We believe EVERYONE has the potential to be a leader! 

We at LEAD help students to develop as effective, ethical leaders through a series of workshops, conferences, classes, speakers, dialogues, and retreats. Our programs provide opportunities to develop a strong sense of self, augment critical thinking and interpersonal skills, develop global and cultural competencies, and cultivate organizational skills for transition into the professional world.
LEAD is excited to be back safely in-person this fall and we welcome you (back) to our first newsletter of the semester! We have lots of exciting upcoming events, workshops, and other ways to get involved and engaged with the LEAD office featured below. We hope to see you soon at some of our uncoming programming throughout the semester!
Leadership Mason Conference
Leadership Mason Conference
Saturday, October 23rd from 10:00am-4:30pm

The 2021 Leadership Mason Conference is a one-day program focusing on leadership skill development through large group and small workshop formats. Students enhance the leadership skills they already have while gaining new skills that will be beneficial both now and in the future.  The conference theme for this year is: Leadership for Positive Change.
This year’s Leadership Mason Experience will take place on Saturday, October 23rd from 10:00am-4:00pm on the Fairfax Campus in the Hub, Ballroom. The conference will provide students with the opportunity to enhance and build upon their personal leadership skills and presence.  Students will have an opportunity to engage with one another in a thought-provoking, interactive virtual learning environment that will challenge students to think critically around the following leadership focus areas: (1) student activism and civic engagement, (2) well-being, self-care, and community care, (3) ethical leadership, (4) diversity, inclusion, and identity development, and (5) career exploration and mentoring. For more information and to register: CLICK HERE

Alumni Leadership Speaker Series

Tuesday, October 19th from 5:30pm-6:30pm

Join the LEAD Office as we host the Alumni Leadership Speaker Series featuring some amazing Mason Alumni. This event will focus on Leadership and the Imposter Syndrome. Mason Alumni will share their experiences and ways to navigate the imposter syndrome as a leader and what strategies can be used. Alum will also share personal stories and experiences about how their campus involvement and engagement has made an impact. The Alumni Leadership Speaker Series is facilitated by our very own Student Leadership Consultants and is open to the entire campus community. Register: CLICK HERE

Leadership Advocate (LA) Meetings

Every Tuesday, from 7:30pm-8:30pm

The LEAD Office hosts weekly Leadership Advocate Meetings on Tuesdays from 7:30pm-8:30pm where you can learn more about leadership and team building from our wonderful Leadership Consultants! See the fall schedule for meetings here.
Do you have a passion for ethics and leadership, a commitment to sustainable service, a willingness to make a positive difference through active leadership, and a willingness to engage and connect with the university and our community? If you answered 'yes,' then we encourage you to join our team and become an official volunteer Leadership Advocate! Apply: CLICK HERE

Visit Spain!
May 2022 
Application deadline: Apply and enroll during October for a discount (Final application deadline: January 25, 2022)
In conjunction with Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL), the LEAD Office presents this unique Field Studies course to Spain (3 credits). The trip will occur in May 2022. Students who apply and submit a deposit during October can receive a discount. For more information and to apply: CLICK HERE

Leadership Connection Hour: Discovering Your Leadership Style
Wednesday, October 27th from 12:00pm-1:00pm

Join the LEAD Office in the Hub for a Leadership Connection Hour on leadership styles. All Mason students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to join for an interactive workshop facilitated by our leadership consultants on discovering your leadership style. To learn more and RSVP: CLICK HERE.

LEAD Spotlight:
Monica Davids
Outreach Workshop Coordinator

Hometown: Clifton, VA
Degree Concentration:  Masters of Elementary Education        
Expected Graduation Year: Spring 2022

What are you most excited for in the LEAD office this semester? 
I am most excited to create new workshops as well as facilitate and attend the conference on October 23rd for the LEAD office.  (SIGN UP TO GO!!)

What have you enjoyed most about working in the LEAD office so far?
I have enjoyed the flexibility, support, and kindness shown by the staff that work in the LEAD office the most.  Everyone in the LEAD office is a genuinely kind person, and I appreciate them.

What is your favorite TV show or movie and why?
My favorite TV show is FRIENDS because it is a show I watched growing up, it makes me laugh, and it is something I can have on in the background.

What do you think is the most beautiful part of campus?
I think the most beautiful part of campus is the at the pond, sitting on one of the benches looking out at the water.  It is off the path a little, under the trees.  It is usually calm and peaceful there, and you can observe some wildlife.

What is your favorite quote about leadership?
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”   - 
John Quincy Adams

LEAD Spotlight:

Deborah Fashole-Luke

Graduate Assistant

Hometown: Gaborone, Botswana
Degree Concentration: Indutrial/Organizational Psychology, MA
Expected Graduation Year: 2023

What are you most excited for in the LEAD office this semester? 
I am excited to join the LEAD office this year and I am especially excited to get to work and know the LEAD team more over time. Everyone has been so wonderful to work with and I am excited to collaborate and have lots of successful programs throughout the year!

What have you enjoyed most about working in the LEAD office so far?
I started at Mason this fall for my MA program and what has been most enjoyable so far working in the LEAD office is getting to know a bunch of amazing leaders on campus. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming and that has been amazing to experience as a new Patriot!

What is your favorite TV show or movie and why?
My favorite TV show is without a doubt Brookyln 99 (so heartbroken that the show has ended)! I love the sense of humor of the show which I think is very much like my own, and it is a great show to just relax and unwind with. I also appreciate the show's diverse characters and that it also tackles some serious social and political issues in way I feel is balanced. 

What do you think is the most beautiful part of campus?
Like Monica, I think the pond is the most beautiful part of campus because I just tend to love the sound and view of water, but the Horizon Hall building is a close second!

What is your favorite quote about leadership?
“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.” - Nelson Mandela
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