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Breakout Session Descriptions

 

Breakout Session 1: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Session 2:  1:50 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Breakout Session 3:  3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

 

Breakout Session 1 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

DOING WELL AND DOING GOOD: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1

Presented by: 

  • Dr. Steve Dietz, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies, Texas State University-San Marcos

Instead of measuring success only in terms of profit and return, social entrepreneurs also measure positive returns to society and aim to further broaden social, cultural or environmental goals. Join us during this breakout session to gain a greater understanding of this principle, leadership qualities necessary for success, and how local and global issues (such as hunger, poverty, homelessness, etc.) can be creatively addressed through social entrepreneurship.

 

IS IT REALLY THAT COMPLEX? ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IN A CHANGING WORLD
LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1

Presented by: 

  • Dr. Stan Carpenter, Dean, College of Education, Texas State University-San Marcos
Ethical leadership requires knowing your core values and having the courage to live them in all parts of your life. Is today’s world too complex with too many “gray” areas that make it difficult to adhere to our ethical standards? This session will examine the principles and tools you need to practice ethical and responsible leadership in the 21st century.
 

CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION, TECHNOLOGY AND IDENTITY: DEVELOPING THE GLOBAL MINDSET
LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1

Presented by:

  • Dr. Sandhya Rao, Assistant Dean, The Graduate College, Texas State University-San Marcos
Globalization and rapid growth in information technologies are redefining industries, politics, and cultures across the globe. Effectively navigating local, national, and international contexts and interactions has become essential in the daily life of the 21st century leader. Join us in exploring and better understanding the vital roles played by culture, technology, and communication in determining our collective global futures.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN TODAY'S WORLD
LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1

Presented by:

  • Dr. Timothy Mottet, Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communications, Texas State University-San Marcos
The technological and social/cultural demands of the 21st century are reshaping communication requirements. We encounter new terminologies and technologies every day that are not always easy to understand or use. Email, instant messaging and social media now make interpersonal communication possible within seconds but without filters or understanding of the cultural contexts in which they are taking place. The importance of good communication skills is undeniable because of the rapidly changing world we all live in today. Join us as we explore new strategies you will need to communicate across borders and boundaries.

 

THE U.S. ROLE IN GLOBAL DEMOCRATIZATION
LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1

Presented by:    

  • Dr. Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
This session will explore recent changes in foreign policies about the role of the U.S. in global democratization. A key question today is whether efforts at democratization are most effectively achieved through unilateral U.S. action or through multilateral cooperation. The debate will be crucial to the next generation of leaders as we move into more complex relationships among nations.

 

THE EUROPEAN UNION:  BALANCING FREE MARKET ECONOMIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.6

Presented by: 

  • Mr. Jaromir Sedlar, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Educational Administration, The University of Texas at Austin
The European Union (EU) began as a bold experiment designed to prevent another global conflict. Today, however, members of the global community are concerned about the future of this multinational arrangement given the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Will the EU continue to be able to balance its commitments to protect fundamental human rights while supporting free-market principles? Join us for a captivating session that will explore the tensions that European Union leaders face as they try to define and adapt its internal and external political, economic, and social systems.


 

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AND THE PROCESS OF DEMOCRACY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.9

Presented by:

  • Mr. Brian J. Cooper, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos

With the collapse of the Soviet Union and elimination of the remaining colonial influences, Sub-Saharan Africa witnessed a resurgence of protests and resistance against authoritarian regimes during the 1980s. The region  began to make some progress toward democratization in the 1990s and early 2000s, yet these countries continue to struggle with basic human rights abuses, ethnic and religious conflict, and systemic corruption. With the region's potential to become a major international player, primarily through its vast reserves of natural resources and raw materials, it is important for leaders in the U.S. to discuss what catalysts are needed for long-lasting democratization.  

