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2014 Ethical Student Leadership Conference
Honoring God through Servant-Leadership


Open Convocation and Plenary Sessions


Ethics:   Ethics is defined as a discipline that deals with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation (Webster's Collegiate Dictionary). The definition suggests that there is a system or theory of moral values.  This system or theory helps to inform our decision making to live as ethical people—and in the context of this conference—as ethical leaders.  Therefore, ethics transcends gender, race, creed, affiliation, title, and socioeconomic status.
The overall purpose of the plenary sessions is to provide student-leaders, and all conferees, with information and various opportunities to grow in their knowledge, understanding, and application of ethics.Each session is specifically designed to compel attendees to engage, critically think, and question. 


     

Dr. Kim Cape
Conference Faculty
[Speaker Bio]

 

Opening Convocation

 Summary:
Dr. Kim Cape will kick off Wiley College's spring 2014 semester and open the Ethical Student Leadership Conference.  She will lay the foundation for the
Conference by defining servant-leadership, identifying some of the characteristics of servant-leaders, and providing us with ways that we can become servant-leaders.

 


Reverend Katherine Elberfeld
Conference Faculty
[Speaker Bio]

 

Plenary Session I: Opening Banquet  - "The Face of Servant-Leadership"

Summary:
Wiley College will welcome you to the Eighth Ethical Student Leadership Conference with the opening banquet. Rev. Katherine Elberfeld, Founder and President at The Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership, will set the tone for the Conference. Rev. Elberfeld will explain that in His life and ministry, Jesus called us to serve others and made it clear that He had come "not to be served but to serve."  He then left it up to us to figure out how to respond to His call and put it into action in our lives and work.  As we respond to his challenge, we discover that we are the face of servant-leadership in the world.

     

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Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber
Conference Faculty
[Speaker Bio]

Plenary Session II: Presidents Panel: A Community Perspective

Summary:
Servant-leadership requires us to have an understanding of ourselves and the various communities in which we live, work, and play.  Of all the leadership styles, it is the one that demands leaders to deemphasize self, and deliberately focus time, effort, and resources on the common good.  Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber will help us to understand how servant-leadership can create positive, transformational, and sustaining change in our communities.

 

 


Dr. Vivian Bull
Conference Faculty
[Speaker Bio]

Plenary Session II: Presidents Panel: A Global Perspective

Summary:
Our world is flat! As a result, how can the paradigm of servant-leadership be used to improve our understanding of and interactions with one another, and contribute to the well-being of all people? Dr. Vivian Bull will help us to explore how we can lead for the sake of all regardless of differences in nationality, culture, ethnicity, or language.

       

Ms. Marisa Rivera
Conference Faculty
[Speaker Bio]

Plenary Session II: Presidents Panel:  A Transcending Perspective

Summary:
Servant-leadership focuses on developing followers' personal potential and facilitating their personal growth.  It transcends vocations and occupations; therefore, anyone can honor God by engaging in authentic and ethical servant-leadership irrespective of the industry or field they work.  Ms. Marisa Rivera will discuss the boundlessness of servant-leadership and how we can all be empowered to serve and lead.

 

 

Rev. Larry Hollon
Conference Faculty
[Speaker Bio]

 

Plenary Session III: It Takes a Village to Develop an Ethical Leader"

Summary:
It takes a village to develop an ethical leader. But what happens to the village without ethical leadership? What if employees are operating in an environment where ethical behavior is not required, or perhaps even encouraged in non-verbal ways? Larry Hollon gave up a job to be true to his own ideals.  He will share how developing leaders with a Christian foundation is important for creating an ethical example, and  the importance of sticking to the values you deem appropriate even if they are contrary to corporate culture.

