Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders

Date: December 6-8, 2019

Grades: High School (11th-12th)

Cost: $150

Registrations Due: November 25, 2019

The Trent Lott Leadership Institute, since its inception in 2000, has had as its primary mission to prepare young people to assume positions of leadership in an increasingly complex world. We are particularly interested in students in the state of Mississippi. To that end, we will be hosting the 2018-2019 Emerging Leader Workshop Retreat for the newly elected Student Body or Student Council President and Junior Class President of any Mississippi high school.

This event begins with a welcome dinner Friday evening at which students will meet and hear from an expert in the field of public policy. Saturday brings workshops and breakout sessions led by first-rate faculty and professionals, examining Leadership Principles, Local Leadership, Civic Engagement and Preparing for College. Saturday evening, we will host a student leadership panel, comprised of Ole Miss student government and service organization members. On Sunday, we will have a quick debrief before dismissing students. 

In addition to tangible informational take-a-ways, participants have a unique opportunity to develop rapport with other young leaders in our state. The information exchange among peer groups provides an immediate reinforcement for the work being done in the breakout sessions.  Please see the proposed schedule for the weekend enclosed. 

We have limited the number of participants to fifty on a first come basis. The registration fee is $150 and includes housing for two nights, five meals, and workshop materials and is due before the registration deadline.

Shadrack “Shad” White, Mississippi State Auditor and Director of the Mississippi Justice Institute, will deliver the 2018 Emerging Leaders Keynote Address. White is a Mississippi native, graduate of the University of Mississippi where he was a Truman Scholar, Rhodes Scholar, an intern for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, and a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. He also holds a master’s degree in economics history form Oxford University in England and a law degree from Harvard. White has been involved in Mississippi state wide politics for years, including managing Governor Phil Bryant’s campaign in 2015. White is the youngest state wide elected official in Mississippi.

Friday, November 30th - (Attire is Business Casual)
4:30-5:30pm Registration, Lobby of The Inn at Ole Miss
5:45pm Meet in the Lobby of The Inn to walk to the CME
6:00-7:30pm  William R. Gottshall - Welcome Activities
7:30-8:30pm Dinner
8:30-9:00pm Shad White, MS State Auditor 
Saturday, December 1st - (Attire is Business Casual)
6:00-8:30am   Breakfast available at The Inn                        
8:45am   Meet in the Lobby of The Inn to walk to the CME
9:15-10:30am Workshop Block One (see registration packet for initial workshop assignment)
  • Session A (CME 107): Dr. Albert Nylander - Community Engagement & Service  
  • Session B (CME 111): Dr. Dewey Knight - Being Prepared for College Academically, Financially and Emotionally
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45am-12:00pm Workshop Block Two (Students switch rooms)
  • Session A (CME 107): Dr. Albert Nylander - Community Engagement & Service  
  • Session B (CME 111): Dr. Dewey Knight - Being Prepared for College Academically, Financially and Emotionally 
12:00-1:00pm Lunch – CME Third Floor
1:00-2:15pm Workshop Block Three
  • Session A (CME 107):  Local Leadership 
  • Session B (CME 111):  Dr. Jody Holland - Leadership Principles 
2:15-2:30pm Break              
2:30-3:45pm  Workshop Block Four (Students switch rooms)
  • Session A (CME 107):  Local Leadership
  • Session B (CME 111):  Dr. Jody Holland - Leadership Principles
4:00-6:30pm  Free time – Ready for Dinner
6:30pm Meet in the Lobby of The Inn to walk to the CME
7:00-8:00pm  Dinner – CME Third Floor
8:00-9:00pm  Student Leader Panel Discussion
Sunday, December 2 - (Wear Emerging Leaders T-Shirt)
6:00-8:30am   Breakfast available at The Inn
8:45am Meet in the Lobby of The Inn to walk to the CME 
9:00-10:30am Debrief and Dismissal, Center for Manufacturing Excellence
10:45am Pick up/Departure from The Inn

For additional information, please contact:

  • Address: Outreach and Continuing Education, Office of Pre-College Programs, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848
  • Phone: (662) 915-7621
  • Fax: (662) 915-1535
  • Email: competitions@olemiss.edu