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ExCEL Leadership Series

Promoting excellence in tomorrow's leaders

ExCEL stands for Excellence in Creating Extraordinary Leaders. The mission of the ExCEL Series is to develop and enhance the leadership skills of YCP students through quality leadership workshops and presentations. Through this leadership series we hope to foster a community of responsible and dedicated student leaders that will increase the overall quality of involvement and engagement of the YCP student population as a whole. ExCEL Series events are open to all students that includes presentations and workshops on organizational leadership skills that students can apply in the classroom and community. 

ExCEL is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Orientation, Student Affairs, the Career Development Center, the Leadership Development Center, and the Center for Teaching and Learning. Interested in presenting or have someone in mind you would like to nominate? ExCEL is always looking to increase the diversity of its programs and presenters! Fill out our form to nominate yourself or another campus/York community student/member as an ExCEL presenter.

Former NAACP president Ben Jealous visited York College to discuss leadership
Former NAACP president Ben Jealous, who spoke at York College, is just one example of leaders offering insight and wisdom to our students throughout the year.

All about ExCEL

  • What is ExCEL?

    York College of PA ExCEL Leadership Logo Centered around the mantra of “Excellence,” the Office of Student Activities and Orientation (OSAO), the Career Development Center (CDC), and the Center for Professional Excellence (CPE) collaborate to provide numerous programs focused on developing students as well-rounded leaders and professionals.

    The Excellence in Creating Extraordinary Leaders (ExCEL) Leadership Series offers numerous leadership presentations related to developing individual’s skills and self-awareness, while supporting student organizations’ growth and success as a whole.

    Presenters include YCP faculty, staff, alumni, and students, as well as prestigious professionals on the local and national levels.

  • Who should attend?

    Students are encouraged to participate in these sessions regardless of class year and current involvement in a student organization, as these leadership skills are transferable to all aspects of the College experience and will serve students in a wide range of opportunities.

    ExCEL Series presentations are designed for individual students as well as student organizations striving for excellence. Each semester, the ExCEL Series sessions are tailored around the needs of students to encourage personal and professional development. While executive board members of campus clubs and organizations are required to attend at least one ExCEL session per semester, all students are encouraged to take advantage of the developmental opportunities that the ExCEL Series offers. 

  • What is the student organization ExCEL requirement?

    York College is home to 100+ vibrant student clubs and organizations. These organizations hold a vital role in developing leaders and well rounded students. As such, each organization is required to attend a select number of ExCEL Series events in order to ensure that their members are well informed and successful in their roles.

    The following outlines the requirements of each Student Senate recognized organization:

    • All required executive board positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, & Treasurer) must attend at least ONE ExCEL Series event per semester
    • You are not all required to attend the same session
    • Make sure you sign-in at the event to receive credit for your attendance
  • Need more incentive?

    The Organizational Leadership Grants and the Individual Student Leadership Grant awards organizations and individuals who display an exceptional dedication to developing their leadership skills by offering grants to those who go above and beyond in attending the ExCEL Series events. 

    The Organizational Leadership Grant Program awards the top three Student Senate recognized organizations that have the most members attend ExCEL events each semester will receive a monetary award that can be used towards leadership programming! Read more about the Organization Leadership Grant in the brochures. 
    Grant awards are awarded each semester: 1st place - $500, 2nd place - $250, 3rd place - $100

    Individuation Leadership Certification awards individual students who display an exceptional dedication to developing their leadership skills will be rewarded for their commitment. All students who have attended a minimum of eight ExCEL sessions by the end of the 2016-17 academic year will receive a Student Leadership Certification. Additionally, the individual who attends the highest number of sessions (at least eight) during the 2016-17 academic year will also be awarded with $500 toward books and professional supplies at the York College of Pennsylvania Bookstore.

  • Upcoming ExCEL Schedule

    Council of Leaders: Foundations of Leadership
    Friday, February 10 • 5:30 p.m. • William Walker, Student Union

    There are many different leadership styles, find out which one fits you the best! This seminar will touch on the basics of what makes a leader and how to apply your own leadership style to the workplace. 

    Presented by – Student Senate Outreach Committee 
    Sponsored by – Student Senate


    Life's Too Short To Do The Things You Suck At

    Saturday, February 11 • 3 p.m. • Yorkview Hall

    When you are good at everything, you are genius at NOTHING. At the same time, people are not motivated to do the things they suck at. Unfortunately, most student organizations just plug people into open leadership positions rather than putting the right student in the right position. During this full-on engaging and hilarious seminar, participants will apply strategies for sustaining productive teams, beginning with communication and collaboration in order to increase engagement. 

    Presented by – Joe Urbanski, Collegiate Empowerment
    Sponsored by – Student Senate


    Growing Leadership Potential
    Wednesday, February 15 • 12 p.m. • Weinstock Lecture Hall

    Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. To reach your potential, you must learn to identify and relate to people in a way that increases your influence with them.

    Presented by – Troy Knott, Owner of Troy Knott Leadership Coaching, Teaching, and Speaking
    Sponsored by – Sigma Delta Tau


    Ethical Decision Making
    Thursday, February 16 • 4:30 p.m. • Weinstock Lecture Hall

    Leaders have to make decisions on a regular basis. Sometimes decisions involve an ethical dilemma. Learn how to make ethical decisions in your life using the four ethical paradigms of justice, critique, care, and profession.

