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LEADStrong Program

LEADStrong at Cabrini is a co-curricular leadership program where students discover their leadership abilities, hone their skills, and gain an edge on the competition in the workplace.

Using the Social Change Model of Leadership Development and StrengthsQuest to cover topics such as self-awareness, conflict resolution, résumé writing, and group dynamics, LEADStrong prepares students through a holistic leadership experience to become socially responsible leaders engaged within diverse communities.

  • Students address these topics in a variety of ways and at their own pace. The program is designed to fit all styles of learners and be manageable for any busy lifestyle. 

A staff mentor guides students in creating a leadership-development plan. Participants meet with their mentor to register for sessions.

A student will successfully complete the LEADStrong Program with a capstone presentation, which will be assessed through the LEADStrong Capstone Rubric.

Email LEADStrong@cabrini.edu with any questions.

Cabrini also offers a certificate and minor in leadership studies through the Leadership and Organizational Development Department.

LEADStrong Workshops – Fall 2016

Diversity @ Cabrini 
Thursday, Sept. 8, 5–6:15pm, Grace Hall, Multipurpose Room

This workshop will provide a basic understanding of diversity and its many dimensions. Participants will explore the range of lived experiences, challenges, and celebrations of diversity as it relates to themselves, as a campus, and as a community.  

  • Facilitator: Sarah Carter, Office of Student Diversity Initiatives
  • 1 point, Diversity Track, Consciousness of Self, Citizenship, Collaboration

Resume and Cover Letter Writing 101
Monday, Sept. 12, 5:30pm, Center for Career and Professional Development

Learn the basics of writing a resume and cover letter.

  • Facilitators: Kareem Calliste, Center for Career and Professional Development
  • 1 point, Consciousness of Self

Cultural Competence
Thursday, Sept. 15, 56:15pm, Dixon House Classroom

This workshop will generate dialogue about cultural competence in our society and ways in which to increase our knowledge as individuals and as a community to create a more inclusive society.

  • Facilitator: Sarah Carter, Office of Student Diversity Initiatives
  • 1 point, Diversity Track, Consciousness of Self, Citizenship, Collaboration

Applying to Graduate School
Monday, Sept. 19, 5:30pm, Center for Career and Professional Development

Learn tips and tricks for applying to graduate school. 

  • Facilitator: Kareem Calliste, Center for Career and Professional Development 
  • 1 point, Consciousness of Self

Preparing for an Interview
Monday, Sept. 26, 5:30pm, Center for Career and Professional Development

Learn how to ace your next interview.

  • Facilitator: Kareem Calliste, Center for Career and Professional Development 
  • 1 point, Consciousness of Self

Opening Workshop for all LEADStrong Participants
Friday, Sept. 30, 3–5pm, Grace Hall Atrium

  • This workshop counts for the required LEADS 101 Workshop on the Leadership Development Plan.

Get the Most out of Your LinkedIn Profile
Monday, Oct. 3, 5:30pm, Center for Career and Professional Development

Learn how to make your LinkedIn profile stand out and how to use LinkedIn for constructive networking.

  • Facilitator: Kareem Calliste, Center for Career and Professional Development 
  • 1 point, Consciousness of Self

Living a Values Driven Life
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3:154:30pm, Location TBD

Values provide perspective in the best of times and through difficult times. This workshop will assist attendees with identifying personal values that guide their behavior and influence decision making in their lives.

  • Facilitators: Richie Gebauer, First-Year Experience; Anne Filippone, Center for Student Engagement and Leadership
  • 1 point, Consciousness of Self, Congruence

Ally 101
Thursday, Oct. 6, 56:15pm, Grace Hall, Multipurpose Room

About 3.5 percent of the population identifies as lesbian, gay, or bisexual while 0.3 percent identifies as transgender. These individuals are coworkers, classmates, neighbors, friends, among others. Students interested in becoming better allies for their LGBT peers and friends are encouraged to attend.

  • Facilitator: Sarah Carter, Office of Student Diversity Initiatives
  • 1 point, Diversity Track, Consciousness of Self, Congruence


The Adventure Retreat
Saturday, October 15, 8am- 6pm

Students will participate in a progression of activities and challenges that help them develop both individually and within a group. Student participants will learn cooperation, goal setting, leadership, increased self-confidence, faith development, and trust. Interested students can pick up an application on the table outside of Campus Ministry (third floor, Founder’s Hall).  

  • Facilitators: Campus Ministry
  • 6 points, Consciousness of Self, Commitment, Collaboration
  • $10 registration fee 


Writing With Purpose  
Monday, Oct. 17, 4-5pm, IAD118

Individuals will practice various forms of communication during their lives. In college, as one prepares for the workforce or other professional endeavors, learning to write and speak with intention and clarity is paramount. This session will help students learn important strategies and skills to use throughout their life.

