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2013 Staff Leadership Summit Presentations & Resources

KU's 3rd Annual Staff Leadership Summit

The 3rd Annual Staff Leadership Summit, Connecting the Communities of You, was held on February 19, 2013. Nearly 300 participants experienced leadership talks and activities designed to engage with each other and learn ways to lead within their individual environments. 

The conference opened with a dynamic presentation by KU graduate Pearl MacDonald inspiring all of Woodruff Auditorium to do the wave. Andi Witczak closed the day with a heartfelt talk on accepting the call to explore a unique new chapter in her own life. Throughout the day, attendees engaged in activities that ranged from developing strategic thinking skills to public speaking to desk side yoga. The conference concluded with a raffle of several gifts provided by the Summit's generous sponsors. The following resources from the 2013 Staff Leadership Summit are provided for you below.

Presentations & Resources


Connecting the Communities of You

  • Introduction by Ola Faucher, Director, Human Resources
  • Pearl MacDonald, Comedian and KU Graduate with an introduction from Precious Porras, Assistant Director, Multicultural Affairs
  • Presentation Video


Development of You

Communicating Up: Strategies for Being Heard

It IS Easy Being Green: Sustainability Simplified

  • Jeffrey Severin, Director, Center for Sustainability

Public Speaking: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Strategic Survivor: How to Strategically Think Your Way to Success

Expanding Your Comfort Zone: We Are All Multiculturalists Now 

Breathing Space

Humor in the Workplace

Juggling Your Responsibilities

  • Curtis Marsh, Program Director, KU Info

Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Desk Side Yoga

Finding a Forgotten Path to the Right Side of the Brain: Creativity for the Workplace in a Logical, Linear World


  • Shade Little

F.R.E.D. (Fuel, Refresh, Engage, and Discover) TALKS        

  • Charlie Weis, Head Coach, University of Kansas Football
  • Tami Albin, Associate Librarian, Libraries
  • Chris Goode, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Social Psychology
  • Val Stella, Distinguished Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
  • Presentation Video



  • Kathleen Ames-Oliver, Manager, Learning & Development, Human Resources
  • Sean Burkett, Human Resources
  • Sponsors: Beauty Brands, DeloitteErnst & Young, Grant Thornton, KPR Kansas Public Radio, KU Athletics, KU Alumni Association, KU Bookstores, KU School of Business, KU Higuchi Biosciences, KU Dining Services, KU School of Public Affairs & Administration, KU Human Resources, KU School of Journalism, KU Legal Services for Students  KU Recreation Services, KU Theatre, KPMG, Lawrence Nutrition Center, Lawrence Originals ­­– 23rd Street Brewery, McGladrey, McGraw-Hills Publishing, The Oread – Bird Dog Bar and Grill, Panera Bread of Kansas, Pearson, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shane Lopez, Union Pacific, Wiley & Company




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