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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 Leadership Program 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 and focuses presentations and workshops on organizational leadership skills that students can apply in their current roles.

ExCEL is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Orientation, Student Affairs, the Career Development Center, and the Center for Professional Excellence.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, ExCEL 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 Student Leadership and Professional Development Programs offer.

  • 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 Grant Program and the Individual Student Leadership Certification Program 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 Student Leadership and Professional Development Programs.

    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 .
    Grant awards: 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 2015-16 academic year will receive a Student Leadership Certification. Additionally, the individual who attends the highest number of sessions (at least eight) during the 2015-16 academic year will also be awarded with $500 toward books and professional supplies at the York College of Pennsylvania Bookstore.

  • Upcoming ExCEL Schedule

    How We Trivialize Our Cheating Ways
    Thursday, October 6 • 4 p.m. • WPAC

    Students, like all humans, are able to rationalize their habits of work in order to maintain their sense of good character all the while they are acting without integrity. In this dynamic presentation, Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant uses stories of cheating as a way to invite students to face the mirror so they can see how their behaviors are perceived by others and so they can see for themselves that actions, not promises, define their characters and will create their futures.

    Presented by – Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant, Director, Academic Integrity, University of California, San Diego
    Sponsored by – Center for Professional Excellence


    Ethical Decision-Making
    Tuesday, October 11 • 12:30 p.m. • Weinstock Lecture Hall

    Ethical decision-making is essential for leadership development and career preparation. Most decisions have ethical implications, but discerning the ethical dimension requires skill and an understanding of how ethical issues are shaped and informed by ethical theory. This workshop will use lecture, discussion, and thought experiments to explore two ethical decision-making systems, utilitarianism and deontology.

    Presented by – Dr. PJ Verrecchia, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, YCP
    Sponsored by – Best Buddies


    Leadership Through Service: A Reflection on Spartan Service Day
    Wednesday, October 12 • 12 & 4 p.m. • William Walker Room

    Following Spartan Service Day, students are invited to join community leaders to reflect and discuss on how your volunteering efforts effects yourself and our community. Reflection will focus around three key questions: What? So what? Now what?

    Presented by – Nick McConnell, Director of Operations, Center for Community Engagement, YCP
    Sponsored by – Phi Kappa Psi


    Navigating Difficult Conversations
    Wednesday, October 19  •  12 p.m.  •  Weinstock Lecture Hall

    Difficult conversations...we've all had them, but have we handled them well? Successfully navigating difficult conversations allows for true progress to be made, effectively and efficiently. Learn the benefits of, and explore techniques of, managing difficult conversations.

    Presented by – Rachael Finely, Campus Recreation Coordinator, YCP
    Sponsored by – Spartan Parkour


    Making It in the 21st Century:Empowering Millennial Women on Breaking the Glass Ceiling
    Thursday, October 20 • 4:30 p.m. • William Walker Room

    The Glass Ceiling – a concept that often indicates that women are stuck at a level of success that cannot surpass those of the men. With a 20+ year career in politics, banking, and nonprofits, prior to becoming a professor, Dr. McBride will discuss her advancement in typically male-oriented positions and offer tips and insights on how you can succeed.

    Presented by – Kelly McBride, Asst. Professor, Communication and the Arts, YCP
    Sponsored by – Enactus


    Lessons of the World's Most Innovative Companies
    Tuesday, October 25 • 7 p.m. • WPAC

    Robert Safian is Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of the influential, award-winning business magazine Fast Company and its digital and live-event affiliates. He oversees all editorial operations and plays a key role in guiding the enterprise's advertising, marketing, and consumer-engagement efforts. Safian is the Chloé R. Eichelberger Business Education Speaker for 2016.

    Presented by – Robert Safian, Editor-in-Chief & Managing Director, Fast Company
    Sponsored by – Center for Professional Excellence


    Thursday, October 27 • 4:30 p.m. • William Walker Room

    Understanding one's own personal and ethical foundations is an important part of becoming a competent leader. What informs your decision-making? What values are most important to you? Where did these values originate for you? You can learn the answers to these questions by incorporating reflection into leadership practices and understanding your developmental journey toward self-authorship.

    Presented by – Nathan Taylor, Graduate Intern, University Career Services, Rutgers University
    Sponsored by – Alpha Chi Sigma


    Networking Prep Session
    Tuesday, November 1 • 3:30 p.m. • CH-232

    Planning to attend the Evening of Networking on November 3 but aren't quite sure of the best networking practices? Let's talk about how you can best present yourself when networking!

    Presented by – Career Development Center
    Sponsored by – Hospitality Society


    The Pros Survival Guide to Job Hunting
    Wednesday, November 9 • 12:30 p.m. • Weinstock Lecture Hall

    TEKsystems is a global IT services company that will provide tips for the job hunt process, dos and don'ts for your resume, cover letter, and portfolio, and tricks on how to present yourself professionally and how to stand out to a future employer.

    Presented by – Kelsie Lehigh, Max Hoffman, and Chris Lilly, TEKsystems


    Understanding the LGBT+ Community as a Leader
    Thursday, November 10 • 4 p.m. • William Walker Room

    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender+ community comprises of approximately 20% of the nation's population. Therefore, it is important to recognize how to set the standard of understanding and acceptance of this unique community. This program will give you the tools to be an ally to the LGBT+ community.

    Presented by – Dylan Myers, President, LAMBDA, YCP
    Sponsored by – LAMBDA


    You Said What? Helping Students Think Deeper About Workplace Communication
    Tuesday, November 15 • 12:30 p.m. • William Walker Room

    Students now can communicate 24/7 with others, but often need help transitioning from casual to professional communication. This presentation considers the impact of what they say and how they say it while at work and teaches them to see workplace issues as an opportunity to improve professional relationships.

    Presented by – Allison Shapiro-Davis, Area Coordinator, West Campus Complex, YCP
    Sponsored by – To Write Love On Her Arms


    Wednesdaday, November 16 • 4:00 p.m. • Keystone Room

    Have you ever wondered what your top talents are? Do you want to stand out in an interview? Discover what makes you stand out by signing up for the StrengthsQuest (SQ) program! StrengthsQuest is a revolutionary personal assessment that helps participants focus on developing their strengths rather than fixing weaknesses. In this session, students will complete the StrengthsQuest assessment, discover their top strengths, and learn to leverage those as a student leader. Space is limited to 20 students. Registration begins in the OSAO beginning Monday, October 24.

    Presented by – Whitney Hedge, Asst. Director, Student Activities & Orientation, YCP


    The Value of Interacting with Students from Different Cultures
    Tuesday, November 29 • 4:30 p.m. • Weinstock Lecture Hall

    Student interaction with people from different cultures brings incalculable academic value to colleges and universities. It helps increase the capacity for critical thinking, teaching students to question, analyze, and interpret. Learning about different perspectives is fundamental to the student experience. This session will explore the value of cultural diversity and how students can expand their global education experiences to prepare for life beyond college.

    Presented by – Ines Ramirez, Asst. Director of Intercultural Student Life and Global Programming, YCP
    Sponsored by – Recreation and Leisure Student Association


    Women and Leadership
    Tuesday, December 6 • 4 p.m. • Weinstock Lecture Hall

    Through a Q&A session, students will be able to chat with alumna Jodi Murphy about her journey and success into the film industry, serving as the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Delivery at The Weinstein Company for the past 10 years.

    Presented by – Jodi Murphy, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Delivery, The Weinstock Company
    Sponsored by – Alpha Sigma Tau


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