Tate Leadership Scholars

2016-17 Scholars

Sarah Mount   

Year in School: 3rd year          
Campus Involvement:
Athletic Association Student-Employee, Undergraduate National Communication Association Secretary, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority         

 
Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I decided to participate so that I could expand my horizons, go outside of my niche and complete acts of service for our community.          

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I am hoping to gain a new community, a fresh look at our campus and to create connections across campus that lead to positive results on both sides.           

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
I believe that the best leader listens to those he is leading. I am a go-getter, a talker and somewhat of a controller. However, I am a successful leader because I am willing to listen, take and apply what those around me suggest.


Macauley Haferkamp

Year in School: 2nd year         
Campus Involvement:
Academy of Leadership Excellence,  UGA Relay For Life Survior and Caregiver Committee,  UGA Miracle, ATLAS Buisness Society, Phi Mu Execuative Board-Historian    

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
To polish my leadership skills and become the best version of myself.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
To meet new people who are driven and involved in campus while becoming a positive leader that makes a difference here on campus.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
High energy, inclusion, and emotional intelligence.


Aminah Matthews

Year in School: 2nd year         
Campus Involvement:
A Date to Remember, Black Education Support Team, The Agency

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I want to surround myself with people who are intelligent, focused, creative, and determined to make a difference. 

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I am hoping to strengthen my weaknesses such as delegating task based on people's skills and effectively managing time. With that said, I also want to build upon my strengths because there is always room to grow. Last but not least, I am hoping to invoke passion and drive in younger generations so that they too will aspire to become leaders.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
My leadership philosophy is that in order to be an effective leader, you must be an effective person and you must be able to connect with people of all different backgrounds and experiences before you can expect to lead them.


Eddie Jordahl

Year in School: 2nd year         
Campus Involvement:
Redcoats, SGA, LEAD fellows

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I need more leadership development to become a fully realized resource on campus.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
A whole outlook on my place on campus and what my passions are.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
Delegating, behind the scenes, impulsive decision maker


Jahnavi Parikh

Year in School: 2nd year    
Campus Involvement:
President and Founder of UGA Home, Research Assistant in Motivation and Behavioral Brain Sciences lab

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I decided to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program because it seemed a great opportunity and a good way to advance my skills as a leader and become proficient in whatever I put my mind to. I figured it was a way to give back to the school that's given so much to me!

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
From my experience as a Tate Scholar, I hope to become someone who can get something positive out of any situation, who is able to talk to anyone and get something out of the conversation. I hope to become a leader that can make a difference in my own cause while always having something to offer that can help others out in their's, no matter what. I just hope to gain a better understanding of myself and others and how to do the best I can wherever I am.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
Having integrity is my leadership philosophy--I will always be the person I expect others to be. Intentionality and integrity are my ideals.


Wendy Vong

Year in School: 3rd year          
Campus Involvement:
Associate Director of Recognition for the National Residence Hall Honorary, Public Relation for the Asian American Student Association, Language Partner Program, Member of Pre-Physician Assistant Association and Vietnamese Student Association. 

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I decided to participate in this program because I want to explore my strengths and weaknesses. I want to be inspired and influence others. I want to hear what others have to say about leadership and passion and why it's important to them. I want to surround myself with leaders on campus, to see and understand others' passion and drive, and likewise to explore and narrow down my passion and align it with my values. 

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I hope to gain a better understanding of my leadership style. I hope this experience will help me focus on my passion and pursuit it. I hope to develop a network with other like-minded leaders.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
Leadership to me is being in state where you are comfortable to share you story and step up to help others in anyway possible. Leadership to me is like a mindset. You do not have to be in a position to be a leader. As long as you understand your self and lead yourself, you can lead others. Leadership is the mindset of empathy and understanding others' situation and give input whenever possible and willing to work things out.


