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OMWC and the Dean of Students host 4th Annual PULSE Leadership Conference

The Ole Miss Women’s Council (OMWC) and the Ole Miss Dean of Students Office for Leadership Involvement hosted their annual leadership conference, PULSE, Preparing Undergraduate Leaders-a Student Experience, Friday and Saturday, January 20 – 21, 2017 at the University of Mississippi.

During the two-day leadership conference, students heard from a variety of speakers and learned about the multiple facets of leadership, and how to apply these concepts to the real world.

Sam Haskell, Best Selling Author, Warner Brothers Producer (Coat of Many Colors and Christmas of Many Colors partnered with Dolly Parton) and CEO of the Miss America Organization and Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields were the keynote speakers on Friday night. After the presentation, students participated in a question and answer session, and attended a reception.

Other speakers for the conference included Markeeva Morgan, Ole Miss Alumni and Avionics Hardware Manager for the Nasa Space Launch System Program, Jeff McManus, Director of Landscape Services for Ole Miss, and Julia Winston with Brave Communication.

All conference attendees received a copy of Strength Finder 2.0, took the assessment, and heard from Evan Nelson with The Oracle Leadership Company, on how to implement their results into leadership roles. The conference concluded with a panel of senior students, who addressed questions from the audience.

This was the fourth year that the OMWC and Dean of Students Office for Leadership Involvement hosted the conference.

Suzanne Helveston, Career and Leadership Coordinator for the Ole Miss Women’s Council said there were 142 students who participated in this year’s conference. “Over 30 different campus organizations and academic departments nominated students to attend this year’s conference.  Through participation in the program, students were exposed to various concepts of leadership that will assist them in becoming more aware of themselves and the realization that leadership is an expression of self and a means of serving, inspiring and empowering others.”

Feedback from students who attended PULSE this year has been very positive. One student wrote, “I am so happy to have participated in Pulse. It is amazing to know that my school wants to see me LEAD”. Another student shared, “This was my very first leadership conference and I enjoyed every bit of it! I have learned a lot to improve my leadership skills as well as improve myself as a better me.”

Senior student Chase Moore attended the PULSE Leadership Conference, as a sophomore, in 2015, and served on this year’s planning committee. “Because of my experience at the PULSE Leadership Conference, I was compelled and eager to give back–I wanted the future sophomore classes to have an even greater experience than I had. You can lead others from anywhere, and when you do, you make the classroom better, you make the organization better, you make the University better, you make the community better, and you make the world better. The bottom line is this: Leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit. Anyone can choose to become a leader wherever he or she is. You can make a difference no matter where you are. Understand and know that you can Lead Where You Are!