Mason Leadership Summit

The Leadership Education and Development office (LEAD) and Graduate Student Life are pleased to host this year's Mason Leadership Summit. This year’s Summit is specifically design for Mason graduate students and it will take place virtually March 1-23, 2022. Students will have a chance to select which educational sessions they would like to participate and engage in. Sessions will focus on leadership, emotional intelligence, student activism, conflict management, balancing multiple roles, and networking. Participants will learn practical ways to further develop as leaders in multiple contexts, whether they have a formal leadership position or not. Students will broaden their perspectives on leadership and engage with other graduate students, faculty, and staff through practical and applied leadership skill development.  Students who participate in at least 3 educational components will receive a certificate and a digital badge via Mason 360. Students who participate in 4 or more educational components will receive a certificate, a digital badge via Mason 360, and a t-shirt. The Summit can also be listed on a student’s resume.  

As a result of participating in the 2022 Mason Leadership Summit, attendees will: 

  • Engage with other graduate students in discussions around the topic of leadership, including leadership that does not require a title or formal position
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of incorporating anti-racism work into your work as a graduate student
  • Broaden their perspectives on leadership and the importance of non-positional leadership
  • Identify ways to balance multiple roles
  • Network with Mason alumni and graduate students from various fields of study
  • Establish at least one new supportive relationship and/or office while participating in the summit
  • Learn at least one strategy or skill to advance your career-readiness and professional development



Registration Links

Tuesday, March 1st

Monday, March 7th

Tuesday, March 8th

Monday, March 21st

Wednesday, March 23rd

Schedule at a Glance 

DateTimeProgram PieceSpeakerDescriptionZoom Link
Tuesday, March 1st 7:00pm-8:30pm Emotionally Intelligent Leadership. More important than IQ? Dr. Nick Lennon, The LEAD OfficeWhat are the top qualities that people are looking for in their leaders? What is Emotional Intelligence? Is Emotional Intelligence important in your daily life and also in leadership? Participants will learn practical ways to further develop as leaders in multiple contexts (career, family, community, etc.), whether they have a formal leadership position or not. Participants will also will have the opportunity to self-assess on 15 different leadership qualities. 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.
Monday, March 7th 2:30pm-4:00pm Positive Conflict Management Dr. Nick Lennon, The LEAD OfficeConflict 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
Tuesday, March 8th 2:30pm-4:00pm Influencing Change: Student Activism, Servant Leadership and Civic Engagement Crystal Davidson, Assistant Director, Student Engagement for Racial Justice, Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment (formerly ODIME) and Lex Lewis-Semien, Assistant Director, Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP), First-Gen+ Center To lead is to serve. The long legacy of student activists and their ability to enact change and influence shifts in culture on college campuses must be recognized and built upon. In this workshop, we will examine the intersections of student activism and civic engagement through a critical lens. We will develop a deeper understanding of servant leadership as it applies to student leaders both on campuses and in the community. Join us as we learn and grow in our understanding of the immense power and influence, we each hold.
Monday, March 21st 7:00pm-8:30pmMake or Break: Graduate Students and the Multiple Roles They PlayDr. Al Fuertes, School of Integrative StudiesGraduate students often face moderate to high-stress levels because of pressure from heavy course loads, meeting with friends and colleagues, family obligations, having a part-time if not full-time job, paying financial debt, or doing volunteer work and community service, to name a few. They have so much going on around them and all these are taking over their minds daily, causing anxiety, depression, worry, fear, doubt, overstimulation, and being overworked.

The session will address two questions: How do graduate students maintain equilibrium given that they always take on so much that they do not have time to focus on themselves let alone their wellbeing? What effective mechanisms or best practices can graduate students employ to sustain their wellbeing amidst various kinds of pressure affecting them?
Wednesday, March 23rd 7:00pm-8:30pm Alumni Panel: Where Are They Now? Featuring Former Mason Graduate Students Panelist 1: Sydney Glass, MPH (Public Health) Panelist 2: Yara Mowafy, MAIS (International Aid and Development focus) Panelist 3: TBD
Panelist 4: TBD
Join us for an amazing Alumni Panel, featuring former Mason Graduate students from a variety of fields of study. Alumni will share stories about how their Mason experience as a graduate student has influenced their professional journey.