Our #LeaderBear spotlight this week was a past participant of Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders!
William Heideman is a sophomore planning to graduate in Spring 2019 and is majoring in Computer Information Systems. His top 5 strengths include developer, positivity, belief, harmony, and woo. His past leadership experience includes being a MSU URSA Experience participant and facilitator, member of Emerging Leaders, SGA senate, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and the PSU house crew. His role in Pi Kappa Phi includes being the current director of membership experience and scholarship as well as the justice on the Standards board. William was also selected to attend the Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders, which is a national leadership workshop for brothers from across the country.
When asked how our leadership programs has impacted him, his response included…
“Being a participant in the Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders program was one of my favorite experiences from my freshman year. The Emerging Leaders experience gave me the skills I needed to bring my passion for guiding my peers to other organizations, and it gave me the confidence to initiate change and think outside of what the accepted norm was. The program helped to teach me many skills that I know will be utilized in life during and after college.”
William’s advice he would give to younger students includes…
“My biggest advice for younger students is to get involved in any way that you can. I personally felt very lost on campus when I first arrived, because I went to a small high school. In joining organizations and participating in stuff like Ursa and the Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders program, I met so many people and gained so much in terms of tangible skills that can be carried over to life after college. Getting involved on campus not only made the university feel smaller, but it made me fall in love with the school as well.”
Keep an eye out for Emerging Leader’s applications which will launch on October 31st!