Meet Center for Leadership Alumni

Jesse Lee '11 is currently living in Asheville, North Carolina where he is running a small business named Outrider USA. Outrider USA specializes in high-performance pedal-electric transportation, and the Outrider USA team is having a whole lot of fun and learning a ton along the way. 

In July 2012, Jesse and his coworker competed in the Pike's Peak Cycle Hill Climb in Colorado (which is one of the most grueling stretches of mountain road in the United States).  They were thrilled to have won first and second place while setting a new course record!! Through their efforts they proved the tremendous potential of Outrider USA technology as a real-world transportation solution.  Just recently, Outrider USA had a successful Kickstarter campaign which raised over $125,000 for the lauching of the Horizon Trike, an adaptive trike. Jesse said, "Starting a small business is perpetually challenging, and I am thankful to have invested the time and energy to study leadership at Elon because I'm constantly pulling from those experiences and knowledge."

Below is link to the highlight reel for Outrider USA from the Pike's Peak Cycling Hill Climb 2012. Outrider USA won 1st and 2nd place with a NEW COURSE RECORD time of 23 minutes and 32 seconds. The Transition 422R (Ridden by Tommy) held an average speed of 31.6 mph, and the Transition 411R (Ridden by Jesse) averaged 30.2 mph. 

Check out their website for more information

Ashley Fowler '14 is currently working in Washington, DC at the Human Rights Campaign as theProgram Assistant for one of their newest initiatives, HRC Global. HRC Global works to strengthen the global equality movement by raising awareness of discrimination and persecution faced by LGBT people worldwide, support the efforts of LGBT organizations and advocates abroad, advocate for an LGBT-inclusive US foreign policy, and expose US individuals and organizations who export homophobia and transphobia.

This position directly correlates with Ashley’s experience at Elon, particularly her work within the Center for Leadership (CFL). The summer after her first year at Elon, Ashley traveled with the CFL to Vilnius, Lithuania for a summer human rights academy. It was during this summer that Ashley fell in love with Eastern Europe and began to develop an interest in international LGBT rights, which eventually became the subject of her Lumen project.

During her remaining three years at Elon, Ashley served as a student director within the CFL. These positions taught Ashley the value of enabling others to act, while also allowing her to cultivate her own leadership skills. Ashley looks forward to continuing to build on these experiences and competencies in her new position and is incredibly grateful for the opportunities and knowledge that she was afforded at Elon.

Lauren Flood '11 moved across the country in May 2014 to pursue a dream job with Google and to seize the opportunity of a lifetime. Lauren wrote, "each step of the way I have tried to carry with me Dr. Isabella Cannon legacy - to think globally, act locally. In addition to Dr. Cannon's legacy, I carry many gifts afforded to me by the CFL: the gift of culture, as I ventured to a new country for four months, not knowing one word of the native tongue; the gift of collaboration and teaming by assuming various leadership and service positions on campus; the gift of feedback thanks to the incredible mentor/mentee relationships that I was able to build and sustain to this day; the gift of knowledge thanks to the incredible faculty, staff, and peers I learned from and with; and the gift of awareness and passion as people took chances on me and allowed me to take risks, even when it meant failing.I will be forever thankful for the Center for Leadership at Elon University. It brought me experiences of a lifetime, exposed me to some of the greatest leaders and mentors I'll ever have the pleasure of knowing and learning from, and gave me the confidence to pursue my passions. It was at Elon that I learned to take thoughtful risks; ask for forgiveness, not permission; do what you love and love what you do; and give back."

Stephanie White '11 graduated from Elon University in 2011 with a degree in Biochemistry. While at Elon, I was an active member of the Center for Leadership. It was not until I came to pharmacy school in the fall of 2012 that I really began to see how unique my experience was at Elon through the leadership program. From understanding the gift of giving feedback, to understanding elevator speeches, to the simple philosophy of having a servant-minded attitude that is very much team-focused, it all came together outside of the Elon bubble. It was a transition going from being a leader in so many organizations to going to being a "little l" and being a follower as I sought to understand the new organizations I joined. I look at the type of leader I am now, being inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma which is the pharmacy leadership honor society, and think back to where many of my roots began, which was with the Center for Leadership at Elon.

Scott Leighty '09 was an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow '09.  During his time at Elon, he served as the Intern in the Office of Admissions, University Guide, Push America (philanthropy) Chairman in Pi Kappa Phi, and as Freshman Fellows Director.

After graduating, Scott completed Push America's Journey of Hope, a 4,000 mile cross country cycling trip raising over $5,000 and awareness for people with disabilities. He worked for a year as an analyst in the Manufacturing and Construction Division at the US Census Bureau.  Scott then went to graduate school at North Carolina State University, receiving an M. Ed. in Higher Education, with a focus on student affairs.  During grad school, he worked in the Duke University Student Wellness Center, High Point University Office of Alumni Relations, and partially in the Department of Greek Life at NC State.

Scott now works at Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity national headquarters serving as the Director of Chapter Development. Scott also serves on Elon's Young Alumni Council.