Leadership conferences enable students to develop leadership skills and access successful leaders, all in a single weekend. The Conference Committee works with other leadership organizations to host these conferences and seeks to engage a diverse group of students. The annual fall Yale Student Leadership Conference and spring Perspectives on Leadership Conference bring student leadership to life with compelling speakers, panels, and workshops.
" Perspectives on Leadership: Leadership Dynamics in an Evolving World "
April 12, 2014
The Leadership Institute at Yale is hosting its annual conference "Perspectives on Leadership," this year with the mission of bringing together leaders on each campus and organization. The conference will take place on April 12th, 2014 at Yale University, New Haven.
This one-day conference began in March 2008 as a joint conference between the United States Military Academy and the Leadership Institute at Yale. This year, the Leadership Institute is increasing the number of participant schools to include other military academies, Ivy League institutions, and several leadership-related organizations across the country. The conference has traditionally explored the similarities that unique leadership styles share based on individuals' backgrounds and experiences, which lead to different leadership qualities and values that at first may seem to drastically diverge.
This year, the conference focuses on how various leadership styles in different fields--politics, military, economics, business, academia, and non-profits--adapt to a rapidly-changing world. Also, the conference strives to foster relationships among leaders in different institutions and organizations across the nation.
The conference will host three to six leaders and leadership experts from various fields. "Perspectives on Leadership Conference" uses a small-group setting to maximize the advantage of intimate interactions during simulations, discussions and workshops.
Participants at past Perspectives on Leadership conferences
2014 Conference Theme: "Leadership Dynamics in an Evolving World"
The overarching theme of the conference is "Leadership Dynamics in an Evolving World." Specifically, the conference looks to address how modern leadership styles must be more flexible and dynamic than conventional approaches while maintaining an emphasis on inclusiveness, reasoned thought, and dialogue. Newer ways of communication on both an individualistic and group level have allowed leaders to alter their styles of service for the betterment of society, and this conference aims to show how balancing wider consitutencies with personal attention is possible and leads to more effective leadership.
Structurally, the conference will consist of presentations, discussions, simulations, and workshops in the field of politics, military, economics, business, and non-profits. These specific themes--all related to the topic of "Leadership Dynamics in an Evolving World"--will be announced along with the final speaker line-up soon.
Past Speakers have included:
Professor Thomas Kolditz from Yale University School of Management, Professor in the Practice of Leadership and Management. He is an internationally recognized expert in crisis leadership and in the development of programs to inculcate leadership development. His most recent book, Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It, was based on more than 100 interviews taken in Iraq during combat operations.
Professor Victor Vroom from Yale University School of Management, BearingPoint Professor of Management & Professor of Psychology. He has been a consultant to many government agencies and over 100 major corporations and conducted seminars in over 50 countries. His book, Work and Motivation, is regarded as a landmark in the field of psychological analysis of leadership behavior.
Commander Arthur Gibb from United States Naval Academy. He is a Professor in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, Law at the U.S. Naval Academy, and has served as primary planning officer for the inaugural Africa Partnership Station (APS) mission. His dissertation focused on the use of the U.S. Military and security assistance in post-Cold War foreign policy.
Professor Charles Hills from Yale University, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy and Senior Lecturer. He served as Career Minister of the Foreign Service, was aid to Secretaries of State Kissinger and Shultz, and was special advisor on policy for Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros-Ghali.
Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld from Yale University--Senior Associate Dean for Executive Programs at Yale School of Management, and Founder, President & CEO of The Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute --will be delivering a keynote speech titled "Bosses as Brands: How Charisma and Character Count."
Major Jordan Swain from West Point Military Academy, presented on emotional intelligence and leadership during crisis, and discussed crises in the context of the military.
Commander Wesley Huey from United States Naval Academy--Chair of the Department for Leadership Development and Research--will be delivering a presentation on "How to Teach Leadership: US Naval Academy Experiential Leader Development Initiatives."
For visiting students - Since this conference tries to foster intimate interactions through small-group settings, we advise that each school send around two to five participants.The registration process has two stages.
1. Initial Registration: please provide us the name of your organization or institution, rough number of attendees, by sending an email to our Director of Conferences and Workshops, Neil Pathak, at email@example.com, by March 15, 2014 11:59 p.m. EST. This is to gauge the number of total attendees to our conference.
2. Final Registration: We will send out final registration forms to schools that have completed initial registration; the final registration forms will ask for participants' names, contact information, their class years, and other basic information. There are two forms to be filled out: one for a group registration and another for each individual.
The group form can be filled out at http://leadershipyale.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-perspectives-on-leadership-13-q7x2x3/.
The individual form can be filled out at http://leadershipyale.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-perspectives-on-leadership-13/.
Both forms will be due Friday, March 25, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST.
Yale students - The application form can also be filled out at the following link: http://yaleleadership.wufoo.com/forms/perspectives-on-leadership-conference-application/.
For Yale students, the deadline for the application for the conference will be Saturday, April 5th, 2014 11:59 p.m. EST. In the past, it's been a highly selective process, and twenty five participants from Yale college will be chosen to attend the conference. We will review the applications and will send out final decisions by April 9th, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST.
Participants from outside of Yale are highly encouraged to arrive the night before the conference.
Student participants outside Yale College will be paired with Yale students participating in the conference and will stay in their suites.
Faculty participants will be asked to pay for their accomodations at one of the hotels near the conference site. Upon request, conference organizers may reserve rooms, though we ask that you provide your payment information by calling the hotel.
Three hotels near Yale Campus, all within 5-10 minutes of walk from the conference location, are:
Courtyard by Marriot at Yale
30 Whalley Ave
New Haven, Connecticut 06510
Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale
155 Temple Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510
The Study Hotel at Yale
1157 Chapel Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
These three hotels, all of which have great reviews, have been the most frequented hotels by Yale visitors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I participate in the Conference?
A. Please contact our Director of Conferences and Workshops, Sihua Xu, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your institution or organization and potential number of attendees from your institution or organization.
Students and faculty members participating in the conference will provide for their own transportation to and from the conference at Yale University. Also, faculty participants will need to pay for their accomodations near the campus. Recommendations for hotel options are provided above in the "Accomodation" section.
Q. Are meals provided?
A. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided on the conference date (April 12th, 2014). Due to different arrival times on the pre-conference date, we will not have an official dinner on April 11th, 2014.
Q. I would like to stay one more night and leave in the morning of April 13th. Is accomodation provided?
A. Yes. Please let us know ahead of time so that we can best accomodate you.
More specific details about the logistics of the conference will be sent out as the conference date approaches.
Testimonials from Previous Years
"I thought the Yale Leadership Institute brought together a fantastic line-up of speakers in a well-organized and activity-packed day. I appreciated the chance to engage with other conference attendees in small group discussions and particularly enjoyed hearing the perspectives of the military academy faculty and students at the conference. It was a great experience to exchange ideas with like-minded students from different academic backgrounds and I look forward YLI's future conferences." -Jack Ching '13, member of Princeton University's Leadership for Change
"The Perspectives on Leadership Conference offered a wide array of great opportunities to further the dialogue regarding leadership. I sincerely enjoyed this chance to discuss different and important aspects of leadership issues. The Conference included both larger events as well as smaller group activities to interact personally with speakers and other participants. I thought that this diverse structure was especially enjoyable." -Tugba Rona '13, member of Princeton University's Leadership for Change
Sihua Xu (Key Contact Person)
Director of Conferences and Workshops
Vice President of the Leadership Institute
President of Leadership Institute
Leadership Institute at Yale