​​​​​​​​​​T.O.O.L. Development Series

​Training Oilers in Organizational Leadership Development is a workshop series that Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development, in collaboration with Student Government Association & Student Activities Board, co-host each academic year. 


The Purpose of T.O.O.L. Development Workshop Series:

  • Provide networking opportunities between peers & national/international speakers
  • Provide opportunities for students to expand their leadership skillsets
  • ​Empower students to develop an understanding of what is expected of leaders 

How T.O.O.L. Development Workshop Series Works:

  • All UF students, faculty & staff are invited to attend
  • There is no fee nor pre-registration required
  • A different leadership topic will be covered each session
  • Students attending all T.O.O.L. programs will receive a certificate for portfolios that demonstrates the individual's commitment to personal leadership growth & empowerment beyond the required classes to graduate

Spring 2022 Schedule

Chris Singleton: "Love IS Stronger Than Hate"

Wednesday February 9, 2022

WTS-TLB Auditorium at 7:30- 8:30 p.m.

"Nobody chooses their skin color, so why would I ever hate you for your? And why would you ever hate me for mine?" -Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton is a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity following the death of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church Tragedy in Charleston, SC. Chris' overall mission when speaking is to inspire his audiences with his story of resilience and to unite millions of people with his belief that, "Love is Stronger Than Hate." For more on Chris, click here.


Cody Burns: "Tempered with Fire"
Wednesday March 23, 2022

WTS-TLB Auditorium 7:30- 8:30 p.m​.​

Cody was rear-ended by a box-truck that failed to stop. As a result, he was considered dead until first responders saw his hand move. He received many injuries that day, including severe burns to almost 40% of his body. After years of countless surgeries and rehabilitation, Cody has chosen to not allow his scars to keep him bound in bitterness and defeat. Instead, he uses his story to inspire others.

His goal is to help people live free from the bonds of scars (physical and emotional), equipping others with the proper steps to walk out of their past hurt and defeat, and run towards their God-given potential. As a thought leader, he speaks worldwide to provide relevant, applicable, and thought-provoking messages. Thousands of people have been impacted by Cody’s story and outlook on life.

 In 2016, Cody founded his own non-profit burns foundation that has been able to help multiple survivors recover. For more on Cody, click here.​

2022-2023 Schedule

Eric Smith

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
WTS-TLB Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

Eric Smith is a nationally acclaimed financial literacy presenter with the expertise needed to teach you how to succeed financially. Eric’s resume is unlike anyone else you will meet. Eric was the first ever financial literacy speaker on the NCAA’s national Speaker Registry. Eric has shared his financial education programs with over 200,000 college students and over 20,000 middle and high school students since 2011. He has also been an invited presenter at 27 NFL rookie camps, has been hired twice by the NBA to teach money skills to all of their G League players and presented at the NBA Draft Program. Eric currently has the highest reviewed in person financial education program ever created for college students. Eric's passion is helping to empower, educate and inspire everyone he meets how to make the most of their financial opportunities.
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Patty Accorso 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
WTS-TLB Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

Patty Accorso is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology specialist, motivational speaker, team building coordinator, training facilitator, and producer. She incorporates her entertainment production and performing skills with extensive knowledge of personal and corporate health in her consultations, workshops, and lectures. Her focus is on leadership development, training and improving the overall health of an organization as well as improving one’s personal physical and mental health to stabilize a healthy work/life balance.

Patty’s Master's degree aligns perfectly with her experience in team building, the world of professional entertainment, her passion for positivity, health, and exploring ways to open new pathways for diversity and inclusion.

Patty has had the honor of working for several large corporations: Walt Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios in the capacities of: entertainer, stage manager, trainer, consultant, and coordinator.

Patty is also a licensed healthcare practitioner who has worked in cooperation with chiropractors, doctors, nutritionists, and several other integrated health organizations.

As a multi-award-winning producer, director, choreographer, speaker, and actress for live events, workshops, training programs, and video productions, Patty enjoys working with her clients in an interactive way that encourages, celebrates and catalyzes her clients as they explore, discover and grow their talents in the classroom, on stage and in the work place.
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Heather Miller

Tuesday, February 7, 2022
WTS-TLB Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

From growing up in an abusive, drug dealing home on welfare to serving impoverished children in Africa, touring the country as an indie-pop duo, or partnering with her husband, director of Brave Enough Artist Agency, Heather has embraced a healed heart, and teaches others the tools to move beyond their own limitations.  Heather is not only a vulnerable, compelling speaker, but she creates a safe place for your students to interact and reflect, identify and take action steps to improve their lives. She helps students jump on the fast track for emotional intelligence, empowering them to become healthy and confident leaders who can in turn foster a powerful and exciting campus culture. 


Tuesday, March 28, 2022
WTS-TLB Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

In a lot of ways, Andre Bradford and James Thayer are polar opposites. One has dark skin, the other light skin. One is liberal, and the other is conservative. They may not agree on healthcare policy, the Black Lives Matter movement, or who should be president – but what they do agree on is that society has fallen into a self-segregation trap. This has effectively cut off dialogue between opposing viewpoints, stunted innovation, fostered group hostility, and all but destroyed tolerance. Join the conversation and discover how to save yourself – and each other – from the disasters of self-segregation.​


The T.O.O.L. Development Workshops are Co-Sponsored and Produced by: 

Student Activities, Commuter Services, Leadership Development, Student Government Association & Student Activities Board


Questions? Comments? 

Call: 419-434-4606 (ext.4606 on campus) 

Visit us in the Office 8A located in The Alumni Memorial Union

Anyone needing special accommodations call: 

The University of Findlay Office of Accessibility and Inclusion at​ 419-434-5532.