For students in Delaware, a successful future awaits those who seek leadership development

On May 10, the Siegfried Leadership Program™ held its second leadership development event for students in grades 8 through 12. On a sunny Wednesday morning, more than 500 students and teachers from local schools made their way to the University of Delaware’s (UD’s) Clayton Hall for a half-day event designed to help them start — or continue — their journey toward developing strong individual leadership skills.

Carlos Asarta, the Director for UD’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor of Economics at UD, opened the day with a brief, but powerful, presentation where he reminded attendees that the experiences you have in your life are what shapes you and prepares you for your future. With a warm welcome, he then turned the stage over to Rob Siegfried, CEO and Founder of The Siegfried Group, LLP and co-founder of the Siegfried Leadership Program™.

Carlos Asarta, the Director for UD’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor of Economics at UD

Siegfried welcomed the students and expressed his appreciation for their attendance. “You’re here today because you’re eager to find success in your lives — which is a great thing,” he said. “And I’m here because I want to help you develop your leadership skills, create successful habits, and encourage you to think about what makes you happy. Because that’s how you find success. That’s how you achieve your goals.” Siegfried shared personal stories of his own journey from car washer to successful entrepreneur and role model, and encouraged the students to seriously think about their passion in life.

Rob Siegfried, CEO and Founder of The Siegfried Group, LLP and co-founder of the Siegfried Leadership Program™

In between sessions and during the various presentations, attendees wrote down their insights from the speakers, began to determine their current and future goals, and thought about what steps they should take next to make those goals a reality.

Guest speaker David Edward Garcia captivated the crowd with his session, which blended comedy and inspirational speaking to connect with the students in the audience. As someone who discovered his learning style later in his life, he challenged the audience to “find your genius” and write their own story. “Your story is everything and you have the ability to pre-decide your story. And although that can be difficult, difficult does not mean impossible. All difficult means is that you’re going to get stronger in the process.”

Guest speaker David Edward Garcia

Immediately following lunch, and before Siegfried closed the day, attendees were treated to two energizing performances: one by two graduating seniors from Newark High School, and one by an economics teacher and two of his students from Delaware Military Academy.

Students from the following schools attended the event: Brandywine, Mount Pleasant, Christiana, St. Ann School, Concord, Newark, St. Edmond’s, Positive Outcomes, Delaware Military Academy, Delaware Design Lab, and Nativity Prep.

More than 500 students and teachers from local schools attended this event to begin or continue their journey toward developing strong individual leadership skills.

Siegfried Leadership Program™

This impactful program provides an impetus for students in grades 8 through 12 to strengthen their individual leadership during a half-day event that features a series of inspiring talks, group sessions, and sharing of insights. Siegfried Leadership Program™ is a collaborative effort between The Siegfried Group, LLP, Junior Achievement of Delaware, and the University of Delaware’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship.

A student fills out a worksheet during a presentation at the recent Siegfried Leadership Program™ event

Upcoming Events

On October 4, 2017, Siegfried Leadership Program™ will host its third leadership development event for young adults in grades 8 through 12. The event will be held at Clayton Hall on the University of Delaware’s campus. For those educators interested in participating in this special event, please visit SiegfriedLeadershipProgram.com.

Rob Siegfried, CEO and Founder of The Siegfried Group, LLP and co-founder of the Siegfried Leadership Program™, poses for a photo with several students from St. Edmond’s Academy.
David Edward Garcia (a youth comedian and speaker), Carlos Asarta (Director for UD’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship) , and Rob Siegfried (CEO and Founder of The Siegfried Group, LLP and co-founder of the Siegfried Leadership Program™) share insights following their presentations.