Day 2 - Engage
Breakout Session 3
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Explore & Engage Track
Influencing Up, Down, and Across Your Organization [Career Track]
Competency: Productive Relationships (Working with Co-Workers and Group Mates)
Dr. Jermaine M. Davis
Are you a person of influence? Do you know the secrets to cultivating healthy and authentic relationships? Can you get your point across without being or appearing aggressive, arrogant, or annoying? 85% of your success in life, school, and work is determined by your ability to get along with others. Participate and learn the principles and practices used by great communicators and leaders when influencing up, down, and across their organizations.
- Increase their credibility utilizing the L-Factor Activity
- Create a safe space to engage in Courageous Conversations
- Build interpersonal trust with others utilizing the Trust Formula
- Resolve conflicts and disagreements using the N.E.W. Approach
Title - TBA
Competency: Responsibility for Personal Behavior or Listening
Finding Your Flow through "Attentional" Leadership
Dr. Bruce Jackson
Finding Your Flow or “zone of excellence” is the quest of all great performers and leaders. But few know how to tap into it and make it happen -- until now. Learn about the 12-dimensions of focus and the Principles @ Play that contribute to maximizing your life and leadership performance.
- Understand the many dimensions that contribute to flow and peak performance
- Become familiar with principles that contribute to flow
- Learn to develop your own Personal Flow Formula
Would You Follow You? How to Build Your Leadership Confidence
The competency of "confidence" is defined as "appearing certain of your beliefs, knowledge, convictions and capabilities." No matter if you think (or do) things differently than your predecessor, do you believe in YOUR leadership? Would YOU follow You? Build your confidence by knowing how to examine your current leadership in this revealing session.
- Be able to define and recognize the competency of "confidence"
- Identify when repeating unproductive behaviors and expecting productive outcomes
- Learn how to self-assess without being self-critical
- Know how to apply the elements of the SWOT Analysis to your own leadership
Title - TBA
Breakout Session 4
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Creators & Makers: Digital Branding Tools for the Job Search & Content Creation [Career Track]
Dr. Josie Ahlquist
You’ll soon have the degree (or have one). Every day you’re gaining experience and building a stellar resume. So, are you also paying attention to your digital influence and reputation? Because employers have unparalleled access to these things through numerous digital communication tools, this session focuses on "professional branding" and digital space identity development.
- Apply tools to shift from for a "consumer" of digital content to a "creator"
- Learn three social media platforms that can be used for professional identity, branding, and job searching
- Craft your professional bio and professional persona online
- Give and receive feedback on your social media activity relative to a job search
- Competency: Productive Relationships (Relationship with Money)
Money Management For Leaders
Do you have a good relationship with your finances? Do you even know what "assets" and "debt" you carry? Money management is an essential leadership skill demonstrating your ability to be accountable, control stress, and direct and plan your future success.
- Know the two most important numbers when it comes to student loans
- Create a personal spending plan
- Be able to apply strategies for improving your current credit score
- Define "money management"
- Accurately assess personal relationship with money
Even Well-Intended People Cause Harm
Competency: Appropriate Interaction
Dr. Maura Cullen
Some conversations have us walking on eggshells. Have you ever been so afraid of saying the wrong thing, and as a result, have said nothing at all? Or, have you ever said something you regret and didn’t know what to do next? Statements intended to be supportive or complimentary can end up being problematic. Learn practical ways to quickly transform the quality and effectiveness of your interactions.
- Gain knowledge of communication traps
- Know skills of how to avoid inappropriate comments
- Replace unintended communications using practical tools
Motivating the Masses: The Secrets of Inspirational Leaders
Leadership is a process of transformation through inspiration. Great leaders are self-motivated with the required skills to inspire others. Learn how to encourage action and excellence in yourself and others (i.e. family, friends, and associates) regardless of the circumstances.
