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Monday, August 28: 12:15pm-1:00pm

Tuesday, August 29: 1:00pm-1:45pm

Tuesday, August 29: 4:30pm-6:00pm

The Power of One, the Value of All

Fall Leadership Institute 2017
August 28-29

The Fall Leadership Institute (FLI), sponsored by the Divison of Student Affairs, is a two-day leadership conference opportunity for all undergraduate students, including those who are involved in clubs and organizations or are student staff members interested in furthering their leadership development.

This year, we are pleased to announce some new and exciting changes to the FLI lineup:

  • More focused, two-day schedule
  • Professional etiquette dinner
  • Dance Floor Theory

The Power of One, The Value of All

The theme for 2017 is The Power of One, the Value of All. The Power of One emphasizes the importance and responsibility that each individual has on their own leadership journey; the Value of All highlights our commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture, globalization, and one university while promoting the importance of teamwork and the benefit of working together as one community. Students who experience FLI will leave empowered by their individual abilities while understanding the importance and value of teamwork and community building.‌

Breakout Session Topics

Students can choose from 60 1-Hour Breakout Session with titles including:

  • The Power of One: Finding Value in the Worst Situation
  • Big Brave Life
  • Harnessing the Power of Habits
  • America's Modern Day Civil Rights Movement
  • Clubs & Orgs: The Power of Your Involvement 
  • Effective Leadership Through Physical, Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Self-Care
  • Ask the Lawyer: The Power of Handling Conflict
  • Leading by Your Values
  • Resilency: The One and the Many
  • Inspiring Leaders for Gender Equity
  • The Power of Your Academic Portfolio
  • Who Are You? And Who Do You Want to Be? Developing Your Character and Identity

What Students said about FLI 2016

  • "Met someone who worked as an interviewer and learned some great interview and resumé tips. I had heard all the standard one-liners about resumés and interviews but the alumni I spoke with really had original and helpful information."
  • "The most valuable thing that I picked up was that our different experiences that have shaped our lives will also shape our communication styles. Sometimes the communication styles will not mesh but rather than getting frustrated we should work harder so understanding is achieved"
  • "Learning to think critically about service and the more long term justice impacts service can have as we look to advance the common good. Service and our tagline can be something easily written off as not controversial, but it really requires that critical thinking aspect in order to truly advance the common good."
  • "I loved being able to discuss different topics with other leaders on campus. It was refreshing to have an open dialogue about lots of different topics."
  • "Gained insight into what it is like to transition from College to the working world"
  • "I really enjoyed being able to connect with alumni and hear about their experiences at St. Thomas and how that has helped them in their lives."
  • "Most valuable thing I learned from this experience was how aware we need to be as to our choice of words and how we say things."

Objectives

At FLI Students will: 

  • Explore and develop skills in intercultural communication, networking and group dynamics
  • Think critically about their personal leadership styles and find opportunities to develop them
  • Work skillfully with student leaders, faculty and staff to engage in dialogue and collaborate to create intentionally inclusive environments and quality programming on campus
  • Learn resources in fiscal management, marketing, time management, event planning and other University policies and procedures to make informed decisions and create successful programs
  • Learn to articulate their leadership experience, how their roles fit within the context of the larger St. Thomas community and how they contribute to advancing the common good for all