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November 11, 2015



Staley School students and faculty attend 17th annual International Leadership Association conference

By Shandell Gallardo

On Oct. 14, the 17th annual International Leadership Association conference commenced in Barcelona, Spain. The Staley School of Leadership Studies was represented by four K-State students, thanks to the sponsorship of Warren and Mary Lynn Staley.

The student team, which consisted of Jill Applegate, senior in political science; Alex Booth, master's student in architecture; Ronald Sullivan, senior in agribusiness; and Marah Schneider, junior in social work, competed in the student case competition, placing second overall.

The team competed in the graduate division of the student case competition. The team's specific case analyzed the structure of FIFA and the team's objective was to determine how leadership philosophy and theory could be applied to address corruption within FIFA. First, the team had to submit a written response to the case. In addition, the team created and presented their poster during the opening session of the conference. During the final round the team presented the material they had developed. Its presentation was about the use of adaptive leadership to mobilize various actors to pressure FIFA into making changes to its internal structure.

In addition to the student team that participated in the student case competition, seven faculty members also represented the Staley School at the conference. Trisha Gott served as the coach for the student team, while the other six faculty members gave presentations and served as commentators and panelists.

• Leigh Fine co-presented "Using Assessment to Measure Learning Objectives in a Multicultural Leadership Course," served as a commentator for "Exercising Civic Leadership Across Boundaries: Public Narrative and Emergent Models of Community Governance," and as a panelist for "Queering Leadership."

• Brandon Kliewer led a symposium on "Civic Leadership Development and Public Narrative Methods: Community Impact and Emergent Governance Structures."

• Chance Lee co-presented "Using Assessment to Measure Learning Objectives in a Multicultural Leadership Course."

• Kerry Priest served as chair for the symposium "Exercising Civic Leadership Across Boundaries: Public Narrative and Emergent Models of Community Governance," led a symposium on "Civic Leadership Development and Public Narrative Methods: Community Impact and Emergent Governance Structures," convened the workshop "Exploring Leadership Educator Journeys Through Narratives," and served as a panelist for "Reflections on Creating the Leadership Education Academy."

• Mary Hale Tolar co-convened "Leadership Education Program Directors, Deans, and Chairs Affinity Group," and served as chair for the panel discussion "Issues in Leading Leadership Studies Communities: The Nexus of Faculty, Students, Curriculum, and Research."

• Andy Wefald, served as chair for the symposium "Classical Greek Images of Leadership," as a panelist for "Preparing Future Philanthropists and Social Justice Leaders Through Higher Education Partnerships," and co-presented "Developing Political Skill and Leadership: A Longitudinal Study."

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