By Gauri Mangala, Co-Features Editor
The Garthwait Leadership Center (GLC) hosted its annual Emerging Leaders Retreat at the Gettysburg Hotel Saturday. A record number of students gathered for a day-long program to learn how to determine their own strengths and apply them to be better leaders in their daily lives and future endeavors.
The program began with participants completing self-evaluations to determine their own abilities and identities. These activities allowed students to understand their own personalities better and work that towards become better leaders.
Darrien Davenport, Executive Director of the Office of Multicultural Engagement, gave a speech entitled “What is leadership” that took an in depth look on leadership’s importance and characteristics.
Students then attended two workshop sessions run by college administrators and other members of the campus community that each focused on different aspects of the five leadership qualities that the GLC values: Integrity, Collaboration, Impact, Self-Awareness, and Transformational Action. These facilitators were able to not only teach students about their specific leadership positions, but how students can develop into great leaders as well.
Keynote speaker, Neil Bryant ’82, the current Vice President of Sales and Development at Carestream Health Inc. presented to participants about Self-Awareness and Leadership.
Participants ended the day with not only an understanding of leadership on a whole, but a better understanding of themselves.
Associate Director of the GLC Paul Miller was extremely proud of this year’s event.
“The Emerging Leaders Retreat is designed to provide a rich learning experience regardless of whether or not students hold a formal leadership position,” Miller said. “It is often when first year students make a decision and commit to developing their leadership potential while at Gettysburg. There are few other programs on campus that have such an impact in a single day.”