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College Students Learn to Lead at University

Award-winning entrepreneur and author Justin Jones-Fosu provided the keynote address at the Ignite Student Leadership Conference, which took place on campus Feb. 24. Students from The University of Scranton, Bloomsburg University, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Luzerne County Community College, Northampton Community College and Lackawanna College attended the conference.
February 27, 2018
By: Eric Eiden ’19, student correspondent

College students from across Northeast Pennsylvania gathered at The University of Scranton on Saturday to attend the annual Ignite Student Leadership Conference and hone their leadership skills.

Award-winning entrepreneur and author Justin Jones-Fosu provided the keynote address at the conference.

“For me this is about the totality of who you are and not just about what you do as a student or what you do as a leader – but who you are as a person,” said Jones-Fosu, who travels the world spoken and has given more than 450 presentations at 250-plus organizations.

Jones-Fosu discussed four traits that he feels make leaders successful. The traits are being humble, empowering, relational and optimistic. When it came to being relational, he wanted students to become people for others.

“Give your all, fight for those that you serve,” Jones-Fosu said.

Students from The University of Scranton, Bloomsburg University, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Luzerne County Community College, Northampton Community College and Lackawanna College attended the 26, 50-minute-long concurrent sessions on multiple leadership topics held throughout the day. The format allowed participants to choose the educational sessions they wanted to attend. The topics ranged from the importance of self-care to workshops about safe-zones.

            Originally named the Royal Leadership Conference, the Ignite Student Leadership Conference started eight years ago, founded by the University’s Center for Student Engagement with the goal of engaging students to become future leaders.

Eric Eiden ’19, Throop, is a journalism/electronic media major at The University of Scranton.
Eric Eiden ’19, Throop, is a journalism/electronic media major at The University of Scranton.
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