From October 17-18, 2019, over 200 state and local leaders met at Stephens College in Columbia for Missouri HOSA’s annual Fall Leadership Conference. This exciting and engaging conference was aimed at providing leaders from around the state with the skills and knowledge necessary to execute comprehensive programs of work in their respective local chapters, develop servant leadership skills, and work effectively as a team.
The conference began with an exciting opening general session where the stage was set for the this year’s theme, Servant Leadership, as students heard from keynote speaker Jason Merrill, Public Relations Manager at SSM Health. Mr. Merrill not only challenged all of those present to be a servant leader, but to look for servant leadership in other practitioners and staff as they begin their healthcare journey. He focused on patient impact from this style of leadership and shared several examples throughout his presentation.
Following the opening general session, Missouri HOSA students broke into workshop sessions tailored to their leadership roles within their local chapters. Workshop topics included characteristics of a team, parliamentary procedure in an effective chapter meeting, conflict resolution, HOSA hot topics, and Stop the Bleed training.
Local Chapter Advisors took part in training sessions as well. Topics included building a stronger officer team, developing a “student-led” organization, and understanding the basics of HOSA chapter management.
The first-ever Lip Sync Battle was a highlight of the conference. Advisors and students alike enjoyed the evening singing and dancing together.
During Friday’s sessions, local chapters worked together to gain more knowledge on fundraising and recruitment. They also delve deeper into Emotional Intelligence and why this matters to a team.
During the Closing Session, ten (10) students were recognized for personifying one of Stephens College’s Ten Ideals. A Delegates Session was incorporated and the drafted bylaw revisions were unanimously passed. Each chapter also shared their top three (3) take-aways from the Fall Leadership Conference as they prepared for their journey home.
The Missouri HOSA State Officer Team could not be more thankful for the enthusiasm, creativity, and passion for HOSA local leaders displayed at the Fall Leadership Conference. Their active engagement and willingness to learn made the conference a truly beneficial and meaningful experience. Members are encouraged to reach out with additional questions or interest in scheduling a chapter visit, by connecting with Missouri HOSA on social media or by e-mailing Shelly Wehmeyer at email@example.com.