Columbia students had the privilege of learning from a diverse group of leaders at the school’s Student Leadership Conference last week at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Castleton. There were nine different presentations given by leaders from advocacy groups, business, sports and law enforcement.
The full-day program was organized by Principal John Sawchuk to teach students about leadership and how they can develop those traits.
- “Rangers Lead the Way” – Sgt. Detective Gulinese, Colonie Police Department
- “Portrait in Leadership”- John Robinson, CEO of Our Ability, Inc.
- “Building a Winning Culture” – Scott Marr, Head Coach of UAlbany Men’s Lacrosse
- “Take Your Own Path” – Scott Noel, Owner of 16 Handles and Ivy Spa
- “The Importance of Taking Leadership Opportunities” – Joel Abelove, Rensselaer County District Attorney
- “The Importance of Mentoring” – Brad DiPietro, Regional Director of New York State Mentoring Program
- “CHS Alumni Reflections on Student Leadership – Mark Sargent ’11, Allison O’Brien ’08, Shannon Donahue ’04
- “The Importance of Sports in Teaching Life Skills” – Audra DiBacco, Columbia High School Educator and Coach
- “Young People and the Issue of Sexual Harassment – Stand Up for What’s Right” – Mike Fonda, Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Program at Samaritan Hospital