About

The 2019 Leadership Mason Conference is a one-day program focusing on leadership skill development through large group and small workshop formats. Students enhance the leadership skills they already have while gaining new skills that will be beneficial both now and in the future. This year’s conference theme is Empowering Positive Change: Connect. Collaborate. Engage. Click here to register for this year's Leadership Mason Conference. The deadline to register has been extended to Wednesday, September 25th at 5:00pm.

This year’s conference will allow for students to enhance and build upon their personal leadership skills and presence.  Students will have an opportunity to engage with one another in a thought-provoking, interactive learning environment that will challenge students to think critically around various aspects of the social change model as it connects directly to ethical leadership, values development, diversity, identity development, inclusion and equity, and civic engagement. This conference is for all Mason students, whether you have a leadership position or not.

We are very pleased to announce a NEW component to this year's conference.  This year, the Leadership Education and Development Office (LEAD) and the Office of Student Involvement will be collaborating to provide opportunities for students in leadership positions to also learn policies, resources, and procedures that exist at Mason. This can enhance their leadership experience and campus involvement. In addition to workshops focused on leadership, ethics, values, and identity development, we will also include practical, hands on, skill development workshops that will provide students and student organizations with a better understanding of the Registered Student Organization (RSO) process, student funding board, fiscal management, contract management, and collaborating and networking with others.

As a result of participating in the 2019 Leadership Mason Conference, participants will be able to:

  • Engage with conference participants in discussions around leadership, ethics, diversity, identity development, inclusion and equity, and civic engagement
  • Articulate at least one new university policy, resource, or procedure that exists at Mason that enhances your leadership experience and campus involvement
  • Identify at least one new relationship that they established while participating in the conference
  • Describe at least one way that can promote positive social change within an organization or in society in general
  • Identify two or more components of the social change model and how it connects directly to leadership, ethics, diversity, identity development, inclusion and equity, and civic engagement

Registration Information

Save the date: September 27, 2019

Registration fee for Mason students: $10 (Includes: morning snacks, lunch, t-shirt, conference program, printed materials, and certificate). To pay the non-refundable conference registration fee, please bring $10 in cash or check to the LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400). Your t-shirt will not be ordered until payment is received. Click here to register for this year's Leadership Mason Conference. The deadline to register has been extended to Wednesday, September 25th at 5:00pm.

The 2019 Leadership Mason Conference is scheduled for Friday, September 27th at George Mason University in The Hub, Ballroom.  Check-in will open at 10:30am and the conference will begin promptly at 11:00am.

Important Notice: In order to receive a conference t-shirt and certificate of completion, you must participate fully in at least 3 or more of the following programmatic pieces:

  • Opening Leadership Session
  • Breakout Session #1
  • Breakout Session #2
  • Breakout Session #3
  • Collaborating and Partnering for Positive Change

Schedule

Click here to register for this year's Leadership Mason Conference. The deadline to register has been extended to Wednesday, September 25th at 5:00pm.

10:30am Check-in
Location: The Hub, 3rd Floor Lobby
11:00am Conference Welcome
Location: The Hub, Ballroom
11:00am-12:45pm Shared Session: Leadership
12:45pm-1:30pm Lunch 
1:30pm-2:20pm   Breakout Session #1

Workshop #1: Funding, Contracts and Spending, Oh My!

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 1
  • Facilitator(s): Lauren Long, Executive Director, Ben Endres, Assistant Director, and Margo Thoresen, Business Manager
  • Description: Is your RSO looking at setting up a small or large event? We will help you answer questions about contracts, insurance, SFB allocations, how to raise funds, and how to spend it. 

Workshop #2: Intro to Mason 360

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 2
  • Facilitator(s): coming soon…
  • Description: coming soon…

Workshop #3: Leadership 101

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 3
  • Facilitator(s): Charlie Woo, Leadership Consultant and Derek Smith, Graduate Assistant
  • Description: Attend this fun and interactive workshop to explore the complex topic of leadership. Who do you consider a leader? Does the term “leader” apply only to those in positions of power or others as well? What characteristics are people looking for in their leaders? Where do you stand on some leadership topics: Are there “born leaders”? Do you need charisma to be a good leader?  We will explore how leadership relates to you and your life today.

Workshop #4: Self-Care: Strategies to Support Your Thriving

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 4
  • Facilitator(s): Rebecca Mattern, Graduate Assistant for Learning Services
  • Description: Although balancing the demands of college and your personal life can be challenging, there are effective, evidence-based self-care strategies that you can add to your life. This workshop will provide you with the tangible skills to help you manage stress and thrive both in school and in your personal life.

Workshop #5: Gender Identity Session    

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 5
  • Facilitator(s): LuLu Géza Kelemen, Assistant Director, LGBTQ+ Resources (Pronouns: they/theirs/them)
  • Description: Navigating campus and life after Mason will require you to interact or work with folks of many genders. We'll do a couple activities from our Safe Zone Program; with time and space for you to think about your own gender identity, to think about how your gender identity exists within our current cultural context, and to ask questions!
2:20pm-3:10pm Breakout Session #2

Workshop #1: Active Citizen and Tree of Power 

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 1
  • Facilitator(s):Omar Aziz, Alternative Breaks Coordinator
  • Description: This session will be an interactive workshop that will identify what it means to be an Active Citizen and look beyond the surface of social issues. We hope that you can start to take a critical approach to the ways that you engage in social justice work. Utilizing the Tree of Power activity, we will articulate systems, institutions, and root causes to help us tailor our methods and approaches towards more impactful change. 

