Joining with college students from across Missouri, a William Woods University sophomore took a few days to grow in leadership and her faith in the Missouri state capital.
Selected by the Governor’s office upon the recommendation of her school, Sara Piland attended the Governor’s Leadership Forum: Faith and Values in Leadership at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City Jan. 7, 8 and 9.
Approximately 90 students from Missouri universities and colleges attended the conference. This was the second year that a William Woods student was selected to attend.
The students heard speeches by people such as Governor Bob Holden, Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Limbaugh and Debbye Turner, a TV personality, veterinarian and former Miss America.
They also worked on service projects with Habitat for Humanity, orphanages, prisons and nursing homes. In addition, they had a chance to hone their team-building skills and enjoy dessert at the Governor’s mansion.
Piland, a WWU public relations major from Arlington, Texas, said that it was more than just a leadership conference.
“The overall idea was that you were already a leader, but this was how to improve your skills and see God’s role in it all,” explained Piland. “The speakers spoke about their struggle in ‘making it to the top’ and how God had helped them individually.”
Piland believes this to be a once in a lifetime experience. “I am glad I got to take part,” said Piland. “I had the chance to talk to some of the most powerful people in Missouri. It’s something I would encourage any student to go to.”