Summit in Monett will introduce Drury students to aspects of leadership

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 6, 2017 — Drury University’s Monett campus will host its sixth annual Leadership Summit on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Monett City Park Casino building. The summit is the culmination of a semester-long project by Adjunct Professor Joel Thomas’ leadership class, which organized every aspect of the event.

The event will feature a panel of prominent southwest Missouri business people and public figures, including David Foss, president and CEO of Jack Henry & Associates; Aaron Jones, chief of staff at Drury University; Donna Becket, vice president and COO of Community National Bank; and Laura Kelly, senior vice president and chief product officer of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. Members of the panel will discuss leadership strategies and share their personal success stories.

“We are all very excited about the leaders these students have invited to present at this year’s Leadership Summit,” says Thomas, M.A., ’12, “This is a great project for these students to get some real-life work experience in coordinating an event such as this. I am so proud of what they have accomplished in just a few short months. It not only brings our students together, but our community as well.”

Thomas’ leadership class included a handful of students in Drury’s Somos program, which provides support, training, mentoring and academic counseling to family members of migrant or seasonal agricultural workers.                                                                                                                     

“As our class project, it has been a lot of fun coordinating the event with this year’s presenters and promoting it with local businesses, including advertising through the newspaper and recording a 30-second radio commercial,” says Drury student Isel Trujillo. “It has been an overall great learning experience. We are anxious for the opportunity to meet this year’s leaders and ask them questions about what brought them to where they are today.”

For more information about the CCPS Monett campus: http://www.drury.edu/monett/


Media Contact: Greg Katski, Director of Marketing, College of Continuing Professional Studies – (417) 873-7317 or gkatski@drury.edu.

Drury’s learning and living leadership community

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 21, 2011 —Before starting my freshman year at Drury University, I expected what every prospective freshman expects: hard classes, immense amounts of homework, and making new friends. What I didn’t expect was that I would be taking care of homeless animals.

I have the privilege of being a part of the Summit Park Leadership Community. We live in nice, duplex-style homes, with a theme throughout the housing complex that focuses on broadening students’ leadership skills while emphasizing community service. In order to be a part of the community, students must complete a detailed application and present their community service project ideas to a faculty board.

Students meet to discuss their service project

My roommates and I have focused our project on the Castaway Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.), the only no-kill animal shelter in Springfield. Every week, we volunteer at C.A.R.E. by walking the dogs and cleaning their cages. We are also in the process of planning fundraising events for the fall and spring semesters. Even though C.A.R.E. is the main aspect of my Summit Park experience, there are nine other projects that Summit Park students are working on: the Salvation Army, Project AWARE Foundation, Boys and Girls Town, Rare Breed Youth Outreach, Special Olympics, Harmony House Family Violence Center, Pipkin Middle School, and Ravenwood Assisted Living.

Drury’s Vision Statement includes the term “servant leadership,” and the experiences my friends and I are getting are training us to become leaders and giving us an understanding of the inner workings and challenges of successful organizations.

Kelsey Emerson, another Summit resident, explains why she chose to live in the leadership community. “I wanted to give back to the community that I’ve grown up in and to be a part of a cause that makes a difference in others’ lives.” Kelsey is a part of the Rare Breed Youth Outreach group.

Getting accepted into Summit Park was difficult and the work can be hard, but through this experience I’m learning that the best leaders are those that truly embody the term “servant leader.”

Sheila Haskins

Sheila Haskins is a sophomore advertising and public relations major at Drury. She graduated from Marshfield High School in 2010.