Laker Leadership Programs

Intermediate Leaders Institute


Emphasis on Group Dynamics and Leadership

The Intermediate Leaders Institute (ILI) is a half-day mini-retreat that enhances your understanding of team dynamics and group values.  This retreat is designed for student organization members and individuals to develop your interpersonal leadership skills, focusing on building your capacity to work with groups and collaborate.

Throughout the day you will participate in discussions and activities that will give you tools to take back and implement to your organizations or work.  Learning how to use the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) model, participants will discover the practice of searching and seeking out the best in people, organizations, and our world through of asking questions that strengthen a system's capacity to capture, expect, and amplify positive potential.

We will also look closely at three aspects of the Social Change Model: Collaboration, finding a common purpose, and working through controversy with civility.  These are aspects that will help your group to continually succeed and to achieve high goals. 

Participating in this program will help you to become a leader in groups and in the community, while developing the characteristics needed to become a more established member of the Grand Valley leadership community and meet some of your fellow leaders.  There is no cost to GVSU students. Members of registered student organizations (no limit) and individuals are encouraged to participate.

The Fall 2014 ILI will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m in KC 2266

Registration will be open Fall 2014. 





ILI Staff- Fall 2012

Justine Easter

Justine comes from Detroit, MI. She has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Integrative Public Relations and Broadcast & Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University. She is currently in her first year of graduate school studying College Student Affairs Leadership. Justine also works as a graduate assistant for the Johnson Center for Philanthropy where she works primarily as a communications specialist. She thinks that leadership is an important role for making a difference in society and I value the skills necessary to be a good leader.

Leah Kicinski

Leah is a Graduate Assistant in the College of Community and Public Service Undergraduate Advising Center and currently working towards her Master in Education degree through GVSUs College Student Affairs Leadership program. An alumna of Aquinas College, she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. As an AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) she served at Grand Rapids Community College in the Department of Experiential Learning. Among the many departments Leah has experience in are Residence Life, Campus Life, Commuter Student Initiatives, and Academic Service Learning. The value of working collaboratively has been very important in all her roles and believes it is a transferable skill into a student’s career path. 

Ann Hartlieb

Ann is a senior graduating in December with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Ann a Peter Cook Leadership Academy Fellow and is passionate about service-learning and living each day to its fullest. Originally from Schoolcraft, Mich., Ann has been active in Laker Leadership programs at Grand Valley for the past four years and has developed her leadership skills through: the former Emerging Leaders Retreat, Intermediate Leaders Institute, Advanced Leaders Capstone, ATHENA Leadership Seminar, and the Strengths Based Leadership Seminar. Ann has been recognized in the ‘I am Grand Valley’ campaign and was awarded the Michigan Campus Compact Heart and Soul Award in 2011. Passionate about service-learning, Ann has been a member of Alternative Breaks, the Future Alumni Association, and was a Resident Assistant for two and a half years. After graduation, Ann plans to work towards her mission to empower others to live the most fulfilling lives possible. 

Kyle Martin 

Kyle received his B.B.A. in Business Management in 2011 from Eastern Michigan University.  He is currently serving as the Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life in the Office of Student Life.  Kyle's responsibilities include advising the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, and the Greek Life Council.   Last year he has served as a Chapter Services Consultant for Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity which he has been a proud member of since 2006. He believes that leadership development and opportunities for students to grow, learn how to work with other people, and find what they are passionate about. 

Josh Theil

Josh received his B.A. in Community Leadership & Public Administration from Aquinas College in 2012. While at Aquinas, Josh was involved in service learning and student government. Josh is currently working on his Master in Higher Education degree with an emphasis on College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU. He also serves as the Graduate Assistant for Student Organization Development in the Office of Student Life. Josh's responsibilities include supervising the Student Organization Center and working with the over 300 student organizations at GVSU. 



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