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December 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm CST
February 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm CST
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Virtual Empower Leadership Academy Series | The Blake School Partnership

December 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - February 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm CST

This is a private event for The Blake School Girls Hockey team.

We’re excited to host this private Virtual Empower Leadership Academy series in partnership with The Blake School Girls Hockey team! This 4-part series will focus on Empower’s pillars: resilience, mental wellness, confidence, and leadership.

This year has been a challenging one for all of us, but especially our children. Last March, their young lives came to a screeching halt. They had to quickly grasp and develop tools to combat isolation, manage stress and anxiety, learn how to grieve what they lost, and become resilient. Being on a hockey team added another layer of uncertainty, questions, and possible stressors. Will there be games? What will the games look like? Can everything change at the last minute? As we focus on developing leadership, building confidence, and strengthening resilience, we will help these young girls prepare to handle all of the challenges that may come their way and build a toolkit so they can excel through adversity.

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.

Each session is scheduled from 4:00-5:00 PM as follows:

  • Session 1 | December 28
  • Session 2 | January 13
  • Session 3 | January 29
  • Session 4 | February 11


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