Now in its 26th year, Leadership LSU is an LSU tradition coordinated by LSU Campus Life. With space for up to 50 senior students, it is designed to give a senior student the experience of developing and applying their leadership at high levels while in their final semesters at LSU.
Interested students should apply via Tigerlink before the December 5, 2014 deadline.
Participants chosen for Leadership LSU 2015 exhibit the capacity to learn and impact others positively through their leadership experiences. Active participation in Leadership LSU will challenge students to sharpen leadership skills and abilities, regardless of career choice.
At the end of your participation in Leadership LSU, you will be able to:
- Identify adaptive leadership challenges, including those on campus and beyond the LSU campus community.
- Articulate how a leader might begin to address complex, social issues with others members of a community.
- Predict how adaptive leadership experiences may present opportunities for your future career, educational, service and personal responsibilities and growth.
- Support other members of their Leadership LSU peer network well in their continued leadership preparation and service.
To be eligible for the program, you must:
- Apply as a Senior with at least 91 credit hours or more and plan to graduate in the spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2015.
- Have and maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
- Be deemed eligible to participate by the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability within the Office of the Dean of Students.
- Have demonstrated a strong commitment to involvement in campus and community organizations and activities, as well as articulate the values of the Commitment to Community, and a commitment to learning more about your own leadership.
- Submit two recommendation letter(s) from a faculty or staff member.
- Agree to the date and time participation requirements of Leadership LSU including:
- Session #1: Friday, Jan. 23, 9:30am – 11:30am
- Off-Campus Retreat: Friday, Jan. 30 (3:00pm) until Sat., Jan. 31 (5:00pm)
- Session #2: Friday, Feb. 6, 9:30am – 11:30am
- Session #3: Friday, Feb. 20, 9:30am – 11:30am
- Session #4: Friday, Feb. 27, 9:30am – 11:30am
- Session #5: Friday, March 13, 9:30am – 11:30am
- Session #6: Friday, March 27, 9:30am – 11:30am
- Geaux BIG Baton Rouge: Saturday, March 28, 7:30am – Mid-afternoon
- Session #7: Friday, April 17, 9:30am – 11:30am
- Closing Luncheon: Saturday, April 25, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Attendance at each of these Leadership LSU events is mandatory unless excused by a Leadership LSU staff member.
There are no costs to apply or to participate in Leadership LSU.
Leadership LSU students may purchase a Leadership LSU 2015 recognition stole to be worn at any LSU commencement ceremony (departmental, etc.) except for the main commencement exercise each semester. In previous years, these stoles have cost around $32 each. Information will be shared with students selected for Leadership LSU 2015 in the early part of the spring semester.
About Lean In Circles
Supplementing and extending the wildly popular book, Lean In, by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandburg, Lean In Circles have emerged as a powerful source of support, inspiration, and empowerment. During these gatherings, people of all genders and gender expressions come together to engage in dialogue about barriers women face to leading.
We are bringing the power and support of the Lean In Circle to LSU in fall 2014. All students, faculty, and staff at LSU, the LSU Law Center, and the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine are invited and encouraged to participate free of charge.
Friday, September 12: Kickoff
- Your Lean In Story
Friday, October 10: Education
- Power & Influence
- Creating a Level Playing Field
Friday, November 14: Exploration
- Know Your Strengths, Own Your Strengths
- Harnessing the Power of Stories
Keeping the Dialogue Going
Since there is about a month between each meeting, an online communication platform called Mightybell will be used to keep members talking. Mightybell allows the Circle members to have a greater control over the direction of the group’s conversation between meetings and will also allow members who cannot make the monthly in-person meetings to stay connected to the information the group is sharing, including videos.
To get started, visit the Mightybell Registration page and select the LSU circle called “LSU Women Lead.” Click “sign up” at the bottom of the page, enter your information, and click “sign up” again.
