August 29, 2023- At the "You Got This, Kid! Leadership Foundation", we believe in the power of mentorship, guidance, and the continuous journey of learning. Our founder, Chuck Saia, recently had the privilege of sharing his wisdom with the graduate students of the School of Business at Quinnipiac University. Here's a glimpse into the inspiring session.
Chuck's Leadership Background
Chuck Saia, a senior partner at Deloitte and chairman of Quinnipiac's Board of Trustees, has 30 years of leadership experience. Beyond his corporate roles, he's passionate about guiding young leaders, leading him to establish our foundation and write “You Got This, Kid!: Words of Advice for Young Leaders.”
The Book's Impact
At the Quinnipiac symposium, Chuck conducted a workshop based on his book. Dean Holly Raider highlighted the book's authentic take on leadership. Notably, all book proceeds support Lupus research and environmental sustainability through the Saia Family Fund.
Chuck introduced students to leadership analogies. The students wrote down experiences that helped them toughened them up like armadillos, recognizing uplifting mentors as "eagles" in their lives, and reflecting on personal growth following encounters with toxic leaders like scorpions. This exercise was designed to help students understand and develop their unique "leadership footprint."
Leadership is Learned
Chuck's key message: “There’s no such thing as a born leader… It is not embedded in you. Leadership is a learned trait. You continuously have to learn.". He encouraged students to continuously evolve, align with their purpose, and learn from every experience.
In addition to his session at Quinnipiac University, Chuck Saia made another significant impact on August 16th when he visited North Carolina State University as the keynote speaker at the Master of Accounting Pre Matriculation Program for the second time. Chuck's dedication to mentoring and developing the next generation of leaders continues to leave an indelible mark on students across the nation.
Images from the Quinnipiac University Session