• Chidsey Center Leadership Retreat

    The Chidsey Center annual leadership retreat is open to all Davidson students.


Leadership Retreat

If a one- or four-year long leadership program is not for you, but you still are interested in developing and practicing effective leadership skills, consider the Chidsey Center's three-day leadership retreat. The retreat, which takes place during the week before summer break, is open to all interested students and includes workshops, games, self-assessments and group activities.

Retreat themes are crafted annually to address the various needs of Davidson student leaders. Past topics have included: "No Relationship, No Leadership!", "Impact and Innovation," "Shaping the Dream Team and the Leader Within," "Leadership with a Lasting Impact," "Achieving a Balanced Life of Leadership," and "Confident Leadership - Navigating the Chaos."

This year's retreat theme is: "Reflect and Connection: Leadership with Purpose." The retreat will be framed with six steps to help you and your organization lead with purpose - Discover your culture and capabilities; Craft a leadership strategy; Transform a team; Take time out for learning; Establish action development teams; and Align Talent. Our guest facilitator, Mike Watson, along with Chidsey Center staff and Student Life staff will help you motivate your organizations members, define your leadership style and learn to work with those similar and different from you. You will leave the retreat with tangible items to implement within your group and an action plan to help organize your steps to lead with purpose.

2015 Student Leadership Retreat

The purpose of the Annual Leadership Retreat (ALR) is to bring together a diverse group of students in a supportive, trustworthy space where they can explore, gain insight and share ideas around a common theme. Critical to ALR is the understanding that true innovation and growth in leadership develops when we support both the need to share with others so as to connect, and the need for privacy and autonomy so as to reflect.
During the retreat students will connect and build close relationships with peers, through small group interactions, activities, seminars, and conversations. The ALR is foremost an experience for students to decompress and relax from finals in an off campus setting, while re-invigorating their vision, purpose and commitment to fulfill their potential.

  • Dates: Wednesday, May 13-Friday, May 15, 2015 (Leave after final exams on Wednesday, return Friday by Noon)
  • Registration: Payment due Thursday, April 30, 2015.
  • Location: Camp Dogwood, Sherrill's Ford, NC

Hosted by the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development