Growing My Leadership Skills in Purdue's MEM
|Event Date:||January 24, 2020|
I improved my leadership ability by participating in two programs. First, I was fortunate to be selected to represent Engineering Management on the Graduate Student Advisory Council with the Dean’s Office in the College of Engineering. I interacted with our Associate Dean, contributed ideas for engineering events, and served as a communication liaison between the College and my fellow students. Second, I was offered a position on the MEMPC Case Competition Planning Committee. As a committee member, I regularly attended weekly meetings with the entire group in addition to serving on two sub-committees: Alumni Outreach and Case Design. As a member of the Case Design Sub-Committee, I offered input on the details and rules of the MEMPC’s first ever “Design and Pitch Competition.” Ultimately, our committee successfully hosted the competition at MIT in the Spring of 2019, including teams representing each member institution in the consortium.
When I reflect on these experiences, I realize I had the chance to evolve my leadership skills by interacting and learning from other leaders. Each leader has their own unique way of leading. As a result, I have attempted to incorporate the best aspect of each leader with whom I have collaborated into my own leadership style. I believe I am a better leader today as a result of my opportunities gained through Purdue MEM.