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.