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LeaderShape®, Inc. recently asked the LeaderShape community to share "How are you LeaderShape? What did your experience with The LeaderShape Institute mean to you? How have you been impacted by those six days?"

Michigan LeaderShape August '10 participant Keegan Cisowski was a finalist in this contest, sharing the energy that his experience hs helped to focus.  Congrats, Keegan!


"LeaderShape® was the spark that drove me to be more open, responsible, and proactive about the positions that I choose to lead. I wasn't an active leader at all when I attended, but with the help of some inspiring co-participants, as well as influential facilitators, I felt listened to for the first time and realized that I did, in fact, have a voice to lead. I've been trying to use that voice ever since."

Helen Li, undergraduate student in the College of LS&A
2008 participant, 2010 cluster facilitator
 

"LeaderShape ® was one of the most worthwhile opportunities I've had to  learn and grow since coming to college. It gave me the chance to work in a positive and supportive environment to help me relate my interests and skills with a more concrete plan of action. I realized the incredible value of having real, genuine, and open conversations with other people. These powerful feelings of purpose and connectedness left me with a renewed sense of optimism and confidence and meaning long after I completed the program."
 
Xiaoyu Shi, undergraduate student in the College of Engineering
2009 participant, 2010 cluster facilitator
 

"A quote that captures my LeaderShape® experience is a quote by President Obama: 'One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.' I think that this quote captures the essence of LeaderShape®'s message of positive encouragement to today's leaders. That not only can you make a difference, but you can do it on a huge scale by simply speaking out on issues about which you are passionate."
 
Michael Brown, undergraduate student in the College of Engineering
2009 participant, 2010 cluster facilitator
 

"I experienced LeaderShape® as one of those rare magical times in life when the stars align to produce moment after moment of inspiration, breakthroughs, and truly meaningful learning. For me, my “aha” moments involved realizing that most leaders are made not born, that leadership is not about winning or losing, but about consistently showing up to play, and that living with a “healthy disregard for the impossible” produces bold, creative ideas that can transform the status quo."
 
Kerri Wakefield, graduate student in the School of Education 
2009 participant, 2010 cluster facilitator
 

"In the words of Ann Sexton, LeaderShape® allowed me to 'put (my) ear down close to (my) soul and listen hard.' I also learned a lot about myself and how I interact with others."
 
Katie Viventi, undergraduate student in the College of LS&A
2009 participant, 2010 cluster facilitator