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Spark: Winter Leadership Summit

Welcome to the SPARK: Winter Leadership Summit 2021!

DATE:  Friday, February 5, 2021
TIME: 10am - 4:15pm
LOCATION: Zoom (links on the PDF Session Guide, as well as down below)

Brought to you by the Office of Student Community & Leadership Development in collaboration with Alumni Engagement, Career Education & Development, and LA&PS Colleges in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.


SPARK: Winter Leadership Summit - students walking and laughing in the snow on campus

What to Expect

The Winter Leadership Summit is specifically designed to SPARK the leadership potential of both continuing students and those who are graduating. With multiple sessions to choose from, our hope is that participants come away from the day feeling confident in their ability to transition successfully into a new year, a new job, or whatever opportunities best align with their interests.

Bolster your learning while engaging with other students, faculty, and professional staff. Launch into your future!

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Urshian Khalid by email at urshkhal@yorku.ca


Session Schedule

TimeSessionBecoming YU Competency
10:00 - 10:10am
Welcome
Urshian Khalid, Student Leadership & Development Coordinator

Open remarks & welcome from the summit host & organizer, Urshian Khalid.

ZOOM SESSION LINK (Same as Keynote link)
10:10 - 10:50amKeynote: #FutureForward Living, Learning, and Earning -- Leadership and the Future of Work
Maneesha Gupta (JD ’17), Lawyer & Speaker

Maneesha Gupta rose from a difficult childhood to becoming a self-made influential lawyer. With no ties to the legal world, she relied on her values to thrive in several prestigious Bay Street jobs. In this session, Maneesha shares compelling stories from what she’s learned about money, leadership, life as a lawyer and being an entrepreneur.  See how Maneesha overcomes adversity, makes bold decisions, and evolves a mental health & mindfulness brand. Learn how to lead with impact and create a power network from a young visionary leader and adopt field-tested tactics for achieving better outcomes in any interaction. Start building resilience and living life with optimism.  

Moderated by office of Alumni Engagement

ZOOM SESSION LINK
 Networking
 Building Consensus
 Collaborating
 Showing Empathy
 Advocacy
 Teaching & Training
 Leading & Mentoring
 Ownership & Accountability
 Being Adaptable to Change
10:50 - 11:00amBreak
11:00 - 11:50amConcurrent Session One
Building a Brand on Instagram
Tanya Sharif, Katelyn Conferido, Student Success Mentors, Vanier College

This workshop provides student leaders with an introduction to various tools and techniques that can be used to manage a personal/organizational brand and market yourself in a digital world. This session will offer students an opportunity to learn how to generate an organized content creation plan, establish an eye-catching aesthetic, and tailor social media content to convey information and engage a targeted audience. This presentation will also provide insight on how to utilise tools on Instagram, and other platforms such as Canva and UNUM, to level up your organizational or personal brand, and help you target a specific audience. This workshop is intended to help participants curate content in a COVID world, and elevate their social media engagement on platforms like Instagram and IGTV.

ZOOM SESSION LINK
 Presenting Information and Ideas with Confidence
 Influencing & Persuading
 Customizing Communication Style & Content
 Developing & Maintaining Partnerships
Demonstrating Social Consciousness
 Exercising Judgement & Decision Making
Personality & Career Choice
Roma Kozinska, Career Counsellor, Career Education & Development Center

Are you wondering how your personality type may influence your career choices? This webinar will provide you with an introduction to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), one of the most widely used assessment tools, and you will discover how learning about your personality type can help guide you with your career decision making.

Participants will be able to better understand how team interactions are influenced by individual preferences and how to communicate and work effectively with others.

ZOOM SESSION LINK
Verbally Communicating
 Presenting Information and Ideas with Confidence
 Facilitating Groups
 Active Listening
 Integrity & Ethical Conduct
 Organizational Skills
 Developing Confidence
Professionalism & a Positive Attitude
Job Search and Networking Strategies
Surina Sohal, Employer & Alumni Liaison, Career Education & Development

Do you want to be more effective in getting the job you want? Looking for a job, especially during a pandemic can get difficult. Join us for this webinar to find out how to uncover and create career opportunities by learning how employers fill job openings. Learn how to uncover hidden opportunities and build relationships that maximize your job search efforts.

ZOOM SESSION LINK
 Engaging in Insightful or Thorough Questioning
 Communicating via Social/Digital Media
 Ownership & Accountability
 Being Adaptable to Change
 Being Proactive
 Taking Initiative
 Action Planning
11:50 - 12:10pmGo grab your lunch & bring it right back for the next session!
12:10 - 12:55pmLunchtime Alumni Mentoring Roundtable (Lunch and Learn)

In this lunchtime round table mentoring session, you will meet with experienced alumni leaders from a variety of career paths who will inspire you with details of their own journeys building resilience and managing personal and professional transitions during times of upheaval.  

Practice your networking skills, learn what makes a great leader and understand how you can continue to excel during uncertain times at this lunchtime mentoring session. 

Attendees are encouraged to enjoy lunch during this event.

ZOOM SESSION LINK
 Teaching & Training
 Leading & Mentoring
 Verbally Communicating
 Presenting Information and Ideas with Confidence
 Facilitating Groups
 Active Listening

 Engaging in Insightful or Thorough Questioning
1:00 - 1:50pmConcurrent Session Two
How to Manage a Team in an Online World
Jedd Kenedy, Rosie Giannone, Muhammad Ahsan, Student Success Mentors, McLaughlin College

This workshop aims to help individuals understand the value of teamwork, and learn how to facilitate collaborative spaces through an online world. This session will teach students how to implement project management tools in a virtual setting using Slack, and WhatsApp. Participants will learn how to strategize individual strengths and skills within a team of people, and learn how to lead and motivate a team to achieve a common goal. This workshop is ideal for students in leadership positions looking to enhance their people management skills in online spaces.

