Leadership Institute Seminars and Portfolio Completion Process

The program invites outside speakers to present sessions on a broad range of topics. A capstone portfolio is an opportunity for students to display leadership learning and activities in one place. The portfolio should demonstrate that students are equipped with the superior knowledge, skills, perspectives, and experiences associated with leadership development. Students completing the program will earn a certificate in leadership from the Division of Student Affairs.


Seminar Components 

Students must attend a minimum of 10 leadership seminars to attain certification during the 2016-2017 academic year. A student may submit for approval activities outside of the scheduled programs to count toward their total. Programs may include speakers, colloquium events, cultural events, or other-high impact activities completed on or off campus. 


Portfolio Components: 

  • Introduction and Personal Leadership Statement
  • Updated resume reviewed by Center for Career Development
  • Reflections on leadership activities and seminars
  • Personal Development Plan


Portfolios will be presented to a panel of educators during the spring semester. Leadership certificates will be awarded at the Spring Student Affairs Awards Ceremony. 


Leadership Institute Portfolio Requirements

Introduction and Leadership Statement (300-500 words)

  • Who you are and why you participated in the program
  • Overall lessons learned through leadership certification
  • What does leadership mean to you?



  • Highlighting leadership experience
  • Reviewed by the Center for Career Development


Reflections on Leadership Activities and Seminars (3–5 pages)

  • How did you apply your leadership skills to your everyday life?
  • How have you grown as a leader?
  • How do the skills you have learned connect to your improvement goals?
  • How have you demonstrated leadership through an organizational context?
  • How have you demonstrated leadership through the context of diversity?
  • How have you demonstrated leadership through the context of citizenry/community service? 


Personal Development Plan

  • List of core values
  • Reflections on Skills Inventory (materials available from Todd Snovel)
  • List of personal strengths and areas of improvement
  • Three to five personal goals with development plan that includes:
  • What is the goal?
  • What activities do I need to undertake to accomplish the goal?
  • What support/resources do I need to accomplish the goal?
  • What is my target date/timeline to accomplish the goal?

Leadership Institute FAQs

Why invest the time to participate in the Leadership Institute?

Good question. We know that you, as students, have very full plates. However, the Leadership Institute is a personal investment in your future. The institute will provide you with opportunities to explore, practice, and hone your leadership skills in order to make a life-long positive impact on your career, your community, and the world.

What will I gain from this program?

First and foremost, you will experience personal enrichment and growth. Through a process of self-discovery, reflection, skill building, and learning, you will further realize your own unique sense of self and purpose. 

The program certification will be a point of interest to employers and community groups. Remember, you will be graduating with the same degree as several others throughout the nation. The institute is one way of differentiating yourself and showing your personal commitment to leadership. 

What am I going to learn?

The Leadership Institute is grounded in a series of learning goals. Throughout the sessions and activities, you will learn in the following areas:

  • Critical Thinking - Students will evaluate and synthesize information from multiple sources and perspectives to make informed decisions and solve problems.
  • Communication - Students will present and evaluate information, as well as present ideas clearly and effectively with diverse audiences in a variety of situations.
  • Self-Awareness - Students will develop an awareness of and appreciation for personal strengths, values, and leadership styles, and will cultivate the ability to use this knowledge for future learning and growth.
  • Social Responsibility – Students will enhance their lives by engaging in actions that reflect an understanding of the values of service, citizenship, and social responsibility, and demonstrate an understanding of their roles and impacts in local and global communities.
  • Inclusiveness - Students will acquire knowledge and appreciation of the diversity of human cultural, historical and social experiences, and be able to reflect on how individual life experience relates to the complex nature of the human condition.

What are the main requirements?

Requirements include attending 10 leadership sessions and the completion of the leadership portfolio. An explanation of all of these components can be found on the Portfolio and Completion Process document.

What if I can’t get to 10 sessions? Are there any alternative options?

Sure, we can to be flexible and let this program be beneficial for you. You must attend some of the Leadership Institute-sponsored workshops. They are offered throughout the semester on various days and times. If your schedule does not permit to attend these seminars, you may fulfill some of the requirements by attending other programs. 

These must be approved by Todd Snovel and can include options such as speakers, colloquium events, cultural events, or high-impact activities completed either on or off campus. 

How do I get started?

Ready, set, go! Complete the Leadership Institute Application and submit it to Deb Bishop in the Center for Student Engagement. Deb will set up a short interview with Todd Snovel who will help guide you throughout your leadership journey.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

You can contact Todd Snovel at snovel@lvc.edu with any questions regarding the program.