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LDRS 395-01: Non-Profit Leadership Strategy
When surveyed, skills in strategic thinking make the top-five list of non-profit organization needs. One of Hope’s most popular instructors, Rob Pocock, is offering a 2-credit course for students interested in non-profit leadership focused on meeting that need. The class meets on Monday nights.
For Ministry Minor students, this course may be substituted for LDRS 201 or LDRS 291. See Andy McCoy, Director of the Center for Ministry Studies, for details.
For Leadership Minor students, this course may be substituted for LDRS 291 and LDRS 391. Or, if taken in conjunction with LDRS 395-02: Leadership for Digital Media (see below), students may substitute LDRS 395-01 and LDRS 395-02 for one of the COMM requirements in the Leadership minor. See Steve VanderVeen, Director of the Center for Faithful Leadership, for details.
LDRS 395-02: Leadership for Digital Media
Students are very familiar with social media. What they lack is an understanding of social media strategy. Organizations, on the other hand, have a significant need for understanding social media and social media strategy. This 2-credit course can assist students in turning their familiarity with social media into a competitive advantage in the job-seeking marketplace. The class meets on Thursday nights.
Ben Lichtenwalner, a social media strategy expert and author of the book Paradigm Flip will be our instructor.
For Leadership Minor students, this course may be substituted for LDRS 291 and LDRS 391. Or, if taken in conjunction with LDRS 395-01: Non-profit Leadership Strategy (see above), students may substitute LDRS 395-01 and LDRS 395-02 for one of the COMM requirements in the Leadership minor. See Steve VanderVeen, Director of the Center for Faithful Leadership, for details.
We seek to be an example of a new culture of education in terms of:
- How we related to and engage students.
- How we relate to and engage each other.
- How we relate to and engage the community.
We embrace Hope’s mission to “educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society…in the context of the history Christian faith.”
We seek to be people-centric, experiential learning-oriented organization. We seek to help our students discover, dream, and develop; and transition out of college.
We want the development of students to be at the center of college education.
We believe we need to engage more students in deeper, more integrative ways that complement the traditional (course-based, content-oriented, scholarship-rewarded, faculty-as-expert) academic model.
We want the community to be our primary resource for developing students.
- Our project leaders are community leaders.
- Our project pipe-line is referral-driven and project leader-focused.
- Our specific roles at CFL are determined by our gifts and passions.
- Our brand is dependent upon our staff.
We desire to engage faculty and other thought leaders as subject matter experts.
We seek to be faithful.
- Reflection and prayer are central to what we do.
- We take seriously the notion that we are created by God with unique gifts.
We believe we must do a better job preparing students for our global and diverse society. We believe we must more deeply engage our local diverse communities as neighbors and friends.
A traditional liberal arts education has much to offer in terms of developing students’ entrepreneurial leadership skills. But it doesn’t necessarily go far enough in terms of transitioning students out of college.
That is where Hope College, the Center for Faithful Leadership, and community partners provide a distinct advantage.
Hope’s mission is to educate students for lives of leadership and service. The Center’s mission is to enable students to experience their faithful leadership potential by engaging them in projects that help them apply in the real world what they learn in the classroom. Community leaders, as mentors and advisers and clients, have much to offer.
To help students test whether entrepreneurship is their calling, and to help them discover and polish and reflect on their strengths, the Center offers students developmental experiences through its entrepreneurial development program. Think of the program as a funnel.
At the top of the funnel are students with an appetite for innovation.
Once at Hope, they can feed their appetite with particular courses in art, the digital humanities (Mellon Scholars), engineering, management, music, etc.. In addition, CFL offers students particular experiences.
- LDRS 231 (“Entrepreneurial Leadership”), a course that engages students in the lean start-up, boot-strapping process; encourages them to “get out of the building” to lead problem, solution, and MVP interviews; and challenges them through idea and investor pitch and learn competitions, which are open to all students. LDRS 231 is also the gateway course for CFL’s (co-curricular) Incubator.
- Based on their performance in LDRS 231 — a very experiential learning-oriented course — and involvement in other entrepreneurial activities, students are invited to try out for CFL’s Incubator. The Incubator provides students the time and space and resources to work on their ideas full-time for 10 weeks during the summer (May-July). In the incubator, students work with CFL’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence and alumae/i Mentors-in-Residence to create actual businesses and non-profit organizations.
- In addition to competing in Hope-sponsored and regional pitch competitions, students can also apply through CFL for The Great Commission Grant.
- Because Hope College is a sponsor, student have free access to StartGarden’s (downtown Grand Rapids) classes and events.
- Because Hope is a member, Hope students have free access to the Warehaus (Baker Lofts, Holland) and coaching through Start-up Academe.
- Hope College, CFL, StartGarden, Warehaus, and Start-up Academe offer community-focused start-up support, helping to connect Hope students to a vast network of resources.
But the mentoring and coaching don’t end with the CFL Incubator. At the bottom of the funnel are Hope alums who frequently return to campus to serve as advisers, lecturers, pitch judges, project leaders, and Mentors-in-Residence for the next cohort of student entrepreneurs. Nothing is more inspiring to a student than students who have taken on the challenge to be extra-ordinary and started their own businesses.
Wege Prize: Evelyn’s team (Wicked Solutions, Inc) takes 2nd place ($10,000) and wins the public vote ($5000)!
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