Aviation Majors Complete Inaugural LeaderShape Institute

During the week of August 16-21, 2009, 37 students and seven staff members had the opportunity to be part of the first LeaderShape Institute in CUNY’s history. The program was sponsored through grant funding secured by the CUNY Aviation Institute at York College.

First Time in CUNY's History

The LeaderShape Institute was conducted at The Country Place Retreat Center in White Haven, Pennsylvania. It was a six-day life-changing program that enhanced students' leadership skills, helped them create career visions, strengthened the bonds between the aviation majors and most importantly, showed them the importance of leading with integrity.

During the week of August 16-21, 2009 37 students and seven staff members had the opportunity to be part of the first LeaderShape Institute in CUNY’s history. The program was sponsored through grant funding secured by the CUNY Aviation Institute at York College.  The LeaderShape Institute was conducted at The Country Place Retreat Center in White Haven, Pennsylvania. It was a six-day life-changing program that enhanced student’s leadership skills, helped them create career visions, strengthened the bonds between the aviation majors and most importantly showed them the importance of leading with integrity.

The LeaderShape Institute was established by the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity in 1986. Now in 2009, a York student has become the 34,000th graduate of the Institute and will join the thousands of students from more than 200 different colleges, universities, companies and other organizations across the U.S. and abroad, who have completed the leadership program. Some of the participating colleges and universities include Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio, Purdue, Wisconsin, MIT, Florida State, Nebraska, and now, York College/CUNY.

What is LeaderShape? 

LeaderShape Defines Leadership.

LeaderShape is a six-day educational program with non-stop self-discovery and learning from practical experiences that build leadership concepts and abilities. It is a go, go, go 12 hours a day program, which everyone loved! Prior to attending the Institute it was described to students as an “intensive, energizing, and unique experience that builds leadership skills no other program can match.” And York students confirmed that from the first day they took part in the LeaderShape Institute. For more information on the LeaderShape Institute visit www.leadershape.org.

CUNY Aviation Institute LeaderShape Week

Throughout the 6 days of the LeaderShape Institute students participated in highly interactive sessions and focused on the themes below.

DAY 1: Building Community

This was the beginning of it all, when everyone came together in the “Learning Community” and explored what leadership meant and discussed its core components.

Leadership involves living in a state of possibility, making a commitment to a vision, developing relationships to move the vision into action, and sustaining a high level of integrity. Effective leadership takes place in the context of a community and results in positive change.

On this day the 37 students were assigned to one of four “Family Cluster” groups of approximately nine students.

DAY 2: The Value of One, The Power of All

This day started with outdoor team building activities.  Students discovered how relationships, trust, and problem solving are enhanced in a supportive group setting. Students then completed a behavioral style inventory assessment, which added a new dimension to their self-awareness.

DAY 3: Challenging What Is, Looking to What Could Be

Student’s visions were put on paper during the day. Later, that evening, a Guest Leader Forum and reception took place where Philippa L Karteron, (Executive Director of the Council for Airport Opportunity), Cruz Russell (Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives for the Port Authority of NY and NJ), Jerald Posman (Vice-President of York’s Administrative Affairs Division), and Harry Rosen (Dean of the School of Business and Information Systems at York) shared their thoughts and experiences on leadership with the participants.

DAY 4: Bringing Vision to Reality

In order to reach a vision, the participants learned that relationships must be built. An individual needs help in order to bring a vision to reality. The day closed with an unforgettable simulation exercise which emphasized how power is used by an individual or a group in a transactional situation.

DAY 5: Living and Leading With Integrity

Integrity and core values were discussed in depth this day.  The participants were able to identify the Six Pillars of Character that are critical for an ideal community and society to function. They are trustworthiness, fairness, respect, caring, responsibility, and citizenship.

DAY 6: Staying in Action

Graduation time!
The students prepared to return home and face responsibilities as a LeaderShape graduate committed to leading with integrity.

DAY 7: Back at York College

Ready to make a difference in the World!

Participants

Alex Chetram
Alvin Victor
Arlington Aguebor
Armani Featherstone
Bryan Estrada
Chinedu Robertson
Christina Ally
Deandra Moy
Devon Phillips
Dheeraj Jumani
Diana Buitrago
Edgar Arteaga
Erick Avila
Faiza Parveen
Hanna Mohammed
Jenny Chimbo
Joel Dickens
Jose Cuevas
Junior Roberts
Kellyann Hackett
Lilibel Perez
Lovern Edwards
Lynnette Perez
Mical Tewolde
Novelette Brown
Orlando Torres
Rachel Bridglal
Ryan Bipat
Sabrina Ali
Salvador Saravia
Sara Bawazir
Sergio Sanchez
Shivanand Sooknanan
Tokunbo Adeshina
Verone Dookhoo
Veronica Carpio
Yetunde Adegoke

Facilitators

Anthony Andrews, Student Activities
Brunilda Almodovar, Scholarship Center
Jessica Cherry, Athletics
Kristin Skarie, LeaderShape
Larese Miller, Project Management Office
Michael McRee, LeaderShape
Michel Hodge, CUNY Aviation Institute at York
Mondell Sealy, Institutional Advancement
Stephan Kishore, Institutional Advancement