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Leadership Workshops Amplify Professional Development for Members at Annual Convention    
Friday, August 26, 2022 | Author: Kynlee Bright, White Oak FFA

Throughout the 2022 Texas FFA Convention, members participated in leadership workshops facilitated by FFA alumni, agricultural leaders, and motivational speakers to learn tangible skills that strengthen themselves and their chapters. 

Leadership workshops are tools to focus on specific lessons, relevant issues, and professional development applicable to FFA members. 

One of the workshops facilitated by past National FFA Southern Region Vice President Artha Jonassaint focused on "Building Your Brand" through deep reflection of identity, goals and aspirations. Members were able to construct and share their brand with peers while gaining confidence. 

"A central theme of this workshop is that 'it's not just a brand, but an experience,'" Jonassaint said. "By bringing this notion back to their chapters, students will be challenged to cultivate experiences for students and stakeholders alike that provide positive experiences." 

White Oak FFA member Meredith Anderson attended Jonassaint's workshop with her chapter and said they were able to learn concepts that they could share with their members in the upcoming school year. 

"A lesson I would like to share at my home chapter would be to stick to your beliefs and be open to listening to what others hold as important values," Mt. Enterprise FFA member Kyleigh Long said. "The success of a chapter hinges solely on its members to excel, and you must work together to achieve your goals." 

In addition to Jonassaint, Texas FFA hosted a record number of workshop facilitators on various topics throughout the week. Specifically, a workshop led by Matt Rush discussed how to begin planting seeds of greatness as students encounter life changes, allowing them to take the critical lesson back to their chapters. 

"I think it's important to have kids bring lessons from the workshops back to a chapter because a lot of our kids don't get the chance to come to convention," Hooks FFA advisor Stephanie Loe said. "Many of the kids are new at the school and these lessons help teach them leadership skills and expectations going forward." 

Additional workshops were facilitated by Baden Heisler and Quetta Woodall, Oklahoma Past State Officers;  Annie Valicek and Ryan Williamson, Texas Past State Officers; Megan Gould, Washington Past State Officer; Donna Fuller, Career Coach; McKenna Bush and Roger Hall, Texas Farm Bureau; Griselda Spencer and Meredith Hartmann, VATAT Credit Union; Fanchon Stinger, Grit and Grace Nation. 

Reporter: Kynlee Bright, White Oak FFA 

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