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Career Services hosts third annual leading program

Senior Reporter

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2013 01:01

Career Services will be hosting their 3rd annual Learning to Lead program on Jan. 30. This program is designed to teach students the many values and roles of leadership for both their current studies in college and in their future careers in the business world.

The program will feature three speakers, including Willie Fritz, the head football coach for Sam Houston State University, Carol Smith, the president of the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce, and Terry Williams, the regional vice president of H-E-B Supermarkets.

According to Vinessa Mundorff, the assistant director of Career Services, the program’s main purpose is the make students aware of leadership opportunities that occur in their everyday lives, and to correct the misconception that there are only strict and traditional roles available in leadership positions.

Mundorff explained that to achieve this purpose, the three guest speakers were chosen as representatives of three sides of leadership.

Smith was chosen for her activities in the civic side of leadership, as she has served the Huntsville community for many years, according to the Chamber of Commerce website. Smith commented that she would be speaking about leadership in general, and how she developed her skills and then used them in her many careers.

Fritz was chosen by Career Services as a team-oriented leadership example that would be used in military-type settings, or in his case, athletics. Fritz detailed that his talk would include leadership skills he uses and teaches in the football program.

Terry Williams was chosen for his leadership skills in the professional world, something Career Services felt was greatly important for college students.

Smith urged students to take part in Learning to Lead, because she believes leadership skill sets are invaluable in the business world, and felt that the program would be a motivating starting place for aspiring leaders.

“I strongly encourage students to attend the program as they will hear three very different perspectives, examples, etc. on leadership,” Smith said. “Students will be able to sift through the info and find key things to apply to their goals and personality types.”

Mundorff extended an invitation to all Sam Houston students to participate in Learning to Lead, which she felt would give students skill sets they could take and apply to everyday life on campus.

Learning to Lead will be held on Wed. Jan. 30 from 3:30-5:00 P.M. In the Mafrige Auditorium located in the Smith-Hutson Building. The auditorium seats over 400 people and overflow seating will be available if needed.


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