LEAD Program Capstone Presentations

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Lindner Hall, classrooms 204, 206, 207, 208 and 210 (2:00-6:00) 

Capstone Presentations serve as an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about Leadership Education and Development Program Common Good Projects, Leadership Research or experiences in a Leadership Internship program. LEAD participants will present, highlighting the positive and sustainable changes they have created on campus or in their local communities by engaging in leadership development over the past four years and earning a Leadership ELR.

Learn about students’ effort to leave their legacy on Elon’s campus and/or the surrounding community through positive, social change for the common good. Presentations are open to all to attend.

SESSION 1 | 2:00 pm – 2:35pm

MAX GOULD – Lindner 207

  • Me Too Elon| In collaboration with an advisory team of Leadership Fellows, SPARKS Peer Educators, Student Survivors, and Elon Staff, Max Gould has collected anonymous stories from students, alumni, and staff, of all identities for the purpose of bringing awareness to gender-based violence in Elon’s community. He has worked to find avenues to share stories and create dialogue around the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment.

GILES ROLL – Lindner 208

  • Tire Safety Plates, LLC | Working alongside an Elon alum and former Leadership Fellow Giles has been working on a company who’s mission is to reduce the loss of life, injury and expense associated with tire failure.
SESSION 2 | 2:40 pm – 3:15pm

REENA JOHN – Lindner 208

  • Leadership Through Cross-Cultural Education |Through working with the Alternative Break Program, Reena was able to lead other students through experiences that broadened their viewpoints of the world. Alternative Breaks allow students to complete service over their break period rather than go home or sit on the beach. Reena will talk about her leadership experience that started as a first-year student to now serving as co-director of the program. Additionally, she will talk about her experience working with a new faculty member to establish a sustainable program for the following year.

SARAH HOLDREN – Lindner 210

  • Sustainable Service in the Pursuit of Health Equity | Over the past few years, Sarah conducted research that aims to better understand how physicians can serve as advocates for the families of infants in the NICU. This research has proven to her, leadership that aims to understand those whom one is serving is critical in the helping fields. Sarah attempted to execute this philosophy of service during volunteerism and leadership at the Open Door Clinic of Alamance County, as well as in the development of a sustainable alternative break that addresses health disparities in Nashville, TN.

MAGGIE LOWMAN & GINNA ROYALTY – Lindner 204 (extended session to 3:25pm)

  • Phoenix Flops: Encouraging Resilience in the Wake of Failure | Maggie and Ginna joined Phoenix Flops, a student-run initiative founded by former Leadership Fellow, Ty Glover, with a mission in mind: to spread the “Flops” message across our campus. They believe, it is of the utmost importance that college students are taught to embrace failure and grow in the wake of mistakes. Ginna and Maggie used social media, the integration of “Flopshops” in the training of student leaders, and short, shareable media clips in hopes of catalyzing a campus-wide conversation about resilience. Furthermore, they chose a new generation of student leaders to continue their efforts. It is their goal that one day all Elon students will graduate equipped with the resilience it takes to be movers and shakers wherever their next steps may take them.

LAUREN LEVY & AUSTIN DAUGHERTY – Lindner 206 (extended session to 3:25pm)

  • Leadership Studies Minor Program Evaluation and Development Team | The Leadership Studies Minor is a current program at Elon University that engages students from many areas of campus including Leadership Fellows, LEAD participants, and others interested in broadening their leadership knowledge. This program has been available at Elon for a number of years, so it was time for the program to be evaluated and analyzed. Through Institutional Review Board certified surveys and focus groups, Lauren and Austin collected data, analyzed results, and created a report to offer suggestions towards improving the Leadership Studies Minor.
SESSION 3 | 3:20pm – 3:55pm

BETHANY LAKE – Lindner 207

  • Leadership in a Different Lens | Through Bethany’s experience as a Periclean Scholar and conducting research, she was able to see leadership in a unique way. Bethany worked with her class to create lifestyle workshops for the youth living in Chipulukusu, Zambia and understood what community leadership is and how to best achieve it. Through her research, she learned the leadership structure of community based health centers and how that structure impacts the innovation within the facility.

GABBY VANCE – Lindner 208

  • How to Get Student Civically Engaged During a Non-Presidential Year | This presentation will focus on various efforts that Gabby Vance made throughout her time at Elon including the ElonVotes! Initiatives, her leadership role as an Andrew Goodman Foundation ambassador, academic research, and academic course experiences including those in the leadership studies minor and service learning to further civic engagement efforts at Elon.
SESSION 4 | 4:00pm – 4:35pm

BROOKE WIVAGG – Lindner 206

  • Making More with Less | Over the past year, Brooke served as the Executive Producer of Elon News Network’s weekly, 30-minute live show, ELN Morning. In her leadership role she faced the difficulties of organizational change. Brooke will present on how she embraced and managed change during a time when the organization struggled getting interest and participation.

