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OIED Leadership Initiatives

Shelton Leadership Challenge @ ECU

The Shelton Leadership Challenge @ ECU is a one-week summer experience to help high school students expand their knowledge of leadership and build their leadership skills. ECU’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development partners with the Division of Student Affairs to replicate this renowned Leadership Challenge from the Gen. H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at NC State University. General Shelton’s cornerstones of values-based leadership are integrated throughout the experience. These cornerstones are honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity, and social responsibility.

The scope and sequence of the curriculum intentionally plans for development of leadership skills for all levels of participants: Students, Peer Leaders, and CMT’s (Coach, Mentor, Trainer). These skills include facilitation, individual and team reflection and evaluation. Students participate in activities that help them have a greater understanding for: Personal Leadership Assessment and Interpersonal Dynamics; Role of Values and Ethics in Leadership; Leadership Traits and Approaches; Teambuilding and Empowering Others; Civic and Social Responsibility; and Goal Setting.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in team building activities, low and high ropes courses, service projects, and fun night activities to help students get to know others participating in the program. Ultimately, the Shelton Leadership Challenge @ ECU provides hands-on training and activities that assist developing young people in becoming more confident leaders back in their communities.

For more information about the Shelton Leadership Challenge @ ECU, please visit https://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/oeied/ECU-Shelton-Leadership.cfm


The Professional Advantage: Sharpening Your Business Etiquette

The Professional Advantage: Sharpening Your Business Etiquette is an all-day professional development workshop for area business professionals and university students, staff, and faculty. Formerly known as Outclass the Competition, The Professional Advantage covers a range of etiquette and protocol topics including proper greetings and introductions, business card protocol, networking/ mingling etiquette, business entertaining skills, receiving line protocol, and dining etiquette.  Attendees apply their skills at a formal luncheon and afternoon networking social where local business leaders and ECU faculty/staff mingle with and judge participants. The 1st Annual The Professional Advantage event was held in March 2012. Forty students and eighteen faculty and staff assembled for a workshop conducted by Kay Leonard, chief of protocol at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Florida. With twenty-five years of experience, Leonard is an expert at helping people develop etiquette and protocol intelligence that will distinguish them from the crowd.

The 2013 The Professional Advantage protocol day was held at the East Carolina Heart Institute with presenters Sharon Justice and T.D. Gribble, instructors within the Leadership and Professional Development Program in the ECU College of Business. Both Justice and Gribble are certified Emily Post instructors. Over 50 attendees experienced a curriculum designed to focus on a broader scope of business etiquette and protocol, as well as how to work with the military and international businesses. Two additional affiliations joined the 14 who returned from the initial 2012 event. Plans are underway for staging targeted The Professional Advantage events designed for specific colleges within the university as well as the broader business community. The Professional Advantage is brought to you by ECU’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development.

For more information about The Professional Advantage, please access our brochure by clicking HERE .

If you are interested in sponsoring a participant, a portion of an event, or making a financial donation to support the program, please access our donation form by clicking HERE .

If you have further questions, please contact Mandee Lancaster at the contact information below.


Mandee Foushee Lancaster
Phone: 252.737.1349
Email: foushees@ecu.edu