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Student Leadership Institute

From October 11 – 14, The Student Leadership Institute will sharpen your leadership skills as we explore leadership from a variety of perspectives. Sessions will be a la carte, allowing you to choose workshops that pique your interest and fit your schedule. Come engage with other students and learn to LEAD LIKE AN EAGLE!

Wings Incentive Program

Student organizations may send any member to any workshop session for a maximum of 2 points. By attending multiple workshops, organizations can receive a maximum of 8 points through the Student Leadership Institute.

Workshop Descriptions

  • – You do not have to pre-register in order to attend EXCEPT for the Lead Like An Eagle session.
  • Monday and Wednesday are in STATESBORO and Tuesday and Thursday are at ARMSTRONG. 
  • – You can earn UP TO 8 WINGS POINTS for your organization if you send at least 1 person per session
  • – Please share the Student Leadership Institute with your friends!
  • *there will not be a virtual option, however, the workshops that are offered at Statesboro
  • will be available at Armstrong and vice versa in the Spring of 2022.*

Translating Volunteerism to Vocation

What do your volunteer experiences say about you? Your desired career? Your leadership skills? In this session, we will tackle how to identify and discuss transferable skills gained from your volunteer experiences to support your career goals.

Presenters: Rachel Whitman, Jayda Felder, Ogo Obi, Emily Tanner and Dr. Urkovia Andrews

Monday, October 11, 2021

5:30 PM | Statesboro Campus; Russell Union Ballroom

Bridging the Gap: Sustainability Education & Action

During this session, students will learn techniques to catalyze sustainability action within their organizations and future careers. We will discuss different approaches to communicate about environmental/social topics, tangible talking points, and how to create an environmentally and socially responsible culture within your organization. 

Presenter: Cami Sockow

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

6:30 PM | Armstrong Campus; Armstrong Student Union Ballroom

From Homeless Refugee to Living the American Dream

The nobility and power of Derreck Kayongo’s story and how he used it to arrive at his innovative
Global Soap Project will leave audiences awe-inspired. Kayongo believes that not every bad
experience in life has to end up horribly — sometimes bad experiences happen so they lead us
to a problem we need to solve or to our true calling in life. Drawing on the hardships of his
refugee experience, Kayongo shares how he went on to manufacture a solution to a global
problem, the life lessons he learned along the way, and how they apply to one’s ability to stay
relevant in today’s market.

Presenters: Derrek Kayongo

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

5:30 PM | Statesboro Campus: Performing Arts Center

Lead Like An Eagle!

Are you ready to LEAD LIKE AN EAGLE? Prior to engaging in this session, students will take an assessment, Via Strengths, and will then analyze their results in the session. We will discuss eagle traits and create an action plan to use your strengths to develop your leadership skills. You won’t want to miss this!

Presenter: Kira Jatoft

Thursday, October 14, 2021

5:30 PM | Armstrong Campus; Armstrong Student Union Ballroom

Keynote Speaker

Derreck Kayongo

Derreck Kayongo is an internationally recognized visionary and humanitarian. He is the founder of the Global Soap Project: a humanitarian aid organization that collects discarded and unused soap from thousands of hotels worldwide, reprocesses it, then distributes it to in-need populations around the world. The project was born from his simple observation about how much soap is available in hotels, and how much is thrown away when hotel rooms are turned. This simple observation became an innovative idea that is now battling global health issues in 90 countries. Hygiene-related diseases, and the resulting deaths, have dissipated in many at-risk communities, thanks in part to Derreck’s creative problem solving. The Global Soap Project makes him a leader in both global health and environmental sustainability.

Last updated: 11/8/2022