Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Drake University, Des Moines IA
$40 per person (includes tshirt, snacks, lunch and materials)
KEYNOTE: Lindsay Whorton
Dr. Whorton was a member of the Drake Women’s Basketball team from 2005-2008. She was a four-year letter-winner, a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference scholar selection, the 2008 MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and a 1st team Academic All-American. She graduated in 2008 with degrees in English and Secondary Education.
Upon graduation, Dr. Whorton was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and studied at Oxford University in England. While there, she served as head coach of the Oxford University Women’s basketball team. She was also selected as a Fulbright Scholar, and conducted research for her dissertation in Helsinki, Finland.
Graduating with a doctorate in social policy from Oxford University, Dr. Whorton returned to the United States working as Legislative Director for Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston, a Boston Consulting Group, and at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
She currently serves as vice president and dean at The Holdsworth Center in Texas, and is a member of the Drake Board of Trustees.
Two-Way Communication and Constructive Feedback Breakout Session
Session Overview: Effective leadership requires excellent communication skills, particularly when providing feedback. In this session, participants learn to first seek to understand by asking questions and using verify/clarify statements, and then seek to be understood by using “I” statements and avoiding “You” statements. Participants then learn the principles of effective praise and criticism and practice turning destructive and ineffective criticism into constructive feedback.
Communication: Preparation and Negotiation
Session Overview: Effective communication and the ability to negotiate roles, goals, and strategy is an important aspect of leadership. In this session, students will use the Prepare to Communicate Checklist tool to analyze examples of good and poor communication. Students will then use their Prepare to Communicate skills to create a Compact for Excellence and negotiate roles, goals, and strategy for a group competition.
Communication in Action
Session Overview: The Tower Build activity is designed to give students an opportunity to use the tools and skills learned in the breakout session. Students will practice connection, use a Compact for Excellence, negotiate roles, goals, and strategy, and use their communication skills to complete a Tower Build competition. Students will also evaluate how well they used their communication skills to complete the project.