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High School Leadership Academy

June 19-23, 2023

$600/student

Servant Leadership Institute

It is my pleasure as the Director of the Servant Leadership Institute to invite you to attend the first annual High School Leadership Academy on Concordia University Irvine's beautiful campus on June 19-23, 2023! This unique week-long college campus experience will provide comprehensive servant leadership and character development for rising 10-12 grade students. You will learn valuable insights and strategies from talented leaders to maximize your impact in your schools, families, and community while networking with many other students and having a lot of fun.

Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier
Director, Servant Leadership Institute

Motivational keynote and breakout speakers


Topics include

  • The Power of Servant Leadership
  • The Importance of Engraving Strong Virtues
  • Creating a Personal Leadership Plan and Goals
  • The Wisdom of Utilizing TEAMwork
  • Developing Vision and Values
  • Professional Etiquette
  • Communication Skills
  • Motivating the Apathetic
  • Leading through Adversity

Team Building Activities


Leadership Coach provided for the week


Trip to Museum of Tolerance


Concordia dorms, cafeteria, swag!


Contact Us

For more information about the High School Leadership Academy, please direct any questions to:

Kathy Mueller

Kathy Mueller
Manager: Events & Partnerships

(949) 214-3336
[email protected]

Tentative Schedule

Subject to change

Monday, June 19, 2023    |    Virtue: Humility    |    Leadership Principle: Servant Leadership
8:00am Registration & Dorm Check-in
9:30am Session 1 - Welcome to the Academy

Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier

11:00am Student Introductions
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm 40-Minute Breakouts
  • Servant Leadership video
  • Gallup 2.0 Strengths Finder
  • Impact video
  • Iconic Servant Leader Project
2:30pm Snack Break
3:10pm Continue 40-Minute Breakouts
4:50pm Student Activity
6:00pm Dinner
6:55pm Session 2 - Character, Empowerment, and Humility

Jim Kunau

8:30pm Team Huddle with Leadership Coach
9:30pm Free time in dorms
10:00pm Lights Out
Tuesday, June 20, 2023    |    Virtue: Honesty    |    Leadership Principle: Vision/Values
8:30am Breakfast
9:30am Session #3 - Motivation in Today’s Apathetic Society

Teresa Flynn Everett

10:50am Student Activity
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm 40-Minute Breakouts
  • Vision & Values video
  • Creating a Personal Leadership Plan
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Iconic Servant Leader Project
2:30pm Snack Break
3:10pm Continue 40-Minute Breakouts
4:50pm Student Activity
6:00pm Dinner
6:55pm Session 4 - Leading through adversity/conflict + Honesty
Hilary Thompson
8:30pm Team Huddle with Leadership Coach
9:30pm Free time in dorms
10:00pm Lights Out
Wednesday, June 21, 2023    |    Virtue: Kindness    |    Leadership Principle: Teamwork
8:00am Breakfast
9:30am

Session 5 - The Wisdom of Teams & Teamwork video

Rick Francis 

 

10:45am Student TEAM experience activity - Plane Crash Scenario
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Service Project + Guest Speaker - Operation Christmas Child
5:00pm Dinner
6:00pm Session 6 - Professional Etiquette & Kindness

Theresa Thomas

7:15pm Team Huddle with Leadership Coach
Work on Iconic Servant Leader project
8:30pm Glow Dance
9:30pm Free time in dorms
10:00pm Lights Out
Thursday, June 22, 2023    |    Virtue: Compassion    |    Leadership Principle: Impact
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Trip to Museum of Tolerance
5:00pm Dinner
6:00pm Session 7 - Creating Community/Belonging/Safe Conversations + Compassion

Valerie Erb

7:15pm Team Huddle with Leadership Coach
  • Observations from Museum of Tolerance
  • Safe Conversations
  • Work on Iconic Servant Leader project
8:00pm Academy Reflections + Worship
9:00pm Free time in dorms
10:00pm Lights Out
Friday, June 23, 2023    |    Virtue: Courage    |    Leadership Principle: Communication
8:30am Breakfast
9:30am Session 8 - Effective Communication Skills

Dr. Konrad Hack

10:45pm Team Huddle with Leadership Coach
  • Final Iconic Servant Leader project prep
  • Big Thank You project
12:00pm Lunch, Clean dorm, pack up, prep for presentation
1:30pm Iconic Servant Leader Presentations
2:45pm Slide show and closing remarks
Konrad Hack

