By Mary Claire Miller '15
WINCHESTER, Va. - Senior baseball player Jake Pendergraft recently returned from a four-day business leadership conference held in Memphis, Tennessee.
Pendergraft, who was also recently selected as one of the Hornets co-captains for the 2012 season, was chosen for the conference by business school honor society Beta Gamma Sigma.
Conference attendees were made up of Beta Gamma Sigma members from around the country and all attendees completed an essay on good leadership skills as part of the selection process to the event.
At the conference, the guests worked on different leadership activities including question and answer sessions as well as team building exercises. The goal of the conference was to help the students grow in different aspects of leadership and apply their leadership capabilities in practical ways.
"We did different activities that worked on your characteristics as a person and how you would be as a future leader of the business world," Pendergraft said.
"I'm a business student at Shenandoah University about to graduate in May, but the main thing these people were talking about was helping other people."
Helping people is a trait that comes naturally to Pendergraft.
"He leads by example more so than words. He's a relentless worker, a taskmaster, and he is someone that can create a vision and make people follow it," head baseball coach Kevin Anderson said.
"Jake came in (to Shenandoah) with great character and we've just tried to continue what his parents have started. He's really come out of his shell."
Overall, Pendergraft feels the leadership conference was very helpful to him and his career as a future business leader.
"I just want to thank my family, professors, Coach Anderson, and anybody else that was involved. It was a great experience," Pendergraft said.