Workshop #2: What Would You Do? Making Tough Ethical Choices

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 4
  • Facilitator(s): Emmanuella Serwaa, Leadership Consultant, Batool Ibrahim, Leadership Consultant, and Celine Nouvel, Leadership Consultant
  • Description: What questions would you consider when trying to decide what to do? Consider the following… Would you speak up if you heard someone that you do not know make an offensive ethnic slur? Would you tell a friend that you discovered that their partner is cheating on them if you are also friends with the person doing the cheating? How do you decide what’s best? During this interactive workshop you will engage in activities designed to uncover the pros and cons of the ethical approaches you are already using. You will also learn about other helpful approaches. Practical resources for making difficult choices will be provided.

Workshop #3: Communication (Importance of, effectiveness of, etc.)

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 3
  • Facilitator(s): Derek Smith, LEAD Graduate Assistant
  • Description: Coming soon…

Workshop #4: The HOW of Good Leadership

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 4
  • Facilitator(s): Dr. Nick Lennon, Director of Leadership Education and Development
  • Description: Know what you want to do, but not sure HOW to get it done? Are you wondering: How can I be most effective? How can I act on what I believe is right? There are often no easy answers, but this interactive session will help participants learn from their own (and others’) past successes and failures. Attend this engaging session to experience some practical tools to help you learn the HOW of good leadership. Note: This session is for everyone, whether you have a leadership position or not. It does not cover Mason’s policies and procedures.

 Workshop #5: The “Un-Session” Open Mentoring Space 

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 5
  • Facilitator(s): David Corwin, Associate Director for Academic Affairs, Women and Gender Studies; Kristen Wright, Director of Civic Engagement, Office of the Provost; Jayson Padilla, Operations Manager for Social Action and Integrative Learning, and Aya Leonhardt, Assistant Director for Registered Student Organizations
  • Description: coming soon…
3:20pm-4:10pm    Breakout Session #3

Workshop #1: Funding, Contracts and Spending, Oh My!

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 1
  • Facilitator(s): Lauren Long, Executive Director, Ben Endres, Assistant Director, and Margo Thoresen, Business Manager
  • Description: Is your RSO looking at setting up a small or large event? We will help you answer questions about contracts, insurance, SFB allocations, how to raise funds, and how to spend it. 

Workshop #2: Recruitment Efforts at Mason

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 2
  • Facilitator(s): Ayleen Leonhardt, Assistant Director, Chalon Johnson, Graduate Assistant, and Julianna Napiecek, Graduate Assistant
  • Description: We are here to explore the recruitment resources found here at George Mason University and tips on how to reach out to your potential organization members!

Workshop #3: Who will you choose: An Exploration in Unconscious Bias!

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 3
  • Facilitator(s): T. Garey Davis, Assistant Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources; Damari Nelson, Josh Miller, Vashti Aveirls, and Calvin Jones
  • Description: Creating the space and capacity to understand, appreciate, and interact with persons of culture and/or belief systems other than one’s own

Workshop #4: The How of Good Leadership

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 4
  • Facilitator(s): Dr. Nick Lennon, Director of Leadership Education and Development
  • Description: Know what you want to do, but not sure HOW to get it done? Are you wondering: How can I be most effective? How can I act on what I believe is right? There are often no easy answers, but this interactive session will help participants learn from their own (and others’) past successes and failures. Attend this engaging session to experience some practical tools to help you learn the HOW of good leadership. Note: This session is for everyone, whether you have a leadership position or not. It does not cover Mason’s policies and procedures.

Workshop #5: Translating Your Leadership Experience to Your Career

  • Location: The Hub, Meeting Room 5
  • Facilitator(s): Satoko Odagawa, Industry Advisor, University Career Services
  • Description: Come learn how you can translate your leadership experience at Mason to your post-graduation career. We will look at some key concepts to highlight and sample resume/cover letter, and learn how your leadership experience can add value to a successful career!
4:15pm-5:15pm    Shared Session: Collaborating and Partnering for Positive Change

Partners

Click here to register for this year's Leadership Mason Conference. The deadline to register has been extended to September 23, 2019 

A huge thank you to our campus partners and incredible conference planning team.  We are so grateful for your continued support and commitment to leadership education and development at George Mason University.

2019 Leadership Mason Conference Planning Team

  • Lisa Snyder, LEAD Office
  • Aya Leohardt, Student Involvement
  • Ben Endres, Student Involvement
  • Patty Mathison, Social Action and Integrative Learning
  • Jayson Padilla, Social Action and Integrative Learning
  • David Corwin, Women and Gender Studies
  • Wesley Ward, Alumni Association and current Mason student
  • Casey Smith, Contemporary Student Services
  • Kaitlyn Schmitt, Student Involvement
  • Nick Lennon, LEAD Office
  • Phil Rippa, LEAD Office
  • Sasha Toophanie, Housing and Residence Life
  • Nina Berger, Housing and Residence Life
  • Chalon Johnson, RSO LEAD Team