Student Leadership Challenge News

Monday, September 23rd-Friday, September 27th


Greetings Challenge Participants:

We have added a new section of the Emerging Leaders Seminar Series this week. However, there is only one more week to register for the StrengthsQuest Workshop and Fall Conference. If you haven't done so yet, please register today!

What is the Student Leadership Challenge?

Commit yourself to becoming a better leader by earning Leadership Diamond Points.

Serving as Temple's signature leadership development program for all students, the Student Leadership Challenge provides dynamic and comprehensive programs that give students access to a rich variety of interactive leadership development opportunities. Students may earn their way to becoming a Diamond Leader by participating in these programs throughout the year and earning Leadership Diamond Points.

Below is a listing of upcoming events hosted by the Office of Leadership Development. For a complete event listing, visit the department calendar All events are free unless otherwise noted. If you would like to unsubscribe from this listserv, please visit to manage your email subscription.

Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, September 25th from 12:30-1:30 in Student Center Room 217D

Each month we host a FREE catered lunch where students can share a meal with a Philadelphia community leader. The program is simple - enjoy lunch and have great conversations on a chosen topic with an inspiring leader within our community. This month we have invited Tim Bennett from Bennett Compost to come and join us.

A Rochester native, Tim Bennett moved to Philadelphia 10 years ago to attend Temple University. He was living in an apartment at the time and really wanted to compost, but he didn't quite know how. One thing he did know was that he didn't want to spend $300 for a fancy composter.

Years later, as an employee at Temple’s Small Business Development Center, a resource for budding entrepreneurs, Tim was surrounded by people starting businesses. Around the same time, he went to dinner with his fiance and some friends. One companion spent a portion of the evening insisting that the city collect compost. It was a light bulb moment—Tim realized he wasn't alone. Bennett Compost was born.

This event is worth 5 Leadership Diamond Points.

No registration necessary


Section 1: Tuesdays from 12 to 2pm (October 1st through October 15th) 3 week class

Section 2: Wednesdays from 12 to 2pm (October 2nd through October 16th) 3 week class

Section 3: AMBLER CAMPUS Thursdays from 12:45-2pm

(October 3rd through November 7th) 6 week class

NEW: Residence Hall 1940 2nd Floor/Section 4: Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 (October 23rd through November 6th) 3 week class. Please register HERE for this section.

The Emerging Leaders Seminar provides students the opportunity to explore the Five Principles of Leadership discussed in Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Challenge (2007). Students will spend three weeks identifying these principles by looking at current leaders in today’s global environment and reflecting on effective leadership of the past and present. This program is designed as an introduction to leadership for students to enhance their leadership skills. Registration is required. Sections 1 and 2 take place in Student Center Room 220. Section 3 takes place in Bright Hall Room 106 at Temple University Ambler.

Sessions run each semester and are worth 25 Leadership Diamond Points upon completion. This is a nationally-recognized program, resume-builder with no homework.

Register for your section today!

What the authors of the Leadership Challenge are saying......

"Leadership is not about personality; it’s about behavior—an observable set of skills and abilities. And when we first set out to discover what great leaders actually do when they are at their personal best, we collected thousands of stories from ordinary people—the experiences they recalled when asked to think of a peak leadership experience. Despite differences in culture, gender, age, and other variables, these “Personal Best” stories revealed similar patterns of behavior. In fact, we discovered that when leaders are at their personal best there are five core practices common to all: they Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and last but certainly not least, they Encourage the Heart." -Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner


Section 1: Tuesdays from 3 to 5pm (October 1st through October 15th) 3 week class

Section 2: Wednesdays from 3 to 5pm (October 2nd through October 16th) 3 week class

StrengthsQuest consists of taking the 30-minute online StrengthsFinder assessment where students will receive a customized report that lists their top five talent themes, along with action items for development and suggestions about how they can use their talents to achieve academic, career, and personal success.

During the StrengthsQuest workshop, students will learn more about their five strengths, the practical applications of the strengths and the connection to leadership.

Sessions run each semester and are worth 20 Diamond Leader Points upon completion. The workshop takes place in Student Center Room 220.

Register for your section today!

