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UNC LeaP Summit

Empathy empowered

Derrick Gallegos (Pre-Med, 2016) at the UNC LeaP Summit

The University of Northern Colorado Leaders Program held a summit for Colorado students on November 2 through November 3 with the theme of “empathy empowered”. Derrick Gallegos (Pre-Med, 2016) attended the summit and the program housed him, along with other students, at the Embassy Hotel. The keynote speaker, Mark Elliot, spoke about how he got over various illnesses and the importance of accepting yourself and others.

The summit was composed by different sections and Derrick chose to focus on enterprise. Most of the enterprise sessions revolved around the importance of business empathy and caring about the environment.

“I enjoyed learning about myself and leadership,” Derrick said. “It makes you think about things you don’t normally think about.”

One of topic that came up consistently was treatment of employees. The idea is that empathy toward employees encourages them to work harder. One of the speakers on the subject was a speech pathologist who cares for her employees. As the only UHL and non-UNC student to attend the summit, Derrick has these words for his fellow UHLers about leadership events:

“More people should go!”

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