New leadership workshop coming

Lifestyles

A new leadership workshop called Project YOU will be taking place on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 in Blum 223 from 5-6:15 p.m.

Free dinner will be offered, and the doors will be opened to all Missouri Western students who are interested. Missouri Western Coordinator for the Center of Student Involvement Madeleine Pasco explains what Project YOU is.

“Project YOU is a leadership workshop series that is focused on leadership as an everyday skill,” Pasco said. “I’ve found that often leadership is thrown around, but never really explained. Really great leaders have really great ordinary skills-such as people skills, communication skills, being able to move logistics around and being able to understand people. Leadership is something that I have seen in almost every job application I’ve ever read, so I think bringing together those people skills and ability to communicate and collaborate is what this is all about.”

Project YOU is a workshop that will be focused on trying to help students learn to better themselves and to better each other in order to eventually have better job prospects in the future. Pasco has met with students on campus looking for ways to fit their needs while keeping in mind things like job prospects, social skills and involvement.

“This isn’t a super long event because I understand that students have a lot going on, so I am trying to make it a shorter workshop series. I’m also trying to make it staggered, so that students can come and get a little bit of information, go home and do their homework and then on another day, come back to learn more. I know that some places have a full weekend of things, but I don’t know if that would be functional at this point at Missouri Western,” Pasco said.

There is more to this workshop; Missouri Western Events & New Student Program Coordinator Marissa Steimel will be presenting a session on self-marketing on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.

“I will be presenting on self-marketing, which will cover everything from emailing to social media to professional courtesy,” Steimel said. “My focus will be how to improve your individual or professional brand as a way to increase involvement in your student organization, and as a way to represent yourself well as you enter the professional world after finishing your degree.”

Steimel and Pasco discussed the need for student leaders to work on their individual/professional brand.

“Many of our students get training for their organizational duties, but never get trained on leadership topics or campus policies,” Steimel said. “I believe Madeleine’s series, Project YOU, is striving to fill those gaps.”

Project YOU is, in fact, just the beginning of a series. Pasco is planning on doing an officer workshop series in the spring as well.

“I would love if everybody took part in these events,” Pasco said. “They are open to all students, and I think it has the potential to be helpful for everybody.”

Project YOU is just the beginning of a series with more to come.