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November 12, 2013



Leadership studies faculty, students participate in 15th annual International Leadership Association Global Conference

By Shandell Gallardo

Faculty and students from Kansas State University's School of Leadership Studies traveled to Montreal, Canada, recently to participate in the 15th annual International Leadership Association Global Conference. The conference, Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, brought together individuals from more than 30 countries to focus on the theme, Leadership for Local and Global Resilience: The Challenges of a Shifting Planet. Faculty members involved in the conference included:

Leigh Fine, assistant professor, presented at the session "Teaching Multicultural Leadership Using a Social Constructionist Approach."

Kerry Priest, assistant professor, presented “How Students in a Learning Community Construct Leadership Identities through Peer Leader Roles” and participated in a round table discussion, "Creating Teacher Resiliency: A Dialogue on Professional Development for Leadership Educators." Priest also served as chair for the symposium, "Models of Social Change Leadership."

Mary Tolar, director and assistant professor of the School of Leadership Studies, presented “Making the Front Page: The New York Times in Leadership Project” and participated in the panel discussion "Selection Versus Inclusion in Leadership Education Programs: Differing Perspectives."

Andrew Wefald, assistant professor and academic advisor, served as chair for the panel discussion "Selection vs. Inclusion in Leadership Education Programs: Differing Perspectives" and was chair for the symposium "Examinations of Personality and Cultural Intelligence in Leadership."  Additionally, Wefald presented “Promoting and Showcasing Resilience with Capstone Projects.”

Joining the faculty members at the conference were an undergraduate and a graduate student team. Both student teams were asked to analyze the case, from a leadership perspective, Tim Hortons in 2013: Can its success in Canada be exported globally?  Hortons is a quick service restaurant chain that is widely successful in Canada. The student teams examined the theories of leadership that best explain the success of Tim Hortons and what lessons other organizations outside the food service industry can learn from the restaurant chain.

The graduate team won first place in the case competition for graduate students. The graduate team included: Kyle van Ittersum, master's degree student in psychology; Lori Kniffin, master's degree student in counseling and student development; and Erin Poppe, master's degree student in public administration.

The undergraduate team included: Lukus Ebert, senior in sociology; Collin Huerter, senior in political science; Kaitlin Long, senior in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial studies; Ryan Patterson, senior in human resource management; and Carly Dickter, junior in public relations.