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January 18, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST


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Virtual Empower Leadership Academy | Grey Search + Strategy Partnership

January 18, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

This is a private academy with Grey Search + Strategy for the daughters/nieces/granddaughters of their workforce, clients, and many non-profit partners.

We’re excited to host this Virtual Empower Leadership Academy in resilience for girls in 5th-12th grade!

Empower recognizes that kids of all ages need a focus on resiliency during this current time. Throughout our program, we will make sure participants will be able to work on their personal resilience, growth mindset, adaptability and flexibility, and hope and grit.

Developing leadership, building confidence, and strengthening resilience requires education and practice. Empower provides a safe, interactive environment to learn, grow, and develop. All will take place through interactive learning with worksheets, videos, and breakout rooms to chat with peers about what they are facing in today’s society.

During this academy, participants will become certified in the Resilience pillar of Empower@Home. Certificates will be emailed out at the conclusion of the program.

Empower Leadership Academy Agenda

9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction
9:20 AM Personal Resilience
9:55 AM Growth Mindset
10:30 AM Snack Break/Bathroom Break
10:40 AM Adaptability & Flexibility
11:15 AM Strengthening Optimism
11:50 AM Wrap-Up


Peyton OwensPeyton N. Owens, III | University of Minnesota, Golden Gopher Athletics, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Leadership Development and Strategic Partnerships

Peyton Owens is in his 13th year with Golden Gopher Athletics. He currently oversees Student-Athlete Development (all education provided to student-athletes, including career readiness, personal development, community outreach and risk reduction), Diversity & Inclusion, the M Club and our Women’s Golf program. Owens has been instrumental in the vision and implementation of Leadership U, which he has had oversight of since its launch. This collaboration with Land O’Lakes Inc. provides leadership development and emotional intelligence education and support to student-athletes, assistant coaches, head coaches and athletics staff. To support this initiative and others like it, he is responsible for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors for endowment and annual support of Leadership U, the W.I.L.L. program (Women Invested in Leadership and Learning) and more. Owens is also an ambassador for athletics on campus, bringing the voice of Golden Gopher Athletics to several critical groups. He is a member of the President’s Initiative on Preventing Sexual Misconduct, the Faculty Oversight Committee on Athletics (FAOIAC), and campus’ Equity & Diversity Subcommittee. His commitment to collaboration and strategic partnerships, both at the University and in our broader Twin Cities help champion all that is Maroon and Gold.

Owens is a graduate from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology, and later received a Master of Science in Sports Management and Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the NCAA Ethnic Minority Males and Females Leadership Institute (2007), as well as the University of Minnesota’s President’s Emerging Leaders Program (2009). Owens has served in various roles advancing the greater mission of the NCAA to include the Student-Athlete Affairs Advisory Board, facilitator for NCAA Leadership Conferences and the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Symposium, and was a member of the NCAA Peer-Review Team. Additionally, Owens is active in his community serving as a former board member for ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students) from August 2017 through September 2019, as well as a Board Member for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Owens currently serves as a Head Coach for Empower Leadership Academy, after serving as a Board Member previously from November 2015 to March 2018.

Kelly Taylor | Program Manager, Empower Leadership Academy | Girls Soccer Head Coach, Eden Prairie High School | Youth Director, Tonka United Soccer Association

Refund Policy: Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the event start date, except for our flagship events (Leadership Conference, WaveMaker Awards, and Empower Gala). For the flagship events, please see the event page for refund dates. 

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