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About LEAD

Summer LEAD Team Retreat at the Escape Room 2017

The LEAD Office works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to provide leadership education, training, and development for students at all levels of leadership development. We believe that every student has the potential to be a leader and we help students to develop as effective, ethical leaders through a series of workshops, conferences, classes, speakers, dialogues, and retreats. Our programs provide opportunities to develop a strong sense of self, augment critical thinking and interpersonal skills, develop global and cultural competencies, and cultivate organizational skills for transition into the professional world.

A Letter from the Director

At LEAD, we are extremely fortunate to be able to work for a cause that we truly believe in: the development of more effective, ethical leaders for the world. This is not just a slogan, but something that inspires and drives us. I feel especially fortunate to be able to work with a team of students, faculty and staff that care deeply about their work and who help to make positive change for individuals, groups and society as a whole. We hope that this newsletter provides you with some more information about what we do and we hope to be able to work with you (or continue to work with you) in the future. - Dr. Nicholas Lennon, Director of the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Office

These days we need leadership and ethics education more than ever. This is what LEAD is actively focused on and we could really use your help to make our efforts go even further. If you are able, we would be truly grateful if you could make a donation (no amount is too small) to help us achieve our vision of more effective, ethical leaders for the world. Thank you in advance for your contribution. Your donation will go towards our leadership programming, including the Mason LeaderShape Institute- a week long off campus retreat that focuses on preparing students to “Lead with Integrity”. During this program students develop a personal vision around a critical social issue that they would like to address (e.g. education, racism, sexual assault). To make a donation to LEAD, click here.

Leadership YOUnited: 2017 Leadership Mason Conference

On Saturday, October 21st, we hosted our 12th Annual Leadership Mason Conference. The 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 was Leadership YOUnited. This conference was open to ALL students who were interested in learning and discovering how they could serve as vessels for positive social change in their own lives and the lives of others. Students were able to engage with one another in a thought-provoking, interactive learning environment that challenged students to think critically around various aspects of the social change model as it connected directly to ethical leadership, student activism, resiliency, purpose, inclusion and equity, and self-care. Students also had a chance to select from a variety of breakout sessions that focused specifically on areas of ethical leadership, understanding one’s own personal narrative and values, student advocacy, engagement, as well as systematic structures and policies that exist that impact student resiliency and well-being.

New LEAD Workshops Available!

Our Student Leadership Consultants and Professional Staff have already facilitated over 25 workshops this Fall for various groups, classes, etc around campus (e.g. StrengthsFinder, Team Building, Ethics, Civility, Leadership Styles, Communication, Emotional Intelligence, etc.). If you are interested in having LEAD facilitate a workshop for your team, organization, or department, click here.

LEGO Leadership

Lego Leadership Training with the Admissions Team

The LEAD office is excited to offer a new workshop that incorporates a childhood favorite. The LEGO workshop provides a fun, interactive, and engaging way to look deeply at the way we communicate, work together in teams, manage conflict, and problem solve. Participants will have a chance to work with Lego building blocks to reflect on their personal leadership stories, styles, and approaches, as well as working on team building and engagement. Participants will have an opportunity to play, imagine, create, build, communicate, collaborate, and have fun while engaging in this workshop. How can LEGO leadership help your team? Schedule a workshop for your team today!

Strengths, Part 2: Leading Positive Change

Strengths, Part 2 Workshop with the new LEAD Team this August

You know your strengths, have spent some time discussing them, and use them within your personal and professional practice. How else can you use the StrengthsFinder Assessment? Strengths, Part 2 is a workshop designed to further explore this question. Participants in this “Part 2” workshop should already be familiar with their Top 5 from Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 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. Are you ready to be a change-agent? LEAD can help. Schedule your workshop today!

