Workshop Requests

NOTE: Due to the University’s official response around the Coronavirus/COVID-19, we have a hold on all of our in-person (face-to-face) workshops. We are excited to share some of our new virtual leadership workshops hosted by our Professional Staff and Student Leadership Consultants (LCs). We have a variety of different trainings focused around leadership, ethics, goal setting, leadership styles, positive change, strengths, team building and values. If there is any information or support we can offer virtually, please email Lisa Snyder, Associate Director at lsnyder2@gmu.edu or Nick Lennon, Director at nlennon@gmu.edu.

Thank you for considering a workshop from the Leadership Education and Development Office (LEAD)! We have Peer to Peer workshops facilitated by our student Leadership Consultants (LCs) and workshops facilitated by our professional staff members. Please note the following before requesting a workshop:

  • The intended audience must be currently enrolled Mason students, faculty/staff, or alumni.
  • Minimum attendance of 10 is required. If you are requesting a presentation for a student organization or residence hall, we ask that you make pre-registration available. You must provide the list of registered attendees to us the business day before the event.
  • Requests should be submitted at least two (2) weeks in advance of your preferred date. Due to limited staff resources, we may not be able to accommodate requests that do not have a two week lead time.

 


Peer to Peer Workshops: Requests 


To request a peer to peer workshop, please click here.  Please note that our Student Leadership Consultants typically facilitate presentations for the Fall Semester from early September-early December and early February-late April.  This allows time for our students to prepare for upcoming final exams.  If you require a presentation during the time they are unavailable, please request a program facilitated by our professional staff (see below).  Please note that we are typically unable to facilitate over the weekends.  If possible, please try to select a date during the week, Monday-Friday.  

Workshops and training sessions typically presented by our Student Leadership Consultants:

  • Everyday Leadership (45 mins) – Workshop will be available to present in mid October
    • Students will have a chance to watch a short Ted Talk (Everyday Leadership with Drew Dudley) and participate in an engaging and interactive workshop experience focused around “everyday leadership moments.”  Students will have a chance to discover their own “lollipop moments” of leadership.
    • Supplies needed for this workshop (participants will need to provide for themselves): paper, pen, scissors, markers, and tape/glue stick
  • Ice Breakers, Energizers, and Team Building (30 mins to 1 hour): 
    • Allows individuals, teams, and groups to get to know one another while participating in engaging and interactive activities
    • Supplies needed for this workshop (participants will need to provide for themselves): paper, pen, and markers
  • Leadership Values (45 mins to 1 hour) 
    • Allows for students to identify their personal ethical values, the ethical values of their teammates, and how they connect to their leadership style and presence.
    • Supplies needed for this workshop (participants will need to provide for themselves): paper, pen, and markers
  • SMART Goals (1 hour) 
    • Facilitates the process of envisioning future possibilities, discovering commitment and passion, and understanding the big picture
    • Supplies needed for this workshop (participants will need to provide for themselves): paper and pen
  • True Colors (1 to 1.5 hours, depending upon group size)
    • Provides a model for understanding yourself based on your personality temperament. Students will have a chance to engage and interact with one another and learn more about the following:
      • Enhancing relationships – bringing out the best in us.
      • Promoting responsibilities – respecting and building upon our strengths.
      • Fostering understanding – learning to view the world through other lenses.
      • Gaining insights into different motivations, actions and communication approaches
      • Supplies needed for this workshop (participants will need to provide for themselves): paper, pen, and markers; students will also be asked to complete the True Color assessment BEFORE the workshop.  The assessment will be shared with workshop participants ahead of time to complete.

Our Student Leadership Consultants are great for leadership training programs geared towards:

  • University Transition Courses
  • Student Organizations
  • Resident Advisors
  • Residence Halls
  • Living Learning Communities
  • Peer Leaders

Professional Staff Facilitated Workshop: Requests


To request a professional staff facilitated workshop, please click HERE.

Below are the workshops and training sessions typically presented by our professional staff. These are all available virtually (typically via a Zoom link that we will create and share with you). The recommended length of each workshop is listed, but can be adjusted based on the size and needs of your group. Please note the following:

  • 2 weeks notice: We require at least 2 weeks notice before presentations/facilitations.
  • 10 or more: We facilitate workshops for groups of 10 or more participants (if you are a small group, please consider joining with another group to request a workshop)
  • Weekdays (Monday-Friday): We are typically unable to facilitate over the weekends.  If possible, please try to select a weekday date (Monday-Friday).
  • Months available: We typically facilitate presentations during the months of mid-August through mid-May. We have limited available during the summer months of June, July, and early August.