OLIVIA RYAN – Lindner 208

  • Celebrating Experiences and Resiliency of Latinx/Hispanic Students at Elon University |Through the Executive Internship program, Olivia worked with administrators to compile a history of the Latinx/Hispanic population at Elon. Upon doing research, she found that there was very little information on the history of the community at Elon. From there, Olivia created a survey for Latinx/Hispanic alumni asking about their experiences at Elon. She used the results from this survey as a foundation for designing interview questions for current Elon students about their experiences on campus. After interviewing more than 10 current Elon students for this project, she is currently editing videos of these students to use as a campaign that aims to build awareness of and celebrate the Latinx/Hispanic community on Elon’s campus.

MERCEDES KENT – Lindner 210

  • Developing Servant Leaders: Construction of an Assessment Center for Entry-Level Professionals | Mercedes created an assessment center that will objectively evaluate undergraduate students’ competencies deemed necessary in order for successful transition into the workplace. Furthermore, she has developed a system for students to receive meaningful feedback in order to develop both their strengths and weaknesses. She believes in order to prepare Elon students for their careers, most often entry level positions, it is necessary to ensure that students are as proficient as possible in the competencies necessary for success. The student assessment center provides a solution for this.
SESSION 5 | 4:40pm – 5:15pm


  • Innovation at Elon | By working with both the Doherty Center for Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship through their scholar intern-program as well as serving in the inaugural cohort for the Design Thinking Studio in Social Innovation, Ansley worked through multiple departments to foster a culture of innovation and leadership at Elon. These programs work to foster a spirit of resiliency in students that is incredibly important for leadership development. As a member of the inaugural cohort for the Design Thinking Studio, Ansley not only worked to bring innovation into Alamance Country through their project, the “Passport to Burlington”, but also shaped the experience for future members of the cohort.


  • The Discipleship Project | The goal of this project is to increase mentorship, or discipleship, between Elon students involved in InterVarsity and older community members. Working with InterVarsity staff and other student leaders, Elizabeth developed a database for contacts of local churches to ease the process of finding a discipleship relationship, which is important for growth in the Christian faith. This has helped to establish a relationship between Elon IV and the surrounding churches and has provided attention to the need in the IV community for discipleship relationships.

MIKE KRUEGER – Lindner 210

  • Increasing Prospective Student Accessibility to Elon Admissions | The Office of Admissions at Elon University consistently seeks opportunities to increase university recognition to prospective students. During the month of January, the office reinstalled an off-campus event series called “Evening with Elon”. These one-hour evening events took place across the East Coast in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Prospective students were given the opportunity to meet other prospective students, faculty members, current students, and admissions staff at locations close to their homes. Mike will present on his experience compiling current year feedback and data retrieved from surveys completed by “Evening with Elon” event attendees. The purpose of his project is to positively contribute to program sustainability and growth by providing suggestions based off of research findings.
SESSION 6 | 5:20pm – 5:55pm

ALICIA LEJA – Lindner 207

  • El Centro Conversation Leader: Non-Traditional Engagement in Hispanic Culture & Language | Alicia will present on her experience as a Conversation Leader (CL). This leadership roles offers many opportunities for students to develop their Spanish language and facilitation skills. Through engaging on different topics in culture and identity, students are able to build relationships with peers, faculty, staff, and members of the Elon Community. By working with people from all areas of Elon’s community, the CL position furthers an understanding of not only what it means to meaningfully participate in a global society, but also how to respectfully engage diverse perspectives.

DEVON SPIEKER – Lindner 208

  • Alamance Youth Leadership Academy Enhancement | Devon served as the Center for Leadership’s Alamance Youth Leadership Academy (AYLA) Coordinator. As a result of his participation with the program, Devon has a desire to enhance the program by providing it with more (documented) structure as it moves into its second decade. The program has many great benefits and has touched many lives but lacks standardization, something he hopes to provide through the construction of leadership curriculum that can be used for the Summer Institute and Joint Meetings. He will present on the curriculum he developed that will include workshops, activities, learning and development outcomes, goals, objectives, example trainings, and more.

OLIVIA HOBBS – Lindner 210

  • Building Community Through Leadership Education | The Officer Leadership Academy | Olivia continued the work of Sara Elgart (Fellows Class of ‘17) who began The Office Leadership Academy to better aid Fraternity and Sorority Life organizations through the leadership development of their executive boards and members. Sharing similar leadership values as Sara, she decided to develop this program by enhancing its mission and outreach. This year’s Academy was designed to build community among all student organizations beyond Fraternity and Sorority Life Organizations. Through her work, Olivia created opportunities within the Academy to foster leadership development and provide students with the opportunity to collaborate and inspire positive change within their respective organization. Additionally, OLA set out to bridge the gap between Elon student leaders and campus resources in order to build relationships and improve efficiency within organizations.