LEAD Makes a Positive Impact at Hampton Middle School

The Hampton Middle School Leadership Program seeks to provide leadership education and development opportunities for the students at Hampton Middle School through intentional mentorship and guidance from George Mason University Students. Leadership Consultants, Gilly Kelly and Gia Ha, created a workshop for Hampton students concerning leadership and communication that had the students up and moving and gaining new knowledge. The L-TEAM will go to Hampton three more times this semester. We have been very fortunate to have Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) and several amazing student leaders from the Leadership and Community Engagement LLC volunteer their time and leadership with the kids at Hampton Middle School.

Hidden Heroes Project: Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service

The 5th Annual Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service was held on Monday, September 11th. Leadership Consultants, Alex Nowakowski and Gerry Souser, planned and initiated LEAD’s Hidden Hero’s Project, which recognized over 50 Hidden Heroes.

LEAD Partners with the Women and Gender Studies Center and Student Support and Advocacy Center to bring the 4th Annual Fear 2 Freedom Program


Mason’s 4th Annual Fear 2 Freedom program was held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Over 250 people attended this year’s program! In addition to the Fear 2 Freedom kit making, Mason students had an opportunity to decorate pillowcases for survivors, and paint a rock for the #MasonRocks initiative. LEAD collaborated with Women and Gender Studies and the Student Support and Advocacy Center to bring this meaningful event to campus again. Click here to sign Mason's Pledge to End Sexual Violence.

L-TEAM Spotlight

Second L-TEAM Meeting of the Fall Semester

The L-TEAM (Leadership, Training, Empowerment, And Motivation) is off to another great start for the fall semester. The L-TEAM functions as student ambassadors for leadership by promoting campus involvement, serving as resources, and providing leadership training for students and organizations. One of the ways that the L-TEAM is getting involved this semester is through a collaboration with LEAD’s Leadership Consultants, the Leadership and Community Engagement LLC, and SAIL to deliver leadership training for middle school students at Hampton Middle School. Join us every Tuesday, from 7:30pm-8:30pm in the LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400) for our weekly meetings. Everyone is welcome!

L-TEAM meetings and activities

Active Leaders 2017 Highlights

Nick Lennon (LEAD’s Director) and Gia Ha (one of LEAD's Leadership Consultants) are currently facilitating the Active Leaders program. Active Leaders is a unique 10-week seminar during which a diverse mix of undergraduate and graduate students meet each Friday for 2 hours. The group engages in a variety of interactive activities designed to help them learn more about themselves, interact with others, explore values and ethics, and learn more about making a positive difference in society. This year's group has been our largest ever and we have really bonded as a group while discussing what leadership means and how we can each be the best leaders possible.

What's coming up next?

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Grab your lunch and join us in the LEAD Office for an AWESOME and open discussion around leadership. The Brown Bag Lunch Series is facilitated by our very own Student Leadership Consultants and is open to the entire campus community. On Monday, October 30th from 12pm-1pm, bring your lunch and join LEAD's Student Leadership Consultants, the Native American and Indigenous Alliance (NAIA), and the Society of Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) for a conversation around understanding the portrayal of Native American and Indigenous Communities in Popular Culture. Click here for more info and to RSVP. This program is part of Native American Heritage Month hosted by the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Multicultural Education.

Family Weekend Day of Service

This year The LEAD Office is coordinating the 2017 Family Weekend Day of Service on Saturday, November 11th in the Johnson Center, Atrium. We invite you to participate in one or more of our signature service opportunities to serve the local community. The Family Weekend Day of Service is open to the entire campus. Visit our website to RSVP for the Family Weekend Day of Service.

Family Weekend 2017: Mason Families Give Back

Alumni Leadership Speaker Series: Oh the Places Mason Patriot's Will Go!

Space is limited for this year's Alumni Leadership Speaker Series, so click here to RSVP.

Freedom and Learning Forum: What Does it Mean to be a Mason Patriot? Engaging in Difficult Conversations and Creating Brave Spaces

Space is limited, so be sure to click here to RSVP for this year's Freedom and Learning Forum hosted by President Cabrera.

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