Sean Corley

Year in School: 3rd year          
Campus Involvement: 
President of Seize the Day at UGA and a member of the DRC Speakers Bureau

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
To gain skills to be a leader in my organization in campus.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I'm already a leader in campus and hope to be a leader in what I do after I graduate. I hope that this program will help me in striving towards that.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
Being part of two different groups for people with disabilities, I believe that being a leader means being responsible for your people and also taking taking care of them. I try not to micromanage and try and inspire initiative. But I also hold myself accountable for mistakes or problems


Ben Landes

Year in School: 3rd year          
Campus Involvement:
Chief Officer of UGA Spikeball Club, Club Ultimate Frisbee Players, Gamma Iota Sigma Actuarial Committee, MathCounts Volunteer

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
The Tate Leadership Scholars Program provides an unparalleled opportunity to receive a direct investment in my personal and leadership development. As a member of this program, I knew I would leave a transformed individual, and for the better. The program promised the opportunity to build a lasting network of friends and talented leaders with diverse experiences and goals. To dedicate the resources to allow me to make actionable my heightened leadership abilities through a project that I was passionate about. To challenge me to step outside my comfort zone and grow.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I hope to grow personally and professionally throughout the year and help the rest of my cohort grow with me. I am looking forward to building real relationships with my peers and  learn as much as I can from their diverse experiences and leadership styles. I expect to learn my strengths and weakness, and to learn how to overcome some of my current challenges with leadership. I want to leave the program a better person- a leader who can inspire others to enact positive change, who can lead unselfishly, who can empathize with all people with an open, non-judgmental mind.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
Leadership is not about directing. Instead, it is the ability to empower others to achieve success. That success means those people are happy, able to work independently, and achieve their goals. A great leader is one who bravely takes initiative, and is followed without asking for a following. My leadership style resembles a mentoring relationship. In line with my philosophy, I seek to provide assistance and challenge others, so that they themselves can develop the skills to lead their projects and their careers successfully. This means rather than instruct others on tasks or do everything myself, I surround myself with smart people and ask probing questions, challenge them to take their work personally, and help them see how their efforts can make positive change on others and on their own paths. I measure my success by the success of those around me.


John Michael Leuer

Year in School: 2nd year         
Campus Involvement:
Sigma Nu Fraternity, Student Association of Family and Consumer Science (SAFCS), Events and Outreach at Rock Lobster Records

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
To create relationships with individuals at the University of Georgia and the Athens area. I hope to make a strong, positive and lasting impact in my school and community.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I hope to strengthen my leadership qualities. One learns from his peers; being surrounded by exceptional students and individuals that can be found in Tate Scholars allows for me to learn from them and implement their habits and traits into myself.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
My leadership philosophy and style is to work as a team. I am big advocate that as a team, more goals can be reached and the impact made is much stronger. As a group many individuals bring a diverse set of skills and traits to the organization. By taking advantage of this, each individual promotes the mission of the organization in areas they're best at. By working as a team, we can execute and impact our community on a much grander scale than one individual thought possible.


Lashaya White

Year in School: 3rd year          
Campus Involvement:
The Black Educational Support Team, The National Association of Black Accountants, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Math Counts, Experience UGA, Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
Just when I thought I was at the peak of my personal and professional development, I was invited to join TLS. This invitation was a sign to me that I was not done growing just yet. I decided to participate in this program so that I could identify characteristics about myself, impact others with my own styles, and improve the way I lead by learning from others. I was honored to be recognized as a top leader at the University and wanted to join a cohort of top achieving students to network, influence change in the community, and fellowship.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
Although I have a lot of qualities that can be identified in a leader, I recognize that I am not as effective in this position as I would like to be and have a lot to learn. By participating in the Tate Leadership Scholars program I am hoping to redefine my idea of a leader. With my willingness to learn, I would like to gain the skills and expertise on what makes a leader most sufficient and equipped. I am interested in leveraging the assets that I have with others' strengths to expand my network and learn from my fellow colleagues, peers, and professionals that I meet through this program. This program will allow me to gain vital leadership skills that will make me more marketable and qualified in a wide range of my future endeavors.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
I would describe my leadership style as work hard, play hard. I believe that everyone has something unique and different to contribute to a project and that collaboratively the sky’s the limit. By constantly setting SMART goals and track their progress, I believe in working hard to achieve major goals and rewarding yourself once you’ve met them. 


