Amherst LEADS Begins Spring Programming


AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst LEADS kicked off its programming for the Spring 2013 semester with three events, one for each of the Amherst LEADS programs. The events consisted of presentations, videos, and exercises designed to stimulate conversations regarding accountability, leadership styles, and self-assessment, while also featuring notable guest speakers: Boston Globe sportswriter Bob Ryan, leadership development consultant Mark Tribus, UMass men’s lacrosse coach Greg Cannella, and the husband and wife team of Felicia Hall Allen and Johnny Allen.

On January 20, LEADS jumpstarted its Futures programming for the semester, hosting a session on the subject of accountability. UMass men’s lacrosse coach Greg Cannella kicked off the afternoon with a brief session on the characteristics of accountability and how they had contributed to his team’s success.

Following Cannella’s presentation, the student-athletes were joined by Felicia Hall Allen and Johnny Allen, who together have worked with groups such as the National Football League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Atlantic Coast Conference, amongst numerous others. Felicia, who played in college for Hall of Fame basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer, presented a plethora of information regarding accountability while engaging in a dialogue with the Amherst student-athletes. These themes were later reinforced and expanded upon by Johnny Allen, who led the Futures through a host of experiential and interactive exercises.

On January 22, LEADS welcomed leadership development consultant Mark Tribus to campus for the first Captains event of the semester, entitled “Mission First.” Tribus, who notably worked with 2010 National Champion Duke men’s basketball and lacrosse teams, led an interactive and comprehensive session designed to make the Amherst captains more effective top level leaders, introducing a variety of techniques and concepts.


Finally, on February 5, LEADS hosted its first FYI event of the semester. The theme of the evening was “Self-Assessment”, facilitated by Amherst College training and organizational development specialist, Stephen Butler. In this session, all Amherst College first-year student-athletes were presented information regarding their behavioral characteristics and how such characteristics present themselves in an athletic environment. Following this, the FYIs were joined by Boston Globe sportswriter Bob Ryan, who related the theme of self-assessment to the notable Boston teams, athletes, and coaches he has covered over the course of four decades.

The next Amherst LEADS event is the second Futures elective night, scheduled for Monday, March 25 at 8:00 pm.