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Episode 36: From Classroom to Boardroom: Unleashing the Potential of the Next Leaders

Episode 36: From Classroom to Boardroom: Unleashing the Potential of the Next Leaders

leader leadership podcast youth Feb 20, 2024

In today’s conversation, our host, Bob, is with Melanie Buddle from Peter Gzowski College to discuss the challenges and opportunities of supporting the next generation of leaders. They explore topics such as building resilience, embracing failure, and instilling confidence in students. They also discuss the changing definitions of success and wealth, the importance of sustainability and global problem-solving, and the power of mentorship. 

Overall, they highlight the intelligence, determination, and innovative thinking of the next generation and emphasize the need for leaders to create supportive and inclusive environments for their employees. 

The conversation also touches on the critical role of mentorship and the increasing desire among students for guidance and connection. Melanie highlights the innovative spirit of the student body, their hunger for making a meaningful impact, especially in areas like sustainability and social innovation, and how we, as leaders and entrepreneurs, can support and harness this energy for a brighter future.

For an in-depth exploration of how today's educational landscape is shaping the leaders of tomorrow, don't miss the full episode. Dive into their compelling discussion on resilience, mentorship, and the innovative spirit driving the next generation towards a brighter future. Listen now to gain valuable insights into supporting and harnessing the potential of young minds in our rapidly evolving world.


Episode Highlights:

  • 00:00 Welcome to The Wealthy Entrepreneur Podcast
  • 02:20 Stress, Resilience, and Self-confidence in Students
  • 05:02 Embracing Risk, Failure, and Resilience in Leadership and Education
  • 11:24 Youth Leadership and Resilience in a Changing World
  • 15:56 Motivating and Inspiring Young People
  • 19:51 Gen Z's Definition of Success and Work Ethic
  • 24:13 Creating a Positive Work Environment for the Next Generation
  • 28:28 Open Communication and Feedback in the Workplace
  • 33:18 Leadership, Communication, and Trust in a University Setting
  • 36:49 The Next Generation's Approach to Business and Leadership


About the Guest:

Melanie is Principal of Peter Gzowski College, Trent University. Melanie grew up on, and works and lives on, land that is the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg, adjacent to Haudenosaunee territory and in the territory covered by the Williams Treaty. Raised in Lakefield, she left for her academic schooling and returned to Peterborough in 2002. She has worked at Trent since 2003, in various roles - course instructor, academic advisor, College Head, and College Principal.  She is an adjunct Faculty member in the Department of History at Trent University. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Victoria, an MA from the University of Northern British Columbia, and a BA Hons from the University of Guelph.

With a background in gender, business, and North American history, Melanie teaches interdisciplinary humanities and History courses. She is passionate about students’ holistic well-being and their academic and social engagement. She mentors students and provides co-curricular programming and experiential learning opportunities to support student success. Beyond Trent, Melanie is a Board Member with ReFrame Film Festival and enjoys cycling, reading, skiing, and socializing with friends and family.  Melanie is married to schoolteacher, and Trent alum, Drew Ginter and they have two children together.


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