September 22, 2016
We are pleased that our HBA1 class will be participating in the global initiative, Character Day, on September 22, 2016. Character Day is an exciting global day where students and educators from around the world screen short award-winning films on the science of character development from different perspectives. This year will see over 50,000 groups participate in over 80 countries.
Character Day at Ivey coincides with the kick off of Ivey Connects. Ivey Connects is a student-led program where students give their time through volunteerism, fund-raising and their talent-management to advance the social health of not-for-profit agencies in our community. HBA students, Chi-Lan Tran and Stephanie Harris (Co-Directors of Ivey Connects for this year) are excited for the students to begin their projects and pleased that the launch aligns with Character Day.
Character Day draws attention to the importance of developing character strengths – character strengths that we emphasize and develop at Ivey through the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership and through initiatives such as Ivey Connects. To navigate, collaborate, lead and succeed in the workplace and beyond, requires a complex skill set that goes beyond education and experience; we must learn how to collaborate, exercise good social judgment, while demonstrating traits such as humanity, humility and resiliency. These are all critical for leaders to succeed in today’s world - economically, socially and in business - in an ever-transforming economy.
Through Ivey Connects and Character Day, we want to amplify the conversation about character. Character Day is a global movement that was launched in 2014 by an educational film nonprofit, Let It Ripple, to promote the science of character through film and technology. Its landmark film, The Science of Character (which HBA1 students will view on September 22), connects the strengths of character to a greater conversation about what it means to be human in the context of school, community, business and society. The film explores the neuroscience and social science that proves that we can shape who we are, and who we want to be.
As the HBA students embark on their projects with Ivey Connects and carry out the mandate "to make a positive impact on non-profit organizations and the community, while developing a strong sense of business ethics and community involvement," the messages within The Science of Character, along with the leadership development undertaken in their time at Ivey will be sure to resonate.