CULC 2020 Presentations

Andrew Adams- Illinois Institute of Technology

Right and Wrong: Understanding Authenticity in the Real World

Abstract: We live in extraordinary times. The United States has been in armed conflict for nearly two decades. Political scientists show increased political polarization. Wealth disparity has lead to economic instability, flamed by the winds of a global pandemic. How can you lead now? In this moment? In this paper, a journalist-turned-part-time- leadership-educator will walk you through what it means to be authentic. This paper walks you through examples of leaders taking decisive action to lead

Asma Shuaibi- Illinois Institute of Technology

How to Start a Movement

Abstract: Ideas are constantly being created in our minds, but what does it take to revolutionize an idea into a movement? This paper highlights the key components of how to start a movement through analyzing common movements we are familiar with.

Dhanisha Geerdharry- Illinois Institute of Technology

How to Succeed as an International Student through Leadership

Abstract: Leadership plays a key role in college and can help in the success of students in their career and life aspirations; however, there is not much information on how leadership development can help international students integrate and navigate in their new environment. In this paper, the reader will learn how international students gain confidence and find their leadership style while studying in a foreign country. We will also discuss ways international students use resources and find opportunities to develop their skills and influence others with diverse perspectives.

Diana Wu- Illinois Institute of Technology

Mission Unlocked: A Dive into the Self of the Leadership Journey

Abstract: GAME OVER!! Or is it? Unlock hidden features with this interactive game and set a healthy foundation for your leadership journey.

Elijah Irizarry- Illinois Institute of Technology

How to Respectfully Communicate

Abstract: This session will involve learning about methods and wording to use when talking with others in situations where you expect resistance. Whether they are family or someone in your workplace, learning to communicate with respect can go towards fostering a good relationship and stop yourself from polarizing someone. Even leading to great connections being made. This also helps when talking to those in a higher position than yourself. As communicating respectively helps to not let negative prejudice develop between yourself and a coworker, or even your boss. Topics covered will be communication and how to communicate effectively, respect and the different levels of respect we show, and lastly how to respectfully communicate to different people. All important practices and leanings to use in life and in the workplace.

Elijah Irizarry Video Presentation

Emmalee Ciriacks
Monica Bhagavan

Emmalee Ciriacks and Monica Bhagavan- Illinois Institute of Technology

Reading Minds: How to Interpret Non-verbal Communication

Abstract: Being a leader when your team is verbal, open, and communicative allows you to understand their sentiments easier. But what if they keep their thoughts to themselves? How do you understand how your teammates are feeling when they don’t speak up? Luckily, even though people may not voice their thoughts, their body language speaks for them. It is possible to understand how a person’s actual feelings with subtle clues from their body language. These subconsciousness cues are important to identifying in others, and to portray in oneself as a leader. From the feet to the eyebrows, reading people’s minds is an important skill to decode in others and encode yourself. With the right body language, a leader can convey their own message and interpret the message of others without exchanging a single word.

George Beck- Illinois Institute of Technology

Fish and Ladders: Overcoming Big Fish Big Pond Effects and Attaining Leadership

Abstract: Undergraduate students starting at a new University usually come from one of two situations: one being a primary education institute like a high University, the other being a prior university or community college. At these institutions, it is typical for students to be involved in organizations, clubs, and hold leadership positions. This is good because it can help develop young people into leaders, however it can have an adverse draw back when moving to a new environment. Many times, undergraduates coming from positions of leadership and success (A senior in high University with good grades and a varsity sports position for example) can feel an initial shock when brought to a new environment. This is due to Big Fish Little/Big Pond Effects (BFBPE/BFLPE), and it can be a hurdle in undergraduates’ success as leaders. Coming from an environment where you hold a position of influence and leadership to a follower or member level when you wish to help an organization in a leadership capacity can be uncomfortable. This paper aims to address some issues in self-concept due to new competitive environment for young leaders and how to organically climb the leadership ladder in a new organization.

Iris Uwizeyimana- Illinois Institute of Technology

Groupthink: The Detriment of a Cohesive Group

Abstract: Groupthink, the tendency of groups to suppress dissent for group harmony, is a negative characteristic that cohesive groups can fall prey to. This session will go in-depth on what groupthink entails and why it is detrimental to groups. Furthermore, we will look at ways to combat groupthink and will come up with a better system to get a team to a consensus without falling prey to groupthink.

Iris Uwizeyimana Video Presentation

Keara Rigg- Illinois Institute of Technology

The Ulti-Mutt Teachers of Leadership

Abstract: Dogs can be many things; loyal companions, dedicated workers, cute lap-warmers, fun playmates, fierce protectors, and source of the best internet memes, but teachers of leadership? It seems a bit far-fetched. This talk will bring dogs to the head of the classroom and shed light on leadership from a new pawspective. Attendees will learn the importance of nonverbal communication, the impact your emotions can have on a team and how to navigate situations of conflict through the experience and stories of avid dog-lover and presenter, Keara Rigg. Whether you’ve had a dog your whole life or are fearful of dogs, this presentation welcomes all and will teach you valuable leadership lessons that are applicable far beyond dog training.

Keara Rigg Video Presentation

Jillian Edwards- Illinois Institute of Technology

Maximising Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

Abstract: Emotional Intelligence is a topic that has been widely popularized in recent years. It has particularly been labelled as an important characteristic in the most effective leaders or change-makers. In order to effectively understand emotional intelligence, however, it is important to look at the various ways in which it has been presented in literature over time. It is also important to understand the ways in which emotional intelligence, as a concept can be applied effectively not just to leadership, but to everyday life.

Jillian Edwards Video Presentation

Naomi Martinez- University of Illinois at Chicago

Telling Your Unique Leadership Story

Abstract: Using a strengths-based approach, attendees will be able to uncover and identify their key strengths. They will participate in self-reflection activities to identify how their skills and strengths can contribute to their leadership growth. Attendees will learn the difference between skills and strengths. The goal of this session is to build awareness on how our unique skills and strengths can help us become better leaders. Understanding personal skills and strengths can be beneficial in accomplishing goals, contributing to a team, growing professionally and marketing our professional brand.

Naomi Martinez Video Presentation

Roland Knowlden- Illinois Institute of Technology


Abstract: We will be facing the question of becoming a specialist or a generalist. We are often taught that the specialist, ones who have mastered their craft, are the ones who excel. That 10,000 hours of specialized practice is the key to a successful career. Is that true today across multiple professions, when the interdisciplinary nature of collaboration and creativity is highly cherished? Are the leaders of tomorrow the experts of the single task, or interdisciplinary generalist who can synthesize ideas?

Somya Mittal- Illinois Institute of Technology

Mental Health and Effective Leadership

Abstract: The mental health and well-being of leaders has long been ignored in favor of the employees or team members that work below them. This paper looks into a way to support them and how mental health can influence the effectiveness of a position or team.

Syeda Bisma Ali- Illinois Institute of Technology

Non-Positional Leadership

Abstract: Many a time, we get the idea of leadership mixed with titles and positions. However, leadership is not just restricted to those titles and positions. In this paper, we discuss the concept of leadership from a non-positional aspect, strategize on how one can lead from this position, and highlight the importance of non-positional leadership.