Exploring Leadership Speaker Series- Featuring Bill Clement

Thursday, Oct. 3rd 2013 at 11am-12pm

1755 N 13th St

Philadelphia, PA

Bill Clement is a 2-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Philadelphia Flyers and critically acclaimed author, speaker, actor, entrepreneur and broadcaster.

The Exploring Leadership Speaker Series features area leaders who truly live out the practices of exemplary leadership and offer inspiring leadership insights to our Temple community. The Office of Leadership Development partners with Dr. Tracey Weiss’ Strategic Communication 1112 course on the once-per-month series. Local communications speakers are brought into the classroom of 125-150 students to discuss a trend, topic, or experience pertaining to communications and leadership. The presentation is approximately 45 minutes, followed by a 10-15 minute Q & A.

This event is worth 5 Leadership Diamond Points.

No registration necessary!


I have worked with many sports stars (NFL, Olympians, etc.) and Bill Clement topped them all and exceeded my highest expectations! The homework Bill did on the industry and the company was evident and my people noticed…big time. He sounded like a Cingular executive! Our employees are still talking about his presentation.

Joe Baker
Vice President & General Manager
AT&T Wireless

Bill Clement captured the attention of the audience with a riveting one-hour presentation that was both motivational and inspirational. Our employees walked away with a new sense of ownership in the company and a new understanding of the leadership role they play. Bill has inspired us all to become an Everyday Leader and has instilled in us the confidence to get out on that tightrope!! Excellent presenter…excellent presentation!

Kim Davidson
Executive Vice President
Ocean City Home Bank


Saturday, October 5, 2013 10:00 am

Temple University students are invited to explore their leadership style at this conference. Participants spend the day focusing on the importance to grow in one’s self-awareness for effective leadership. They discover their personal strengths based on the different assessments and learn how to effectively build and lead teams with this interactive and fun one-day event. The forum is free for Temple University students. Registration is required for all attendees, and breakfast and lunch are provided.

This event is worth 15 Leadership Diamond Points.

Register today!

STARS Workshop: Developing a Social Media Strategy

Monday, Oct. 7th 2013 at 12:30-1:30pm

Student Center Room-223

Social Media is quickly becoming an online extension of the campus community. This workshop will address the various ways to engage your members, attract new ones, connect to alumni, and strengthen your organization’s online presence.

The Office of Leadership Development partners with STARS on various workshops throughout the semester. The Student Training and Rewards System (STARS) is a voluntary program designed to challenge Temple University student organization members through increased opportunities for leadership and organizational development. Organizations will receive new rewards for each level of challenges met. In order to earn STARS rewards, organization members will participate in activities that are designed to help them learn, grow, and achieve success. Download a copy of the STARS brochure here. You can also grab a hard copy of the brochure in the Student Activities office. If you have questions about the program, please contact the Program Coordinator for Student Organizations.

This event is worth 5 Leadership Diamond Points.

Leadership Movie Night

Thursday, Oct. 10th 2013 at 5:30-8:30pm

1755 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA- The Student Center, Reel

Join us for a free movie and popcorn and explore leadership through cinema with our Diamond Leaders during a post-movie discussion. This program is spearheaded by the Diamond Leader Developmental Programming Lead Team.

Showing: Pitch Perfect

DOORS OPEN AT 5:30pm; Movie starts at 6pm.

Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore.[3] The screenplay was written by Kay Cannon.[4] The musical comedy features an ensemble cast consisting of Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ben Platt, Adam DeVine, with John Michael Higgins, and Elizabeth Banks. The plot follows an all-girl college a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they compete against another a cappella group from their college to win Nationals. The film is loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin's non-fiction book, titled Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory.

Earn 10 Leadership Diamond Points. No preregistration is necessary.

How to Check Your Leadership Diamond Points on Blackboard

· Log onto your Blackboard.

· Click on “TU Student Leadership Challenge”.

· Click on “Tools”.

· Click on “My Grades”.

· This will show you what events you have attended and how many points you have earned through this attendance. Remember, you need 50 Leadership Diamond Points to apply for the Diamond Leaders program.

· Please note: These points are for the Leadership Challenge only, you will not receive academic credit for your involvement in the program.