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Annarose Zelano
Oct 19, 2016

RISD LEADS - Punk Entrepreneurship

Oct 19, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

  “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 the...


Annarose Zelano
Oct 12, 2016

RISD LEADS - Bridging Cultures and Communities

Oct 12, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

          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.           The session was started of...


Annarose Zelano
Oct 5, 2016

RISD LEADS - Who Does She Think She Is?

Oct 5, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

          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 stigma. One o...


Annarose Zelano
Sep 28, 2016

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

Sep 28, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

          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 table cover...


Annarose Zelano
May 6, 2016

Leadership Library Now Available in Carr House 212

May 6, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

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 Approach to Leadersh...


Annarose Zelano
May 6, 2016

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

May 6, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

          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 ex...


Annarose Zelano
Apr 29, 2016

RISD LEADS - Creative Facilitation

Apr 29, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

                    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 years ago, DownCity D...


Annarose Zelano
Mar 18, 2016

RISD LEADS - Leadership in Times of Adversity*

Mar 18, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

                    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 well, what they didn’t do w...


Annarose Zelano
Mar 11, 2016

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

Mar 11, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

                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 of recogniz...


Annarose Zelano
Mar 3, 2016

RISD LEADS - Creating Change: Inspiring Possibilities for Civic Engagement and a "Common Good"

Mar 3, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

                    On Monday February 29th RISD LEADS welcomed Loren Intolubbe-Chmil, Johnson & Wales University’s Director of International & Intercultural Engagement who did a session on creating change towards civic engagement and a “common good”.  She started her session off with sharing her story of civic participation through her eagerness to get out and vote as a young adult, her dissertation in South Africa, and her work in the League of Women Voters.           Bringing the idea of...


Annarose Zelano
Feb 26, 2016

RISD LEADS - Leading By Design: Without Design Getting In the Way

Feb 26, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

          On Monday February 22, RISD LEADS kicked off their Spring Semester series with an informative session given by Charlie Cannon, the Head of the Industrial Design Department at RISD. The session was based on how artists and designers can lead using the same techniques they use while doing their work.          Years ago, design was about making objects, or as Charlie put it, “putting a skin on things”. He used the example of the design of a Thunderbird in the 1950s as a way to make...


Annarose Zelano
Jan 22, 2016

Community Leadership for the Successful Leader

Jan 22, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

.            On Monday, January 18th, RISD LEADS had their first ever student-run session presented by the student leaders of the MLK Day of Service. Earlier that day, RISD held it’s fifth annual MLK Day of Service where students and staff volunteer in the Providence community for a day filled with arts and crafts workshops for local children, engaging them with games, activities, and conversation. This year was the first year that the Day of Service was expanded to two different locations,...


Annarose Zelano
Jan 13, 2016

Networking and Communication for the Successful Leader

Jan 13, 2016 by Annarose Zelano

                   On Monday, January 11th, RISD LEADS kicked off their Winter Session Semester with a session from Greg Victory, Executive Director of Continuing Education at RISD. In his session, Greg shared the “10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders” and why and how they should be applied in our everyday lives to help develop leadership skills and build relationships. He argued that communication will make or break you, because you cannot be an effective leader if you cannot communic...


Annarose Zelano
Nov 20, 2015

Challenging Assumptions of Modern Leadership: Lessons from Indigenous Models

Nov 20, 2015 by Annarose Zelano

                    On Monday November 16th, RISD LEADS concluded its Fall semester with a session from Claudia Ford on leadership lessons from indigenous models. She started off the session with reading “The Earth on a Turtle's Back” a common origin story that has been passed down for years in an indigenous culture. Sharing this story showed different ideas of leadership in indigenous cultures, the importance of storytelling, as well as what it means in those cultures to be a leader. In th...


Annarose Zelano
Nov 11, 2015

Navigating Change: Adaptive Leadership in a Growing Organization

Nov 11, 2015 by Annarose Zelano

         On Monday, November 9th, RISD LEADS welcomed Barbara Wong, Executive Director for Providence City Arts, who spoke on navigating change and being an adaptable leader in a growing organization. Providence City Arts, a community arts organization, and RISD have had a partnership for many years that helps close the gap between the RISD community and the community of Providence. As a graduate from the Teaching and Learning in Arts and Design program at RISD, Barbara shared the difference ...