Graduate Student Leadership Development Workshops

This leadership workshop series is open to any K-State graduate student who desires to develop their capacity to work with others and make positive change through their work, studies, and professional organizations.

Spring 2021 Workshop Series

The spring 2021 workshop series has concluded. Below is a list of workshops that were included. Recordings are available for the first two sessions. Graduate students who view recordings of those sessions, or attended them live, could receive credit toward the Graduate Student Council's Professional Development Certificate (learn more about the certificate).

Leading with Your Strengths

February 24
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Participants will learn a strengths-based approach that supports personal well-being, building positive relationships, improving engagement and fostering a positive workplace culture.


  • Mike Finnegan, Assistant Professor, Staley School of Leadership Studies
  • Kiley Moody, Managing Director, Scholar Services
Watch a recording of this session

Developing Adaptive Leadership

March 11
6:00 - 7:00 pm

In our work and lives, we face many conflicts, challenges, and opportunities. To make progress requires us to think and act differently. In this session, participants will strengthen their leadership skills to manage self and mobilize others. Come prepared to engage!


  • Tim Steffensmeier, Director, Leadership Communication Doctoral Program
  • Tamas Kowalik, Graduate Research Assistant, Kansas Leadership Center
Watch a recording of this session

Intercultural Leadership

March 25

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Leading 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 interpersonal and systemic elements of culture, power, and privilege and how these impact the practice of leadership and the creation of inclusive classrooms, labs, and workplaces.


  • Trisha Gott, Associate Director & Assistant Professor, Staley School of Leadership Studies
  • Mac Benavides, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Staley School of Leadership Studies

Civic Leadership and Citizen Scholarship

April 12
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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 relationship, dialogue, and practice can be an explanatory lens to make sense of citizen-centered, community-engaged scholarship.


  • Brandon W. Kliewer, Assistant Professor of Civic Leadership, Staley School of Leadership Studies
  • RJ Youngblood, Assistant Director, Academic Achievement Center


The Graduate Student Leadership Development Workshop series is in partnership by the Graduate School, the Staley School of Leadership Studies, and the Leadership Communication Doctoral program.


Questions about the Graduate Student Leadership Development Program may be directed to Megan Miller, Student Success Coordinator,, or 785-532-6191.