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IFMA Student Chapter Positively Impacts the Lives of 30 High School Students

Leadership Academy Graduation

On July 22, the Student Chapter IFMA Phoenix at Arizona State University conducted their Leadership Society of Arizona graduation ceremony for 30 local high school students from Ahwatukee. Five students had the opportunity to give a 5-7 minute presentation in front of the group of 60, consisting of fellow classmates, family members and friends.

In particular, Cole Gibson, a freshman at Mountain Pointe High School shared the presentation that he wrote: “Traits of a Great Martial Artist”. Throughout his delivery, Cole expounded on how learning and training in Martial Arts helped him change his life. Prior to taking the class, Cole was confident in his ability and progress in Martial Arts but not necessarily so in school and in living in our challenging world and environment.

In short, the foundation of the coursework that Cole and his classmates learned consists of the Logic of Leadership in 7 Key Lessons:

  1. Minimize thinking and do what you know
  2. Utilize expertise
  3. Life is not random
  4. You are in control
  5. Everyone is vague
  6. Once we know ourselves, we can get to know others
  7. Use systems to understand your environment

The week long course is an abbreviated version of content from “The 2016 Information Measurement Theory” text book written by Dr. Dean Kashiwagi of Arizona State University.

Each graduating member of the class also received a copy of the 2016 Information Measurement Theory textbook. The content of the book as well as the successful implementation of these concepts by companies around the world has resulted in $14.6M in research funding as well as delivering more than $6B in services.

Jake Gunnoe, a member of the IFMA Student Chapter and candidate for a PhD in Engineering at Arizona State University crafted the content for the week long course. In speaking with Jake, he explained to me that prior to taking the class from Dr. Dean, he really had no idea what would come next in his life. After taking the course, Jake was very clear in what he wanted to accomplish as well as how he was going to set out to meet and exceed his goals.

The class made such an impact on Jake that he wanted to share the content with others and as a result, he and the IFMA Student Chapter designed the course content and delivered it to the Mountain Pointe High School students over the course of one week in July.