Speaking Engagement

Stories From the Leadership Frontier

Leadership Beyond Boundaries team member Val Swan was asked to be the keynote speaker on behalf of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) for Rotaract’s first ever Young Leaders Summit hosted by the Rotaract Club of Queens University and Rotary District 7680 Rotaract, held at Queens University in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, April 9th, 2016. Rotaract is a global community of young adults sharing ideas and taking action for positive change. They offer clubs for adults ages 18-30 that meet twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and network, and are sponsored by a Rotary club.

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This inaugural event’s theme was Serve, Lead and Inspire, and provided an opportunity for participants to leverage personal and professional leadership skills. Five diverse speakers shared via a TED Talk program format in addition to several panel discussions. Val Swan’s presentation provided an overview of CCL and our work, mission, and pedagogy. The participants engaged in a mini-program experience using CCL’s Explorer tools to reflect on effective leadership and connect with others in a meaningful way around how we show up as leaders, the impact of others on our lives, and the legacy we leave behind.

We are looking forward to exploring possibilities to support Rotaract in the creation of a leadership program for their group in the future, building on our strong relationship and outstanding programming with Rotary District 7680, Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders.

*Originally written for www.leadbeyond.org by Val Swan

Talkin' Bout My Generation

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In working with the Center for Creative Leadership's Leadership Beyond Boundaries (LBB) early leadership programs, we like to think back to what it was like when we were around 16 years old, the approximate age of many of our youth participants. In this recent BILL (Big Ideas in Leadership and Learning) Talk on inter-generational leadership I share my experience growing up as Gen-Xer and a notion I call Generational Nationalism, encouraging us to think about how we can foster inter-generational relationships in our own lives.

The Center for Creative Leadership’s staff gives homage to TED Talks by presenting their own rendition in sessions they call BILL Talks (Big Ideas about Leadership & Learning). BILL Talks presenters are asked to prepare a 5 minute presentation following the two IGNITE format rules: 1) You get exactly 20 slides.  2) You get exactly 15 seconds per slide that transition automatically. I presented my BILL Talk at the April 21, 2016 session.

BILL Talks - Val Swan from Center for Creative Leadership on Vimeo.

*Originally written for www.leadbeyond.org by Val Swan