ZOOM SESSION LINK
 Facilitating Groups
 Showing Empathy
 Developing Confidence
 Cultivating Community & Pride
Demonstrating Document or Technology Use Proficiency
 Showing Creativity & Innovatio
n
What Can I Do with My Degree?
Jeanne Decoteau, Career Counsellor, Career Education & Development

Not sure what career options your degree might lead to? Attend this webinar to learn how the skills you are developing in your degree, and the experiences you are gaining while at York, will help build a strong foundation for your future. You'll learn about the most important factors in making career decisions (hint - your degree is only one of many) and about the numerous transferable skills you are gaining. In addition, you'll learn to navigate several career exploration websites that will help you explore your options. Altogether, this webinar will give you a start in answering the most important question of all: What do you really WANT to do with your career and your life?

ZOOM SESSION LINK
 Developing Confidence
 Being Proactive
 Taking Initiative
 Researching & Investigating
 Communicating via Social/Digital Media
1:50 - 2:00pmBreak
2:00 - 2:50pmConcurrent Session Three
How to Effectively Use LinkedIn
Saranjeet Kaur, Career Educator, Career Education & Development

Wondering how using LinkedIn effectively can enhance your job search? Curious about how to leverage LinkedIn’s features to build your professional network? Attend this webinar and find out!

ZOOM SESSION LINK
Strangers to Professional Connections: The Art of Networking
Arnav Munshi, Insha Rajwani, Student Success Mentors, LAPS

Looking to figure out how to identify your strengths? What about learning the art of confidently telling your story? Or maybe you’d like to devise an impactful way to engage with recruiters or other professional persons of interest? This workshop aims to give you the confidence to hold your own in this virtual environment, especially when connecting with people across online meetings, emails or even LinkedIn. We’ll give you the tools to help weave your experiences in a story that’s bound to pique interest. Moreover, you’ll also have the opportunity to do so during an Elevator Pitch simulation, where you will aim to captivate a listener’s interest. Lastly, we’ll touch upon a few LinkedIn and email tips that are bound to help build the foundation for a lasting professional relationship and potentially translate to an opportunity.

ZOOM SESSION LINK
 Verbally Communicating
 Presenting Information and Ideas with Confidence
 Active Listening
 Engaging in Insightful or Thorough Questioning
 Customizing Communication Style & Content
 Communicating via Social/Digital Media Developing Confidence
 Professionalism & a Positive Attitude
 Being Proactive
 Attention to Detail
2:50 - 3:00pmBreak
3:00 - 3:50pmConcurrent Session Four
Setting Healthy Boundaries During a Pandemic: The New "Self-Care
Laksha Shah, Samridhi Bansal, YU Explore Coordinator and Student Success Mentor, Vanier College

The current global pandemic has challenged many of us to venture beyond our comfort zone to adapt to the evolving demands of virtual learning and work-from-home. Working from home has often meant a blurring of working and living spaces, obscured working, academic and resting hours, as well as increased workloads. Through this workshop, participants can engage in a discussion around the importance of healthy boundary setting especially within the current context, learn how to establish, maintain and re-assert boundaries in an online context as a student learning from home and/or as a student leader working from home, as well as clearly communicate boundaries. This workshop will also allow participants to begin to rethink and redefine traditional ideas of boundaries by reflecting on their learnings and experiences from last semester in contrast to what they take away from this workshop.

ZOOM SESSION LINK
 Verbally Communicating
 Presenting Information and Ideas with Confidence
 Negotiating Organizational Skills
 Developing Confidence
 Ownership & Accountability
 Being Proactive
 Effective Time Management
 Managing Work/Life Balance
Interview Preparation
Dali Cera, Career Educator, Career Education & Development

Approach your next interview or networking event with increased confidence. Learn how you can influence the first impression you make and show your best self while answering employers' questions. Identify types of interview questions, including informational, behavioural, and situational questions and learn the benefits of using a Situation-Task-Action-Result (STAR) response for specific interview questions. Obtain essential tips on preparing for interviews and developing the skills needed to approach different types of interviews.

ZOOM SESSION LINK
 Engaging in Insightful or Thorough Questioning
 Influencing & Persuading
 Negotiating
 Exercising Tact, Diplomacy & Sensitivity
 Building Rapport
 Liaising
 Demonstrating Commitment
 Professionalism & a Positive Attitude
 Ownership & Accountability
 Being Adaptable to Change
 Understanding, Processing & Evaluating Information
 Interpreting & Applying Specific Legislation, Policies & Best Practices
 Maintaining Composure
3:50- 4pmClosing Remarks on Transition Leadership
Urshian Khalid, Leadership & Development Coordinator

Cap the day off with some final reflection and action items on what it means to leverage disruption, and make the most of this remote year. Gain insight on transition leadership skills that every student, and young professional, should work to build as we look towards the future.

ZOOM SESSION LINK
 Verbally Communicating
 Influencing & Persuading
 Networking
 Building Consensus
 Collaborating
 Showing Empathy
 Advocacy
 Teaching & Training
 Leading & Mentoring