Fifteen NOVA students recently traveled to California State University-Domiguez Hills to attend the 9th Annual Circle of Change Leadership Conference. Students and staff (Jackie Artis-AL, Student Life Program Manager, Marcie Schreibman, MA, Student Life Coordinator, and Pat Martin-Mattocks, MEC, Sr. Advisor for Student Life) from the Alexandria, Manassas and MEC Campuses participated in two days of intensive sessions focused on developing their leadership and public speaking skills.
Students also reflected on their career goals and interacted with leading professionals from companies such as Disney, Netflix, and LinkedIn, and with leaders in the political and education fields. Learning outcomes from this conference included Interpersonal, Leadership, and Professional development. The sessions also concentrated on preparing socially responsible leaders and the value of diversity.
Philanthropists were on hand from several major companies to discuss the importance of giving back. Dr. Tyson Beale (AL, Dean of Students) served on a Student Affairs panel for both students and advisors. His panel focused on the keys to attaining career leadership success within Higher Education. Students shared how rewarding and impactful this experience was on both their personal and professional lives. They look forward to being the catalyst for change on their campuses and in their communities. Though this trip was one of business, while in LA, students were able to explore some of the city’s landmarks and highlights which made it a well-rounded event.