Pinnacle Leadership Challenge Workshops

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2020-21 Workshops & Discussion Groups:

Talents, Teams, and Strengths: Unpacking your Gallup Clifton Strengths Assessment

Facilitated by Andrea Davis (RSW), Student Services Manager, Pinnacle Team Lead, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach at the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University

Workshop Registration restricted to Pinnacle participants only. Minimum 8 participants per session, maximum 15.

Workshop Description

In this 2 hour facilitated workshop we will come together with other Pinnacle Challenge Participants to unpack the language of strengths so that you’ll be able to better understand yourself and each other. We’ll learn some of the history of the Clifton Strengths Assessment and focus on understanding our top 5 talents and how each of us brings uniqueness as a leader to team environments. Make sure you send your reports to Andrea prior to the session and also make sure you have easy access to your 2 Clifton Strengths reports in our virtual session. Looking forward to meeting you all!


15 – (3-5 pm) -Thursday, 16 – (2-4 pm) – Friday, 21 – (3-5 pm) – Wednesday, 23 – (10-12 noon) – Friday, 28 – (4-6 pm) – Wednesday

Location: Virtual via Google Meet/Zoom

Andrea Davis is passionate about creating learning conversation opportunities between people. She is currently in a volunteer logistics role internal to the Students’ Association, helping to on-board new volunteers, build volunteer systems, and create opportunities for volunteer relationship building within the organization. In the 6 years and 10 months in her role as the Student Advocacy Coordinator at SAMRU, she coached individual students here at MRU to become their best self-advocates through a strengths-based, anti-oppressive focus. Andrea is a registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and holds two degrees; one in Social Work, and the other, a Bachelor of General Studies with a minor in Communications from the University of Calgary, with post graduate professional development work in conflict resolution. Andrea also brings seven years of management experience in both banking and retail operations as well as a variety of experiences in human services; a complimentary blend of both for-profit and not-for profit sector experience.

In 2017, Andrea completed her certification requirements through Gallup, to become SAMRU’s own Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Completion of her coaching certification further enhances her assistance of students in post-secondary with understanding their talents and strengths in thriving both academically and in the workplace. Gallup’s Clifton Strengths testing is used internationally across sectors and is an evidence-based instrument proven to be both valid and reliable in its results over time. For more information on how Clifton Strengths for Students is currently being used in post-secondary, visit Gallup’s website.

Leadership as an Act of Service

Facilitated by Will Conner, MRU Computer information sciences major, Pinnacle Leadership participant 2016 & Pinnacle Volunteer Committee member & Entrepreneur


Thurs. November 12, 2020: 4-6 pm

Mon. November 16, 2020: 5-7 pm

Wed. November 25, 2020: 6-8 pm

Workshop Registration is open to all current MRU students, including Pinnacle participants. Minimum 8 participants per session, maximum 15. Please register here for both Workshops and Discussion Groups.

Location: Virtual via Google Meet/Zoom

Workshop Description

Recent representations of leadership in media focus on strong, authoritative, driven, decisive leadership styles. While these skills are important, motivation and attitude go a long way to dictating what type of leader we will be. Do we focus on pushing our goals above all others, or do we enable our team to chart the course with us at the helm looking out for disaster? How do we lessen the isolation and burden of leadership and frame the act as something consistent with our internal values? How do we express and negotiate our power to champion and build our team members? What can we gain by looking at leadership as an act of service instead of one that demands to be served? Let’s explore.

  • This two hour facilitated on-line workshop will help us explore these topics. You’ll walk away with some fresh perspectives and strategies to internalize these values. As a group we’ll generate a handy 1-page take way so those ideas always stay fresh (you’ll receive this via e-mail afterwards).How you can prepare:
    Dress casual and comfy.
  • Please have some paper and various coloured writing/drawing instruments handy for this session.
  • Have an idea of a leader (in any industry/capacity) who’s style you admire, and why (brief).
    Be prepared to engage and have some fun.

There will be one 15 minute break in the middle of the session.  Microphone and Camera use are strongly encouraged. See you there!

Leading through fire

Facilitated by Matt Mickelson, MRU Criminal Justice Studies major, Pinnacle Leadership participant 2019 & SAMRU Governor

Workshop Registration is open to all current MRU students, including Pinnacle participants. Minimum 8 participants per session, maximum 15.

Please register here for both Workshops and Discussion Groups.



10th – (2 – 4 pm) – Tuesday
18th – (1 – 3 pm) – Wednesday
23rd – (5 – 7 pm) – Monday


Location: Virtual via Google Meet/Zoom

Workshop Description

The “Leading through Fire” Workshop is about how to be able to work with a team of people at times of extreme difficulty or extreme pressure. In this workshop, we will go over the importance of communication with your team, how to address individual team members’ concerns appropriately, and how to manage the needs of your team and still complete your team goal!


Matt Mickelson is currently in his fourth year of Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University. He is the current president of several clubs, namely Cougars Unsolved and the MRU Criminal Justice Student Society. In his spare time, you can find Matt baking cookies or out volunteering within the community. Over quarantine, Matt was asked to become involved in the search efforts for Shane Smith’s remains, Matt and his small cohort of students and community volunteers were able to log over seven hundred hours and cover more than 6000 km of backroads, and on September 5th covered almost 122 kilometres of the bow river. Currently, Matt is working alongside a Mexican Federal Investigator on an independent review of several Mexican cold cases. 

November Pinnacle Pillar Leadership Discussion Groups:

Please register here for both Workshops and Discussion Groups.

Self-Awareness & Leadership:

How does having self-awareness enhance leadership? How does one develop self-awareness as a leader? Let’s discuss and broaden our understanding of self-awareness together. Watch the following videos PRIOR to registering & attending the discussion group date:

Fri. November 13, 2020: 10-12 noon  

Thurs. November 19, 2020: 3 pm -5 pm

Increase your self-awareness with one simple fix

Tasha Eurich  |TEDxMileHigh (17:17)

How to use others’ feedback to learn and grow 

Sheila Heen | TEDxAmoskeagMillyardWomen (19:28)

The Power of Vulnerability

Brene Brown | TedxHouston (20:04)

Relationship Building & Leadership:

What makes building relationship with your direct reports and followers essential to strong leadership? What considerations are important in building professional relationships? Watch the following videos PRIOR to attending the discussion group sessions:

Fri. November 13, 2020: 1-3 pm

Thurs. November 26, 2020: 9 am – 11 am

Building Connections: How to Be A Relationship Ninja 
Rosan Auyeung-Chen | TEDxSFU (18:14)
What productive conflict can offer a workplace
Jess Kutch | TED Talk 2019 (6:17)
The Power of Appreciation
Mike Robbins |TEDxBellevue | September 2013 (18:06)
Why good leaders make you feel safe
Simon Sinek |TED Talk | September 2014 (11:26)

Communication & Leadership:

What does listening have to do with communication and leadership? What might strategic communication look like? What kinds of tools might improve communication? Watch the videos below prior to registering in and attending the discussion group sessions:

Wed. November 18, 2020: 3-5 pm

Mon. November 30, 2020: 1-3 pm

Communication & Leadership (3:09) (
Own your behaviors, Master your Communication, Determine your success
Louise Evans | TEDxGenova (18:30)
It’s not manipulation. It’s strategic communication.
Keisha Brewer | TEDxGeorgetown (10:56)
Build don’t break relationships with communication – connect the dots
Amy Scott | TEDxQueenstown (11:50)
The Power of Listening
William Ury | TEDxSanDiego (15:40)

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