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This semester, I took a leadership course for graduate students (HES535 Leadership Development for Professional Practice). In this class, we talked about different leadership styles based on theories. There were many meaningful assignments we needed to do for this class. One of my favorite projects is to shadow a CEO or president in a non-profit organization.

I chose the CEO at Health Literacy Missouri to shadow because I like their mission: “to help people make good health decisions,” and my major is related to what they do: to offer health literacy training, health environment assessments, and plan language services to help health care systems improve patient outcomes.

Dr. O’Leary is the CEO at Health Literacy Missouri. She is a very intelligent, organized, and supportive leader. She brought me to attend different meetings with her to observe different leadership styles, to experience the decision-making process and to observe the importance of synergy in the team’s action. After shadowing different meetings with Dr. O’Leary, and observing how she communicated with her staff and board members, I learned a lot leadership skills from her. The most important things I’ve learned from her is to focus on the real job. As a CEO at health literacy Missouri, Dr. O’Leary’s real job is to lead and manage that organization. She is a very knowledgeable female leader and very good at focusing on her real job. Moreover, she is a very good communicator who reads situations fast and communicates with people efficiently.

This is a one of the most meaningful projects I’ve done during my student life at Fontbonne. I will use the lessons I’ve learned from this class and Dr. O’Leary to encourage myself to be a successful leader in my future career.


Hello Everyone!
I just wanted the end the year with a CONGRATS!! We made it!! I know I still have one more week left and it’s exams, but the end is so near that I can taste it. I have been a busy bee and Fontbonne has been great with making the last few weeks a blast! Just this past Friday, April 27th, I participated in Fontbonne’s annual Service Day. It’s a day where all from the Fontbonne community come together to volunteer at various locations across St. Louis. I volunteered at the Open Door Animal Shelter and played with kittens and walked dogs! The shelter is a “no kill” shelter, and they have hundreds of animals waiting to be taken home. I know I fell in love with every dog that passed by. Besides helping animals, other options were available like the St. Patrick’s Day Center, Project Solomon, and more! This was a great way to spend my Friday, and I am glad Fontbonne gives such an opportunity to all of its faculty and students.
To keep going, on Saturday night, I am sure everyone heard the tornado sirens, saw the golf ball size hail, and got wet in the rain. Fontbonne trudged through the weather and held a delicious SGA Banquet for all who showed initiative in leadership. I was lucky enough to be nominated for the Emerging Leadership Award, but my good friend Claire Toler won because of her outstanding determination to bring awareness of eating disorders to Fontbonne’s campus. The food was amazing and made by our own food service, Ameriserve. The theme was Doctor Seuss, which made my night because I loved reading those books when I was younger. It was great to see all of the people who influence our community and make Fontbonne a better place.

Finally, Spirit Week is this week and it is one of many ways to relieve some of the pressure of exams! Monday was field day, Tuesday was sand volleyball, and Wednesday was karaoke night. Tonight we got to celebrate Cinco De Mayo early with a fiesta and piñatas! I think I am the most excited for Friday’s Spring Fest and the concert in the meadow. We will be having South Jordan playing at Fontbonne, and it should be a good time. I recommend Googling this band because they are pretty impressive. That about wraps up my last post for the semester… Thank you for putting up with my rants, tall tales, and gibbering rambles!!! I’ll see you guys some other time!


Hi all,

This past weekend, I attended a great conference put on by Maryville University and Fontbonne called the Summit on Leadership Development.  It was open to any school within “drivable distance” according to the keynote speaker, Tracy Knofla, a leadership trainer, and that meant there were students from as close-by as Saint Louis University and as far away as McKendree University (in Illinois) and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (I’ll let you guess where that one’s located).

Honestly, when I signed up for the conference, I did not think it would be very fun.  I’ve been to so many “Be a leader!”-type motivational presentations that I figured there really can’t be that much more to learn.  I was right in this prediction in the sense that I didn’t come out hearing anything new about the qualities good leaders have, how to be one, etc.  However, it was really beneficial for me to hear from the presenters about topics like how to better market events and how to use the available resources to their fullest.  At the conference, I was also able to interact with group leaders from other schools. Trading ideas with them, comparing club activities, and commiserating about the relationship between free food and meeting attendance got me excited about doing new things with the groups I’m in, namely the Commuter Advisory Board.

I’m really glad I attended SOLD this year, and I’m already excited about next year – it’s going to be hosted by Fontbonne!

Talk to you later,



So, it’s the middle of October and Metanoia retreat is just around the corner.  I’ve put a lot more work into Metanoia than I did last year, as I am on the core team this year. I’m excited for the weekend, but apprehensive about my role. I went shopping with my fellow Hospitality Director yesterday, and she voiced concern over how much we will get to be a part of the retreat. I’ve thought about it as well.  The one thing about being involved in activities on campus is that sometimes you don’t get to be a spectator. Of course, that only makes sense! I guess I’ll just have to wait for the weekend to see how it goes. Most of the time, the rewards of being involved with planning an event come from the response of the participants. So far, we have a good group of retreatants, so I think the whole experience will be rewarding in itself. Also, I’ve gained so much by being part planning the retreat. The team has worked so well together for the past six weeks or so. Even though I knew some of the people going into the planning, I’ve gotten to know a lot of new people, too. In a lot of cases, I would have never met some of my fellow team members unless I had applied to be on the team. That’s the key to success on campus, you have to realize what you’ll gain when you go into something, even if you’re giving up the experience from a different angle.

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