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RISD LEADS -Leading in Uncertain Territory

Monday, May 1, 6 pm
RISD Tap Room

Featuring: Greg Nemes, Co-Founder, Work-Shop Design Studio

 

Design education and training teaches us to work in the Uncertain –-  to see and question what’s around us, to embrace open-ended thought, and envision what might be possible. This familiarity with the Uncertainty is a valuable leadership tool, if properly wielded. In this interactive workshop, Greg will share experiences leading strange new initiatives, and we will explore ways to find clarity and common ground...

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RISD LEADS - Beyond Binaries: Creating Inclusive Communities for Nonbinary and GenderQueer Students

Monday, Apr 17, 6 pm
RISD Tap Room

Featuring - Jesse Beal, Director of the Women's and Gender Center at Amherst College

Nonbinary and GenderQueer people are becoming more and more visible in media and on our campuses. Join Jesse Beal, a nonbinary activist and educator, for a conversation about gender identities beyond binaries, pronouns, androgyny, gendered language and spaces, and how to create inclusive communities. Participants will deepen their understanding of their gender, as well as the genders of others...

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RISD LEADS - Artists Creating Community

Monday, Apr 10, 6 pm
RISD Tap Room

Featuring - Shey Rivera, Artistic Director of AS220, and Jacob Nathan, Director of Live Arts at AS220

Providence is home to many native and international communities, from generations of growing families to students taking up temporary residence; our population is in constant flux and change. New communities also include those that seek to create new work to reflect their evolving identities and perspectives. Using AS220’s Live Arts’ Community Curators Program as a jumping off...

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RISD LEADS - Diverse Voices on Leadership

Monday, Mar 20, 6 pm
RISD Tap Room

Featuring - Melissa Camba Kelsay, Coordinator for Student Leadership in the Center for Student Leadership Development at the University of Rhode Island

 

For decades, scholars have studied what leadership is, but only recently have these older theories and models been analyzed through a critical race lens. This interactive session will infuse traditional and critical race scholarship about leadership and examine the findings from a 5-year study of more than 50 diverse...

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RISD LEADS - Shifting your Lens; Leading by seeing challenging people in a new way.

Monday, Mar 13, 6 pm
RISD Tap Room

Featuring: Kim Fuller, Photographer, Author, Public Speaker, RISD Alumna

Every day we come into relationships with others and have an opportunity to see people through a variety of lens. If our lens is clouded with assumptions and expectations stemming from our own conditioning and experiences it can affect how we respond to others and can disconnect us from a positive interaction. As leaders we must learn to stay present and see through a clear lens so the opportunity to expand,...

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RISD LEADS - Punk Entrepreneurship

  “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man” - George Bernard Shaw 

          On Monday October 10th, RISD LEADS welcomed Unicorn Goods CEO, Cayla Mackey, and Unicorn Goods CCO, Dave Pittman, to lead a session on “Punk Entrepreneurship”. Attendees were welcomed into the session with an all vegan, animal product-free meal while The Sex Pistols played in...

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RISD LEADS - Bridging Cultures and Communities

          On Monday, October 3rd, RISD LEADS welcomed Narragansett and Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, Lorén M. Spears who gave a session on bridging cultures and communities together. This session used Lorén’s personal and professional experiences as an indigenous person working in the community as a case study on how to forge partnerships, networks, and collaborative opportunities in which diverse communities work together for the common good.

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RISD LEADS - Who Does She Think She Is?

          On Monday, September 26th, RISD LEADS welcomed Associate Director for Student Diversity and Development at Towson University, Mahnoor Ahmed, and Director of Student Activities at Maryland Institute College of Art, Karol Martinez-Doane. Their interactive session used the many harmful expectations and perceptions that our society has created towards women leaders and how to break them down as a case study for the many different identities that are affected by a similar...

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RISD LEADS - Know Your Why..Speaking From Your Values When Things Get Crucial

          On Monday, September 19th, RISD LEADS opened up it’s Fall 2016 semester with an interactive session facilitated by URI’s Assistant Director of the Center for Student Leadership Development, Melissa Boyd Colvin. Boyd’s session was focused on learning about oneself and core values so they can be put into practice, even when faced with the conflict of working with those with opposing styles and values.