- Personalize your approach to motivating others
- Learn 3 strategies for motivating group members and entire teams
- Identify how to create environments of influence and inspiration
Gets Accomplished by Yourself: Building High Performance Teams
Competency: Group Development
Dr. Charles Lloyd
Do you ever get frustrated leading teams? Tired of ending up with slackers and non-performers who just want their picture in the school paper? Learn the tools needed to establish "work" teams, identify the personal assets of team members, and provide suitable training within a short turnaround time!
- Discuss why "work" teams significantly improve overall group productivity
- Understand the value in creating high performance teams versus not creating them
- Apply steps to make your team highly effective
- Integrate teamwork activities to build trust and engage performance
Day 3 - Engage & Evolve
Breakout Session 5
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM [These are extended session blocks.]
Engage & Evolve Track
Thriving as a Team: Moving from ME to WE!
Dr. Jermaine M. Davis
Collaboration is working together as a team to achieve a common goal. Sounds simple right? But most collaborations fail before they start. Teams that learn how to collaborate significantly reduce team burnout, disengagement, and stress. Come have fun as you learn how to move from ME to WE.
- Resolve collaborative conflicts using a 3-step process
- Manage the four barriers to collaboration and team effectiveness
- Regroup and refocus as a team using the P.V.G. Theory and Approach
- Recognize and repair team breakdowns with Empathic Communication and Cognitive Complexity
Believe Me - It's You: How to Deal with Difficult People
Competency: Conflict Negotiation
Nancy Hunter Denney
There is no escaping "difficult" co-workers, teammates, leaders and family members. So the one thing you can control is how YOU respond and YOUR role in the interaction. Work through one of your challenging relationships step by step in this practical skill based session on dealing with difficult people. Is it possible YOU are the "difficult" one?
- Know three strategies for dealing with challenging individuals
- Understand the characteristics of "challenging" or "difficult"
- Recognize personal communication traits causing unproductive responses
How to Really Get Hired [Career Track]
Competency Being Asked to Address: Initiative
Dr. Bruce Jackson
Sending out resumes by the dozen is one approach to finding a job. Another is to think differently about how to get hired. Avoid following the crowd and take your game to the next level by authoring a job search strategy that’s right for you. During this session we will explore several unique strategies you can use to cut through the crowd and find your dream opportunities.
- Know how to network into your next job
- Eliminate stressful thoughts over career and job search decisions
- Apply significant leadership competencies to blow away the competition
Leading (& Following) as an Introvert
Competency: Other's Contributions (Leading as an Introvert)
The archetype we use for leadership values ease of conversation, infectious excitement, and effortless personability. As such, the talents of introverts are often overlooked or minimize. But introversion provides a great deal of value to student leaders and rising professionals alike - join this session to learn how to recruit, train, and effectively work with introverts in a space that at first glance may seem like a poor fit for them.
Learning Outcomes: TBA
Hey, Can We Talk? Providing Courageous Feedback
Competency: Providing Feedback
Challenging your peers is complicated, scary and a very necessary aspect of leadership. Holding others accountable is an essential tool needed to take responsibility for your teams and relationships. This session teaches how to provide courageous feedback and examines why it matters. Crush those team goals!
- Identify the value in holding others accountable
- Connect being an effective leader and giving feedback
- Know strategies for providing productive feedback
Breakout Session 6
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM [These are extended session blocks.]
Creating Your Road to Abundance
Competency: Strategic Planning & Vision
What's in your piggy bank? Consistent savings is one way to strategically conduct "financial planning." Taking advantage of "compounding interest" is another. This session provides three significant factors necessary to ensure your desired life style throughout your career and retirement.
- Be able to articulate and define characteristics of effective "financial planning"
- Identify the consequences of not engaging in financial planning as an undergraduate
- Know the value of consistent saving, financial focus, and money vs. resources
- Create and prioritize a path for the future
Turning Your Biggest Breakdowns into Your Biggest Breakthroughs!
Competency: Reflection and Application
Have you ever had weeks where everything that could go wrong… went wrong? Life can be challenging. Things don’t always turn out as you planned. Hoan shares his personal story of hardships and how he overcame them, and adds practical advice on conquering the challenges in YOUR life.
