Emerging Leaders Program Student Executive Board
Gina Jadelis, '18
Major: Communication (Concentration: Public Relations)
Minors: American Studies, Fashion Merchandising
Why I joined ELP/NSLS: I always had a love for leadership and the ability to make an impact on a program or someone's experience. I knew that the Emerging Leaders Program would only enhance my leadership skills and help me make connections. I also wanted to learn different styles of leadership since one style may not work for everyone, and the best leaders modify their techniques so that their team could be the best it could be.
Additional on/off campus leadership and involvement: I currently am the PR Representative for Phi Alpha Theta Club, our history club on campus, and I am secretary of my dorm Marian Hall. I am also involved in Ambassadors which is a club of student leaders who help prospective students with their college decision process. In addition I am a member of Habitat for Humanity, Teachers of Tomorrow and the Student Programming Council. One night a week I also work at the Marist Poll.
Why Marist students should get involved with ELP/NSLS: It's important to be able to communicate and work with others, and the ELP/ NSLS program helps students develop and enhance those skills. Lessons from ELP/ NSLS are applicable to clubs, friends and careers so there's really a variety of ways to use the knowledge from webcasts and workshops. Plus, you're always going to walk away knowing one new thing and that in itself is worth getting involved.
Why I joined ELP/NSLS: Leading others has always been a passion of mine. I joined ELP/NSLS with the hopes of strengthening my leadership skills, so that I may continue to be a leader in college as well as in life. I knew becoming a member of these programs would provide me with the resources, benefits, and connections to shape me into a better and more effective leader.
Additional on/off campus leadership and involvement: In addition to the NSLS/ELP, I am currently involved with the Campus Ministry Student Advisory Board, Peer Mentor Program, and Honors Program.
Why Marist students should get involved with ELP/NSLS: By being a member of the Emerging Leaders Program and the National Society of Leadership and Success, I can already feel the impact it has had on me as not only a leader, but also as a person. The workshops and broadcasts sponsored by the programs have truly opened my mind to new ways of thinking and understanding. It is a great program for students to be involved in because leadership skills are essential for success in almost any career path.
Ali Kirby, '18
Society Events Chair
Major: Political Science
Minors: Criminal Justice
Why I joined ELP/NSLS: I joined ELP/NSLS because I knew I wanted to do something that would help me in the future. I really wanted to gain more knowledge of the career world while also improving my leadership skills.
Additional on/off campus leadership and involvement: On campus, I am involved with student government. I serve on the executive board for St. Jude Up 'Til Dawn. I am also on the Transfer Advisory Board and I am a Transfer Peer Mentor.
Why Marist students should get involved with ELP/NSLS: I truly believe getting involved with ELP/NSLS has helped me in my professional development. I think all students at Marist should take advantage of the incredible opportunity that is being offered to them.
Rob Blauvelt, '19
Social Media Chair
Major: Business Administration (Concentration: International Business)
Minors: Communications (Advertising), Italian
Why I joined ELP/NSLS: I joined the Emerging Leaders Program and the NSLS to further refine my previously acquired leadership skills, to develop new skills, and to help my peers achieve the same. The key to being a true leader is to not only bring out the best in yourself, but to bring out the best in others as well.
Additional on/off campus leadership and involvement: I am the Social Media Coordinator for Marist's Weiss Language Center, the Marketing Chair of the Marist chapter of Autism Speaks, and a Mentor for the Peer Mentor Program. I am also an international member and Assistant Vice President for the Marist chapter of Toastmasters, and a member of both the Advertising Club and the Business Club. At home, I am a personal training and self-defense instructor for children and teens with mental disabilities.
Why Marist students should get involved with ELP/NSLS: The Emerging Leaders Program and the NSLS provide students with an opportunity to gain skills that they will use for the rest of their lives both in their careers and in their day-to-day lives. Being able to lead effectively is a key attribute to have on the road to success.
Megan Nickel, '19
Major: Environmental Policy
Why I joined ELP/NSLS: I joined this organization because I am interested in fostering my abilities to become a better leader in my personal life and future profession. I wanted to learn about leadership from my peers and professionals who have succeeded in their fields.
Additional on/off campus leadership and involvement: I am the Vice President of Marist College Democrats, a member of the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee, and involved in Campus Ministry Community Services.
Why Marist students should get involved with ELP/NSLS: I strongly believe that every person should engage in leadership training. There is no set idea of what a leader looks like or acts like. Even if you do not have a leadership title or position, you are a leader everyday when you make decisions that affect other people. I have learned an incredible amount about myself and have gained a sense of confidence, capability, and responsibility from the ELP and NSLS, and I think that each individual can benefit similarly from this program.