Day 1 - Explore (OK with some Engage)

Explore sessions focus on individual growth.

Day 2 - Explore & Engage

Engage sessions focus on working with others, collaboration and teamwork.

Day 3 - Evolve (Yup.  A few Engage too) - Below are Samples. 2019 Program Descriptions will be up shortly.

Breakout Session 6: Digging Deeper into Leadership
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Engage & Evolve Track


Thriving as a Team: Moving from ME to WE!

Competency:  Collaboration

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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? 

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • 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)

Amma Marfo

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

James Robilotta

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!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the value in holding others accountable

  • Connect being an effective leader and giving feedback

  • Know strategies for providing productive feedback


Breakout Session 7: Addressing the Challenges of Leadership
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Evolve Track


Creating Your Road to Abundance

Competency: Strategic Planning & Vision

Peter Bielagus

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Hoan Do

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Kelvin Harris

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify personal commitments of conscious leadership

  • Know essential leadership traits

  • Better understand how to be more inclusive of other ideas and perspectives

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Tell Me More:  Humble Inquiry in Leadership - STUDENT SHOWCASE WORKSHOP

Competency:  Listening

Monmouth College

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?"

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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 8: Problem Solving in Various Leadership Contexts
1 PM – 2 PM
Evolve Track


5 Tricks To Unlocking Your Team’s Creative Genius

Competency: Idea Generation

Melissa Ruiz

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!

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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)

James Robilotta

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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