Business students help nonprofits during 2021 Collegiate Leadership Competition

Published by Logan Tuttle 4 months ago on Mon, May 10, 2021 11:28 AM
Hayley Steinbauer (left), Kalina Schoenfeld (middle) and Henry Reimer, members of the Concordia blue team, meet with Brogan Casey, director of Blue River Pet Rescue, located in Seward.

Concordia business students recently competed in the annual Collegiate Leadership Competition, with one team finishing fourth out of 33 teams from 25 universities. The CLC, a nonprofit founded in 2015, creates a digital practice field where students can actively apply what they’ve learned through competitions that help make leadership a tangible, high-impact learning experience for future leaders.

The competition involved a series of activities over about a month, with one final day of live competition, held virtually on April 10 due to the pandemic. Universities competing included Southern Illinois University, Boston University, University of Delaware, Wichita State and more.

Concordia’s blue team including Henry Reimer, Kalina Schoenfeld, Hayley Steinbauer, Mady Payne, Sydni Kroll and João Pedro Veríssimo finished fourth. Reimer said the two largest parts of the competition included an impact challenge, where teams raised awareness for a local community organization. Reimer’s team chose Blue River Pet Rescue, which helps Seward and the surrounding counties with care and shelter for pet animals who no longer have homes. The team helped the organization create a Facebook page to host virtual events to help drive engagement—including a live tour and live adoption events—which has results in more than 720 followers.

“Our team was fantastic together,” Reimer said. “We all have a very competitive side to us that makes it really fun to compete together. We also have different strengths that complement each other very nicely, which made for a group that could trust and rely on each other to perform at the highest level.”

Concordia’s white team including Michaela Regier, Gabrielle Diamond, Cally Rogers, Jeana Brase, Max Johnston, Ashley Gercynski and alternate Jonah Lange finished 11th, and the red team of Brandon Timoney, Hope Bassett, Morgan De Jong, Zac Christensen, Hhana Haro, Allysia Thayer and alternate Morgan James finished 13th.