The Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is a non-profit organization that provides support to financial aid administrators and other agencies involved in the administration of financial aid programs in Wisconsin’s postsecondary educational institutions.
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by Katie Kraemer, Marquette University and Kevin McShane, Herzing University
“If you’re leading but no one is following, then you are only taking a walk.” – John Maxwell
That was just one of many ideas pondered at the MASFAA Leadership Symposium in Indianapolis at the beginning of June. The symposium was packed with interesting and thought-provoking lessons about leadership theories and principles. The lessons also included valuable time for discussion and reflection with fellow financial aid professionals from the Midwest region. Better yet, this information was delivered to us by individuals who are leaders in financial aid with wonderful experience to draw upon and insight they could provide. The faculty members included Heidi Carl, Director at Wabash College, Pam Fowler, Director at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and Wisconsin’s own Keyimani Alford, Training Specialist with Great Lakes and Triena Bodart, Assistant Director from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Aaron Steffens, the President of MASFAA, also presented about leadership in financial aid and discussed opportunities within MASFAA.
Topics covered during the Leadership Symposium included Leadership Tells (the style, character, and personality necessary to be a leader), tricks of the trade/information directors should know, how diversity is an important and integral part of an aid office, putting leadership theories to practice, time management, and coaching a team to success. In addition to these sessions we had time to consider where our paths in life have taken us thus far and how that has changed or shaped us as leaders. We also had time to reflect on where our future goals may take us.
If you ever have the opportunity to attend the MASFAA Leadership Symposium in the future, we would highly recommend it. The ideas presented would be beneficial to anyone who is currently in a leadership role as well as those who would like to grow into a leadership role. We left Indianapolis eager to put to practice what we learned as we prepare to serve WASFAA on the Executive Committee for the next 2 years. We are very grateful WASFAA provided us with the opportunity to attend! Feel free to reach out to us if you would like to discuss how you can implement some of these great leadership ideas, or if you have questions or want further information about this incredible experience!