My best word to describe the Circle of Change Leadership Conference from this last weekend is simply, “Incredible.” It was an incredible weekend, and now I feel more empowered and confident than ever to run after my passion in non-profit.
Now what exactly is this ‘icrediable’ conference? At the beginning of October, I was selected to receive a full-ride scholarship to attend the Circle of Change Leadership Conference hosted at Cal State Dominguez Hills. It was two and a half days of inspiring speeches, workshops, networking and relationship building.
It is hard to summarize all of the amazing things that happened at this conference in one blog post. But here are the highlights:
My favorite workshop – “How to Land Your Dream Job” with Josh Allen
Somehow, I just connected with this guy during his workshop. Have you ever just got that feeling like you and this other person are on the same brain-wave about everything? Well I do not get this feeling very often, but I felt like Allen’s words were speaking right to me. He targeted different points that I had personally been struggling with and points that I had not even recognized about myself yet.
In his workshop, he redefined the word ‘strength.’ Strength is doing things that you are good at and that make you feel strong. Often through life, we are told to focus on our weaknesses. That this is were our main focus needs to be in our improvement. Josh presented the idea that instead we need to focus on our strengths simply because they ARE OUR STRENGTHS. They are what we are good at, and it is what we should do. Our weaknesses are still important, and we should be aware of them. However, the top CEOs in the country are working within their strengths NOT their weaknesses. In other words, CONNECT YOUR DREAM JOB TO YOUR STRENGTHS.
Favorite speaker – Joshua Fredenburg
This man had such an intensity about him, and he was one of those individuals that you just KNEW through his words that he had good intentions for every individual at this conference. His speech started with,
“Every time a child is born, a solution is brought into the world.”
He focused on three important points:
- Do you Know Thyself – Becoming self aware is important in your path to becoming a successful leader. You need to know your passion, value yourself and understand your personality. Be focused on what you want and PASSIONATE. When you do what you are meant to do and you are passionate about it…it will HAPPEN.
- Do you have a vision? – Dream of your vision and create a clear, concise and motivational picture. No dream is out of reach, you just have to believe.
- Lead with purpose – Have a heart of purpose and serve others. Become a humble leader.
The five greatest lessons I learned this past weekend:
- Building relationships with your peers is important.
- Focus on your strengths.
- Be the best version of yourself.
- Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Dream of what you can accomplish.
Overall, this has been a very reflective weekend, and it has been very inspiring. I will take everything to heart and continue on into the future. To further my reflection…
This is my passion:
I have a passion for art non-profits – to bring back the beauty of music to young people in our country that have lost it and to help those in pursuit of an art career blossom to their full potential. One day in the future, I will create a consulting company where I will travel around the country and world reforming ‘hurting’ non-profits. Then to help the youth in the arts, I will travel the country giving workshops to artistic students – providing them with tools that they might not learn in college that WILL make them successful in a artistic life. It is just a dream now but one day it will be a reality.