Dr. Konrad Hack

Previous Experience

  • Fall 2007 - Spring 2017: Concordia University - Director of Forensics & Assistant Professor in Comm Studies
  • Fall 2006 - Spring 2007: Wheaton College - Director of Forensics & Visiting Instructor in Comm Studies
  • Fall 2001 - Spring 2006: Azusa Pacific University - Director of Forensics & Instructor in Comm Studies
  • Fall 1996 - Spring 2011: Point Loma Nazarene University - Assistant Director of Forensics and Visiting Instructor in Comm Studies

Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communication - San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Biola University

Research Interests

  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Intercollegiate Forensics
  • Communication and Grief (new interest area)

Classes Taught at Concordia

  • COM 111: Public Speaking
  • COM 200: Gateway to Communication Studies
  • COM 211: Introduction to Argumentation and Debate
  • COM 211H: Introduction to Argumentation and Debate: Honors
  • COM 280: Theories of Human Communication
  • COM 335: Nonverbal Communication
  • COM 340: Persuasion & Attitude Change
  • COM 451: Organizational Communication
  • COM 488: Communication Research Methods
Kent Schlichtemeier

Kent Schlichtemeier

Kent Schlichtemeier has enjoyed serving for over four decades as a leader in education. He began his career in 1978 teaching 6th-8th grades. After completing his Master’s degree at the University of Denver in 1984, he taught and coached at the high school level in Orlando, FL. Kent served as a Professor in the School of Education at Concordia University Irvine from 1988-2003 where he mentored future teachers. In addition to teaching at Concordia, Kent was the women’s basketball coach until retiring from coaching in 1993 to pursue his doctoral degree. During the final two seasons of Kent’s tenure as coach, the Lady Eagle basketball team made two consecutive appearances at the NAIA National Basketball Tournament after winning the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships. Kent was named the District Three NAIA Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and was inducted into the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

In 1996, Kent completed his Ed.D. at UCLA in Educational Leadership. Kent served as a teacher and Assistant Principal at Orange Lutheran High School from 2003-2007 before returning to teach at Concordia University Irvine and most recently serve as the Dean of the School of Education. Today, Kent is thrilled to serve as the inaugural Director of the Servant Leadership Institute. Kent enjoys frequent opportunities to speak at sports banquets, school graduations, teacher conferences, leadership retreats, and business seminars.

Kent and his wife Cindy, are blessed by God with two children - Aaron and Kayla.

Rick Francis

Rick Francis

Rick Francis is currently the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at San Diego International Airport. In that role, Rick leads a diverse team of aviation professionals that oversee the airfield, terminals, parking, security, and maintenance functions at California's third busiest airport. Previously Mr. Francis served as the Interim Director of John Wayne Airport, Orange County, from November 2021 until June 2022 and the Assistant Airport Director of John Wayne Airport from June 2017 until November 2022. In that role, Rick provided functional oversight of all airport divisions at the medium hub commercial airport, including leadership of six Airport Divisions, Human Resources, and Quality Assurance & Compliance. Before joining the airport, he served as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Costa Mesa for five years. Rick was the Chief of Staff to former Orange County Supervisor John M.W. Moorlach, the Lead Associate Pastor at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa, and with the County of Orange Probation Department for 13 years, attaining the rank of Division Director.

Throughout his career, Rick has embraced the principles of Servant Leadership by recognizing the potential of leaders within each organization, helping catalyze them to become agents of change, efficiency, and empathy. He has taught various aspects of leadership in many forums throughout Orange County. Rick holds a bachelor's degree in Religious Education and a master's degree in Public Administration. He regularly serves in his church and is helping to mold the next generation of young leaders – his two grandchildren!

Jim Kunau

Jim Kunau

Jim Kunau is the Director of MCAA, replacing Tony Diaz, who retired after successfully leading the program for the past five years. Jim is very familiar with MCAA, having served as an adjunct and assistant professor teaching leadership and ethics for the past nine years. He holds a Masters’ degree in International Management and traveled to over 40 countries before teaching international business courses in California Lutheran University's MBA program. He also has extensive teaching, coaching, and leadership experience at the high school level as well. At Orange Lutheran High School in Southern California, Jim served as Athletic Director, Director of Leadership Studies, and Head Football Coach for 21 years. During his tenure at Orange Lutheran, Jim earned National, State, and Regional Coach of the Year honors and was named Orange County’s Coach of the Decade. He led the transformation of Orange Lutheran from a small Division 12 school to a major Division 1 powerhouse, competing in the ultra-competitive Trinity League, where his teams won several championships. He is one of two high school football coaches in California to have won State Championships at more than one school as he led Rancho Christian to similar growth and success as he experienced at Orange Lutheran.

