Graduate Student Leading Change Workshops

All K-State graduate students are invited to participate in this workshop series.

Through these sessions, you will build community and be introduced to frameworks designed to help you explore the role that leadership can play in your personal and professional lives. You will develop leadership competencies to make progress on adaptive challenges. We will engage in reflection and explore application of leadership to current and future roles.

All sessions will be offered in a virtual format and will be recorded and available to watch if you cannot attend live.

Developing Your Leadership Strengths

February 24, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Change requires awareness of self and others. In this session, participants will learn a strengths-based approach that supports personal well-being, building positive relationships, improving engagement and fostering a positive workplace culture.

Presented by: Dr. Mike Finnegan and Emily Wollard

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Leveraging Coaching Skills in Your Leadership Practice

March 7, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
To lead change requires us to see new possibilities. Coaching is a strategy for continual learning and courageous action. Participants will develop a coach-like stance, and learn how to ask powerful questions to support their own and others’ learning and development, and make progress on personal and professional challenges.

Presented by: Dr. Andy Wefald and Chibuzor Azubuike

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Creating Space: Leadership Practices to Make Progress in Complex and Adaptive Systems

March 23, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
This interactive virtual session is designed to help graduate students gain insight and tools for navigating tough challenges in their academic, work, or community contexts. Using a systems lens, we will explore how to diagnose problems and take action in the midst of complexity and uncertainty.

Presented by: Dr. Brandon Kliewer and Monica McFarlane

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Leadership for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

April 7, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Leading change across cultures requires us to intentionally recognize and address inequity in order to build a more socially just world. In this session, we will explore how the principles and practices of DEIB in the work of leadership within our classrooms, labs, and workplaces.

Presented by: Tamara Bauer and Corey Williamson

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Becoming a Civically-Engaged Scholar

April 14, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Scholars are agents of change. As members of the K-State academic community, our studies and work are situated – physically and virtually – within local and global communities facing complex challenges. We all play a role in the civic mission of our institution, to generate knowledge and talent to advance the well-being of those communities. This session will help participants explore their present and future work, and consider how to be a civically engaged scholar.

Presented by: Dr. Tim Steffensmeier and Emmanuel Jeje

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Additional professional development opportunities

You might also want to explore these other events and activities that will support your professional and personal development.


The Graduate Student Leading Change Workshop Series is offered in partnership by the Graduate School, the Staley School of Leadership, and the Leadership Communication Doctoral program.


Questions about the Graduate Student Leading Change Workshop Series may be directed to Dr. Kerry Priest,