SPARTAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
The WCS Leadership Academy is a program within the Institute for Community Impact that invests in our students by providing leadership training and guidance in the non-profit, civic and business sectors. The Academy empowers students to grow in their own leadership traits, challenge ideas, define issues, and develop strategies for action. We move students to engage with the community through advocacy and a commitment to service.
JUNIOR TRACK OF STUDY
In 2020-2021, all Juniors and Seniors will experience the Junior program.
Explore all tracks
Six 2-hour workshops throughout the year
Program offerings twice per month
Twelve 50-minute classes during open lunch in October through April
SENIOR TRACK OF STUDY
This track will begin during the 2021-2022 school year. Students will:
Choose a track
Invest in one area of interest
Receive a mentor and advisor in connection with an organization
Receive Shadowship (job-shadowing internship) for 20+ hours during school year
Complete seven 2-hour workshops throughout the year
Complete a senior project which summarizes Shadowship experience, and growth in personal Leadership development.
All workshops have four components including a speaker, an action item (or interactive moment for team building), a short article to review, and a TED Talk or podcast related to the issue discussed in the workshop. Workshops are offered on Sundays from 2 to 4 PM unless otherwise noted. The complete schedule is below.
Oct. 11, 2020 - Powering Up!: Introduction to Leadership
Speaker Donna Wright from the Kansas Leadership Center addresses the question "how will I lead?" Academy members will discuss strategic leadership, the differences between governance and management, and the concept of Servant Leadership.
Nov. 8, 2020 - Creating Your Pitch: Rhetorical Strategies
Speaker Audrey Hane, Ph.D., and Professor of Communication at Newman University guides students on crafting their message to show their value. Developing credibility, emotional appeal, and exploring the modes of persuasion are all topics of discussion this week.
Jan. 10, 2021 - Who Am I? Personality Profile
WCS College Counselors Amanda Booth & Sasha Kuchinski help students navigate several key personality tests. The workshop focuses on understanding different ways that we perceive, take in, and absorb information, and how those processes determine the ways we work, think, solve problems, communicate, and lead.
Feb. 6, 2021 - Advocacy: Finding Common Purpose
Speaker Joseph Shephard discusses advocacy as the foundation for American democracy. This workshop will explore the mechanisms to influence public policy, securing and promoting social justice, shaping community change, systematically influencing decision making, and educating the public to bring about change.
March 7, 2021 - Raising the Funds: Making Your Case
Amanda Meyers, the Executive Director of the Wichita Family Crisis Center focuses on fund development skills that are always top of mind for many non-profits, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs. These skills will help students focus on fundraising that will help further student understandings of how to position an organization's mission and vision, and how to share their cause with the community.
April 11, 2021 - Steering Change: Navigating the Course to Improvement
Speaker Nathan Washer shares his experience of navigating change including introducing new initiatives to WCS, the unplanned challenges of Covid, and helps students strategize as they will inspire change for the common Good in their own futures!
April 18, 2021 - Ethical Leadership: Right vs. Right
Speaker Dana Hensley discusses how the ethical leader understands that positive relationships are built on respect, openness, and trust, and are critical to creating an ethical environment. In this workshop, we explore ethical dilemmas and dig into the underlying principles of ethical leadership.
OPEN LUNCH SEMINARS
Thursday, October 1: What is your EQ?
How Emotional Intelligence helps you better understand yourself and those around you.
Speaker Hans Widener
Thursday, October 15: Speak Between the Lines
How to Influence those around you using persuasive messaging techniques.
Speaker Askia Ahmad
Wednesday, November 11: You Are What You Post
How to Leverage personal branding techniques for success.
Speaker Ryan Corwin
Tuesday, November 17: Square Pegs and Round Holes
How critical thinking and problem-solving skills make you an indispensable team member and leader.
Speaker Scott Welsh
Tuesday, January 12: Don't Go Broke
How to budget like a pro and finance the projects that matter to you.
Wednesday, January 27: Break the Silence
How to have difficult conversations and resolve conflicts more effectively.
Speaker Audrey Hane
Tuesday, February 2: Mold your Mind
How to understand your strengths and maximize your mental potential.
Speaker Jessica Strong
Thursday, February 25: Take Back Your Time
How to improve time management skills and make every moment count.
Speaker Katie Leiding
Tuesday, March 2: Bust or Build
How to use habit training to supercharge your productivity.
Speaker Bunny Hill
Monday, March 29: Leading with a Team
What does it look like to be a board member and why should you ever do it?
Speaker Amy Johnson
Thursday, April 15: Remembering Your Reason
How to create a mission statement that keeps your purpose and passion at the forefront of your work
Speakers Rob Egan and Georgia Ahern
Tuesday, April 20: Building a Bigger Table
How to ensure every voice is heard and respected in order to create a diverse and inclusive environment.
Speaker Danielle Johnson