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LEAD Series

LEAD: Leaders Engaging in Actions for Development

Are you just beginning your leadership journey? Looking to expand your leadership skills? Want to connect with other students while growing skills that will allow you to succeed in class, in your co-curricular experiences, and in your career path? LEAD is a series of open workshops available to all Ohio State students. Our goal is to make leadership more accessible and inclusive to students throughout the year. For any questions, contact Brian Menard at

Spring 2021 Workshop Offerings:

All ten LEAD sessions for Spring 2021 will be hosted virtually through CarmenZoom. Students must register for the sessions below in order to participate.

Requesting Accommodations

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in a LEAD event, please contact Brian Menard at or 614-688-3515. Requests made by one week before the selected session will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Get to Know Your True Colors

Tuesday, January 19th, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

(rescheduled from the 18th to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Wednesday, February 17th, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm


This workshop is designed to aid participants in understanding their own personalities and how they might complement or conflict with others. All students may benefit from this understanding as it is useful in leadership, relationship, and teamwork settings. Values and individual characteristics will also be examined through the True Colors assessment, which will be useful for students to understand as they consider future involvement, volunteer, or career opportunities.

Explore Your Values 

Tuesday, January 26th from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

In this interactive session, students will explore their own personal values. Students will do activities to help them identify their core values and reflect on both how those impact their lives and how they developed those values. Knowledge of your own personal values is critical to making decisions about what is best for you during your college experience, as values guide decisions with friends, classes, co-curricular activities, and even professional careers.

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: Time Management and Stress Relief

Thursday, February 4th, from 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Monday, April 5th, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm


This workshop is critical for students because of the many stressors they'll be exposed to in the college learning environment. Participating students will define stress, examine examples of stressors they have or may encounter, and develop self-care and time-management strategies to address these stressors. These tools will enable them to more successfully balance new responsibilities and academic deadlines.

Fall in Love With Your Love Languages

Thursday, February 11th, from 12:30 - 1:30 pm

In this workshop, students will learn how to identify both their own love languages and those of others. Through this, they will be able to improve their communication and relationship building skills with peers, friends, mentors, and significant others. As students continue to be exposed to new learning and living environments, being able to navigate various communication styles will be critical in helping them adapt. Furthermore, the reflective piece of the activity will enable students to more effectively articulate what they personally need to thrive within both social and professional contexts.

Thanks for Coming to My TED Talk: Public Speaking Basics

Monday, February 22nd, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

In this workshop, participating students will come to recognize themselves as public speakers. Through small-group practices in speaking, participating students will develop the confidence to share their ideas and better understand how to communicate those ideas with varying audiences. This workshop is ideal for students seeking practical tools to articulate themselves in new settings.

Discover Your Creative Type

Monday, March 1st, from 12:30 - 1:30 pm

In this workshop, students will redefine creativity and how they can personally approach innovation. Many students approach a new semester a fixed-approach to academics or even confusion around what they will be studying. However, this workshop is designed to help them examine their individual strengths and encourage flexible thinking and collaboration. These points will especially aid students in considering new academic challenges or opportunities for collaborative work with their peers. Furthermore, it will serve as a strong foundation to turn to when students face challenges or barriers that require a creative approach in order to come to a solution.

Networking Essentials

Tuesday, March 16th, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

In this workshop, participating students will discuss the many components of networking, making introductions, and following up on connections. Topics related to appropriate email response times and maintaining a public social media account will also be briefly covered. Participants will also get to put these tips and strategies to practice by delivering their own elevator pitches, or brief professional introductions, to each other during the session. Understanding the various steps of networking and actually practicing these steps will prepare participating students for future involvement and job interviews at The Ohio State University and beyond.

Personal Branding

Friday, March 26th, from 12:30 - 1:30 pm

In this workshop, students will participate in an extension of values exploration through an audit of their own social personal branding. Participants will define brands, then discuss examples of how brands and brand maintenance can apply to individual people. Then, participants will pair up to complete a social media audit with a partner by checking to see if their social media presence and messaging is consistent with the personal brand they aim to present to the world. Reflecting on and refining one's personal brand can be beneficial for future networking opportunities but acts as a relevant exercise on consistency across the many domains of a student's life.

Be Brave, Be Vulnerable: Leadership and Vulnerability

Monday, March 29th, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

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.