Takeaways from the 2018 Campus Rec Leadership Summit

Leadership Summit

And just like that, the 2018 Leadership Summit is behind us.

I think it’s amazing that what took a year of planning and anticipation can be over in a matter of two days. What a whirlwind! Words cannot describe the experience at a luxury resort with world-class directors and sponsors filling the room full of great conversation. From the food to the roundtables, it was all wonderfully overwhelming.

On Friday morning, we wrapped up the roundtable discussion with a look at the future – where is campus recreation heading? The ideas and thoughts that bounced around had obviously been pondered prior. The innovation that came about from the chats was incredible. While our industry is poised on the crest of a wave of change, I can 100 percent say we have some leaders poised to adapt and to adapt well. I saw people who are truly passionate about the wellbeing of the masses on college and university campuses arise to the occasion of doing whatever is best for them.

Because that’s just it, isn’t it? Things are changing in this industry. I mean, eSports is one example of how campus recreation is no longer what it was 10 years ago. Where will it be in 10 more?

As such, it’s so essential we talk about and discuss the future, that we prepare for it. I can’t help but think that’s sort of a dimension to the campus rec professional’s wellbeing – future preparation, looking ahead, being aware of everything that could be coming. Colleges and universities are often at the forefront of social change; thus, your campus recreation center needs to be as well.

We here at Campus Rec Magazine must also be ready to pivot. We’re here to serve you all, the campus rec professional. Who knows what that will look like in the future? More events? More resources? Different resource avenues? I couldn’t tell you. But from the two days spent at the Leadership Summit, I can tell you we have to be ready as a media publication for the ever-changing industry that is our audience.

So, I suppose that’s my question for you today, campus rec professional. What does the future look like from where you sit? Have you considered it lately? If not, perhaps it’s time to give it a little thought. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to at least say I was looking out for what was coming so I’m not blindsided once it gets here.


Please enjoy my view of the Summit from these photos I snapped on my phone!

Heather Hartmann
Heather Hartmann is the editor for Campus Rec Magazine. She can be reached at heather@peakemedia.com.

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