Take the Lead…

Take the Lead…In today’s job market, bringing a competitive advantage to interviews requires more than a college degree and a resume. Graduates need leadership skills to set them apart from their peers and successfully accelerate their career paths.

“When an employer looks at your resume, they want to see something more than your titles,” said Teri Thomas, Director of Student Leadership and Activities. “In other words, just listing that you are the student body president is not enough. They really want to know what leadership skills you have mastered and how are those going to be an asset to their company.”

Thomas, who recently authored “Leadership and Personality,” an article published in Campus Activities Programming, Back to School Issue is producing a unique week of events that will put students in touch with their own leadership skills to help their resumes and interviews shine.

The week of activities titled, “Take the Lead…” on February 23–27, 2015 is open to all Menlo College students. Students attending four “Take the Lead” events during the week  will earn an entry into a drawing for a GoPro Hero 4 and other prizes.

The “Take the Lead…” schedule of events includes:

Monday, February 23

Building Communities, 1–1:45pm, Russell Center Great Room
Menlo alumnus Rob Isquierdo Jr., founder of Library for London project shares strategies on improving communities through non-profit organizations. Isquierdo improved his hometown through literacy and education by creating a library.

Motivation for Positive Change, 7–8:00pm, Russell Center Great Room
Part of the Monday Speaker Series, Dr. Christopher Gardner, Stanford University.

Tuesday, February 24

Leadership…A Fad or Foundation? 12:45–1:30pm, Russell Center Great Room
Believe it or not, leadership theory has changed as often as fashion and pop culture. This workshop will focus on differences and similarities between leadership and management.

Articulating Your Leadership Experience, 5:15–6:00pm, Russell Center Great Room
Have leadership experience on your resume, but don’t know how to put your training into words? This workshop will help you tailor your resume with impressive bullet points to effectively describe your experience.

Wednesday, February 25

Leadership Fair, 11:30–1:30pm, Front of Dining Hall
Check out opportunities on campus where you can gain leadership skills, learn how to get involved, and apply for next year.

Giving Voice to Values, 6:15–7:45pm, Brawner 476
What values do you portray? Learn about the role and importance of values within leadership. Hosted by Dr. Leslie Sekerka and Dr. Pauline Fatien.

Thursday, February 26

Advanced Interviewing, 11:10–12:20pm, Russell Center Great Room
Are you leaving a lasting impression? What are you really conveying in your interview? Learn how to interview like a champ though the art of storytelling. Hosted by Dr. Marianne Neuwirth.

Power Trip, 5:15–6:00pm, Russell Center Great Room
Who’s got the power? Find out in this real life simulation led by our campus.

Time Management, 7:30–8:30pm, Fireside Lounge
Learn how to manage your time to get the most out of each day!

Friday, February 27

Do You See What I See? 12:00–12:45pm, Russell Center Great Room
What images are you showing your future employer? Learn about how your digital identity is perceived by others.