Manasi (Momo) Kulkarni

Year in School: 2nd year          
Campus Involvement:
University Housing, Delta Sigma Pi, Academy for Leadership Excellence, IMPACT

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
As a semi-shy college freshman thrown onto a 762-acre campus alongside 35,000 other students, I realized that the only way this school would feel even the slightest bit smaller would be by looking into organizations and opportunities to meet more people. Taking some of these opportunities have sparked an interest in leadership, and I am forever grateful for the life experiences I have received so far. My leadership ability developed most through the Academy for Leadership Excellence, which was a semester-long program I participated in last semester. Rather than merely demonstrating what constitutes a “good” or “effective” leader, the facilitators of the ALE program allowed us to discover our individual personality styles and taught us how to embrace those styles in terms of exhibiting leadership. The program also showed us how to be exceptional global leaders, which I strongly believe is a vital quality in today’s multicultural world.  As a brother of a professional business fraternity and a Resident Assistant for 36 first-year students, I genuinely believe that leadership can change lives, which is why I would like to continue to cultivate my personal and global leadership skills through the Tate Leadership Scholars program during this academic year. I am so lucky to attend a school that values passion, diversity, and unity, and I hope that the Tate Leadership Scholars program will show me how to embrace that to a higher degree.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
As a Tate Scholar, I hope to continue learning how to use my strong qualities to demonstrate the best type of leadership while simultaneously learning how to improve the leadership skills I seem to lack. I hope that I can be introduced to a wider array of student organizations and causes, and extend that interest towards the general Athens community. Most importantly, I feel that this prestigious program will allow me to broaden my knowledge and awareness of the diverse atmosphere that the University of Georgia provides to me.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
I try to be a leader by being dependable, having and expressing a clear vision of direction, being aware of all circumstances around me, setting a good example to others, and consistently encouraging others beside me. I really try my best to be a well-respected individual regardless of the degree of leadership, and firmly believe that true leaders stand out from the rest by their ability to inspire.


Raphael Eissa

Year in School: 4th year
Campus Involvement:
Students for Justice in Palestine at UGA, Christians United for Palestine, Coptic Orthodox Student Association

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I founded Christians United for Palestine last September in the hope that I could inspire, amongst and within campus ministries, sympathy with various social movements, including Black Lives Matter and the Palestinian cause. It has, unfortunately, been difficult to create the momentum necessary to keep students, not only ministries, passionate about social justice. I decided to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program so as to cultivate meaningful relationships with other leaders of successful student organizations, so that I may learn how to grow in my own leadership skills and sustain a viable ability of my own to inspire empathy, passion, and a love for justice and others in students. Likewise, I hope to inspire a mutual discussion between brilliant student leaders and I about our interests and passions, allowing me to pass on an understanding and acknowledgement of the existence and suffering of Christian communities in the Middle East (a very personal passion of mine) to others, whilst also absorbing their own passions and interests.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I hope to gain a better understanding of the personal qualities and methods necessary for keeping people around me interested in important topics relevant to the contemporary, globalized world, allowing for others to expand their ability to empathize, love, and care for others, especially those who suffer around the world. I'm excited to see what lessons and skills I can carry with me from the Tate Leadership Scholars program for use throughout my career and for the rest of my college experience, as well as my daily interactions with other people. I have no doubt that I will run into disagreements with other Tate Scholars, but I'm sure that this program will allow for a better understanding of respectful discussion and conversations in which we listen rather than reply.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
My leadership philosophy is, at its foundation, one that is grounded in love. Whether asking that a job be completed or ensuring that someone is maintaining healthy relationships with their fellow peers, I hope to communicate to those I "lead" that my intention is not to order and command, but to help them to construct a path of their own so that they may take initiative without someone by their side, whilst also assuring them that I am, at all times, a shoulder to lean on and a friend to confide in. As Michael Scott once said, "I guess the atmosphere that I've created here is that I'm a friend first, and a boss second...and probably an entertainer third." So that's probably what I'm going for.


Imane Bassit

Year in School: 2nd year
Campus Involvement: Fall 2015 & Spring 2016: The Residence Hall Association, The Academy of Leadership Excellence, UGA HEROs

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I wanted to be a part of a program that would not only help me expand, and develop my leadership skills, but also allow me to invest time into my passions as a student.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I am hoping that through my experience as a Tate scholar that I learn more not only about myself, but about others and their passions through our passion projects. I believe that our projects will bring us together, and will create for a positive and uplifting group dynamic.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
I see myself as a servant leader. I find joy in accomplishing my goals, while helping others do the same. Both at work, and in school, I always try to figure out ways to make our college experience more  insightful, and beneficial.


