Fall Leadership Institute 2020

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Are you excited to start a new leadership position this fall? Are you interested in learning more about leadership and opportunities for the future? If so, then you will not want to miss the 2020 Fall Leadership Institute! The Fall Leadership Institute (FLI), sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, is a leadership conference 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 event includes workshops on leadership skill development and trainings for event planning and club management for student leaders. 
10am – 1pm     

Leadership Plunge (Click here & sign into Tommie Link to RSVP for this session)

  • Speaker: TDB    
10am – 10:50am      

New Club Leader Training (Click here & sign into Tommie Link to RSVP for this session)

  • Speaker: Jeff Holstein
11am – 12:30pm

Membership Retention: Keeping Students Engaged and Involved in Campus Organizations (Click here & sign into Tommie Link to RSVP for this session)

  • Speaker: Dave Kelly
12:30pm – 1pm

                                                   Break for Lunch

1pm – 2pm

Event Planning With A Culture of Care (Click here & sign into Tommie Link to RSVP for this session)

  • Host: Jeff Holstein
  • Panelists: Melanie Tucker, Kevin Manson, Allie Quinn, Dustin Killpack, & Margaret Cahill
3pm - 3:45pm 

Understanding the St. Thomas Political Activity Policy (Click here & sign into Tommie Link to RSVP for this session)

(Day 1 / 10am – 1pm) Leadership Plunge

In the Leadership Plunge Interactive Workshop, your student leaders will examine their current leadership styles, diving deeper into situational leadership theory, in a highly interactive setting. They will discover where they waste time and learn the critical skills to help them succeed in the areas of student leadership that frustrate and hold them back. 


Session Outline


General welcome with an introduction of facilitators and the program.

Personal Shield

Ice Breaker activity designed to engage the participants to start thinking about who they are as a person.

Leadership Toolbox

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on when they were “their best self” and what leadership traits they exhibited. Participants will share examples of some of the most effective leadership strategies that they have used to be successful. Participants will have the chance to learn from other students and gain new ideas to be an effective leader.

My Johari Window: Becoming More Self-Aware

The Johari Window activity designed to assist participants in recognizing and gaining awareness of his/her role in self- development and the development of others.

Crucial Conversations

Participants will learn skills to engage in true dialogue, identify the right problem to hold the right conversation, how to control emotions in conversations, and skills to go from talking to getting results.



Managing Your Energy Not Your Time

Participants will learn skills to help fight off burnout and stress, techniques to become more energized, how to understand the power of self-appreciation and maximizing change in their own life.

Your 8 Vital Friends – Creating Your Support Network

Participants will learn how to enjoy the benefits of sharing insights and successes with like-minded individuals and will expand their body of knowledge on areas of competency and networks.

Discussion of Leadership Blueprint

Participants will develop a course of action to continue developing their leadership abilities.


Conclusion of the program and Wrap-Up.


Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program, students will learn: 

  • how to identify personal leadership styles that are utilized on a day-to-day basis
  • how to examine how their leadership values translate into actions
  • how to effectively navigate through different real life scenarios utilizing Situational Leadership Theory
  • how to create alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes emotional, or risky interactions
  • how to create a course of action to continue developing their leadership abilities.


(Day 2 / 10am – 10:50am) New Club Leader Training

This session is dedicated to helping club leaders transition into their new roles within their clubs. Advisors and current or new club leaders are invited to join us virtually to learn the basics of club policies, organization management strategies, and other tools that are essential to operating your club on campus. 


(Day 2 / 11am – 12:30pm) Membership Retention: Keeping Students Engaged and Involved in Campus Organizations

Recruiting members is one thing, keeping them is another. There is a natural ebb and flow to the school year, but it seems that, as time goes on, campus organizations have fewer and fewer active members. Learn how to engage members with effective involvement techniques and learn the key features of retention that will keep them coming back, especially in an online environment.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program, students will learn: 

  • How to run effective, fun meetings, both virtually and in-person.
  • Dealing with circumstances that keep members from being involved.
  • How to handle conflicts and resolve them for effective club functioning.
  • Tips to delegating to your members and ways to keep them motivated.
  • Basics of parliamentary procedure.


(Day 2 / 1pm – 2pm) Event Planning With A Culture of Care

For this upcoming year, you will need to know about the various university policies, expectations, and other considerations when planning for the health and safety of your participants at events. This session will have various representatives from across the university to provide guidance and answer questions you may have about planning virtual or in-person events this year. Participants attending this session will need to read the provided resources beforehand for context. 


  • Melanie Tucker - Director of Health Promotion, Resilience, and Violence Prevention
  • Kevin Manson - Director of the Anderson Student Center
  • Allie Quinn - Disability Specialist
  • Dustin Killpack - Assistant Director for the Center for the Common Good
  • Margaret Cahill - Director of Campus Life 


(Day 2 / 3pm – 3:45pm) Understanding the St. Thomas Political Activity Policy


Help us increase our communities civic engagement. Join this workshop to learn the what-how-why of our UST Political Activity Policy.


  • Katharine Hill - Associate Professor, School of Social Work Director
  • Amy McDonough - Chief of Staff
  • Sara Gross Methner - General Counsel
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "I learned how to embrace good leadership skills and the power of the mind overall."
We look forward to seeing you at FLI in August! If you have any questions, please email campuslife@stthomas.edu