Christine Hall, Cal Poly Pomona’s student government president, recently attended the Panetta Institute’s 14th Annual Student Leadership Seminar at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.
Hall, a fourth-year communication student, served as vice president for the 2012-13 academic year and was elected Associated Students, Inc. president by the student body in spring to serve for the upcoming school year. She began her term as president on July 1, 2013.
She joined student leaders from 23 campuses of the California State University (CSU), as well as Dominican University, Santa Clara University, and St. Mary’s College. The week-long program provides leadership skills and helps develop leadership strategies.
The leadership seminar was developed by a panel of public officials and academic leaders, including Panetta Institute founders Leon and Sylvia Panetta in 1999.
Speakers for the seminar, entitled Education for Leadership in Public Service, included state and regional political leaders, military leaders, media representatives and coaches. They interacted with students and taught lessons on subjects such as communication, relationships, building trust and developing other leaders.
The lecture Maj. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson gave on developing other leaders particularly made an impression on Hall.
“I want to delegate to develop student leaders and develop their capabilities because I feel like it will have a trickle-down effect.”
As well as learning from the wide-variety of speakers, Hall said she enjoyed interacting with other student leaders and hearing about issues that other universities are facing.
“We’re all going through the same thing –whether private school or CSU – we’re all student leaders and it’s good to be in a room where another person understands you,” Hall said.