William Woods to host ODK Leadership Conference

Claire Tse
Claire Tse

Claire Tse, a consultant on teamwork, will be the keynote speaker for a leadership conference Feb. 6 at William Woods University. Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society, is hosting the conference in conjunction with the Center for Student Involvement. More than 120 students have registered to attend.

“This is our fifth year putting on the conference, and we continue to get great feedback from students stating the value of the experience,” said Lacey Sweeten Randall, director of student involvement, said.

“We always want students to be involved and try new things so, with that in mind, this year the ODK students wanted to focus on perspective. They chose sessions that give students an opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and experience something from a new perspective.”

A master facilitator and executive coach, Tse focuses on helping people work more efficiently and effectively with each other in many different cultures. Her well-received workshops include an infusion of cultural intelligence, conflict resolution and “above the line” leadership mindset.

The conference begins with registration and breakfast at 9 a.m., and Tse will deliver the keynote address at 9:30 a.m. in Dulany Auditorium. During the conference, participants will attend three of the nine sessions offered.

Sessions include:

Above the Line Leadership Skills: Reframing Your Unconscious Biases with Tse. The session will go deeper into the topics introduced during the keynote presentation, including the perceptions and biases that affect leadership abilities.

#SorryNotSorry with Beth Oseroff, Mariah Wheaton and Joren Trimble, graduate assistants for the Office of Student Life. It can be hard for leaders to advocate their point of view. How can a person be a catalyst of change without being called bossy or that other B word? This session will give students the opportunity to engage in dialog of self-reflection about topics such as confidence, the “I’m sorry” culture and interpersonal relationships.

Tim Hanrahan
Tim Hanrahan

Learning Through Movement: Your Perspective with Tim Hanrahan, assistant professor of physical education; chair, education, human performance and humanities. Movement-based education is an up-and-coming topic in today’s world. Recent research has shown that students who engage in purposeful movement that incorporates knowledge retain that knowledge at a higher rate.

Show up as You, Nothing Else is True with Jamie Palermo, WWU graduate student. This will be a discussion of how thoughts create attitudes, which in turn affect actions.

Find Your Herd: Ride the Yak with Perspective with Shannon Garcia, a graduate assistant in student involvement. This interactive discussion will help leaders better understand the use of social media platforms, such as Yik Yak and Facebook, the social themes at play, and how to collaborate with peers and officers to redirect the conversation.

Carrie McCray
Carrie McCray

Nonverbal Communication: It Goes without Saying with Carrie McCray, associate dean of academic assessment and associate professor of ASL interpreting. This session is geared toward helping students understand their own non-verbal communication as well as read the communication of others. Interactions with others in school and employment settings encompass various modes of nonverbal expression, so it’s important for students to see whether their nonverbal cues are holding them back or if they are on track.

Through the Looking Glass with Amy Dittmer, director of career services, and Alaina Leverenz, senior in communications. This session is geared towards members of fraternities and sororities, and participants will analyze and reflect on the varying stereotypes associated with fraternity/sorority life.

Kasi Lacey
Kasi Lacey

Women in Leadership: How to Handle Conflict and Have Difficult Conversations with Kasi Lacey, executive director of the Wellness Center at Westminster College. During this session, the discussion will focus on different conflict styles and how gender stereotypes have influenced women’s perceptions on conflict management. Additionally, information that can enhance a person’s communication skills and comfort in handling conflict will be provided.

Venita Mitchell
Venita Mitchell

Today’s Students In our Community … A Global Perspective with Venita Mitchell, vice president and dean of student life. Mitchell will discuss what leading and learning at William Woods have to do with the world community and how being WWU students and citizens of the world are perhaps not so different.

Omicron Delta Kappa strives for excellence in leadership and character development and values scholarship, service, integrity, character and fellowship. The organization has initiated more than 300,000 members since its founding in 1914.

The society recognizes not only academic achievement, but also scholarship, athletics, campus or community service, social or religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech and mass media, and creative and performing arts.

Omicron Delta Kappa is committed to developing campus leaders who will become tomorrow’s community leaders. Members display exemplary character, responsible leadership and service in campus and community life, superior scholarship, genuine fellowship and consecration of democratic ideals.