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ITE Hosts First Virtual International
Student Leadership Summit
By Cecilia Kadeha (S),
Florida International University

ITE hosted the virtual International Student Leadership Summit (SLS) from February 19-20, 2021.
This event, the first of its kind, brought together nearly 300 students from across 90 universities.
The summit also welcomed 60 professionals as speakers and panelists from across the United
States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. With the tremendous support from ITE, the SLS was
organized by students, for students, and a total of 15 ITE Student Chapters were instrumental
in organizing the event.
The SLS included more than a dozen interactive technical and non-technical sessions, competitions, and socials. The sessions brought students together from different chapters and locations,
facilitating critical interaction in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions. All of the sessions and discussions included a chance for questions and comments from the audience on a virtual platform,
and participants shared resources on different topics and exchanged contacts to maintain the
connections they made during the event.
The opening session, " Purposeful Leadership: Becoming a Leader Who Positively Influences Communities, Companies, and the Profession, " featured a panel of esteemed leaders in ITE and the
transportation sector. ITE International President, Alyssa Rodriguez, P.E., PTOE (F) led the discussion. The speakers shared their personal experiences, how and what motivated them to choose a
career in transportation, and the choices they made to grow into leaders who inspire their communities. They shared pointers on work-life balance and other aspects of personal development.
Leadership sessions from Australia and New Zealand gave insights on " Australian Leadership -
What Does it Look Like and How is it Different " and " A Journey of Growth and the Importance of
Diversity " from an amazing set of panelists. These sessions threw light on the friendly culture of
the Australian leadership style.

Photo courtesy Timothy Young (S)/LinkedIn.

The students had a chance to strike up a conversation with professionals and practiced
different activities geared towards improving soft skills, particularly during the session
" Leadership: What It Means to You, Why It's
Important to Develop Leadership Skills, and
How ITE Helps Develop Leaders. "

The Career Connect with Students and Professionals session, hosted by Kate Whitfield, P.Eng., MCIP,
RPP, RSP1 (M) and the ITE York University Student Chapter.
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Another session that caught the students'
interest was the panel discussion on " What
You Need to Know (Before You Graduate!) " .
The panelists gave tips on career paths
regarding the public, private, and academic
sectors. Guidance included interview tips,
resume preparation, how to present yourself professionally, and proper networking
etiquette. A similar session, " Career Connect



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