NACA® West - Featured Speaker - Molly Kennedy
Molly Kennedy

Molly Kennedy

Molly Kennedy, an award-winning international youth resilience speaker and author, was the third leading scorer in Western New York history for girls' basketball, a bodybuilding champion, Empire State Games Gold Medalist in Olympic-style weightlifting, finished a full Ironman Triathlon (140.6 miles), completed multiple marathons, jumped out of a plane, and walked across fire twice.

Kennedy accomplished these goals after enduring a traumatic childhood and teen years. She learned to get back up after life knocked her down while experiencing an alcoholic parent, neglect and abuse, and being a runaway. She has spent the past 20 years inspiring youth to "Create the Champion Within."

Professional Development Luncheon
Creating Champions on Campus
Friday, Nov. 15
12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Room 104B

We have the paradigms, perspectives and beliefs we have, based on where and how we grew up. Are we carrying any unconscious or automatic limiting beliefs, self talk, messaging that no longer serves the progress we want to make on campus?

Be prepared to have many paradigm shifts to see your service to your students through an improved lens that invites and craves varied options, ideas from those you may not normally seek insight from. To get quality programs, solutions and inclusion, we must ask quality questions about making progress. Quality questions are often challenging and uncomfortable, yet yield higher quality results. Champions seek results!

Note: The Professional  Development Luncheon is open to all professional staff and graduate students.

Professional Educational Session
Before We Lead Others, We Must Lead Ourselves
Friday, Nov. 15
2 to 3:15 p.m.
Room 104B

Get ready for quality internal reflection and a deeper dive. We ALL have experienced similar problems, challenges, obstacles ... not identical, but similar in that life has knocked us all down multiple times. And, each time we have risen.

The level of empowering support is high when we initially think we are so different, and then we lean in to learn about someone else or a different group, and realize we are much more alike than we are different.

Paradigm shifting and looking at life through a new, more inclusive lens opens our hearts and minds to possibilities we are unable to see with our old lens. You will be able to take the format of this workshop back to your campus team to make a larger impact.


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