(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – With the spring season comes additional opportunities for Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes to engage in discussions about leadership. On Wednesday, April 5, Tartan Athletics Club board member and athletics alum Mark Weinsten (DC’85) spoke to the rising juniors about how leadership is always changing.
A Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting in Boston, Weinsten leads the firm’s Private Capital initiative and is part of the leadership team for the Consumer Products and Retail offering and the Business Improvement and Growth practice.
"Mark is a renowned leader in the business world and we are fortunate to have him share his expertise with our own leaders each spring," said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. "Mark is truly a champion for our athletics program and our student-athletes."
As Weinsten described five keys to becoming a better leader he pointed out a number of his experiences and what he tried to do along the way. Topics included
- Be willing to change/Be willing to accept change
- Have a purpose
- Don’t treat everyone the same but be fair in how you treat everyone
- Be reliable and trustworthy
- Know your people
“It is very evident how much of an impact Mr. Weinsten has had at every company he has been at,” said volleyball athlete Lauren Mueller. “His success in his workplace and as a leader resonated with us and truly made us engage in what he was talking about. His keys to becoming a great leader are things many of us have heard before, but are things that we had never actually tried implementing.”
Knowing the group has heard different strategies about leadership, Weinsten recalled times when he used his keys to improve his company. He then related it all back to sports so that the group could better understand how they can implement them in their lives.
“Overall, Mr. Weinsten left us all questioning how we used to lead and how we can better lead because of these strategies,” added Mueller. “He is just one of the many speakers that we have had the privilege of listening to. All of the different speakers have brought a new strategy or mindset to the table about how to become a better leader and what I have learned from it all is that there is no one way to lead a team and no one is a perfect leader, there is always room for improvement.”
The session also included roundtable discussions on prevalent topics within the student-athlete community led by senior volleyball athlete Emily Newton.