    Presented by – Dr. Nicole Hesson, Assistant Professor of Education
    Sponsored by – PRSSA


    Tuesday, February 21 • 4:30 p.m. • Keystone, Student Union

    Have you ever wondered what your top talents are? Do you want to stand out in an interview? Discover what makes you unique by signing up for the StrengthsQuest (SQ) program! StrengthsQuest is a revolutionary personal assessment that helps participants focus on developing your strengths rather than fixing weaknesses. In this session, students will complete the StrengthsQuest assessment, discover your top strengths, and learn to leverage those as a student leader. Space is limited to 15 students. RSVP your spot by emailing whedge@ycp.edu

    Presented by – Whitney Hedge, Assistant Director of Student Activites & Orientation


    Promoting Well-Being With Your Group Members

    Wednesday, February 22 • 12 p.m. • Weinstock Lecture Hall

    Change “hanging in there’” to “flourishing and enthusiastic” as the response your organization’s members give to the question- How is it going for you with our group? Learn the keys to enhancing well-being and promoting the growth and development of your members.

    Presented by – Dr. Jeffrey Witman, President of Wellbeing Initiatives, LLC
    Sponsored by – LAMBDA


    Elevator Pitch
    Tuesday, March 7 • 3:30 p.m. • CH 232

    You've probably heard by now that networking is the key to landing internships
    and jobs, but you may still be wondering HOW exactly to do that. Join us to learn how to create and give an elevator pitch that will land you your dream job. 

    Presented by – Career Development Center
    Sponsored by – AISOCC


    Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed
    Thursday, March 9 • 7 p.m. • WPAC

    Dr. Temple Grandin is arguably the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism. She is a Professor of Animal science and designer of humane livestock facilities. Dr. Grandin is a strong advocate for early intervention and neurodiversity. She is the subject of many national publications and an Emmy-winning docudrama. She has lectured about autism around the world and on television, and is the author of five best-selling books. She argues that raising and educating children on the autism spectrum must focus on their long-overlooked strengths to foster their unique contributions and tap into their hidden abilities. Tickets required

    Presented by – Dr. Temple Grandin
    Sponsored by – Center for Professional Excellence


    Make the Most of Your Job Search
    Tuesday, March 14 • 5 p.m. • Weinstock Lecture Hall

    Join alumni as they discuss their paths to finding success and overcoming obstacles the first few years on the job. The panel will discuss what it’s like to find out about company culture, learn about job duties and be the best new employee a company has ever hired!

    Presented by – YCP Alumni
    Sponsored by – Career Development Center


    Organization for Success
    Thursday, March 16 • 12:30 p.m. • Weinstock Lecture Hall

    There are lots of quotes and quips about being organized or getting organized. When it comes to success, paraphrasing Tina Turner, “What’s organization got to do with it?”. Learn more about organization (and dis-organization) and its relationship with time, work, and achieving your goals.

    Presented by – Christine Kennedy, Academic Transition Coach, Center for Teaching and Learning
    Sponsored by – Phi Sigma Sigma


    Etiquette Dinner
    Thursday, March 23 • 5:15 p.m. • Yorkview Hall

    Proper etiquette and table manners can be crucial in your future job ventures. This hands-on presentation is perfect for you, a college student entering the workforce or graduate school, who wishes to make a fantastic first impression. Come to our Etiquette Dommer to properly learn and practice business etiquette. Space is limited and advanced reservation is required. Students can RSVP in the Career Development Center required with a $5.00 deposit that will be given back the evening of the event. 

    Presented by – Women's Auxiliary
    Sponsored by – Career Development Center


    Activist, Speaker, Writer, and Film Maker: Shane Bitney Crone
    Thursday, March 23 • 6:30 p.m. • DeMeester Hall

    Shane is an LGBT advocate, writer and speaker. Shane’s video “It Could Happen to You” has been viewed over 20 million times on YouTube and his story was made into a feature-length documentary. Today, Shane works diligently to ensure that LGBT citizens are granted equal rights. Join us for a powerful session on LGBT history, rights, and allyhood. 

    Presented by – Shane Bitney Crone
    Sponsored by – Campus Activites Board


    Social Media Networking
    Wednesday, March 29 • 5 p.m. • Campbell Hall 232

    You know about social media, but are you using it to successfully find internships and jobs? Companies are turning to social media to find candidates. Learn how to attract their attention in a professional manner!

    Presented by – Career Development Center
    Sponsored by – Unity


    Leadership After College
    Tuesday, April 11 • 6 p.m. • Weinstock Lecture Hall

    Join YCP alumni members as they share their stories on how they stay engaged in their communities as an alumni. The panel will share tips on how to stay involved and how their at experience at YCP has impacted their life after college. This program is open to all students from first years to graduating seniors. 

    Presented by – YCP Young Alumni Council
    Sponsored by – Tau Kappa Epsilon


    Bounce Back
    Wednesday, April 19 • 12 p.m. • Weinstock Lecture Hall

    Learn tips on how to "Bounce Back" and thrive in the face of adversity, setbacks, and losses. Based on "The Bounce Back Book" and grounded in happiness research, students will learn about a few of the tips offered in book and how to apply them to be a successful college student. The session includes discussion, reflection, hands-on activities, and a touch of comedy to get you thinking!

    Presented by – Lindsey Hobson, Area Coordinator
    Sponsored by – Parkour Club

Contact Us
ExCEL Leadership Series
Whitney Hedge, M.S., Assistant Director of Student Activities and Orientation
Iosue Student Union
Phone: 717.815.1239
Contact for appt.

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