Jim has spoken on Organizational Leadership and Developing Character all over the country at conferences, clinics, churches, and universities. He feels a strong calling to serve coaches. It began with developing coaches on his staff, 11 of whom became head coaches and/or athletic directors, and quickly expanded to helping coaches and athletic administrators from other institutions. His passion for Concordia’s MCAA program began when MCAA Founder and Director Tom White hired him in 2012.

I quickly discovered what an extraordinary program for equipping and empowering athletic leaders Tom had created, and feel very privileged to build on the legacy Tom established, and Tony continued. And to carry on that legacy within the framework of Concordia’s Great Commission and Christ-centered Mission makes this a blessing and responsibility that I deeply appreciate and fully embrace. Concordia University’s unwavering commitment to empower students for lives of learning, service, and leadership while standing on grace alone and faith alone as the core of who we are is exactly what we seek to reflect in the MCAA student experience.

Jim and his wife, Betsy, have one daughter, Caroline, and reside in Anaheim, CA.

Teresa Flynn Everett

Teresa Flynn Everett

Award-winning educator Teresa Flynn-Everett is the president and founder of Speak Rivers, an author and dynamic speaker that inspires audiences towards greatness and achieving their dreams and aspirations. Teresa is the author of three books. Her most recent children's book titles include: "Just Be Me" and "Passion Inside of Me." She is a motivational and keynote speaker inspired by the idea that everyone can learn at a high level and reach their full potential.

Teresa Flynn-Everett's presentation of Leaders that Speak Rivers provides a blueprint that grows the power of servant leadership and teamwork. Teresa's presentation weaves soulful poetry and stories that empower everyone to unleash their greatness!

  • CEO, Author & Former Award-winning School Principal
  • Hailed as "Local Legend" by Storm Baseball Program in recognition of leadership, innovation, and educational equity
  • Concordia University Irvine's 2022 Alumna of the Year: Professional Achievement
  • Successfully led schools to earn academic honors from the county, state, and federal agencies, that included a Gold Ribbon School Award, Title I Academic Achievement Award, Civic Learning Award, and Model Programs Award
Theresa Thomas

Theresa Thomas

 

Valerie Erb

Valerie Erb

Valerie Erb was a broken teenager who by God’s grace turned her life around and has been helping others do the same ever since. At the age of sixteen, she made a vow to help as many lost and hurting people as possible until the day she dies. She is candid about the many struggles she has faced throughout her life and how she overcame them to move on to better things. She has helped many through her roles as public speaker, peer helping educator, team building trainer, credentialed teacher, workshop facilitator, at-risk advisor, substance abuse educator, support group leader and youth leader.

She imparts to each life she touches the hope of being restored from the inside out, and so she developed a popular course and curriculum called Inside-Out Peer Helping through which students and educators are trained in servant leadership. She also wrote a book along with her students entitled You are not Alone. She has her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, Bachelor's degree in English, and she holds a Teaching and Administrative Credential. She has been trained in Servant Leadership, Conflict Management, Peer Mediation, Peer Counseling, Peer Assistance, Positive Behavior Intervention, Substance Abuse Education, Asset Development, Subtle Attributes Screening, Rape Crisis Intervention, TEPP Education, SAFE Schools Coordination, Multicultural Education, and Violence and Anger Management.

She is humbled to say she has received various awards such as: Teacher of the Year for Placer County, James P. Roberts Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Rotary Club Teacher of the Year, Teacher Who Makes a Difference on two occasions and the Become Award. She is passionate about teaching and has never met a student that she does not love. She is most proud of her 35 year marriage to Frank. She is beyond blessed to have a wonderful daughter, son and son-in-law. Most of all, she is passionate about lifting up young people and the adults who work with them. She longs for all people to find community and belonging while they inspire each other to become all they are meant to be.

High School Leadership Academy Individual Registration Form


Note to Groups:

If you are attending as a group of five or more, do not complete this form, please email [email protected] to receive group registration information.


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