Student leadership and meaningful work go together.

About this episode:

student leadership meaningful work“We’re all leaders in some way, shape, or form.”

-Courtney Owens, Assistant Director of Student Leadership; Ithaca College Office of Student Engagement

Student leadership leads to meaningful work. Coincidentally, leadership programming prepares college students for success doing work that protects the planet and empowers people and community.

student leadership meaningful work

People who develop student leadership skill in college enter the workforce as agile participants who are able to pivot to changing circumstances.

So, as colleges and universities welcome back Fall 2020 semester students, Ithaca College will resume its student leadership programming. Undergraduates in the program will learn how to start careers doing meaningful work.

The pursuit of meaningful work is a big driver for Ithaca College.

Courtney Owens, the Assistant Director of Student Leadership at Ithaca College’s Office of Student Engagement, helps students enter the workforce to make a positive difference in the world.

We recorded this podcast episode during December 2019, soon after I addressed the Ithaca College’s Student Leadership Forum.

In this episode, Courtney:

  • Summarizes Ithaca College’s student leadership program. Starts at 3:43
  • Explains the “WE” aspect of student leadership programming. Starts at 5:45
  • Offers her description of meaningful work. Starts at 9:03
  • Discusses the generational differences affecting meaningful work priorities. Starts at 18:33
  • Offers listeners advice for seeking and doing meaningful work. Starts at 30:34

About our guest:

Courtney Owens earned a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from Western Kentucky University. She lives and works in Ithaca, New York.

EPISODE DATE: June 26, 2020

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Image credits: Leadership, Bulat Silvia for iStock Photo; Courtney Owens portrait, Ithaca College

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