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  Gary Ochs  3/1/2021 3:40:00 PM  

Are you looking for a leadership lesson for your agricultural leadership class? Invite a leadership expert to join your class this spring!

Dr. Jenn Smist, Instructor in the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC) Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is available this spring for a virtual guest visit to your high school classroom. She can join via Zoom to an existing virtual class meeting or join your in-person class virtually.

Consider inviting Dr. Smist to facilitate a leadership lesson based on one of the following topics (approx. 30-45 minutes but can be flexible):

  • Introduction to Leadership – Define leadership and who has the potential to lead.
  • Understanding Your True Colors – Learn about your personality and temperament to understand how you prefer to work and communicate with other people.
  • Challenges, Changes, and Conflicts: Oh My! – Learn how emotional intelligence can help leaders navigate challenges, change, and conflict.
  • Keys to Effective Teams – Learn about elements for building an effective and collaborative team.
  • Recognizing and Resolving Conflict – Learn strategies for navigating conflict in groups and teams.
  • Other topics available upon request

Flexible times are currently available between 9am – 4pm on the following dates. If you are interested but none of these work, contact Dr. Smist to discuss other possible dates.

  • Monday, March 8th
  • Tuesday, March 9th
  • Tuesday, March 16th
  • Friday, March 26th
  • Monday, March 29th
  • Tuesday, April 6th
  • Monday, April 12th
  • Friday, April 23rd

If you are interested in a mini leadership workshop facilitated by a leadership educator from the University of Illinois, please contact Dr. Jenn Smist directly at to discuss your goals, topics, and possible times!

Gary Ochs
University of Illinois
Phone: 217-244-5164 Cell: 217-251-4022
Address: 174B Bevier Hall, 905 S. Goodwin Ave., 905 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801
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