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More than 15 alumni will help tomorrow’s leaders get a jump start on their future Saturday, February 8 as students learn valuable networking skills, leadership styles, and techniques for successful programming at the eighth annual Lafayette Leadership Institute.

“Lafayette Leadership: A New Dimension” is the theme of the one-day conference to be attended by more than 100 student leaders. The seminar, which will run 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., will feature a keynote address, workshops, roundtables, an alumni panel presentation, and much more.

“We’ve had a phenomenal response from students who have participated in years past,” says Pamela Brewer, associate dean of students and director of student life programs. “The program has won awards, and we feel strongly that it makes a major difference in the lives of students who are involved.”

John Fry ’82, president of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., will deliver a keynote address that reflects on how the Lafayette experience shaped his life and served as good preparation for his career. Participants will then attend one of five morning workshops: Keynote Follow-Up; The Research Dimension for Lafayette Student Leaders; The Process of Programming; Leadership: Traits, Styles, and Overcoming Adversity; and Let Your Voice Count: Developing and Advocacy Initiative.

A second block of morning workshops consists of four options, including Living and Studying in a Global Village, Networking: It’s Not Just Who You KnowIt’s How You Do It, Trustees: Their Impact on You, and A Moral Compass: The Prerequisite for Leadership.

Lunch and an alumni panel discussion will follow the morning workshops. The panel includes Rebecca Rosenbauer ’84, director of computer-aided engineering labs at Lafayette; Dana Ferraris ’94, senior scientist with Guilford Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Matthew Stauffer ’95, psychiatry specialty manager at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals; Amy Spanbauer ’98, communications director and deputy chief of staff for Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nevada); Shaw Tilger ’94, director of marketing at Comcast Spectacor; Uneeda Williams ’96, security policy manager with AT&T; and Yolanda Wisher ’98, an artist and educator. The panel will discuss the transition from Lafayette student leader to successful professional.

The conference culminates with a final set of workshops and a recognition reception.

Senior psychology major Jenna Menard (Holicong, Pa.) participated in the conference for the past two years, and is planning the logistics of the 2003 seminar as Brewer’s intern. Over the winter break, she contacted alumni, worked on the seminar brochure, and assembled biographical information on each speaker for students.

“As a participant in the conference, I can see how it helped me become a better leader,” she says. “The conference is so valuable because the speakers were in your place ten years ago. Their testimony shows that what you do at Lafayette really has an impact on what you do after graduation.”

Menard interned with Tony & Tina Cosmetics in New York last summer. She assisted account executives with staff training and sales strategies and participated in events at Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom’s, and Sephora.

She also interned with The Atlantis Group in Doylestown, Pa., a global consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and portfolio management for a variety of clients. Menard participated in client workshops and seminars and assisted with office management and client media preparation.

She received Lafayette’s Africana Studies Scholastic Award, given to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence and potential for future leadership in society. She also received the Outstanding Greek Leader Award.

Previously, Menard served as vice president of social advancement for Phi Beta Phi sorority, chair of multicultural affairs for Student Government, and co-chair of Lafayette’s orientation program.

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