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ASMC conference to teach fearless leadership

Barry McNamara
11/07/2017

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Students who attend the Associated Students of Monmouth College’s fifth annual leadership conference on Nov. 11 will learn how to overcome a major roadblock to effective leadership.

That lesson will be provided by keynote speaker Darryl Bellamy Jr., who will tell students what he considers to be the biggest inhibitor of student inquiry, academic success and character development: fear.

A self-styled “corporate America dropout turned author,” Bellamy wrote the student-development book Waking Up Chase: One Student’s Journey to Awakening His Potential. Bellamy also collects fears – he has thousands of written fears from college students, which he catalogs in an Excel spreadsheet.

“Every year, the Associated Students of Monmouth College has a leadership conference for student body representatives,” said Marilyn Carteño ’19 of Chicago. “We usually focus the leadership conference on encouraging underclassmen to take leadership roles. This year our keynote speaker will talk about fearless leadership. After the keynote address, we have two breakout sessions that students can attend.”

Students invited to attend the conference were nominated by faculty and staff. The conference helps them tap into a new or hidden set of skills that lets them thrive in positions of leadership in organizations or in classroom discussions.

Students in the audience of Monmouth’s Alumni Impact Awards during Homecoming weekend got a sneak preview of Bellamy’s message, as Distinguished Service Award recipient Jeff Miller ’84 addressed his own “fear of failure.”

“Monmouth College has provided me so much, including confronting my fear of failure,” said Miller.

Miller said his experiences at Monmouth taught him to see problems as “opportunities, not barriers,” that “action breeds confidence and courage” and that “limits are often an illusion.”

Miller said that through confronting his fear, he’s been able to work more effectively toward reaching his potential. He even conquered his fear of wearing a kilt in public and was sharply dressed in authentic Scottish attire as he received his award.