Events and Activities
During the 2015 to 2016 year, the Center for Leadership Excellence was involved in the following types of events:
Faculty Leadership Year (FLY) Program: Faculty from across the university are nominated by their deans to join a leadership development program during the academic year. The programming is a joint effort of the CLE and the Center for Faculty Development (CFD). The second year took place during 2015-2016, and the third session is scheduled for 2016-2017.
WKU LEAD Coalition: The CLE joined with various units across campus two years ago to establish this group with the intention of making WKU a center for leadership development, research, and application in the region. This second year activity provided a major area conference on “Women Leading” with guest lecturers from across the region and nation. More than 200 participants took part in this activity which was our second and most successful endeavor so far.
Leadership Visioning: The CLE and CFD collaborated in August to present a training program on leadership visioning to the department heads retreat of Ogden College. As a result of this event, the College revised its vision statement and later one department head in the college requested additional training in visioning for his faculty and staff.
Ubuntu Week: In an effort to provide more global understanding of leadership concepts the CLE worked with other units on campus to provide a Ubuntu Week during which guests from Africa provided insights and information about this traditional manner of addressing leadership in their cultures.
Strategic Planning: The CLE staff developed a series of training programs in strategic planning for the Elizabethtown campus of WKU. These three sessions led the staff to create a new strategic plan for that campus
Engage Leadership Luncheon Group: The CLE collaborated with external supporters to develop a very successful Engage Leadership Luncheon Group which met five times during the year and participated in discussion of leadership from five CEO’s or major organizational leaders. These speakers included the CEO of a local international business organization, the Executive Secretary of the national Chamber of Commerce, the General Manager of IBM, the CEO of the US Bankcorp, and the President/CEO of a major health organization. Plans are moving forward for continuing this series in 2016-2017.
KMA Medical Development Seminar: The CLE was invited by local physicians to work with the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) to provide a leadership development seminar for local physicians. This very successful event took place in October 2015 with more than 30 physicians spending their Saturday devoted to enhancing various aspects of their leadership knowledge and planning.
Local Leadership Training: The CLE provided the programming for regional local leadership development programs throughout the year. These programs focused on the leadership needed to promote economic and social development in the region and to increase the number of local leaders who are skilled and willing to take these roles.
LEAD Kentucky: The CLE provided programming for one session of this statewide group which features leadership development for Kentucky’s college women to help them prepare for leadership roles in the Commonwealth.
International Leadership Association Conference: The CLE director took part in the International Leadership Association annual conference in October; in addition, she provides ideas and suggestions for leadership development for local organizational leaders who have an interest in developing leadership programs in their units.
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