WLI Speaker Series


The WLI 2017-2018 Speaker Series

The Wildcat Leadership Institute Speaker Series features speakers from all backgrounds and experiences that share their leadership expertise and advice with our Chico State students, faculty, and staff. We are honored that the following key note speakers will be a part of our Fall 2017 Speaker Series:

What does it mean to be a Civically Engaged University?

Thursday, September 28th from 11:45 am – 1 pm in Colusa Hall 100A

The addition of Civic Engagement to Chico State’s Strategic Priorities invites us to imagine together what it means to be an engaged institution. Given the current social and political challenges of our time, we need to act collectively to re-envision what role our campus plays in fostering civic/community engagement.

WLI Speaker Fall 2017, Kristin NorrisKristin Norris
Director of Assessment for the Office of Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Kristin is passionate about student civic outcomes and the role of higher education in addressing community issues. She works with students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders to help create positive engagement.


Skills for High Performance Leaders

Monday, October 11th from 4-6 pm in BMU 203

In this interactive session, Glen uses real life examples to highlight the skills that effective leaders employ.  These include planning, collaborating, thinking critically, and executing.

WLI Speaker Fall 2017, Glen FowlerGlen Fowler
Recruiting and Training Manager, California State Auditor

Glen has been with the California State Auditor’s Office for the past 17 years.  His responsibilities include developing and implementing a training program, hiring new employees, and overseeing the office’s mentor programs. Glen also serves as the President of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).


Interviewing: What to Ask and What to Say

Wednesday, October 25th from 4-5 pm in BMU 220G

Interviewing is a two way process – a company’s chance to see if you are the right person to hire and your chance to learn if the company’s culture aligns with your values. In this career conversation, you will learn practical, strategic ways to handle the interviewing process from beginning to end.  Topics covered include researching the organization, making a good impression, answering difficult questions, and how to follow up after the interview. You will also learn what questions to ask to understand a company’s culture and approach to diversity and inclusion.

WLI Speaker Fall 2017, Brianna EllisBrianna Ellis
Career Advisor, Chico State Career Center
WLI Advisory Board Member - Tray Robinson Tray Robinson
Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Women Rising in the Workplace

Wednesday, October 25th from 6:30-8 pm in BMU 203

This workshop will empower women to challenge the status-quo and become tomorrow’s leaders in the workforce. Participants will learn how to develop their personal brand and identity, portray self-confidence, and connect with mentors and sponsors as they climb the corporate ladder.

WLI Speaker Fall 2017, Kirsten StarmerKristen Starmer
Field Claims Representative II for Federated Insurance

Kirsten graduated from Chico State in 2012 with a BS in Business Administration and minor in Management. At Federated, she works directly with clients to complete on-scene investigations and resolve litigated disputes.


The Soundtrack of My Leadership

Wednesday, November 8th from 4 – 6 pm in BMU 203

Leadership, like music, can be found everywhere. They both have the ability to influence how we think, fell, and interact with each other. Join us as we look at how the process of defining and refining our leadership skills is as varied as the music we listen to.

WLI Speaker Fall 2017, Malcolm McLemoreMalcolm McLemore
Program Coordinator for Student Life and Leadership/Men of Chico

Malcolm has worked within Student Life and Leadership at Chico State for 6 years and has spoken at numerous universities about developing a leadership identity. He focuses on cultural leadership and organizational development.


We invite you to attend any of these speaker events, FREE of charge. For more information, please contact wildcatleaders@gmail.com.