Great leaders are great communicators. They think clearly, they speak clearly, and they write clearly.
In the spirit of developing well-rounded students with a range of abilities to prepare them for leadership positions, the Robert Day School hosts a variety of leadership development workshops. In some cases these are administered by faculty and in other cases by guest presenters.
During the academic year, students will have several opportunities to develop their leadership skills. In addition to participating in networking events, the Distinguished Speaker Series, and the RDS Case Competition, the Robert Day School has designed a series of leadership development activities. Through FIN 301A and FIN 301B (quarter unit courses), Robert Day Scholars will complete at least three leadership development workshops each semester.
Fall 2015 Workshops
Oral Communication Skills Workshop
The oral communication skills workshop is designed to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their ability to communicate in a professional setting through demonstrations, instruction, and reinforcement exercises. John Meany, CMC's Director of Forensics, will lead the workshop.
Strategy, Marketing, and Communication Workshop
This two-part workshop will be co-facilitated by Jumana Abu-Ghazela '91, the Founder of betwixt.us, and Christine Crockett, the Associate Director of CMC's Center for Writing and Public Discourse. During the first part of the workshop, students will receive exposure to concepts relating to strategic thinking, communication, and marketing. During the second part, students will apply these concepts to a real-world project.
Ethics in Leadership Workshop
Alex Rajczi, the Deborah and Kenneth Novack Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics, will be joined by Ken Novack, the retired Chairman of Schnitzer Steel Industries, to lead a workshop on ethics in leadership. Professor Rajczi and Mr. Novack will discuss the real-world causes of unethical behavior and will challenge the students to identify their own ethical strengths and weaknesses.
Using Persuasion to Lead Workshop
Professor Jay Conger, the head of CMC’s Kravis Leadership Institute and a leadership expert who has been recognized by Business Week magazine as one of the ‘Top Ten Worldwide Management Gurus’, will lead a workshop highlighting the effective use of persuasion by leaders. By analyzing video clips of leaders who use persuasion effectively and ineffectively, students will receive training that will enable them to utilize persuasion as a communication tool as they assume leadership roles.
Spring 2016 Workshops
Leading in a Diverse Society
This workshop will be facilitated by Daryl Smith, Professor Emerita of Education and Psychology at CGU. While addressing the topic of leading in a diverse society, Professor Smith will explain how diversity is no longer a projection - it is a reality. This workshop will engage the next generation of work on diversity and inclusion and will suggest some of the key issues that are emerging from research and practice while focusing on the implications for future leaders.
Experiential Leadership Workshop
This workshop will be facilitated by members of the Claremont McKenna College Army ROTC. By engaging students in leadership reaction courses, Robert Day Scholars will have the opportunity to display their leadership skills while identifying how they can enhance their skills in the future.
Business Ethics Case Study Workshop
Alex Rajczi, the Deborah and Kenneth Novack Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics, will be joined by Ken Novack, the retired Chairman of Schnitzer Steel Industries, to continue their discussion of ethics in leadership. This case-based workshop will enable students to evaluate a real-world ethical dilemma while offering their own analysis. The case will inform students about the ethical challenges they may face in their own careers.
Junior Achievement Community Service
Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Robert Day Scholars will have the opportunity to spend a half-day at the JA Finance Park which is a financial literacy laboratory that exists to inspire and prepare youth to succeed at the business of life. The Finance Park allows 7th to 12th grade students to see, touch, and live the experience of personal finance in a real life setting of stores, shops, and financial institutions.