Hana Abdullah

Year in School: 3rd year
Campus Involvement:
World Ambassadors Leadership Team, Language Partner Program

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
By participating in the Tate Leadership Scholars Programs, I knew I would be able to gain the skills and experiences needed to lead effectively and positively impact not only our campus, but the community. Also, by listening and learning from other student leaders and members of the UGA and Athens community, I would broaden my appreciation for diversity in leadership techniques which will better me as student and global citizen.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
With such an incredible opportunity, I hope to further understand, refine, and acknowledge the correct leadership characteristics in myself and others to better serve our community. I hope to develop and understand my emotional intelligence skills to react more effectively and minimize misunderstandings.  Lastly, I hope to build meaningful relationships and grow with resilient individuals who are just as eager and ambitious to make an enduring difference in their communities.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
An effective leader is one who is able to work with a diverse group of individuals through trials in any setting. Somebody who understands their own strengths and weaknesses, seeks to learn other leadership strategies to enhance their effectiveness, and constantly empowers the people around them. As a leader, I listen to the ideas of everyone involved and make a decision that makes us all equally content.Personally, I believe that active and open communication, positivity, understanding, inclusivity, and optimism are key in building a community of greatness, so I try to implement and nurture those in my leadership roles.


Megan Asadian

Year in School: 4th year
Campus Involvement:
Asian American Student Association President, Social Justice Chair

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I chose to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program because I want to better understand my leadership style and experience more collaborative leadership with other leaders on campus.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I hope to meet new people, be inspired, and have more connections to the community.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
I have always admired leaders who emphasize the importance of grassroots organization. I myself recognize the importance of bottom-up decision making in a group, rather than top-down. Consequently, I have been working on really listening to my group members and allowing myself to step back and be patient as a leader. I've found that, along with listening and understanding, collaboration and effective communication are also integral to my leadership style.


India Persaud

Year in School: 2nd year
Campus Involvement:
Hillel International Chef Intern, UGA Oasis Volunteer, Portuguese Flagship Program, Wesley Disciple, Ramsey Dance 

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
The Tate Leadership Scholars have proved themselves as a group that allows students to both develop and serve in ways that students cannot do in just any organization. I see the fruit that they bear, and am excited to be a part of it!

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I desire to better myself as a leader for justice, and to also help others embrace the fire within them. Being a Tate Scholar will surely provide me with the opportunities to build lifelong relationships and network as well. I am an extremely dedicated individual who chooses her options with much consideration, and I have found the Tate Leadership Scholars as an outstanding organization to give my service to. I am ready to be challenged this year through being a Tate Leadership Scholar because I know it will focus on building me and others up for a lifetime of success.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
 After taking part of UGA's Academy for Leadership Excellence (ALE), I learned so much about who I am as a person. I have the eyes of a leader, but the heart of a servant. This combination is one of my many strong suits. Indeed I am humbled by my imperfections, but my ability to genuinely connect to those around me and love the unloved has brought confidence into my life. The world will surely benefit from my high energy and positive mindset because I am so determined to conquer “the mission” and embrace adversity. As a visionary, I am an incredibly enthusiastic individual who will always help drive a team to success.


Felicia Barham

Year in School: 4th year
Campus Involvement:
Adventist Christian Fellowship, and American Society of Civil Engineers

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
"One of my friends, Sydney McCall, was a Tate Leadership Scholar for the 2015-2016 school year, and I recently spoke to her about her experience. She spoke very passionately about the things she was able to achieve during her time, and how one of her projects has now blossomed into an actual organization here on campus. She also told me about the reflection process she did during the semester, where she discussed what her leadership skills looked like, and then what she wanted her leadership to be. Seeing Sydney speak so passionately about this program inspired me to apply. Also seeing her mature into a person that not only cares about her organization and the members within it, but the people they are affecting from their outreach, helped further push me in my decision to participate in this program.
Going into my second year as President of my organization, Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF), has definitely changed my perspective on what being a leader is all about. It’s not about being the figurehead of the group, or being a dictator. Instead, being a leader involves going from being selfish, to becoming selfless. It’s not about me, but about the overall organization, and how we can flourish as a group. I know I have the capability to become a better leader, but I just need the guidance, and I believe participating in this program will help me. So many times in my life I have passed up on amazing opportunities because I felt as though I was never qualified, and I do not want this opportunity to be one of them. I hope to gain not only vital skills, and potential lifelong friends, but also seeing the fruits of my labor. I want to see what happens when you put further time and dedication to something that you wish to grow, and learning along the way."