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Breakout Session 2 - 1:50 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

THE SOCIAL CHANGE MODEL OF LEADERSHIP
LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1

Presented by:

  • Ms. Katie Pritchett, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin
The Social Change Model of Leadership Development, created in 1993 by the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA, aims to mold the concept of leadership as an inclusive process by which change is effected for the betterment of others. It is a values-based model of leadership development that revolves around a core of service as the vehicle for social change. This session will provide an overview of the model and its belief that change is the ultimate goal of the process of leadership.

 

 

PEACE CORPS: CHANGING ONE GLOBAL COMMUNITY AT A TIME
LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1

Panelists:

  • Ms. Renee Manuel, WASH Programs Lead, A Glimmer of Hope Foundation
  • Ms. Joanne Richards, Retired Assistant Dean of Admissions, College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Mr. Rob Robertson, Attorney at Law
Since 1961, the Peace Corps has helped to foster peace and friendship throughout the world through social and economic development; helping people outside the United States to understand American culture; and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries. This session will allow participants to gain insight into the mission of the Peace Corps and the necessary steps a group can take to help make change happen. Hear a panel of Peace Corps alumni speak about their experiences serving with the Peace Corps and how they have helped foster global change in various communities around the world. 
 
 
CONNECTED OR DISCONNECTED? THE ROLE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP
LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1

Presented by:

  • Dr. Judith Oskam, Speaker, Professor and Director, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Texas State University-San Marcos
People are at the heart of organizations, and good interpersonal communication skills are essential for today’s leaders. But technology and media literacy skills should also be part of our communication toolbox. Has our dependence on social media and other online interactions diminished our abilities to effectively inspire, motivate and empower people and our organizations? Has our reliance on information technology actually left us disconnected? This session will examine the ways technology impacts the way we connect and communicate with others.

 

WHAT IN THE WORLD CAN YOU DO? OPPORTUNITIES FOR GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1

Panelists:

  • Mr. Fred Afflerbach, Author, Roll On
  • Mr. Eric Rangel, Special Projects Coordinator I, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Mr. Michael Vela, Director of Communications, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Starting one’s own business in today’s global economy can be both rewarding and challenging. Texas State graduates are ambitious, prepared and ready to lead in this new economic environment. Hear stories from Texas State alumni on how they are connecting and working globally.  Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how you can position yourself for your global career.

 

CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE: TO LEAD OR NOT TO LEAD?
LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1

Presented by: 

  • Mr. Jaromir Sedlar, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Educational Administration, The University of Texas at Austin 
Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries have a long and often dramatic history that included creation and destruction of countries, alliances and political systems. Today, just a generation after the fall of Communism, the majority of CEE countries are members of NATO and the European Union. With economic, social, or security challenges abroad and at home, countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic, or Slovakia have a choice to make: Will they lead or will they follow? And how can their experience and choices inform us as future leaders in the United States and abroad?
 

MADE IN CHINA: UNDERSTANDING THEIR IMPACT ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.6

Presented by:

  • Dr. Li Feng, Assistant Professor, Department of Finance & Economics, Texas State University-San Marcos
The world is witnessing a potential shift in power from West to East. Countries like China, with a large population and vast natural resources, are already affecting global political, economic, and social dynamics. Join us for an exploration of China's new global clout, especially against the backdrop of the world financial crisis.

 
 

FRIENDRAISING VS. FUNDRAISING
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.9

Presented by:

  • Dr. Barbara Breier, Vice President for University Advancement, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Mr. Kevin Bauman, Major Gift Officer, University Advancement, Texas State University-San Marcos

Turning vision into action is sometimes more than just inspiring members of your organization or team. The reality is that it takes time, talent and treasure. It is this last tenet that challenges even the best leaders and organizations. Using the success of Texas State's capital campaign, the session will explore how your organization can emulate this model for fundraising success. The importance of cultivating relationships is highlighted and the session will cover topics such as understanding the components of successful fundraising campaigns, the importance of ethics and integrity when engaging in fundraising activities, and appropriate ways to communicate with prospective donors. 