Using examples, this workshop will provide tips on email composition, writing during tense situations, and inroads to composing professional documents, with participants practicing writing in these formats.

Bring your minds and a pen. This workshop is great for juniors and seniors!

  • Facilitator: Matt Slutz, Center for Teaching & Learning
  • 1 point, Consciousness of Self, Congruence


Thursday, Oct. 20, 3:154:30pm, Location TBD

In this fun and interactive session, learn about the Social Change Model which is the foundation of LEADStrong.  Participants will also have an opportunity to learn more about StrengthsQuest, their own strengths, and working with others who have similar and different strengths.  

  • Facilitators: Anne Filippone and Amber LaJeunesse, Center for Student Engagement and Leadership
  • Counts for LEADS 102 on Leadership Development Plan 
  • Consciousness of Self, Congruence


Executive in Residence

Tuesday, Oct.  25, 3:15pm, Grace Hall; 7:00pm, Mansion

Pedro A. Rivera, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, will be the Fall 2016 Executive in Residence.

  • 3:15 pm — A campus-wide presentation by Secretary Rivera in Grace Hall.
  • 7:00 pm — “A Conversation with Secretary Rivera,” will be offered in the Mansion Foyer, moderated by Stephen Highsmith (’88), Vice President of Institutional Advancement.


Inside Scoop - What Employers Want

Thursday, Nov. 3, 11am-2pm, Grace Hall Multipurpose Room

Hear from recruiters what it takes to start your career at their organizations.

  • Facilitator: Shakeyia Kersey, CCPD
  • 1 point, Consciousness of Self, Commitment

Social Identity 
Thursday, Nov. 3, 56:15pm, Grace Hall Multipurpose Room

Join us for this engaging workshop that will explore our different identities as it relates to our various lived experience and how our identities have an effect on our experiences on campus as each of our identities as individuals interact with each other in different contexts.

  • Facilitator: Stephanie Reed, Office of Student Diversity Initiatives 
  • 1 point, Diversity Track, Consciousness of Self, Congruence


Mon. November 7, 5-6pm, IAD 118

  • Facilitator: Amber LaJeunesse, SEaL
  • 1 point

Leadership Summit
Friday, November 11, 1:456:30pm, Founder’s Hall

Join us for an afternoon of leadership development and bonding with student leaders across the campus at the third annual Leadership Summit!

The Leadership Summit will serve as a core basis for the LEADStrong program and get you experience that will be helpful when applying for leadership positions at Cabrini and in your future.

Also, student organization leaders will have the chance to learn about ways in which they can lead their group, plan events or fundraisers, and host a meeting. Food and amazing knowledge and experience will be provided!

  • Facilitators: LEADStrong Committee Members 
  • 6 points

The Strengths of the Avengers  
Wednesday, November 16, 4-5pm, Iadarola Lecture Hall

Now that you've taken the StrengthsFinder Assessment and you understand your strengths, come learn how to recognize the strengths in others. Wouldn't it be great if you could delegate to your team based on their strengths?

Practice identifying the strengths in others in this workshop as well as the strengths of each of the Avengers characters.

  • You must have attended LEADS102 before you attend this workshop.
  • Facilitators: Lisa Podolsky and Amber LaJeunesse, Center for Student Engagement and Leadership
  • 1 point, Common Purpose, Collaboration


Send is NOT Your Friend!

Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 3:15-4:30 PM, Founder's 208

Social media has become the primary mode of communication among our society. It is important for you to think about what you send, post, or comment before you do it. In this workshop, we will review the difference between social media and face-to-face interactions, organization, the use of private vs non-private accounts, as well as discuss topics such as how your appearance in a post can influence an employer's perception and how to communicate using certain social media outlets. Today, it is important to maintain a certain level of professionalism and to learn the do's and dont's of online etiquette.   

  • Facilitators: Shannon Donnelly and Jack Dunleavy (1 point)
  • 1 point, Consciousness of Self

Resume Clinic

Monday, December 5th, 2016, 3:15-4:15pm, Iadarola 118

Learn the basics of writing a resume and develop an understanding of the three components of a resume: content, format, and appearance. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the presenter as they get hands-on experience with beginning their resume in this workshop. Strategies for successfully targeting your resume to meet distinct job opportunities and highlight leadership skills will also be offered.

  • Facilitator: Richie Gebauer, First-Year Experience
  • 1 point, Consciousness of Self, Congruence, Commitment


Laying Out the Roadmap to Success

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 3:15-4:15pm, Founders 207

This workshop will serve as a coaching session for students to reflect on all of the learnings and experiences of the semester and map out leadership principles that will assist them as they transition from school to work.

  • Facilitator: Maria Vizcarrondo, Nerney Leadership Institute
  • 1 point, Consciousness of Self, Commitment

Additional workshops to be added. Events subject to change.


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