Thomas Jefferson University

Sessions & Special Events

2019-20 Sessions

Presenters: Jennifer M. Gronsky, MA, Director of Student Programs and Leadership, Thomas Jefferson University, Rebecca LeFevre, MSL, Assistant Director of Student Organizations and Leadership, Thomas Jefferson University, Ariana Reynolds, Office of Student Life and Engagement Intern, Thomas Jefferson University 

Leadership Curriculum: Personal and Professional Development, Principles of Leadership

  • Monday, September 23rd -12:00pm-1:00pm - JAH, Brent Auditorium
  • Tuesday, September 24th - 12:00pm-1:00pm - Abington-Dixon Campus, West Conference Room
  • Tuesday, September 24th - 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, Brent Auditorium
  • Wednesday, September 25th - 12:00pm-1:00pm - JAH, Brent Auditorium

Description: In this first session, we will provide an overview of the Leadership LIVE program and engage in a discussion on the many definitions and philosophies of leadership.  From there we will transition into a conversation on values and self-awareness, a foundational topic in leadership.  Self-awareness is essential for leaders, and one way to increase your self-awareness is through knowing your values and reflecting upon how they influence your beliefs and actions.  We’ll briefly discuss the principles of values-based leadership and lead participants through an activity to identify their core values.

*NOTE: Some content for this first session will be similar to last year, so you may not wish to repeat this session if you previously attended.

Presenter: Matt Bonder, MEd, Talent Development Senior Associate, Cenlar FSB
 
Leadership Curriculum: Diversity, Integrity, Personal and Professional Development, Principles of Leadership
  • Monday, October 14th  - 12:00pm-1:00pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge
  • Tuesday, October 15th - 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge

Description: As activism and social issues increases in our political landscape, it is imperative that we understand how we can best support those in our personal and professional communities.  Leaders must learn how to navigate uncomfortable situations, particularly those in which a member(s) of their communities find their actions to be hurtful or harmful. It is equally, if not more, important to recognize how best to respond when faced with criticism and what resources to utilize for growth. This session will provide the opportunity to role-play an uncomfortable scenario and identify strategies of how to best respond and support members of the community. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions they might not feel comfortable asking to ensure they are well informed on how they can support all members within their community. 

Presenter: Maurice Hayman, Director of Public Relations, Authentic Minds and Housing Coordinator, Delta Community Supports
 
Leadership Curriculum: Integrity, Personal and Professional Development, Service
  • Monday, October 28th - 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, 307
  • Monday, October 28th - 12:00pm-1:00pm - Abington-Dixon Campus
  • Tuesday, October 29th - 12:00pm - 1:00pm - JAH, 307

Description: This session will immerse students in the world of volunteering and shed new light on the benefits and power of volunteer work. Seeking opportunities which spark personal growth, learning how to gain the most from charitable work, and methods of developing your own volunteering campaign are a few of the discussions which will take place. Volunteers are often the front line soldiers for the organizations and clients they serve, which is why it is essential to connect their passion, career path, or interests with their volunteer work. Delving deeper than the basic role of a volunteer, the emotional and mental health benefits of making a difference in the world will be discussed and the statistics that support the impact that volunteering has on the community. Students will leave this session with an enlightened and refreshed view of volunteering and have a comprehensive understanding of the role service plays in developing strong leaders.

NOTE: This event will also count towards the Humanities & Health Certificate.  Students attending this program may earn dual credit towards both the Leadership LIVE Certificate and the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate.

Presenter: Amanda Owens, Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation

Leadership Curriculum: Diversity, Integrity, Personal and Professional Development

  • Wednesday, November 6th- 5:00pm-7:30pm – JAH, Brent Auditorium

Description: The current political climate has individuals paying special attention to issues that affect individuals at personal, national, and global levels.  Featuring the Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation, this program will examine gender inequality and what it means for all of us, particularly as future healthcare and industry leaders. Participants will be asked to engage in introspection on their current perceptions and knowledge of the landscape of equal rights.

