Student Activities

The Curriculum

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are mandatory and held from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoons. Some preparation (readings, group work, etc.) may be required outside of formal meeting times. Presenters are Bowdoin College faculty and staff with an expertise in or training on a specific, relevant topic.  Additionally, we will take full advantage of national and international leaders on-campus for public lectures, either through recommended attendance, or smaller conversations on leadership topics with Series participants.   

Session 1 – Friday, September 27: Leadership Insights, President Barry Mills
During this session President Mills will provide advice on being effective campus leaders and getting the most out of your leadership experiences at Bowdoin.

Session 2 – Friday, October 4: How to Run a Successful Meeting, Professor Allen Springer, Government
Possessing the skills to run an effective meeting is an essential tool to being a successful leader.  meeting that are not run well can end up leaving members frustrated and unclear about the direction of the organization.  Learning how to effectively run a meeting and how to avoid the pitfalls will result in stronger communication for a more productive organization.

Session 3 – Friday, November 1: Contract Negotiation, Katy Longley, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration & Treasurer
Negotiating a contract can be an exciting yet sometimes stressful experience.  During this session, participants will learn best practices for successful contract negotiation and management, including working with agents, speakers, and performers.

Session 4 – Friday, November 8: Bystander Intervention, Whitney Hogan, Coordinator of Health Education and Meadow Davis,  Associate Director of Student Affairs
 Bystander Intervention traing prepares students to recognize the Bystander Effect and identify potentially dangerous or harmful situations on Bowdoin's campus.  Additionally, this training provides practical skills that empower students to intervene in such situations.

Session 5 – Friday, November 15: The Impact and Challenges of Technology and Social Media on a Leadership Role, Holly Sherburne, Social Media Director
Navigating the world of Social Media can at times be daunting.  Participants will gain insights on developing a successful social media presence for your group, tips on how to promote your organization and its events, while sidestepping the most commonly made mistakes.

Session 6 – Friday, February 14: Tanya Lopez Brooks, P'14, Senior Vice President at Lifetime Television
Tanya Lopez is responsible for developing and overseeing all original movies for Lifetime Television and its sister network, Lifetime Movie Network, the two most-watched women's basic cable networks.  Her distinguished career in entertainment, broadcasting and cable television includes time at Williams Morris, CBS and ICM. 

Session 7 – Friday, February 28: Ellen Baxter '75, Founder and Executive Director Broadway Housing Communities
Hailed by the New York Times as, "the city's most accomplished anot-for-profit entrepreneur," Ellen Baxter has committed 30 years to advocacy and housing development to address homelessness in New York City.  She is a pioneer of supportive housing, and founded Broadway Housing Communities, a nonprofit community-based organization that developed and manages six buildings in Washing Heights and Harlem, accommodating nearly 300 households.

Session 8 – Friday, March 28: Public Speaking, E. Whintey Soule, Bowdoin College Director of Admissions
As Director of Admissions at one of the top-five liberal arts colleges in the country, Whitney Soule is often the face of the admissions process for prospective Bowdoin Students.  Participants will gain increased confidence to articulately convey their message in front of an audience. 

Session 9 – Friday, April 4: Revered Robert Ives '69, Bowdoin College Director of Religious and Spiritual Life
Robert, "Bobby" Ives is the founder and long-time director of the Carpenter's Boat Shop, a unique boat-building nonprofit which offers nine-mount apprenticeships to people who are in transition, people who need "to heal and find a new direction."  For his work at The Boat Shop, bob received the Bowdoin College Common Good Award and the Deerfield Academy Heritage Award.  Now as the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at Bowdoin College, Rev. Ives works closely with student faith groups on campus.

Application to the Program
Applications should be submitted to the Smith Union Information Desk and will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.  Space is limited, and applications will be accepted until all spaces are filled.