          As attendees walked into the Tap Room, they were greeted by a...

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RISD LEADS - The Human Design for Success

Monday, Jan 30, 6 pm
Tap Room, 4th Floor Memorial Hall

Featuring: Linda Pritcher, Linda Pritcher Coaching and Consulting; RISD Alumna (Biography)

In this session participants explore an important and overlooked capacity, their Invisible Power, and the implications of understanding and actualizing it. When you grasp how something works you can more effectively utilize it. This is true of your tools, your computer, your body or your elegantly designed mind. That mind has a built in readiness for success. It’s a brilliant system operating...

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RISD LEADS - Mobilizing your Abilities: A Leader’s Potential to Inspire Activism and Create Change

Friday, Jan 20, 7 pm
RISD Auditorium

Featuring: Emory Douglas, Former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party (Biography)

Emory Douglas used his skills as an artist to create work that represented the black experience and struggle during the middle of the 20th Century. He employed his skills as an activist so that he could use this work as inspiration to others and a motivator for action. Emory was able to encapsulate his artist/activist identity through his personal leadership skill sets and philosophy. He...

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RISD LEADS - Healing Power Mission #1— Leading with Spirit

Monday, Nov 14, 6 pm
Tap Room, 4th Floor Memorial Hall

Featuring: Khepe-Ra MaatHet-Heru, International speaker, singer, and performer (Biography)

 

By guiding one self into oneself, we emerge with the answers that we most need. Attendees of this session will experience a goal-oriented, planet-centered, and culturally expansive model, called a Healing Power Mission. This interaction is designed to revive and rebuild the leadership from within. This model is focused on developing new and existing leaders to become Spiritual...

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RISD LEADS - Motivating Yourself and Others to Achieve a Shared Vision

Monday, Nov 7, 6 pm
Tap Room, 4th Floor Memorial Hall

Featuring: Rachel Holcomb, Senior Organizational Learning Specialist at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (Biography)

As a leader, you’ll need to develop shared vision and bring your team along on your path. In this session, we’ll explore the latest research on motivating yourself and others, and unpack impact of unmotivated team members. We will discuss ways to stay motivated in the face of big changes and full schedules and conclude with a case study where you will...

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RISD LEADS - Designing Impossibilities: Exploring the Implications on Ethical, Social, and Political Innovation

Tuesday, Nov 1, 6 pm
Tap Room, 4th Floor Memorial Hall

~ Note: This session is held on a special date - Tuesday, November 1st ~

 

Featuring: Anthony Dunne, Professor of Design and Emerging Technology and Fellow of the Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought (GIDEST) at Parsons/The New School in New York (Biography)

In this workshop, participants will learn the unexpected and progressive nature of design from a nontraditional lense through ethical, social, and political change. Through examples of...

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RISD LEADS - Leading Reform: Creating Change within the System

Monday, Oct 24, 6 pm
Tap Room, 4th Floor Memorial Hall

Featuring Elizabeth Roberts, Former Lieutenant Governor and Current Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (Biography)

When we think of activism, we tend to envision a process of campaigning for social change that begins outside of formalized systems of government. Yet major reform can happen in any arena, including those with a reputation for being slow to change. This session will explore how leaders can incorporate an activist mindset to spark reform from...

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RISD LEADS - RISD LEADS 101

Monday, Oct 17, 6 pm
Tap Room, 4th Floor Memorial Hall

What is a leader? How do I develop as one?  In this session, participants will explore their own personal experiences and assumptions around leadership to uncover the traits they find both effective and detrimental when trying to become a successful leader.  Through an overview of contemporary research on the topic, participants will discuss identified styles of leadership and how each might be appropriately implemented to get results in a variety of contexts. Individuals will then reflect...

