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Students participate in Creative Leadership Conference

Students from the Eastern Monroe Career Center and Monroe One BOCES’ School Business Partnerships program participated in the 13th Annual Creative Leadership Conference held at St. John Fisher College, April 2-4, 2019.


Over the course of the three days, students engaged in creative problem solving, collaboration and innovation by exploring different mindsets, principles and tools. Students used their new skills to work with business clients on the final day of the conference, the much-anticipated Client Day. Joining us this year were special guests Samantha Burda and Jill Clark from Sutherland Global, Wendy Roche from Eastview Mall and Brian Cieslinski from SEI Design Group.


Each business client worked with a student team and presented them with a challenge. For instance, students working with Cieslinski were challenged to create a learning space integrated with nature and comfort. The team work to formulate the challenge, explore ideas, develop solutions and formulate action steps around their given challenge. Each team then presented their plans to their client.


The feedback from the clients was overwhelmingly positive with them sharing how invaluable it was working with our students on real-life challenges and how much they have to bring back to their companies.


“We gained a fresh perspective of our target hiring group that we can take back to Sutherland in order to meet the needs of potential candidates,” Burda said. “We learned which social media platforms they value most and how best to attract them. Spending time at the Creative Leadership Conference was time well spent."


Students said the conference helped them build confidence, think differently and understand different processes when it comes to problem solving.


“The Creative Leadership Conference showed me a whole new step-by-step approach to problem solving,” said Lynessa Patterson, of Fairport High School. “It taught me how to work through issues in a logical way that’s fun rather than overwhelming. I will definitely use what I’ve learned next time I face a problem that feels unmanageable and I’m glad I had this opportunity.”


Students that participated this year were: Jean Pasquale, Cisco Networking (Brighton), Derian Stenglein, PC Repair (East Rochester), Adele Henry, School Business Partnership (Gates-Chili), Blake Marcus, eSTART Program (Penfield), Ayyub Abdallah, Culinary (Pitts Mendon), Anisha Drayton, Criminal Justice (RH), Abby Cutting, Culinary, (Irondequoit HS), Jack Cordello, Cisco Networking (Brighton), Lynessa Patterson, Criminal Justice (Fairport), Jarid Hendrikx, Visual Communication (Webster), Avery Cheatle, Automated Manufacturing & Machining (Brighton), Emily Breemes, Culinary (RH), Claudia Peterson, School Business Partnership (Gates-Chili), Katera Grant, Culinary (RH), Ch'arlie Shorey, Culinary (Pittsford), Seth Foltz, Welding (Webster), Keenan Vick, Cisco Networking (Brighton), Lauren Chapell, Criminal Justice (Fairport), Luis Santos, PC Repair (HFL), Nicholas Micali, Automated Manufacturing & Machining (Webster), Melanie Minnick, Visual Communication (ER), Nick Lambert, Construction (Brighton), Alexa Prince, Culinary (RH), Tyler O'Brien, Cisco Networking (Fairport), Isaac Roberto, PC Repair (Pittsford).


The Creative Leadership Conference was facilitated by Kate Levy, EMCC mathematics and science consultant teacher, and Cory Wright, coordinator of School Business Partnerships and Special Work-based Learning Programs.


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