BRISTOL, Tenn. – Last month, Conference Carolinas sponsored a two-day leadership forum focused on building confidence, identifying core values, and exploring the vulnerability of its attendees. King University cross country and track & field assistant coach Abigail Slonski along with Meg Davis of the cross country team and Nick Carroll of the baseball team.
"The leadership conference was one of the most interactive conferences I've been to, which made it easier to learn," Slonski said. "Dr. Cricket and Leslie Barnes were really knowledgeable and asked us questions that really challenged our thinking and opened our minds to better leadership techniques."
It was the fourth year the Conference held a leadership forum to focus on the growth of its student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. The purpose of the forum is to provide the opportunity for student-athletes to develop leadership skills to use at their respective institutions. Each Conference member sends one male student-athlete, one female student-athlete, and one athletic administrator who demonstrate great leadership qualities on campus.
While at the forum the participants had many different activities to help with leadership, confidence, resilience, and mindfulness. They also discussed values and how they change over time as well as holding to them through times of peer pressure.
"Our leadership forum has become one of the Conference's premier programs," said Assistant Commissioner Sarah Rountree. "Through this program the participants who attend develop a plan that inspires student-athletes at their schools to become better leaders. At the Conference, we believe in developing exemplary leaders that will not only impact their campuses but also be contributors to society as a whole."
Participants are chosen by their athletic director to help the individual expand their leadership skills. After the forum, the individuals' returns to their campuses to develop a strategy and implement what they have learned while attending the two days of programming.
Dr. Cricket Lane of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Leslie Barnes of Duke University facilitated the forum. The pair led the participants through curriculum and activities that explained and taught the importance of vulnerability in leadership and personal relationships.