RPCS Welcomes Olympic Athlete for Inaugural Leadership Speaker Series

RPCS Welcomes Olympic Athlete for Inaugural Leadership Speaker Series
“Every day, learn a little, grow a little and always try your best. You never know what can happen.” – Olympic Rower, Claire Collins

This fall, Roland Park Country School’s Athletics Department and Gore Leadership Institute (GLI) rolled out a monthly speaker series for the Middle School and Upper School called RPCS Athletics x GLI. The series features guests who will share how their athletic endeavors have led to leadership experiences, to hopefully inspire the rising leaders at Roland Park Country School.

In October, RPCS welcomed the series’ first speaker Claire Collins, a Team USA Olympian from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Claire represented the United States on the Olympic rowing team as a member of the crew of the coxless four+, winning the B final. Claire attended Princeton University and Deerfield Academy. She was the 2019 winner of Princeton University's C. Otto von Keinbusch Award for Princeton's top senior female athlete and was nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2019.

During her visit, Claire spoke about the lessons she learned on her athletic journey to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the power of writing down and speaking goals out loud. She also outlined three steps for success: confidence and effort, relationships with teammates and coaches and day-to-day focus. Finally, Claire participated in a panel discussion with a select group of Upper School students who row or are in the school’s Power Lunch Club, which focuses on networking and investing. Students, coaches and teachers appreciated Claire’s valuable insight about how commitment to energy and effort in the small moments can lead to big results.
 “There are many valuable lessons learned and leadership opportunities provided through sport,” said Carol Hatton, Director of Athletics. “While our speakers have a background in or connection to athletics, their message can inspire and impact everyone in our community. Overcoming adversity, setting goals, reaching your full potential, and embracing diversity are a few of the many lessons that our community will learn this year.”
Additional speakers scheduled for the RPCS Athletics x GLI series include lacrosse player and alumna Mary Griffin, 2019 and members from The Nora Project and Team Up For 1 Foundation.
The Gore Leadership Institute was established earlier this year by Paula and Kyle Gore, the parents of three RPCS graduates. The GLI is integrated within the Upper School curriculum to equip RPCS students with the tools to innovate and create positive change in the world. The Gore Leadership Institute emphasizes experiences that foster creative problem solving, ethical leadership, wellness, and diversity, equity, and inclusion through academic engagement, community outreach, and personal reflection. The program also emphasizes a deeper awareness of one’s strengths and areas for growth, as well as one’s ability to lead change for the greater good.