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
It's simple, I want to become a better leader. A lot of times these types of programs are given as seminars, where a group of individuals are given a PowerPoint of "dos and don'ts". I am a hands-on type of person, that needs to physically get involved to actually learn. This program allows the individuals to not only learn how to become a more effective leader, but also practice it. The services we participate in, the interaction among ourselves, and various learning tools, will contribute to me become a better leader; for only myself, but for the other organizations that I am involved in.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
Not only am I President of my Christian group here on campus, but I have also had various leadership positions over the years. It is from these experiences that I have been able to learn and evolve my leadership style. I would say I have a Type A personality, meaning, I am very competitive, ambitious, and impatient. I like things a certain way, and I like them to be completed by a certain time. When I used to work in groups, I used to do everything on my own and not ask for help from anyone. By doing that, that placed more stress on me, and that is something that could have easily been avoided. I’m still learning, but I am getting better at delegating things to the other people on my executive board. And I’ve seen that by giving them more responsibility allowed me to relax, but also noticed that their opinion of doing something was actually better than what I had in mind.


Rachel Carlson

Year in School: 2nd year      
Campus Involvement: WIT Tutor, Guide Dog Foundation, Wesley Foundation

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I decided to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program because I wanted to learn more about myself and how I can apply myself on a campus this large. There are so many opportunities and experiences that UGA has to offer and I feel that by understanding myself and my strengths and weaknesses, I can better apply myself to the interests I have.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
From this experience, I am hoping to learn more about myself and my leadership potential as well as the way I best interact with others. On a larger scale, I am hoping to gain some valuable networking exposure and bond with the other scholars in the group.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
My leadership philosophy is that everyone has to potential to make an impact if they so desire. I truly believe that every person brings their own skills and experiences to a project and that these can be utilized along with the talents of everyone else to make the best project possible. Because of this, my leadership style is a bit different than most. I tend to start by just observing, looking at how people act towards the group as a whole and the task at hand. Once I can see how everyone feels about what we are trying to accomplish, I rise to the front to make sure that all voices are heard and that each individual is gaining something valuable from being part of the group. Leadership is important for being effective and efficient however if you leave others behind in the process, I don't believe anything has really been accomplished.


Shelby Reed

Year in School: 2nd year           
Campus Involvement:
Anthropology Society, Student Association for Archeological Sciences, Franklin Residential College, Shop with a Bulldog, Myers Community Council, Tate Leadership Scholars Program.

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I felt that being a part of the Tate Leadership Scholars program would offer me a great opportunity to learn about myself and my leadership style as well as the ability to connect with other motivated students. There was no downside to applying!

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I hope to be able to develop my weaknesses as a leader. The only way to improve is to find out what needs to be fixed and then fix it. Hopefully, by being a Tate Scholar, I can truly grow as a leader, learn from others and maybe learn a great deal about myself along the way.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
Simply put, my leadership philosophy and style are focused on others. My goal in life is to spread positivity and love to as many people as I can; so, as a leader, I want to put the follower and people who I work with first and make sure that they feel valued. I believe in servant leadership and that the best way to lead is through helping others to lead.


Katie Buckley

Year in School: 3rd year
Campus Involvement:
Western IHSA Riding Team, Large Animal Emergency Critical Care Team, Life Runners UGA Chapter, Laudato Si Squad Environmental Club

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I decided to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program to expand on my leadership skills and to become a part of a bigger community to make a positive impact on the Athens area.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I hope to improve my delegation skills as a leader and my ability to empathize with people of different backgrounds.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
My leadership philosophy is a philosophy of example.  I lead best by being the best role model I can be.  I initiate change through new ideas and motivation, and I feed off of the energy created by a community of excited individuals.


Rory Hibbler

Year in School: 3rd year
Campus Involvement:
Operations Director for the Georgia Political Review

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I decided to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program because I want to learn new leadership skills for myself, my organization, and my school.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I am hoping to become a more confident and outgoing leader and to form new relationships and bonds with fellow students heavily involved at UGA.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
I like to lead by example- I think the best way to inspire people is to be excited about something yourself and the excitement and passion can be contagious.


