Junior high student council members from over 20 schools across the Chicago area got the chance to experience leadership and ambassador roles at the high school level at the Junior High Leadership Conference Oct. 24.
hosted the all-day event, which was also sponsored by in Niles. Junior high students and moderators were divided into teams and attended small workshops led by Regina and Notre Dame Student Council members. Small group discussions focused on team building, goal setting, communication skills, problem solving, spirit and service.
“To me, small group discussions were the most insightful in learning how other schools elect officials and best foster potential school leaders,” said Elizabeth Lane, a moderator from in Niles.
After small group sessions, the junior high students, along with the entire Regina Dominican student body, gathered in the Auditorium for the keynote speaker, Harry Kraemer, former chairman and CEO of Baxter International Inc. Kraemer is a professor of management and strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at , and is the author of the book From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Value-Based Leadership. Kraemer’s daughter, Shannon, is a senior at Regina Dominican.
Kraemer gave a presentation on the four principles of leadership, which include self-reflection, balance, true self-confidence and genuine humility.
“Every day God gives us can be better than the day before,” Kraemer told the audience of more than 180 grade school students and the Regina community. Kraemer encouraged his audience to take action now, rather than “waiting for someone else to do it.”
Following the presentation, Kraemer opened up the floor for discussion, and was taken aback by some impressive questions from the junior high students including, “How do you prevent yourself from micro-managing?” and “How can you become a better leader without becoming over-confident?”
Regina Dominican hosts this annual event every October. It is open to all grade schools in the Chicago area.