Curriculum & Learning Outcomes

What drives the Lead365 National Conference experience?


a really wicked cool theme and program design... (oh, and did we mention all the free stuff?)





Theme Guided Curriculum

Our tag line, “explore. engage. evolve.” represents the progression of our innovative program design from the individual to group to society.  It mirrors the more popular contemporary leadership models, while providing a nifty way to group all 60 competencies (identified below) which are so relevant to career preparedness and new professionalism.  

Keep scrolling to what you will get by attending.  But first, here are those models we were talking about...


“Explore. Engage. Evolve.” directly mirrors the “Individual, Group and Society” construct of the Social Change Model (1994) suggesting you first develop the individual through self-awareness and exploration of the leader’s core values. Secondly, you focus on building those skills/opportunities leading to enhanced teamwork and productive relationships. Thirdly, you offer content on how to be a change agent through social justice initiatives and civic engagement. The collective outcome is the inspiration and ability to serve the greater social good.

Lead365 also takes its guidance from “The Leadership Challenge” (Kouzes and Posner) that identifies five common patterns of action, as opposed to a particular personality trait or type. Presented as the five “practices of exemplary leadership,” there are similarities to Steven Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Success People.” Both models are inspirational and practical. The five practices include: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Encourage the Heart and Enable Others to Act.

The last model influencing the creation of our tag line “Explore. Engage. Evolve.” is the Transformative Model originally authored by James MacGregor Burns (1978). This model was expanded upon by Bernard M. Bass and is now known as “Bass’ Transformational Leadership Theory.” Transformational leaders inspire those they lead by responding to their needs. The four components of transformational leadership (Intellectual Stimulation, Individual Consideration, Inspirational Motivation, and Idealized Influence) are weaved throughout our curriculum.


Learning Outcomes

By attending the Lead365National Conference you will experience a transformation of attitude, purpose and perspective.

You will also build upon your current knowledge, inspiration and aptitude so when you return to campus or your place of employment, you are a more effective collegiate leader or professional.

Here are some of the outcomes we strive to deliver.


As a result of attending the Lead365 National Conference, you will:

  • Value the process of reflective introspection;

  • Develop a clear personal perspective around your leadership objectives:

  • Build practical skills of leadership;

  • Know how to work toward positive societal change;

  • Engage in productive conversations around improving the greater social good:

  • Know various styles and approaches to effective leadership;

  • Appreciate the value in diverse cultures, perspectives and ideas;

  • Gain collaborative enhancement skills for building teams;

  • Increase your network of equally well-intentioned individuals

  • Lead from an inspired sense of social and personal responsibility;

  • Examine personal interests;

  • Explore career topics and opportunities;

  • Appreciate the intricacies of the job search;

  • Dedicate significant time to the discussion of social justice issues;

  • Acquire a more national awareness of leadership challenges on college campuses;

  • Know financial management strategies for self and student organizations; 

  • Connect your leadership to potential career path decisions.


Professional Staff Members, Advisors, Leadership Educators, and Graduate Students

As a result of attending the Lead365National Conference, you will:

  • Enhance your professional network;

  • Learn innovative strategies for leadership programming:

  • Discover innovative practices for advising, teaching and developing student leaders;

  • Increase your ability to assist student leaders and staff members in achieving their goals;

  • Reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses of your current efforts;

  • Discover how to identify leadership competencies:

  • Know national standards of leadership development programs;

  • Acquire effective ways of increasing student engagement through programming;

  • Engage in personal rejuvenation;

  • Know how leadership programming supports social justice;

  • Identify assessment resources.


New Professional’s Institute 2.0 Pre-Con [NPI 2.0]

This year, a new component has been added to the conference to meet current needs of recent graduates and new professionals.  Three hours of specific sessions offered in two tracks (one for professionals and one for undergraduates) will begin at 1pm on thursday, october 31. There is an additional charge of $49.

Who can attend NP sessions?  Technically, any conference attendee who is a professional can attend any session at the conference.  Undergraduates are asked to not attend PROFESSIONAL ONLY sessions however.  Undergraduates entering the workforce are welcome to attend the New Professionals Institute 2.0 Pre-Con.