- Know strategies for changing your attitude during difficult times
- Identify the three most important relationships needed in challenging moments
- Use past pains to inspire and impact those around you
Exploring Conscious Leadership: Bringing Positive Change to Challenging Team and Organizational Culture [Career Track]
Competency: Other's Perspectives in the Workplace
Speak up or say nothing? Act or stand still? The session has the power to empower YOU to exercise the commitments of conscious leadership. Learn how to become a positive influence where challenging team, workplace and organizational culture exist. Participants will also learn effective leadership tools that engage the perspective of others in ones' decision-making process.
- Identify personal commitments of conscious leadership
- Know essential leadership traits
- Better understand how to be more inclusive of other ideas and perspectives
5 Tricks To Unlocking Your Team’s Creative Genius
Competency: Idea Generation
Creativity is a muscle that needs development just like any other muscle in your body. Once you know the best exercises to flex your creative muscle, you’ll be generating genius ideas on a regular basis. If you keep hearing the same ideas over and over again, come to this session and discover five tricks to unlocking you and your team’s creative genius!
- Understand creativity and become an idea generating machine
- Utilize five activities to unlock creativity within yourself and others
- Integrate creativity building into your daily and weekly engagements
Tell Me More: Humble Inquiry in Leadership - STUDENT SHOWCASE WORKSHOP
Reliable open communication is an essential part of an organization. Do members of your team feel uncomfortable asking questions, providing their opinions, or challenging the status quo? Learn how to shift from "telling" to "asking" through the practice of humble inquiry. Come practice the difference between "How did that make you feel?" versus "Didn't that make you angry?"
- Articulate how open communication positively impacts organizations
- Practice and develop how to ask non-leading questions and listen for content
- Develop meaningful relationships and humility through intentional conversations
Breakout Session 7
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM (These are extended session offerings.)
To Be Better-We Must Do Better
Competency: Diversity & Inclusion
Dr. Maura Cullen
Your patterns of communication are vital to your success when exploring such explosive issues as race, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, class, disabilities, age and religion. This award-winning session gets beyond the fear of saying the ‘wrong’ thing and teaches more effective and compassionate ways to connect. This fear prevents good people from taking meaningful action.
- Be inspired to create more inclusive communities
- Recognize and examine shared fears of being judged and misunderstood
- Know helpful language, phrases and understandings to better communicate around explosive issues
Be the Solution: Problem Solving as a Tool for Success
Competency: Problem Solving
Your potential employers note that the second most difficult skill to find among job applicants is Problem Solving. How skilled are you at identifying a problem and then applying a systematic process of finding solutions? Learn how to intersect the basic elements of "divergent" and "convergent" thinking and apply them through the presenter's own Creative Problem Solving Process.
- Define initiative and its value in the workplace
- Be able to frame problems on campus and in the work place
- Learn tools and principles specific to the Creative Problem Solving Process
Chaos or Control: Organizational and Self-Management Strategies
Competency Being Asked to Address: Organization
Dr. Charles Lloyd
As president of a community college, Dr. Lloyd relies on personal and organizational structures to effectively "manage, monitor, and utilize information, resources and materials." Learn how to set yourself up for success and make your environment support your personal and organizational mission.
- Explore the real outcomes of a lack of organizational systems for life and leadership
- Identify elements of your current organizational structures causing chaos
- Utilize five proven self-management and organizational strategies
Ummm... So... Like... Let's Talk about Public Speaking [Career Track]
Competency: Verbal Communication (Public Speaking)
Jerry Seinfeld once said, "People fear public speaking more than they fear death. So that means, at a funeral most people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy." Which would you choose? You've observed amazing displays of engagement by conference speakers learn what separates them from a mundane monologist.
- Know characteristics and behaviors of engaging speakers
- Identify personal assets and liabilities at the podium
- Appreciate the reality: Success is linked to WHAT you say not HOW