RIT Leadership Institute Programs & Trainings

Leadership Weekend Adventures

Each quarter the RLI organizes an overnight intensive leadership adventure that is highly interactive and engaging. The adventures often provide students an opportunity to break away from campus, meet new people, connect with an RLI Student Mentor and practice numerous leadership skills. Students can also meet leadership certificate requirements by participating in the overnight adventures. Each overnight is unique and has a special twist, Fall quarter the overnight involves a ropes course and is held at a local camp site, Winter quarter is our leadership challenge on campus and Spring focuses on a more in depth look at leadership practices and experiences and is also held at a local camp site.

The Weekend Adventures are completely free, and food & transportation are always provided. Space is limited to 50 people. All camp sites used have lodges with heat, cots, and indoor bathrooms with showers. The Weekend Adventures are open to all RIT students and are facilitated by the RIT Leadership Institute Faculty Team and Student Advisory Board.

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Life in the Real World Breakfast Series & Etiquette Dinner

Offered every January, this program is designed for RIT upperclassmen who are preparing to graduate and enter the "real world". The series offers a casual breakfast and an expert speaker who discusses such topics as Financial Planning After Graduation, Networking Strategies, Understanding Benefits Packages, Debt Management, and Salary Negotiation. This is a three week series followed by a bonus Etiquette Dinner evening event which teaches the ins and outs of business dinner etiquette at a real dinner. The dinner is held in early February.

This Series is offered in Winter Quarter and is limited to 50 upper-class students, with preference given to 4th and 5th years. Sign up at lead@rit.edu. Real World workshops are also be offered at the Connectology Leadership Conference in April.

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Paychex Corporate Leadership Experience

Paychex, Inc. is a very successful company based in Rochester, although they have satellite offices all over the world. The former CEO and founder of Paychex, Mr. Thomas Golisano is so committed to leadership that he created a department at Paychex that solely focuses on the leadership development of employees at Paychex. These staff members, who coach Paychex employees on a wide variety of leadership skills, organize a one day conference for all Rochester Area Colleges. Topics include: leadership styles, teamwork and communication skills and networking and job interviewing tips.

Space is limited to 65, and students must be nominated by a faculty or staff member for this special opportunity. The experience is free of cost, transportation and breakfast and lunch are provided. This event usually takes place in Winter quarter.

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Public Speaking Series

This is a very interactive three week series designed to teach students how to make effective presentations. Students will learn presentation theory, have an opportunity to practice public speaking each week and then will be given the opportunity to make a 5 minutes speech and receive feedback at the last session.

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City School Service Learning Leadership Project

One of the best ways for students to practice and learn more about leadership is to teach it to others. The RLI & CSC regularly partners with the RIT office of K-12 outreach which provides training programs to youth from the City of Rochester and surrounding communities. Throughout the year, RIT students and staff teach leadership skills and facilitate skill building activities for these students. This is a great opportunity for RIT students to give back to the community and to develop their own skills at the same time! Please contact our office to find out how to get involved with our current programs!

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Closing Dinner and Awards Ceremony

This informal dinner is held on campus in May, and is an opportunity for students to celebrate their success, be recognized for completing a leadership certificate or serving on the RLI Student Advisory Board and enjoy a good meal with friends from the RLI & CSC.

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Specialized Trainings and coaching on leadership skills for RIT student groups, faculty and staff.

The RIT Leadership Institute is very willing to provide training and offer workshops on a variety of leadership topics to any RIT student group, class or department, as schedules permit. Our staff is also willing to meet with student groups to assist in retreat planning or to offer coaching on leadership issues. Some of the training topics we offer but are not limited to include:

  • Leadership Styles and Theories
  • Teamwork and Group Dynamics
  • Communication Skills
  • Cultural Competence
  • Motivation
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Goal Setting
  • Retreat Planning
  • Personality Assessments, Self Awareness Exercises, Work Styles
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Creating Change

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