Second Annual Conference Inspires Future Leaders
The Future Oswego Leaders Conference once again drew dozens of students to network, learn and prepare for their post-college careers.
The second annual student-organized conference program held in spring included presentations on different aspects of leadership, a luncheon and breakout sessions with alumni and guests in different career fields.
La-Dana Jenkins '94, owner of Career Calling and keynote speaker, reminisced about her days as an active student participating in the Black Student Union, Telefund, WTOP-TV, acting and working as a public relations intern.
"I didn't realize at the time how much these roles would prepare me for where I am at this moment in my life," Jenkins said. "They were shaping me into a leader."
She focused on the value of self-evaluation as a tool to keep focused and influence others through leadership.
"It's imperative to know who you are and why you're doing what you're doing," Jenkins said. "Get to really know yourself: the good, the bad and the ugly.
"Work on developing your weaknesses and continually nurturing your strengths," she said.
The conference featured individual sessions with Nichole Wenderlich '02 and Alumni Relations Director Michael Sgro. Wenderlich, a digital media specialist for St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, presented "How to Market Yourself as a Leader" and Sgro offered "How to Get Alumni to ‘Like' You" using social media.
The next conference is slated for March 8 to 10, 2013. Details will be posted on the conference's website in the coming months.
⎯ Shane M. Liebler
La-Dana Jenkins '94, left, keynote speaker for the Future Oswego Leaders Conference, talks April 1 with childhood education major Christine Quattro '12 in the Hewitt Union ballroom.
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