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Strong leadership begins with self-awareness and self-reflection. Programs focused on Personal Exploration are designed to do just that - bolster your own understanding of your strengths, your areas for growth, and the unique way you can contribute as a leader.

TO REGISTER FOR LEADERSHIP WEEK SESSIONS: visit go.osu.edu/LeadershipWeekParticipantRSVP

Schedule of Events:

Monday, October 3

Get Involved Where You Live

11am-Noon

Curl Viewpoint

Curious how to get involved on campus in the residence halls? Learn how getting involved where you live can help you connect with peers, grow as a person, and learn transferable skills to benefit your future. We’ll discuss the opportunities available through Housing and Residence Education, provide tips for reflection to do before applying to opportunities, and sharing the ways in which you can grow as a leader through these opportunities.

Themes: Career Development, Community Engagement, Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students

 

Explore Your Values

7-8pm

VIRTUAL

Values help us drive every decision we make. Come to this interactive virtual workshop in order to learn more about your core values and how they apply to your leadership skills, styles, and goals

Themes: Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students

Tuesday, October 4

A Critical Look at Leadership Assessment - Can They Do Harm? 

1-2pm

Room 136, Ramseyer Hall

Personal assessments are used widely on college campuses and in leadership/career development. They also continue to be a part of professional development in the workforce. Sometimes students/employees are given a choice to participate and sometimes assessment are mandatory. Typically, assessments are presented as a helpful tool grounded in research, but in reality, many assessments are not widely supported by research. Additionally, the results may not be applicable or supported for marginalized populations or are impacted by bias and stereotypes. It is incredibly important that we learn about the critiques of assessments as consumers of this data as we learn more about ourselves. Come learn how to utilize and interpret assessments through a lens of ethics and care.

Themes: Personal Exploration, Inclusion

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students

 

Leveraging Handshake

5:30-6:30pm

VIRTUAL

Do you want to connect with employers, research job and internship opportunities, and even chat with students who have already had your dream job or internship? Every Ohio State student can explore job and internship opportunities through Handshake. Leveraging Handshake is a free workshop for all Ohio State students, hosted by Buckeye Careers in the Office of Student Life. You will learn how to make the most out of Handshake to find a part time job, internship, or full time job. This workshop will empower you to research potential employers, and to use Handshake to contact them. You will also learn how to use Handshake for career exploration and to find out what other students with similar majors and interests have done.

Themes: Career Development, Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students

Leadership In Service: Buck-I-SERV Trip Leader Experiences Panel

5:30-6:30pm

Student Alumni Council Room (Ohio Union)

Buck-I-SERV is Ohio State University's Alternative Break Program. Buck-I-SERV is to provide students with a challenging and engaging opportunity to lead and learn through direct service experiences. Hear from recent Buck-I-SERV trip leaders about their experiences and what they learned about leading groups of students through an alternative break experience.

Themes: Community Engagement, Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students

 

Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service 5th Annual Open House

5:30-7:30pm

Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service (Ohio Union)

The Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service invites all Ohio State students to see and experience leadership through the lens of student organization involvement. Stop by the KBK Center to enjoy free food, meet student organization leaders, learn about resources available to organizations and individual students and deepen your leadership experiences here at Ohio State. Food provided

Themes: Community Engagement, Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students, Faculty/Staff

Featured Session: Practicing Everday Leadership

7:30-8:30pm

VIRTUAL

In Student Life, we believe that leadership is not a position, but a process and something that you practice every day. Leadership doesn’t belong to a specific type or person – it is a series of skills that can be learned and developed by anyone. Come to this panel to hear from current leaders across The Ohio State University about how they practice leadership every day.

Panelists To Be Announced:

Themes: Career Development Community Engagement, Inclusion, Personal Exploration, Wellness

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students, Faculty/Staff

Wednesday, October 5

Thank You for Coming to My TEDTalk: Public Speaking Basics

11:30am-12:30pm

Senate Chamber (Ohio Union)

Learn more about the basics of public speaking and how you can engage your audience, no matter what you need to share.

