The EPCC Leadership Conference turned out to be just that, a conference for students and staff to exchange methods and avenues for leaders to enhance their leadership skills through interactive activities and education sessions.
Over a two-day period, the conference offered a range of experiences to foster visceral parts of students’ character which are believed by the program to bring about productive leaders here at EPCC and the community of El Paso, Texas, and here is an overview of that two-day experience.
DRAKE WILIAMS / TEJANO TRIBUNE
EPCC held a two-day Leadership Conference at the Administrative Services Center where students and staff learned and exchanged leadership skill methods and participated in interactive activities.
The conference was held inside EPCC’s Administrative Services Center building from 8 am to 5 pm.
After a provided breakfast and Leadership Conference material an energetic leadership speaker took that stage and everyone’s attention.
Her name is Melissa Ruiz and she is a facilitator from a leadership program called Swift Kick.Ruiz facilitated a full day of interactive activities that included free hugs, rock-paper-scissors, and sharing intimate life experiences amongst staff and students that would usually not happen on a day to day basis.
From a room of 70+ Tejano’s giving each other free hugs to sharing tears over the life experiences that make up EPCC leaders as individuals and aspiring leaders. A key take-away from Ruiz’s presentation was for Tejano’s to take a chance on reeling in their fellow students via meaningful relationships and doing that by being assertive, creative, and empathetic.
With the energy from the previous day, day-two also began with breakfast and cohesion as all participants sported leadership t-shirts provided by the program itself. On this day the educational sessions began provided by influential members of the EPCC staff.
Those members were Melissa Aguilera, Alvaro Arvizo, Claudia Cochran, Jennifer Dahlgren-Richardson, Crystal Robert, Jennifer Rosales, and Hector Zamora who contributed to this honing of leaders.
This part of the conference is informative and amplified a more technical side of being a leader by providing practical information that a leader can use on a daily basis. Topics such as communication, community engagement, and the body language of others and ourselves.
This portion of the conference was done in smaller groups and is where one would want to take notes and ask questions to spruce up their understanding of becoming a leader.