Students from the middle school student council joined thousands of other student leaders at a Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conference in Chicago, IL on February 10th – 12th.
LEAD Conferences offer experiential leadership skills development to students and advisers, and are a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which also administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.
BCD students attended workshops on improving leadership skills, problem solving, project planning, fundraising, team building, idea sharing, and networking. The students were accompanied by Middle School STEM Teacher, Phil Mayhoffer, and 5th Grade Teacher, Katy Smullen.
“The LEAD Conferences offer talented young people from across the country the opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills in order to make a difference in their schools and communities,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP.
The event keynote speaker, Heather Schulz, shared a number of touching experiences and highlighted some important leadership lessons. Here are some takeaways:
Chase perfection and you will catch excellence.
Failure’s part of life, y’all. Think of what you gain while you fail—experience.
When you are at your best, you let go of the rest.
Tomorrow is always more important than yesterday.
(and from the mouth of her 5-year-old daughter) I don’t want to let anyone feel like a leftover. NO MORE LEFTOVERS!
"These students are learning that they are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but that they should lead with integrity, vision, and passion TODAY, making our world a better place NOW—a place of hope and encouragement", shares Phil Mayhoffer.
LEAD Conferences are held three times each school year, and are growing in popularity in the U.S. and abroad. Attendance at each conference includes representation from an average of 23 states. In recent years, the LEAD Conferences have also attracted a more global audience with student delegations coming from a variety of countries that have included Bermuda, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. The attendance by these groups has enriched the conference experience for all attendees and provided a unique, multicultural networking opportunity for student leaders who discover their similar goals to improve their schools and communities through their leadership activities.