National Center for Student Leadership, and that was down in New Orleans, so some of your students here, they were there and they wanted me to speak here. They saw me and thought I would be fit for this conference going on.”
He also said that college students try to do things a lot on their own, and are “who they are and why they are who they are,” which is not a bad thing, but student leaders get “burnt out” quickly, and empowerment helps them help themselves. The second half of the conference saw multiple sessions being held by speakers in their chosen field. One session was called, “What’s your navigational point?” and was hosted by Patrick McGourty, Emily Romig and Kaiti Capurro.
The session consisted of a personality test to determine what type of leaders students were, as well as a reflective discussion on what had been learnt.
One student who participated in the session was Chelsea Brien, a junior early education major and secretary of the Tri Sigma sorority.
“I am actually secretary of my sorority, so this is a great opportunity to be a leader. There are five of us on our exec. board, and we all chose to come here to learn more about leadership skills. I thought this one would be interesting. I read the description of each, and I thought I will just go with this one, it looks fun,” Brien said. “I have definitely taken leadership skills [from the event]. The main reasons we came was to just better ourselves. There’s new things in each session.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]