CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University head women's basketball coach Kathy Delaney-Smith recently spoke at the YOUth Lead the Change conference at the Leadership Institute at Harvard College.
YOUth Lead the Change seeks to train young leaders and change-makers in the greater Boston area. The program, which is free to local high school students, aims to unite a diverse range of young leaders to collaborate with Harvard students and University leaders.
"I look forward to this program and am passionate about helping to develop young leaders," said Delaney-Smith, who has participated in the conference every year since 2006. "I believe there are some natural leaders but for the most part, leadership can be a learned attribute. These conferences are so valuable and often have a tremendous impact on the students who participate as well as the speakers."
This year, the four-day conference was composed of nearly 60 students, 11 enthusiastic Harvard undergraduate student teachers and 10 guest speakers and workshop leaders.
"Being an athlete, or being part of a team, is one of the best 'classroom' experiences in our educational system - there simply isn't a better arena to learn how to be a leader," said Delaney-Smith. "I always leave these events impressed at the energy and the genuine interest by these young people in how to be an effective leader."