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Leadership Certificate workshop

Developing Leaders

“Sign On!” That’s the leadership philosophy of Samantha Krupa, one of nine students who earned their leadership certificate last spring from the Oskin Leadership Institute. The certificate program is open to all Widener undergraduate and graduate students. Students earn their certificate by participating in 18 one-hour workshops that fit into their schedule. “We’ve worked hard to ensure that each workshop is exciting and interactive,” offers Dr. Arthur Schwartz, the institute’s executive director. “Each workshop should feel like a workout – where students are challenged to flex different leadership muscles.”

Some workshops focus on integrity and ethics. Other workshops invite students to examine their leadership strengths or learn why it is important for leaders to create positive energy. New workshops are added each semester. “We’re offering workshops this spring that I’m really excited about,” adds Schwartz. “One will focus on women and leadership and it’s being facilitated by two women leaders on campus, Professor Ann Krouse and our Assistant Athletic Director Larissa Gillespie.

Students register online as they would for any class. After each class, students go online and submit a short writing reflection that invites them to connect the theme of the workshop to their own experience.

Right before earning their certificate, each student is asked to create their own leadership philosophy – in 28 characters or less. “I started asking students to develop their leadership philosophy when I was teaching at the Air Force Academy,” explains Schwartz. “We ask each student to create a personal saying or expression that is emotionally powerful and meaningful to them. Their philosophy should embody the kind of leader they want to become.”

The Oskin Leadership Institute, which opened in 2011, has been made possible by a generous gift from David Oskin, the former chair of Widener’s Board of Trustees, his wife JoEllen, and their late son, David. The mission of the institute is to perpetuate and strengthen the university’s long and noble tradition of inspiring Widener students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage, and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world.