What's it all about?

Team Leader Training Day is an amazing opportunity for Choose A Challenge to bring together our campus leaders, charity representatives, and their account managers so we can meet, go over how we'll be working together, and what the year ahead will look like. 

  Introductions   We gathered all of our leaders to preview the day ahead. We handed out personalized itinerraries, swag bags and gave them all the tools they'd need to get the most out of the day. After some breakfast, networking and everybody getting settled in we moved right into the basics of who are Choose a Challenge

Introductions

We gathered all of our leaders to preview the day ahead. We handed out personalized itinerraries, swag bags and gave them all the tools they'd need to get the most out of the day. After some breakfast, networking and everybody getting settled in we moved right into the basics of who are Choose a Challenge

Campus leaders learn who Choose A Challenge is

Once we got all our leaders in the door and signed-in, we began our introductions as members of Choose A Challenge. From there, we went more into detail about what Choose A Challenge is, why we do what we do, and how we work with university students and charities to drive our company's mission. This served as an opportunity for our new leaders to learn what drives us and our intended message. 

  Role of a leader on campus + Q&A with former leaders    Explaining the mission of Choose A Challenge naturally segued into what role our leaders play in this whole process. These presentations and brainstorming sessions keyed in on the essentials for a successful campus leader: "What qualities make a good leader?", What are the expectations of our leaders?"  (both on our end and from potential team members) , and "What are the differences between a manager and a leader?"

Role of a leader on campus + Q&A with former leaders

Explaining the mission of Choose A Challenge naturally segued into what role our leaders play in this whole process. These presentations and brainstorming sessions keyed in on the essentials for a successful campus leader: "What qualities make a good leader?", What are the expectations of our leaders?" (both on our end and from potential team members), and "What are the differences between a manager and a leader?"

  Lunch and Socializing   None of us had any difficulties here

Lunch and Socializing

None of us had any difficulties here

Charity Introductions and 1-on-1 sessions

This time slot served as a great chance for our leaders to get better acquainted with the charities they will be supporting. After some brief introductions by our charity partners, our leaders were divided into groups based on their charity to get to know each other better and discuss their individual campuses . These breakaway sessions provided a clear picture of how each charity positively impacts their community and how each leader's team will support those goals. 

Leader Workshops

Later on, leaders were again broken up into groups and rotated between three stations that were hosted by Choose A Challenge staff members. These workshop stations consisted of topics like Timelines and Important DatesHow Best To Recruit On Campus, and  Useful Tools & Important T&Cs to know. The goal for each one of the stations was to highlight the important elements of the leadership journey from now until their eventual trip departure. 

Learning About Your Trip

The final session of the day was all about each leader learning more about their trip. We had already gone over most trip details with our leaders prior to the day, but this session actually broke down each trip's day-by-day itinerary (Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, Everest Base Camp) with people who have actually gone on the trips themselves. As one who has been through this process before, it is also quite exciting to be reminded of the amazing things each team will be doing on their treks. 

Final Remarks

From my totally-biased view, this year's Team Leader Training Day was fantastic! We got to meet some truly amazing people, connect them with their charity partner's causes, and discussed many of the exciting things ahead. We wrapped up the day and said our goodbyes for to those who had planes and buses to catch, but for those who could stay we went out for a small pizza party at Speedy Romeo's (a must try for anyone who loves pizza, food, life, etc.), a fitting end for a successful day!

We could not be happier with the experiences we had with our campus leaders and charity partners and are absolutely thrilled for our opportunity to work together! If you're a leader and you were not able to make it TLTD this year I hope this gives you a glimpse of what we did throughout the day and never fear, we will be filling you in on everything we went over! 

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