This interactive discussion will be followed by a screening of the documentary film Equal Means Equal, which presents “an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues…” Following the film, participants will be asked to consider their reaction to what they saw, reflect on how their perspective may have changed, and discuss how they can become further engaged. 

 

Presenter: Colleen Dempsey, EdD, R.T.(R)(ARRT), Interim Chair, Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, College of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University
 
Leadership Curriculum: Diversity, Integrity, Personal and Professional Development, Principles of Leadership, Service, Teamwork
  • Tuesday, November 19th - 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge 
  • Wednesday, November 20th - 12:00pm-1:00pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge

Description: Organizations can sometimes be seen as “factories, families, jungles, or carnivals.”  Having multiple frames in which to view a situation helps leaders to make sense of the world around them.  With the world changing rapidly, it is imperative that leaders be able to see and understand a situation, effectively analyze it, and take action. Bolman and Deal’s Four-Frame Model helps leaders in this process and gives them the tools to move their organization forward.

Presenter: Everette Nichols, M.A., Assistant Director of Diversity and Social Justice, Thomas Jefferson University
 
Leadership Curriculum: Diversity, Integrity, Personal and Professional Development
  • Monday, December 2nd - 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge
  • Tuesday, December 3rd - 12:00pm-1:00pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge

Description: Students will learn about personal identities and perceptions of self and how those qualities can sometimes influence the way that we view others (e.g. gender gaps in test scores in math and science, the athleticism of Black men compared to their White counterparts, etc.).  The session will also provide participants with guidance on how to combat stereotypes and help make a difference in their communities as leaders.

Presenter: Matthew E. Pilecki, MA, Senior Associate Director of Development, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
 
Leadership Curriculum: Personal and Professional Development, Principles of Leadership, Teamwork
  • Monday, January 6th - 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge
  • Tuesday, January 7th - 12:00pm-1:00pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge

Description: Developing a strong network can enhance your efficacy as a leader, and, when done well, leads to relationships that last for a lifetime.  In this session, we’ll explore how to develop diverse and meaningful interprofessional relationships.  From job offers, to career changes, to mentorship, a well-rounded network will provide a platform for opportunities throughout the various stages of your career. This interactive session will include topics such as active listening, mentor courtship, healthy boundaries, professional relationship maintenance, and building a virtual presence online.

NOTE: This event will provide dual credit towards both the Leadership Certificate (1LC) and the Asano Humanities and Health Certificate.

Presenters: Jefferson Humanities and Health, Sidney Kimmel Medical College Graduate Medical Education, SKMC Wellness Thread, and the Student Personal Counseling Center

Leadership Curriculum: Integrity, Personal and Professional Development

  • Tuesday, January 14th - 6:00pm-7:30pm - Hamilton, Connelly Auditorium

Description: Learning from failure is important, but how do we deal with it on the journey towards growth? Join us as we hear from individuals from Jefferson share how they process failure and put things in perspective. Gain tools to develop a growth mindset and make a pledge to learn from errors, rather than hiding mistakes, beating yourself up, or fearing inevitable challenges. Be encouraged and supported to know you are not alone, and there is support along the way.

NOTE: This event will provide dual credit towards both the Leadership Certificate (1LC) and the Professional Communication Series.
 
Presenter: Juli McDonald, MEd, Assistant Director, Career Development Center, Jefferson University and Danielle Litwin-Moskowitz, MA, Assistant Director, Academic Support Services, Thomas Jefferson University
 
Leadership Curriculum: Integrity, Personal and Professional Development, Principles of Leadership
  • Tuesday, January 21st - 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge
  • Wednesday, January 22nd - 12:00pm-1:00pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge 

Description: Sometimes leadership can feel like a tall order, however, you don't have to be a president or CEO to be a leader.  Everyday leadership encourages you to think about the small ways you can be a leader each day. This type of leadership acknowledges the ways in which we are all connected and that even minor actions can change others’ lives.  Join us for an interactive workshop where we examine the ways we incorporate leadership in our daily work, academics, and clinical experiences.

