Leaders in the Making Student Leadership Retreat

 A little bit about our speakers:


Kevin Reynolds

Sometimes, leadership is just…awkward.

Whether you’re an Resident Advisor writing up your best friend or you’re a Fraternity/Sorority officer telling your friend they can’t go to formal until they pay their dues, there are moments when leading your peers just gets messy.  Awkward Leadership is a program that embraces the uncomfortable moments in leadership. 

Kevin calls upon his theatre roots, and love of the show Who’s Line is it Anyway? to facilitate some improvisational games to help students practice navigating conflict and confrontation situations.  In the process, he coaches participants on how to communicate more effectively and with greater levels of confidence. 


Grace Belangia

Grace Belangia is Community Development Strategist for CONima which focuses on community building to support innovation economies. She consults with educational institutions, civic organizations, media companies, government agencies and community non-profits. Grace has been a communications and marketing professor in higher education, and published in more than 20 print and digital magazines around the country.

She is a founding member of the Clubhouse, and lead curator for TEDxAugusta.

A UCLA graduate, Grace is an advocate for the co-working/hacker/maker movement. She is a Pipeline Fellow, and a business partner in Sand Hill Endeavors, which provide mentoring and capital for startups and entrepreneurs.


 Scott ThorpeScott Thorp is an artist, writer and educator specializing in creativity. As Chair of Augusta University’s Department of Art and Design, he’s actively working to bring national recognition to the university through arts and culture, and to build a creative community within the City of Augusta. He’s a contributing writer and consulting editor for ArtPulse Magazine, an international magazine covering the state of contemporary art. Scott was also recently named as the Associate Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research at Augusta University.


Schedule of Events


Check In at the Kroc Center


Welcome & Opening Remarks


Awkward Leadership with Kevin Reynolds


Lunch (provided)


Afternoon Breakout Session


Snacks & Networking


Afternoon Breakout Session