International Emerging Leaders Program

at Collegiate School

A Monumental Experience

After leaving host families at Collegiate on Saturday morning, the delegates traveled two hours north of Richmond to our nation’s capital.  We started with shopping trip and lunch at Potomac Mills, and then toured the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.  A dinner at Hard Rock Cafe allowed for good conversation before heading off to explore once the rain sopped.  Everyone ended the day exploring the Washington Monument and spending some time together at the hotel.

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Home Away from Home

A Celebration of Community

Across the World

Today the students participated in a Cultural Fair, where they made displays about their country and participated in a performance that demonstrates traditions in their culture. Third and fourth grade students from Collegiate School traveled around Estes gym “across the world” so they could visit the countries and get a stamp in their make-believe passports.

“It feels like I belong to every country now.”

-Arshdeep, India

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“After a week of seeing the delegates fit into American culture, it was nice to see the delegates get to represent and live their own cultures.”

-Morgan, USA

Cougars Connect with IELC Delegates

Understanding: Our Shared Responsibility

Global Innovator Rebecca Hough Kicks Off DesignPitch

DesignPitch is the culmination of the students’ weeklong efforts to design a product that addresses a nation specific environmental challenge.

DesignPitch invites a wider Collegiate School community and the public to become involved in this process by attending four group product pitches and engaging in dialogue with students.  With “DesignPitch Dollars” in hand, the community is encouraged to “invest” in the product ideas at stations in the Saunders Family Library.

To kick off this extraordinary community event, Collegiate was pleased to welcome Rebecca Hough, Co-founder and CEO of Evatran, as our keynote speaker. Evatran is an innovative technology that enables electric cares to be charged wirelessly.  As their website says:

Plugless has always been about more than technology – we want to get more EV drivers on the road. By eliminating cumbersome, inconvenient plug-in charging we hope to eliminate some of the barriers keeping people from switching to EV. If you’re already an EV driver, you’ll discover that Plugless makes charging easier, smarter, and, yes, a little cooler.

The Plugless System is proudly manufactured in the USA in Richmond, VA by Evatran Group, Inc.

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Ms. Hough’s visionary entrepreneurism aligns closely with the innovative spirit of IELC’s Design Thinking, as Plugless was clearly designed with human needs at the forefront.  With DesignPitch Dollars in hand, Ms. Hough and the audience made their way to the Sharp Academic Commons for the pitches.

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What’s Your Story?

In preparation for this evening’s DesignPitch, IELC partnered once again with VCU for a workshop on effective presentation for their prototyped product concept and design.  Scott Sherman and Jay Adams, professors at VCU’s Robertson School of Media & Culture facilitated a workshop on the power of visual and verbal storytelling in presentation and best practices in branding including naming, logo design and branding.

To effectively communicate the unique value of your design, the impact it will have and what action we should take, we need stories.  Stories make us care, particularly when they are focused on human characters experiencing struggle; they can drive us to act when they show the benefits in a very sensory way – resolving conflict.

“With every idea, there needs to be conflict and drama because that is inherently interesting.”- Scott Sherman, Associate Professor, VCU Robertson School of Media & Culture

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Teams worked on branding their products, with simple, compact visuals that are smart with type.  Artistic teammembers emerged as leaders, highlighting the multitple strengths among us.

Ultimately, when it comes time to present, students should keep their stories simple and avoid the instinct to overexplain.

“When you say too much, you don’t say anything.” – Scott Sherman, Associate Professor, VCU Robertson School of Media & Culture

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