Leadership Fellows News

Live2Lead Conference

( (L-R) Row 2: Marc Hershey, Jake DiLaura, Rachael Graham, Ian Roth, Jesse King, Lyle Schlegel, Jeffrey Williams Row 1: Lenise Morales, Kyra Gonzalez)

On October 27, nine of our students represented the Leadership Fellows Program at the Live2Lead conference simulcast in Kenneth Square. The conference was hosted live in Atlanta, Georgia but was broadcasted to a select audience in over 300 locations around the world. This annual leadership event featured four world-class speakers, including Dr. John C. Maxwell, who was named number #1 leadership expert by the AMA and Inc. Magazine. The event allowed students to engage with other people in the community, including Eastern Alumni, who sought out how to incorporate servant leadership into their businesses and non-profit organizations.

Student Board member, Kyra Gonzalez, expressed that this conference helped better her perceptive on servant leadership. She had a good foundation from her leadership roles and classes, but hearing from professions with lifelong experience was a huge advantage. Kyra felt better equipped to live out servant leadership daily because of the applicable tools that Live2Lead provided.

Not only did the attendees gain leadership principles and techniques, but they were left with inspiring testimonies that provided them with a new perspective on servant leadership. Kyra Gonzalez recalled, “one moment that stood out to me was a beautiful testimony of forgiveness and a story of redemption. One of NFL legends, Warrick Dunn, started a non-profit that gives homes to single mothers that can’t support their family. He turned a tragedy that almost broke him into an opportunity to serve others.”

First-year member, Jake DiLaura, conveyed that the conference taught them how to lead and what leadership really looks like at its core it. He believes that “leadership isn't necessarily something you're born into but rather its what you choose to do; its something that you actively work towards.” This LFP freshman stated that the quote that resonated with him the most after leaving the Live2Lead conference was that, “Leaders see more in people and they see it before anyone else.”

Don’t miss out on your next chance to grow as a leader! Our nine representatives highly recommended others to take the opportunity to take part in Live2Lead next year; there’s so much to take away from the experience.



2017 Senior Leadership Capstone Projects

Senior Capstone Video Project (shown at Windows on the World 04/21/17)

This past Spring Semester, graduating seniors in LFP participated in Senior Leadership Capstone Projects. These service projects allowed teams of students to serve the surrounding community in a variety of ways. Through the planning and implementation of these projects, students put into practice the leadership skills they have been developing over their journey here at Eastern. The goal of the capstone project was to find a specific need outside of the campus community and practically find strategic ways to serve that organization's need. Through their service, students put into practice the core commitments of LFP they have been growing over the past four years - leadership development, faith formation, and philanthropic creativity.

The projects ranged from coaching, to consulting, to entrepreneurial. One group helped Project HEAL - Southeast PA Chapter in promoting Eating Disorder awareness by participating in a photography project that met a need of the organization. Another group worked with a climate change organization Young Evangelicals for Climate Action to gather people's climate testimonies. A third group raised money for Fellowship Community Church's local food pantry. Another group served a local non-profit store, The Alley Door, by helping the owner improve her advertising. A fifth group held a staff appreciation day for Nancy Hicks Live, a local non-profit organization in the community. The sixth group created a presentation for Nationalities Service Center to promote awareness of refugee needs in the community. As one can tell, the projects ranged in topics and types of service, yet each one was uniquely designed to meet the needs of a community group through the skills and dedication of LFP students.

Feedback on the projects was wonderful, and the surrounding community was deeply appreciative of the service from the students. Many commented how much they enjoyed having EU students help their organizations, and what a difference the groups made for them (Check out this kind post)! This experience also had a positive effect on the students, who describe this as a great opportunity to really put what they have been learning into practice.

The students presented these projects and their outcomes to the Eastern community on April 21st, 2017 through a moderated forum style presentation at Windows on the World.  They also helped put together an introduction film (seen above) as a prelude to the presentation.

Check out a photo gallery of the seniors during the final film shoot.

Read more on some of our featured seniors (class of 2017):

Shannon Farmer

Kyle Berner

Shelby Kuchenbrod




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