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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
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August 03, 2018

College of the Ozark students attend Forge Leadership Summit


Freshman Abe Martin and Senior Michael Galioto attend five-day leadership summit.Abraham Martin, freshman business administration major, and Michael Galioto, senior business management and public relations major, attend a five-day summit at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

Michael Galioto spends time with another attendee at the Summit.Michael Galioto, senior business management and public relations major, converses with Bill Mast at the Forge Leadership Summit.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Two College of the Ozark students attended Forge Leadership Summit at Ohio Christian University on July 24-28, 2018.

The Forge Leadership Summit brought together 75 young adults ranging from the ages of 18-25 for a five-day conference. This year’s summit was held at Ohio Christian University and the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The summit provides experiential training, professional development, and hosts nationally renowned speakers. The goal is to equip conservative students and young professionals with timeless principles and practical skills.

“This summit was a new opportunity for our college students,” said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities. “They benefited from this new experience, gaining insight into public policy and preparation for a professional career. We look forward to continuing our participation at the Forge Summit.”

Students received media training and help in developing their networking skills through dynamic workshops. They also participated in a full simulation of the legislative process, Campaign-in-a-day. These practices are all part of helping the students secure possible internship opportunities and careers for the future.

“The Forge Leadership Network has effectively revolutionized how I think about public policy and law,” said Abraham Martin, freshman business administration major. “I was tested on my ability to work with people I disagreed with and learned how to communicate effectively with the knowledge I had. This summit has confirmed the passion for policy I have felt for many years, and I will make every attempt to be back to the summit next year.”

The students learned skills at the summit that will benefit those wanting to be engaged in politics, culture, and business.

“By the end of the summit, I gained a better understanding of how to engage and communicate with others on important yet challenging topics of discussion,” said Michael Galioto, senior business management and public relations major. “How one communicates and interacts with others is critical.”

About Forge Leadership Network

The Forge Leadership Network was co-founded by Justin Powell and Adam Josefczyk. Powell is the founder and CEO of Huntington Outdoor, Blue Ash Media, and Aurora Marketing Group as well as chairman of Forge Leadership Network. He spoke at College of the Ozarks during the Bill of Rights Conference at College of the Ozarks last spring. His topics included activism and the use of social media to protect Christian values in America.

Throughout the Forge Leadership Summit, known as Forge 101 in the Forge Sequence, students are evaluated for acceptance into the Forge Mentorship Academy. Invited alumni of the Leadership Summit complete a written application for the Mentorship Academy.

The Mentorship Academy is a year-long program offering experiential learning in national and international politics, training in argumentation and current events, and an individualized mentor match. Designed to supplement full-time studies or employment, Forge facilitates the Mentorship Academy through digital platforms, conference calls, mentoring relationships, and trips to Washington, D.C., for Forge 201, and to Israel for Forge 301.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


08.03.18 – Juliet Thompson



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