Week 1 is used as an introduction course to the entire Emerging Leaders Series. The day is started with a pre-assessment to assess where all of the students are at in terms of leadership experiences. The majority of the time period is used for discussion on why the students are there and what they are hoping to get out of the experience as well as getting to know each other. Before the series began, we had accepted 15 participants. On day 1 of the series, 12 students participated. Part of the introduction of the series included having the students sign a learning agreement, adapted from LeaderShape, pleading their commitment to their own learning in the course. After getting to know each other, the students were split into groups and participated in a "coat of arms" activity, allowing them to choose 4 of the most important things in their life and tell the other students about them. We concluded the introduction with reading the article "The five practices of exemplary leadership" and sharing thoughts on the article.