Qiwei Li

Year in School: 3rd year
Campus Involvement:
DL_NO dance club

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I am eager to learn professional leadership skills and work outside school with local community.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
Hoping to learn how to collaborate with different culture background teams and being a professional leader.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
Responsible, Passionate and Efficient


Victoria Case

Year in School: 3rd year
Campus Involvement:
Student Merchandising Association, Shop With A Bulldawg, FACS Forward Mentor, Camp Dive Volunteer, UGA Club Competitive Cheerleading

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I am always searching for hands-on experiences that will make me a better leader. I believe that a person does not need to have a leadership title to make an influence. No matter what position, there is always the opportunity to take on more responsibility, show off your potential, and act as a leader. In my mind, every person has the capability to do this after recognizing how to utilize their personal strengths.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
As a Tate Scholar, I really hope to build my personal confidence as a leader. I know I possess the raw skills to influence others so it is my hope that this program will fine-tune and cultivate these abilities. I believe leadership is such an important and useful attribute that can only be refined by practice!

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
To me, a leader is someone who takes charge of a situation when no one else is willing to. They are the trailblazers who are not afraid to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. Leadership is a daunting task that requires complete confidence in your abilities to get a job done while also recognizing that sometimes that job cannot be done without the help of others. My personal leadership style focuses on aiding the connection and compromise between multiple opinions while also learning from others. I believe the best way to be a leader is to just go out there and do it!


Caroline Kinzler

Year in School: 2nd year
Campus Involvement:
Sigma Kappa Sorority, Alzheimer's Association, Miracle

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
I wanted to gain more knowledge on how to become a better leader.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I hope to learn about different leadership styles and meet new people.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
I think that I'm a affiliative leader because I like to create emotional bonds and harmony within groups.


Samaria Aluko

Year in School: 3rd year
Campus Involvement:
MobileHealth@UGA, Wesley's CrossTrainers, NavCompass

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
Initially, I joined to gain more knowledge about the entirety of leadership, network with student organizations, and learn how to be more intentional about building genuine relationships with those I encountered. When I noticed that I would be able to help make a direct impact in the Athens community through my Passion Project, I realized that the program would surround me with a diverse group of supporters striving towards similar goals.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
I hope to gain a community of individuals that I can depend on and will hold me accountable as a leader and a student while also developing my leadership skills.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
Get the job done while still having fun."" At the end of the day, I still have a goal to meet, but I want to leave with a better understanding of the people around me while simply enjoying being. At a young age, I was taught that serving is one of the best ways to lead. Because of this, I lead primarily to meet the needs and desires of followers in order to reflect compassion towards their well-being. Make a conscious effort to practice what I preach


Ashleigh Proctor

Year in School: 2nd year
Campus Involvement:
I am currently involved in UGA Medlife, the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics-UGA, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and Alpha Gamma Delta.

Why did you decide to participate in the Tate Leadership Scholars program?
One of my main goals while here at UGA is to continue to improve and develop my leadership skills so that I can use them to better participate in and impact my community. The Tate Leadership Scholars Program will help me along this path by allowing me to take an active leadership role within civic organizations in and around Athens.

What are you hoping to gain from your experience as a Tate Scholar?
In addition to polishing my skills and gaining more experience, I hope to connect with UGA faculty and community leaders to gain insight, knowledge, and resources while developing new relationships that will help me as I work to influence my community now and in the future.

What is your leadership philosophy and leadership style?
"One of the big things I learned about leadership this past year is that you can't be a good leader unless you have people who are willing to follow you. They must trust in the fact that every decision you make is for the good of all and that you have taken any and all options into account.  This is because being a leader is not just about exercising power, but using the power afforded to you by your followers to do real change. This change can even be as simple as encouraging one of your team members to face something that scares them and motivating them to reach their greatest potential. My leadership style has developed into this from other leaders of mine who inspired that positive change in myself.

Another aspect that feeds into my leadership style is acknowledging concerns over a project and sharing them with my team. I have learned through past experience how this really helps to open up other members and let them feel more connected to me as their leader. Even though I may be in charge I have fear and may not know all of the answers. Bringing my team into my confidence allows them to do the same for me."