The Robert Day School of Economics and Finance

Leadership Development Workshops

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 2014 Workshops

Etiquette and Protocol Workshop

This workshop will be facilitated by Daryl Twerdhal, the owner of the Los Angeles School of Etiquette & Protocol. The workshop, which will be held in the Athenaeum's Parents Dining Room, will include dinner and will feature a discussion of appropriate etiquette for young business professionals.

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.

Generating Entrepreneurial Ideas Workshop

Through a partnership with CMC's new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Robert Day Scholars will receive information and tools for finding and refining their startup ideas. In addition, students will be provided with a set of resources for continuing to develop their ideas. This workshop will be led by Molly Schmid, Vice President of the Inland Empire network of the Tech Coast Angels and Professor and Entreprenuer-in-Residence at Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences.

Ethics in Leadership Workshop

Alex Rajczi, the Deborah and Kenneth Novack Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics, will be joined by Ken Novack, the 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.

Global Social Leadership Workshop

Sarah Smith Orr, the Executive Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute, will be conducting a workshop on leadership, entrepreneurship, and social change in the context of a global society. An expert in this field, she will utilize a case study and experiential activities to address these topics.

Spring 2015 Workshops

Business Communication and Writing Workshop

This will be a hands-on workshop, facilitated by Professor Audrey Bilger, Faculty Director of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and Associate Professor of Literature. The session will focus on audience-centered communication in speech and writing, with an emphasis on clarity and focus. Workshop exercises will show students how to control the messages they sending whatever format; and will help them to achieve their professional goals. A portion of the workshop will also provide general feedback to students who participated in the RDS case competition.

Using Memory as a Communication Tool in Leadership Roles

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 memory in communication by leaders.

Leading Entrepreneurial Ventures Workshop

The details for this workshop will be provided at the start of the spring semester.

Business Ethics Case Study Workshop

Professor Alex Rajczi will lead a case study workshop on business ethics. Students will be presented with the details of a real-world ethical dilemma, and they will be asked to offer 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.