 

  • Leadership 101: What is Leadership? (1 to 1.5 hours)
    • 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.
  • StrengthsFinder: Discovering and using your Top 5 (Gallup CliftonStrengths Assessment Instrument) (1 to 2 hours)
    • This is the 1st of 2 Strengths workshops that we offer. Attend this highly interactive workshop to learn about your top talents and strengths. You will also learn about the talents/strengths of others and how to have a team that balances difference strengths. By attending this session, you will better understand the strengths philosophy, identify and share your talents and strengths, see how your strengths may impact your choices and preferences and the choices and preferences of others, learn new ways to use your strengths in your organization, work, and your life in general.
    • Information about how to access the CliftonStrengths assessment will be shared with the workshop requestor.
    • Participants will need to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment BEFORE the workshop. It typically takes about 20 minutes to complete.
  • What can TV’s “The Good Place” teach us about Positive Change? (1.5 to 2 hours) NEW
    • Can a TV sitcom help us learn ways to create positive change for ourselves, our groups, and society? NBC’s “The Good Place” is a show in which humans are scored on how ethical they are, in order to determine their place in the afterlife. This workshop will introduce participants to the 5A’s of positive change using engaging and entertaining examples and video clips from “The Good Place.” Are you focusing on all 5A’s of positive change? This session will help participants to better understand the 5A’s of positive change and how they can re-focus our work and our lives.
  • What Would You Do? Making Tough Choices During Difficult Times (1.5 to 2 hours)
    • Need to make a difficult decision individually or as a group? What questions do you consider when trying to decide what to do? Consider the following: Would you visit a family member, or attend a protest, during a global pandemic? Would you speak up if you heard someone that you do not know make a racist comment? 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.
  • Bringing Your Purpose to Life: Goal Setting (1 hour) NEW
    • What is your purpose? What is most important to you, your group, and society? Attend this interactive workshop to clarify your purpose, develop a vision, and then design SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Based) that can help you reach your vision.
  • Emotionally Intelligent Leadership. More important than IQ? (EQ-i 2.0) (1.5 to 2 hours)
    • What is Emotional Intelligence? Is it important in your daily life and in leadership? Attend this workshop to better understand your own levels of Emotional Intelligence, whether or not they can change and what it means for leadership and teamwork.
  • Positive Conflict Management (1.5 hours) NEW
    • Conflict in groups and organizations is inevitable, and can be very positive and productive. This workshop will help participants better understand various approaches to conflict, which approaches they utilize more frequently, and how to use each approach appropriately. We may approach conflict differently, but if we better understand ourselves and others, we can navigate conflict in a more constructive manner. This workshop will equip participants with various approaches to positive conflict management.
  • StrengthsFinder, Part 2: Leading Positive Change (Gallup CliftonStrengths Assessment Instrument) (1.5 to 2 hours)
    • This is the 2nd of 2 Strengths workshops that we offer. Participants in this “Part 2” workshop should already be familiar with their Top 5 from Gallup’s CliftonStrengths assessment instrument. This highly interactive workshop is designed to help participants learn more about using their Top 5 with purpose. This workshop takes a values-based approach to strengths. Participants will go through a series of activities and conversations in order to discover how they can help lead positive change with their Top 5.
    • Participants will need to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment BEFORE the workshop. It typically takes about 20 minutes to complete.
  • Values Based Leadership: Uncovering and clarifying your top values (1 to 1.5 hours)
    • Uncover your top values! You will go through an activity to clarify your most deeply held personal values and learn how your values overlap (or do not overlap) with others. Begin to critically examine the idea of values (e.g. Are some values “higher order” than others) and how they can inspire and motivate both you and other people.
  • Myers Briggs Type Inventory: Understanding Preferences (MBTI Assessment Instrument) (1.5 to 2 hours)
    • Discover how your preferences and psychological type affect who you are and how you work with others. Learn about psychological types and how teams can be more successful through an understanding of similarities and differences in cognition, communication and motivation.
    • Note: We do not charge Mason participants for this workshop, bu the MBTI costs $15 per person (please confirm with us after requesting this workshop to make sure the cost has not changed).
    • Information about how to access the MBTI assessment will be shared with the workshop requestor.
    • Participants will need to complete the MBTI assessment BEFORE the workshop.
  • True Colors (1 to 1.5 hours, depending upon group size)
    • Provides a model for understanding yourself based on your personality temperament. Participants will have a chance to engage and interact with one another and learn more about the following:
      • Enhancing relationships – bringing out the best in us.
      • Promoting responsibilities – respecting and building upon our strengths.
      • Fostering understanding – learning to view the world through other lenses.
      • Gaining insights into different motivations, actions and communication approaches
      • Supplies needed for this workshop (participants will need to provide for themselves): paper, pen, and markers; students will also be asked to complete the True Color assessment BEFORE the workshop.  The assessment will be shared with workshop participants ahead of time to complete.
  • Problem Solving in groups and organizations (Survival Challenge) (1 to 2 hours)
    • Attend this fun and interactive session to see if you can survive the challenge of group problem solving. This workshop includes an interactive activity that will challenge you and help you see that a well-functioning group is much more than the sum of its parts.
  • LEAD Overview and Training Opportunities (30 min to 1 hour)
  • Customized Workshops

These opportunities are great for leadership training programs geared towards:

  • University Life (UL) departments and offices
  • Campus departments and offices
  • Campus partners and stakeholders
  • Faculty/Staff
  • Students
  • Learning more about yourself and working with others to help make positive change