8:30 a.m.–Check in begins at the LSU Student Union East Lobby
9:15 a.m.–StrengthsQuest Discussion Groups
10:00 a.m.–Educational Session
10:45 p.m.–Education Session
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.–Bring your own lunch (tables will be set-up in the Ballroom)
12:30 p.m.–Educational Session
1:15 p.m.–Keynote Speaker
2:00 p.m.–Conclusion with reception to follow at the LSU Women’s Center
About the Symposium
This program aims to meet the needs of a growing female student population at LSU who report being less confident about leadership than male counterparts (MSL, 2012). We will discuss gendered issues that relate to how women lead, how women leaders are perceived, and how to break down barriers of gender in leadership roles.
Participants will take the StrengthsFinder online leadership assessment in preparation for this symposium. Access codes will be sent to participants upon registration. Should a participant fail to attend the symposium, they will be responsible for the cost of the access code ($9.99) which will be added to the University Fee Bill.
The Women’s Leadership Symposium is free to LSU students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.
The priority registration deadline is March 6, 2015. Students who register by the priority deadline will receive all materials for the conference including an access code to take the StrengthsFinder, however, registration will also be accepted on site the day of the symposium.
Attire for the conference is business casual; no shorts or athletic wear, please.
Call for Presenters
The Women’s Leadership Symposium encourages faculty, staff, and graduate students to submit program presentations by February 6, 2014. Undergraduate students who wish to present should partner with an LSU faculty or staff member or graduate assistant who has expertise in the program content area.
About Geaux Lead
The Geaux Lead Retreat is an intensive, 4-day, off-campus leadership development experience offered annually in May at an off campus retreat center. Students must register in advance for this retreat.
See more from the 2013 Geaux Lead Retreat.
Geaux Lead is open to all students (including undergraduates, graduate students, and those enrolled at the Paul M. Hebert Law School and the School of Veterinary Medicine).
Students must be in good conduct standing with the University.
What Participants Are Saying
“I think the greatest learning moment for me, was seeing how people’s strengths and personalities played out on the ropes course. I had never completed a high ropes course before and it was both challenging and encouraging.” –Participant, May 2013
“This was a LIFE CHANGING experience, and I feel that even those words aren’t enough to describe all of the feelings and emotions I have when thinking about this retreat. I have met AMAZING people who I can sincerely call my friends, and have found new facets of myself, both as a leader and as a citizen of the world that I cannot wait to explore. Thank you again for providing opportunities for us to push ourselves and opportunities for us to allow ourselves to be encouraged and carried by our peers.” -Mercedes Townsend, May 2013
“I feel more comfortable with myself and what my strengths are so that I can focus them to accomplish more.” –Bryce Bourgeois, May 2013
“After attending the Geaux Lead Retreat, I feel like I was given information to learn more about my strengths and the strengths of others. I now think I am prepared to work better in groups by looking for other people’s strengths instead of weaknesses.” –Morgan Matchett, May 2013
Includes: all meals; all materials for the program, including the Challenge Course; transportation to off-campus retreat location; and a StrengthsFinder online access code
Billed: must be paid upon registration
While Leading Edge program requires a fee, Campus Life will work with all interested students so finances are not a barrier to participation. For more information or questions, contact Rachel Champagne, Assistant Director of Campus Life, via e-mail or call 225-578-5160 no later than May 1, 2015.
Refunds will only be granted to students who cancel by May 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Central, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org AND another student is added to take the place of the cancellation. Otherwise, the fee will be forfeited.
Because this retreat is held at an off-campus retreat location, students must commit to the entire program.
The retreat is limited to 60 participants annually. Once the capacity has been reached, a waiting list will be established. Students may be called from the waiting list up to 48 hours preceding the retreat.
When attending Geaux Lead, students will develop their knowledge of leadership with
- An introduction to foundational principles of leadership
- General knowledge of leadership styles and effective approaches to leading
- An understanding of individual talents and strengths utilizing the Gallup StrengthsFinderä
- Activities testing group dynamics and teaching how to work within systems, and
- Activities that increase understanding of human difference, diversity, and identity development
According to surveys from previous Geaux Lead retreats, students report learning more about themselves as leaders and effective group members, as well as, having a better appreciation for each other’s differences.