Ms. Valeisha
Butterfield-Jones
Conference Faculty
[Speaker Bio]

Plenary Session IV: "Who Gives to the Giver"

Summary:
Mrs. Jones shares her personal testimony of being called to serve: her "life" work to inspire young adults to be the change they want to see. This candid discussion will take you on a journey of faith, sacrifice and perseverance. This empowering woman went from the small town of Wilson, NC to working for the leader of the free world, President Obama. Her whole life has been tied to a single thread: Giving.

     

Mahogany Terry
Conference Faculty
[Speaker Bio]

 

 

Plenary Session V: The Cypher-Students Only

Summary:
This event is for students only! In the tradition of Hip-Hop, the CYPHER is a free discussion and examination of current topics. Participants stand in a circle (i.e., The CYPHER) and take turns expressing their views and perspectives on the discussion topic. When a participant is ready to give their point of view, s/he will step into the center of the CYPHER and wait until everyone has deferred to them. Unlike debate, challenges to a person's point of view on a topic are discouraged; a participant must be free to express their point of view without judgments. While addressing these topics, participants are not allowed to engage in personal attacks, racism, sexism, or any other type of "ism" with the intention to discriminate or create an inhospitable environment for other participants. PEACE!

 

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Plenary Session VI: Debate
Summary:The debate between Wiley College's Great Debaters and the World Champions in debate from Monash University, Australia is one of the most highly anticipated events of the Conference.  The complex discourse on global hunger and poverty will never be same, and the arguments proffered will compel listeners to engage and to take action.


Dr. Dorris Robinson-Gardner
Conference Faculty
[Speaker Bio]

 

Plenary Session VII:Graduate School Information Workshop

Summary:
Students participating in the Ethical Student Leadership Conference will have an opportunity to receive information about and get an early start on the graduate or professional school application process. If you are considering graduate or professional school; this session will serve as a tool for you to identify what options are available to you and how to actively pursue them.
Attendees will be provided with information on topics such as:

  • The importance of attending graduate school;   
  • Determining if graduate school is right for you;
  • Selecting the right school and program;
  • Writing a strong statement of purpose;
  • Application process timelines and tips; and
  • Options for financing graduate school.

 

Plenary Session VIII: Graduate School Fair

Summary:

If you are thinking about going to graduate school, this is the event to learn more about what options are available to you. Students participating in the Ethical Student Leadership Conference will be able to meet with graduate school representatives face-to-face. Students will have an opportunity to learn about particular schools and gain an early start on the graduate school application process.

 

 

 

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Jeremy Everett
Conference Faculty
[Speaker Bio]

Plenary Session IX:  Ending Hunger and Poverty

Summary:

Have you ever wondered why hunger and poverty exists even in wealthy countries like the United States? Have you ever asked yourself, "If the world produces enough food to feed billions of people, why do so many go without?"  Would you like to know what you can do to help eradicate hunger and poverty?  In this session, attendees will learn practical ways that they can end hunger and end poverty through collaboration, research and informing public policy.

 

 

 

 

Plenary Session X: Hunger Banquet

Summary:

Life isn't fair—and neither is this. At a Hunger Banquet, the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat are determined by the luck of the draw—just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity, while others are born into abject poverty.  At the Hunger Banquet, your perception of poverty and hunger will be challenged and transformed in a practical way. Participants will not only obtain knowledge about hunger and poverty, but will also be challenged and motivated to take action concerning.

     

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Plenary Session XI: "A Place at the Table"

 Summary:
"Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don't know where their next meal is coming from. In this thought provoking movie, the issue of hunger in America is examined through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity…A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all." For more information about go to www.takepart.com.

 

Nate Parker
Conference Faculty
[Speaker Bio]

Plenary Session XII: Closing Banquet

Summary:
The Closing Banquet is the final event of the Eighth Ethical Student Leadership Conference and one of the most highly anticipated functions.  Mr. Nate Parker, Actor and Activist, will offer attendees the opportunity to reflect on what they learned about Honoring God through Servant-Leadership and provide perspective on how developing sound ethics is central to becoming a great servant-leader in any industry. The Closing Banquet also provides conference participants an excellent chance to network.






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