Presenters:  Jennifer M. Gronsky,MA, Director of Student Life and Engagement, Jefferson University, Rebecca LeFevre, MSL, Assistant Director of Student Organizations and Leadership, Jefferson University, Maurice Hayman, Director of Public Relations, Authentic Minds and Housing Coordinator, Delta Community Supports

Leadership Curriculum: Diversity, Integrity, Personal and Professional Development 

  • Monday, February 3rd – 5:30pm-7:30pm - JAH, Atrium

Description: This interactive and impactful session will include a dining experience where participants are randomly assigned to upper, middle, or lower class income groups representing the actual current distribution of wealth in our country. Participants will learn more about hunger, poverty, socioeconomics, the distribution of wealth in the United States, and resource access and its impact on nutrition. This event is designed to give students a deeper understanding of these issues to foster their ability to demonstrate an important leadership quality, empathy, when encountering individuals from different socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Presenter: Matt Bonder, MEd, Talent Development Senior Associate, Cenlar FSB
 
Leadership Curriculum: Personal and Professional Development, Principles of Leadership, Teamwork
  • Monday, February 17th – 12:00pm-1:00pm - JAH, Brent Auditorium
  • Tuesday, February 18th – 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, Brent Auditorium

Description: Description: What if the path to exemplary leadership could start with following five simple steps?  In this session, we’ll incorporate renowned leadership educators Kouzes and Posner’s 30+ years of extensive research which led to The Leadership Challenge framework.  The Leadership Challenge supports the idea that anyone can be a leader.  Through understanding the five exemplary practices, participants will gain additional insights into leadership, and can begin applying these lessons to real life experiences.

Presenter: Kathryn Rose Ricciardi, MS, OTR/L, My OT and Me LLC, Austill’s Educational Therapy Services
 
Leadership Curriculum: Personal and Professional Development, Principles of Leadership, Teamwork
  • Monday, March 2nd – 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge
  • Tuesday, March 3rd - 12:00pm-1:00pm – JAH, Eakins Lounge

Description: Take a moment to think about how would you describe yourself to someone you just met. Does your answer reflect your role as a student, your profession, and/or an activity you enjoy? Often our responses have one thing in common; they only reflect what we “do.” This session will challenge participants to move the focus from just what they “do” to the more encompassing perspective of who they “are.” During this interactive session, participants will engage in activities to identify their strengths and learn how best to utilize those strengths to achieve personal, professional, and team-based goals.  Specifically, the idea of turning challenges into opportunities through creatively using your strengths will be discussed, and the presenter will share her own story of success in effectively overcoming a personal challenge.

Presenter: La’Verne R. Webb, MA, Executive Assistant to the Dean / Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, College of Life Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University and Don Trahan, Jr., PhD, LPC, Instructor, College of Life Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University
 
Leadership Curriculum: Diversity, Integrity, Teamwork
  • Monday, March 16th  – 12:00pm-1:00pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge
  • Tuesday, March 17th - 5:30pm-6:30pm - JAH, Eakins Lounge
  • Wednesday, March 18th - 12:00pm-1:00pm - Jefferson - Dixon Campus (Dixon Hall West Conference Room)

Description: This session will introduce the topic of microaggressions and help participants establish an awareness surrounding these types of occurrences in everyday life. The effects of microaggressions on both an individual and societal level will also be explored. Techniques will be discussed to minimize the occurrence of microaggressions and identify ways to respond in microaggressive situations. Participants will be asked to reflect upon how this knowledge impacts their leadership journey and influences their desire and ability to enact change.

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Additional opportunities to earn Leadership Credits include the following:

Leadership Opportunities (1LC - 2LC)

Leadership Portfolio (2LC)

Service Activities (2LC) 

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