Themes: Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students

Women's Career Journeys - Focusing on Authenticity, Balance, and Challenge

11:30am-12:30pm

Brutus Buckeye Room (Ohio Union)

Women’s career journeys have steadily become a topic of focus during the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to be spotlighted moving into a new normal post-lockdown. This session will look to emphasize female-identifying individual’s career journeys with a focus on authenticity, balance, and challenge. Participants can expect to spend time centering on their values and desires for when entering their full-time career. Female-identifying individuals from all colleges, departments, and majors are welcomed to engage in conversation.

Themes: Career Development, Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students

Get Involved Where You Live 

1-2pm

Curl Viewpoint

Curious how to get involved on campus in the residence halls? Learn how getting involved where you live can help you connect with peers, grow as a person, and learn transferable skills to benefit your future. We’ll discuss the opportunities available through Housing and Residence Education, provide tips for reflection to do before applying to opportunities, and sharing the ways in which you can grow as a leader through these opportunities.

Themes: Community Engagement, Personal Exploration, Career Development

Audience: Undergraduate Students

 

Building a Career Vision 

3-4pm

VIRTUAL

What academic program both interests me and would lead to a fulfilling career? How do I choose between two equally appealing summer options? Having a career vision can help to answer these questions and more. Attend this workshop to learn about how a challenge mindset, along with your interests and values can help in building your vision and directing your next steps.

Themes: Career Development, Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students

Showcasing Leadership Experiences on Your Resume

7-8pm

VIRTUAL

In this session, we will talk through effective strategies to highlight your past and future leadership experiences on your resume. We will also talk about how past internships, jobs, or clubs -- which you may not see as formal leadership experiences -- can be framed to help a future employer see your leadership skills and potential. You do not need a resume already written to attend.

Themes: Career Development, Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students

Thursday, October 6

How Leaders Leverage Technology

11am-noon

Design Lab at COhatch Gateway

Participants will learn why ‘less is more’ with technology and be encouraged to use their technology in creative and productive ways instead of letting technology use them.

Themes: Career Development, Personal Exploration, Wellness

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students

 

Lunch and Learn: Building YOUR Leadership Style 

11:30am-12:30pm

Barbie Tootle Room (Ohio Union)

Strong leadership begins with self-awareness and self-reflection on your strengths, your areas for growth, and the unique way you can contribute as a leader.Come to this lunch and learn to explore more about how you can be a leader. Food is provided

Themes: Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students

Create a Personal Brand with Adobe Express

1:30-2:30pm

Design Lab at COhatch Gateway

Get creative with Adobe Express. Participants will learn how to produce graphic designs, edit videos and build web pages. These skills are highly transferrable to internship and job searches, student organizations, academic projects, and creative projects or hobbies!

Themes: Career Development, Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students

True Colors and Cupcakes 

3-4:30pm 

Keith B. Key Center Lounge (Ohio Union)

Participants will get to learn more about themselves through the True Colors assessment, which will be useful for students to understand as they consider future involvement, volunteer, or career opportunities. You will also get to decorate cupcakes with icing that matches their true color to have a hands on (and tasty!) experience!

Themes: Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students

 

Pop Up Leadership Challenge

3-4pm 

TBD

Engage with a community partner to solve a real world issue/challenge facing their organization with a group of students from across campus in this pop-up challenge.

Themes: Career Development, Community Engagement, Inclusion, Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students, Faculty/Staff

Friday, October 7

Don't Share That! Media Literacy for a Healthier Democracy

11am-noon

VIRTUAL

What’s your strategy for assessing the accuracy of your news? Do you have one? This presentation provides a media literacy framework for students and practitioners to resist the spread of false information online and might even help save democracy in the process.

Themes: Community Engagement, Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students, Faculty/Staff

Be True To You: Leadership and Vulnerability

11:30am-12:30pm

Senate Chamber (Ohio Union)

In this workshop, students will learn to embrace discomfort and vulnerability as strengths. College students are exposed to many opportunities to develop their leadership efficacy, through student organizations, community service, and even academic engagements like research or living-learning communities. By embracing vulnerability, students will feel empowered to be their authentic selves which will translate into better outcomes both personally and professionally.

Themes: Career Development, Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students

Young Alumni Panel

Noon-1pm

VIRTUAL

Engage and network with young alumni from the Ohio State University and learn how they navigate the transitions, find leadership opportunities after Ohio State and make connections for networking.

Themes: Career Development, Community Engagement, Personal Exploration

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate/Professional Students


Questions? Contact Anna Wagner for more information!