 

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Session 3 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

SUPERCATS: TEXAS STATE GOES GLOBAL
LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1

Panelists:

  • Mr. Christopher Covo, Texas State Alumnus
  • Ms. Elizabeth Stevens, Texas State Student
  • Mr. Eart Sinani, Texas State Student
Texas State’s continued push for excellence as an emerging research institution will create exciting new opportunities for students to engage in global collaborations. From study abroad programs to international service learning, our students and alumni are continuing to provide leadership in a global context. Learn about their personal experiences with international education and how their time studying and working in other countries has impacted their global perspective.
 
FROM UNDERSTANDING TO ACTION: SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR A BETTER WORLD
LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1
 
Presented by:
  • Mr. Clint-Michael Reneau, M.Ed., Director, Office of Disability Services, Texas State University-San Marcos
In a multicultural society, discussion about issues of conflict and community are needed to facilitate understanding between social/cultural groups. Students who attend this session will have the opportunity to explore the identities that make up who they are and better understand the extent to which these identities impact their actions. Through various activities and group dialogue, participants will engage in conversations that will enhance their cross cultural understanding as they lead within a social justice model.
 
 

LEADING FROM THE HEART: FROM INSPIRATION TO ACTION
LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1

Panelists:

  • Mr. Michael Bell, Alumnus, Alpha Phi Omega
  • Ms. Sebrina Deel, Member, Bobcats Leaving Out Violence, BLOV
  • Mr. Danny Domenech, President, H.E.A.T.
  • Ms. Brenna Murphey, Invisible Children
Leading from the heart requires inner integrity, compassion, and a deep awareness of one’s internal motivations. Leaders who will succeed in the 21st Century will be the ones who fully embrace the fundamental reality that they must find a way to inspire others to action through kindness, thoughtfulness, appreciation and personal development. Hear from a panel of current Texas State student leaders about their journey to transform their passion into action and give back to their communities.
 

SOCIAL EXCELLENCE: HOW A HANDSHAKE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1

Presented by:

  • Mr. Drake Allen, Programming Director, Student Leadership Team, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Ms. Iliana Melendez, M.Ed., Student Conduct Officer, Dean of Students, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Ms. Laramie A. McWilliams, Leadership Institute Assistant Coordinator, Dean of Students Office, Texas State University-San Marcos
Social Excellence is the highest level of societal participation and contribution. This philosophy, developed by the educational firm Phired Up Productions, is characterized by handshakes, deep, meaningful conversations, and heart-to-heart connections. People who choose Social Excellence as their lifestyle understand that human connection is the key to changing the world. This interactive session will relate the power of being socially excellent within your personal and professional lives and how a simple handshake has the power to change the world!
 
 

THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1

Presented by:

  • Dr. Richard Dixon, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos
Climate change is already beginning to transform life on Earth. Projections of future climate change suggest further global warming, sea level rise, and an increase in the frequency and severity of some extreme weather events. This session will examine the global impacts of climate change and what can be done to ensure a planet that continues to sustain life for all living things.
 

LEADERS IN THE NEW WORLD: THE CHANGING ROLE OF LATIN AMERICA
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.6

Presented by:
  • Dr. Diego E. Vacaflores, Assistant Professor, Department of Finance & Economics, Texas State University-San Marcos

Latin America has never mattered more. The region is the largest foreign supplier of oil and one of the fastest growing trading partners with the United States. In this session we will examine the various strategies that leaders in Latin America used to take advantage of strong regional growth including focused public policies to address poverty and inequality. Join us and discover how a newly confident Latin America is now poised to take a leadership role in many international institutions and forums.

 

   

THE NEW SUPERPOWERS? INDIA'S SEAT ON THE WORLD STAGE
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.9

Presented by:
  • Dr. Leah Renold, Associate Professor, Department of History, Texas State University-San Marcos

India is the world's largest democracy and soon to be the most populous country. Its relatively stable democratic political system, large middle-class, diplomatic and military clout in South Asia, economic growth and global ambitions make it a very important player in world affairs. India is going through a series of remarkable transformations. Join us for an interesting session that will explore the leadership challenges and opportunities that the country will face.