Student Body President, Nielsen Gabriel attended the 14th Annual Student Leadership Seminar, Education for Leadership in Public Service at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. The seminar was held at California State University, Monterey Bay in Seaside, California. The eight-day conference brought together student-elected members from twenty-two other CSU campuses as well as Dominican University, Santa Clara University, and Saint Mary’s College of California.
The seminar helped students enhance their leadership skills and develop leadership strategies for addressing campus and community issues. The seminar was developed by a panel of public officials and academic leaders, including Panetta Institute founders Leon and Sylvia Panetta in 1999.
Nielsen gained insight from the well-known speakers that included former and current members of Congress and State Assembly members, as well as business leaders and local community leaders. The speakers interacted with students and discussed teachings on subjects such as communication, building trust and developing other leaders. Nielsen received some notable advice from former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta:
“Given a situation, the best choice you can make is the right one, the next best is the wrong one, and the worst you can do is nothing.”
“I am happy to say that I walked away from the seminar series inspired and even more excited for my year as ASI President. I cannot wait for the onset of August, essentially coming together to collaborate our ideas on what the best ways to provide back to the students are. The role as a board member is not an easy one, so I also hope that each member is able to (if they have not already) pick up a strong sense of excitement as well, because if they are not enthused about a plan of action, how can they expect the student body to be?”
The first event of the school year is ASI Week, September 16th– 19th. This is a great time to introduce the student body to all of the Board of Directors and for students to see what ASI at Sacramento State is all about.