Day 1 - Explore

Sessions for the Explore Themed Track focus on individual growth. The opening evening includes an overview of this very different conference experience while providing opportunities for you to meet The Faculty and other awesome human beings committed to making the world a better place.

Breakout Session Block 1 - Explore
Friday, November 1, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Would You Follow You?  How to Build Your Leadership Confidence

Competencies: Confidence and Scope of Confidence

Sara Lowery

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Gettin’ Gritty: Finish What You Start!

Competencies: Follow-Through and Resiliency

Dr. Jermaine M. Davis

Do you feel like giving up when life and school becomes too difficult? Do you start projects and don’t finish them? Does procrastination interfere with your ability to thrive and succeed? Learn how to take responsibility and follow through on your personal and professional dreams and goals. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Bounce-back and overcome obstacles using Facilitative Emotions

  • Manage the Four Fears that interferes with short and long-term successes

  • Manage procrastination using the Principle of Incremental Achievement

  • Identify healthy and unhealthy, personal and professional relationships using the Dream Team Philosophy

  • Develop a “Grit-Based” Mindset using the C + R = Success or Failure FormulaFinish What You Star

Career Lab 1 - "But Nobody Will Know": Making Ethical Decisions When You’re All Alone 

Competencies: Responsibility for Personal Behavior and Ethics

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

How do you know you are doing the right thing? What about when there seems to be two “right” things? How do you find your compass? Are there ethical standards outlined for you position or role? Making ethical decisions is a leadership charge and challenge.  Come learn how to meet the challenge head on.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the meaning of ethical behavior

  • Examine your personal values and their connection (or not) to leadership roles

  • Learn how to recover from ethical breakdownsThink, Say and Do It Right: Ethical Decision Making

Leading Imperfectly: Stop Trying to be Perfect -- You are Enough

Competencies:  Scope of Competence and Confidence

James Robilotta

Instead of waiting for the same cliché leadership lessons, consider this:  You don't learn things from "perfect" people, you learn from people who are "imperfect."  Own who you are!  Be real.  In this rather hysterical session, learn how to lead through your faults.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Experience introspective examination

  • Identify areas of struggle and success

  • Know strategies for an increased sense of personal confidenceLeading Imperfectly

Leadership and Your Bucket List

Competencies: Self-Understanding and Goals 

Dr. Lucy Croft

What are your true passions? What’s the connection to leadership? There is nothing greater than setting a goal and successfully achieving it.  Through the sharing of personal experiences while crossing items off the “bucket list”, the presenter will take you through a journey of self-discovery. Explore what brings you joy in life while identifying leadership lessons along the way. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Establish a strong foundation from which to guide your path

  • Develop strategies to lead yourself before leading others

  • Identify your bucket list to achieve throughout your life

  • Designate a group of confidants for accountability

  • Reflect upon successes and challenges

Breakout Session Block 2 - Explore
Friday, November 1, 10:30 AM – 11:30 PM

Managing The Chaos:  Bouncing Back from a Setback

Competencies:  Resiliency and Follow-Through

Curtis Hill

Mistakes, failures, and rejections are part of life. How you respond can negatively or positively impact your future success and leadership potential. Drawing from personal experiences, a self-proclaimed "expert on setbacks" shares his fascinating stories on how to bounce back from a setback (or lifetime of them).  Is it time to re-evaluate your attitude?  

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Be able to define "resiliency" and three strategies for being more resilient

  • Realize that every setback is also a learning opportunity

  • Learn how to set your own personal and professional boundaries

Keys to Excellence

Breakout Session Block 2 - Explore
Friday, Nov. 1, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Competencies: Excellence and Functioning Independently

Chelsea Williams

Have you ever wondered how to live a life of excellence? Excellence is not perfection, rather it is aspiring towards personal best in every situation. Excellence, like a muscle, must be built over time through commitment and consistency. This workshop will equip student leaders with practical ways to embody excellence, in and out of the classroom. Throughout the session, students will leverage an excellence roadmap to drive personal and professional growth.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of pursuing excellence as a student leader 

  • Discover roadblocks that challenge excellence such as poor communication and negative attitude 

  • Learn practical ways to pursue and cultivate a culture of excellence 

  • Set personal and professional  decelerations to catapult excellence 

Conversations That Influence

Competencies: Advocating a Point of View and Appropriate Interaction

Michael Miller

When you continuously offend, have a reputation for “over-reacting” or are excluded from controversial conversations, is it possible your current proficiency at advocating your point of view isn’t serving you well? Effective communication strategies for being assertive versus aggressive and enhanced listing skills are the focus of this interactive session.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identification of personal conversational weaknesses

  • Ability to listen more intentionally and paraphrase effectively

  • Strategies for being assertive and crafting a POV

On Your Own:  How to Be an Entrepreneur

Competencies: Initiative and Plan

Peter Bielagus

Is the entrepreneurship life for you?  Ever thought about starting your own business?  Whether it’s a full time "gig" or your “side hustle,” contribute to the conversation as we discuss the pros and cons of starting your own business and where to begin. Ready to take the jump?

Learning Outcomes:

  • Appreciation for the challenges versus payoffs of being an entrepreneur

  • Knowledge of the various types of motivations for doing your own "thing"

  • Identification of "resources" necessary to be an entrepreneur - including personal characteristics

  • Ability to apply planning strategies to business idea

  • Start a legitimate business plan

What to Do When Treat “Yo-Self” Isn’t Good Enough?

Competencies: Self-Development and Responsibility for Personal Behavior

Melissa Ruiz

Does stress sneak up on you? Does your calendar fill up before you know it? Do you get sick often and you're not sure why? Most leaders tend to be the first to show up and the last to leave. Explore and discover what toll that takes on your mind and body and how you can find moments of peace to re-center, re-charge and re-focus. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify your biggest stressors are on and off campus

  • Understand the connection between mental and physical health to your leadership ability

  • Create an individualized 5-minute self-care routine you can do anywhere

Breakout Session Block 3 - Explore and Engage
Friday, November 1, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

365 Degrees of Change:  How to Initiate, Manage and Create Change (Co-Presenter: Susan Luchey)

Breakout Session Block 3 - Explore and Engage
Friday, Nov. 1, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Competencies: Responding to Change and Resiliency

Making change happen can be fun, exciting and powerful, yet managing change requires a complex skill set involving teamwork, strategies, assessment and more.  Key concepts in and around leading to and through change will be offered in an active exchange of experiences and ideas.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how to implement the 5 1/2 concepts leading to successful change

  • Demonstrate understanding of a change management framework

  • Apply change process template to current leadership challenge

Ummm... So... Like...  Let's Talk about Public Speaking

Competencies: Verbal Communication (Public Speaking) and Non-Verbal Communication

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

Thinking Beyond the Icebreaker: Creating Strong Group Dynamics Within Your Team

Breakout Session Block 3 - Explore and Engage
Friday, Nov. 1, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Competencies: Group Dynamics and Productive Relationships

Dr. David Rosch

Creating intergroup working relationships based on trust, understanding, and shared goals takes more than starting the year with an icebreaker.  In this session designed to exemplify and mirror its learning outcomes, you will find out what Google already knows about effective teams and how to put that knowledge to practice in your student organizations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize and learn how to build psychological safety in their teams

  • Learn about Project Artistotle and its key findings

  • Develop a plan of action for strong team-building in their student organizations

Money Management For Leaders - Engage

Competencies:  Plan and Self-Understanding

Pater Bielagus

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Career Lab 3 - Believe Me - It's You:  How to Deal with Difficult People - Engage

Competencies:  Conflict Negotiation and Verbal Communication

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