The Chidsey Center hosts a bi-annual lecture series, monthly meetings, conferences and special workshops for all students to participate and be exposed to leadership education and development.
The Chidsey Leadership Lecture Series features Davidson alumni and other inspiring leaders who have made exceptional contributions to their communities. Occurring once a semester, speakers are invited to give a lecture, dine with students beforehand, and meet with students during the day in a class, workshop, and/or informal setting. Speakers are selected for their unique experiences that can be applied to diverse student groups. Nominate a lecture series speaker to the series committee by emailing the Chidsey Center.
The Living Leadership series gives Davidson students the opportunity to connect with leaders in an informal setting. The leaders come from different sectors—non-profit, business, coaching, corporate—and focus on a variety of leadership topics. Past leaders include Bill Anderson '69, UN Representative from USAID; Doug Ammar '84, Executive Director of the Georgia Justice Program; Mitzi Short '83, a VP/General Manager of PepsiCo; Bill McKenzie '71, a leadership for young adults author; Zama Coursen-Neff '93, Director of Children's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch; and Craig Carlock '89, CEO and President of The Freshmarket.
The Annual Leadership Retreat is open to all students and is held immediately following finals, the week before summer break. Students participate in two and a half days of workshops, self-assessment exercises, and group initiatives as they explore team building and leadership across athe selected theme area or topic for the retreat.
The Annual Women's Leadership Conference is an intergenerational exploration of leadership. The conference is designed and run entirely by a student planning committee with the Chidsey Center maintaining a strong relationship with conference leaders and providing support and advice as needed. This mission of the conference is to encourage relationships between students and community members by connecting them as conference participants. Registration is open to students, parents, alumni, and community members. For more information and to participate in the conference visit the conference website or email the conference committee.