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RISD LEADS - Punk Entrepreneurship

Monday, Oct 10, 6 pm
Tap Room, 4th Floor Memorial Hall

Featuring Cayla Mackey, CEO of Unicorn Goods & Dave Pittman, Chief Creative Officer of Unicorn Goods and Master of Industrial Design candidate at RISD (Biographies)

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it.” - Marian Wright Edelman, American activist. Punk entrepreneurship is a lifestyle and approach to activism that uses business as a means to create positive change in the world. Like the punk movement itself, punk...

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RISD LEADS - Who Does She Think She Is?

Monday, Sep 26, 6 pm
Tap Room, 4th Floor Memorial Hall

Featuring: Mahnoor Ahmed, Associate Director for Student Diversity and Development at Towson University & Karol Martinez-Doane, Director of Student Activities at Maryland Institute College of Art (Biographies)

Have you ever caught yourself thinking or speaking negatively about women leaders? We have. In this session, we aim to unlearn the harmful expectations and perceptions we have for women leaders. Using the perception placed on women leaders and how individuals should...

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RISD LEADS - Bridging Cultures & Communities: A Guide to Representative Leadership

Monday, Oct 3, 6 pm
Tap Room, 4th Floor Memorial Hall

Featuring: Lorén M. Spears, Narragansett, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum (Biography)

As a leader how do you bridge cultures and communities? Using the experiences of Indigenous culture, education, arts, ecology, and history as a case study, we will explore how to forge partnerships, networks, and collaborative opportunities for diverse communities to work together for the common good. Using the Native community as an example, this session will share strategies for building...

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RISD LEADS - Know Your Why...Speaking From Your Values When Things Get Crucial

Monday, Sep 19, 6 pm
Tap Room, 4th Floor Memorial Hall

Featuring: Melissa Boyd Colvin, Assistant Director of Center for Student Leadership Development at the University of Rhode Island (Biography)

When emotions are high and stakes are higher, how can we engage in civil controversy? We can begin by really understanding our personal “why”, what we value, and our responses to stress and communication triggers. Join in this interactive discussion and toolkit building workshop to grow your ability to know* and practice your values, even...

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Leadership Library Now Available in Carr House 212

Stop by Carr House 212 to check out books and resources from our Leadership Library!

 

Under the Affluence by Tim Wise The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade by Pietra Rivoli Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner Strengths-based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie The Student Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner From Command to Community: A New...

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RISD LEADS - Making Exceptions to the Rule: An Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

          On Monday May 2nd RISD LEADS welcomed Director of Social Innovation Initiative at Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service, Alan Harlam, for a session on Social Entrepreneurship. Brown’s Swearer Center serves as their community engagement and public service center where Alan runs a program called the Social Innovation Initiative. Alan started off the session asking everyone for their own definition of Social Entrepreneurship and then sharing one from Bill Drayton that...

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RISD LEADS - Creative Facilitation

         

          On Monday April 25th,  RISD LEADS welcomed Founder and Executive Director of DownCity Design and RISD Alum Adrienne Gagnon for an interactive session about strategies for involving non-designers and community members in your design process. DownCity Design is a nonprofit that helps people create things for their communities, including helping young people create better public spaces that are better for living and learning. Since it’s creation seven...

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RISD LEADS - Leadership in Times of Adversity*

         

          On Monday March 14th, RISD LEADS welcomed Senior Lecturer in History, Tom Roberts, who gave a session on leadership in times of adversity. Tom took examples of different leaders throughout history and how we can learn about leadership by how they managed to *lead* through a hard time.

          Because we tend to learn from models, we are able to look back on history and find people to look at as role models. We are able to see what they did...

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RISD LEADS - Coming to See Privilege Systems: The Surprising Journey

     

          On Monday March 7, RISD LEADS welcomed Peggy McIntosh for a special session titled Coming to See Privilege Systems: The Surprising Journey. McIntosh is best known for authoring the groundbreaking article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” (1989), which has been instrumental in putting the dimension of privilege into discussions of gender, race, and sexuality. She spent the day at RISD speaking with faculty, staff, and students about the importance...

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