General Session & Special Event Highlights
October 31 - November 2, 2019
Opening Session: “The Expectations of Leadership: & Round One - Lead365Talks
Hosted by Nancy Hunter Denney, Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington & James Robilotta
What does it mean to “explore, engage and evolve?” What are the leadership competencies and how do they impact this conference? You will get these answers and feel the unique energy of Lead365 while being introduced to a national treasure house of practitioners, researchers and professional speakers called “The Faculty.” Oh and there’s more… much more.
Following a dynamic welcome, the very talented Dr. Jamie Washington kicks off this year’s conference with his thoughts on “The Expectations of Leadership.” Just in case that didn’t make you go “Wow” a series of 20 minute “Lead365Talks” by professional speakers highlights the connection between a particular competency and their own life.
These condensed speeches are also intended to offer a “snap shot” of who they are as a speaker while sharing a significant leadership message.
Lead365Talks Round One - “Life Lessons on Leadership Competencies”
Sara Lowery on Personal Values
Dr. Jermaine Davis on Other’s Contributions
Melissa Ruiz on Self-Development
To keep things moving, the humorous and witty James Robilotta will engage the audience with strategies for a successful conference.
Grab a Bag Dinner and Sunshine - Day 1
As you arrive and get settled we want to make sure you are fed! Dinner bags with sandwiches, fruit, beverage and a cookie will be provided upon your arrival. You can bring them back to your room, eat poolside, find a new friend and eat in the sunshine near the registration area or wherever you’d like! We know this is a fancy hotel and consequently, buying your own meals can be expensive - that’s why we provide 5 meals for you!!!
Banquet Lunch - Day 2
On the second day of the conference, you are treated to a sit down banquet lunch to refuel. Over lunch learn quick tips on business etiquette while meeting new friends and networking. Given this year’s schedule, lunch will be served inside.
Round Two: Lead365Talks
In a creative presentation format broken into two sessions, The 2019 Lead365Talks represent content-rich condensed speeches focused on a particular leadership lesson and competency. While also an opportunity to offer a “snap shot” of professional speakers spending the ENTIRE three days as part of “The Faculty,” these high energy informative talks replace the traditional “rah-rah” with real content.
Professional Speakers include:
Michael Miller on Verbal Communication
Chelsea Williams on Resilience
Curtis Hill on Responsibility for Personal Behavior
Hosted by Dr. Jermaine M. Davis
Leadership After Dark by the Awesome Melissa Ruiz
Leadership After Dark: As the sun goes down, the dynamic Melissa Ruiz facilitates an opportunity to engage in a variety of personal networking and team building activities to push you beyond the limits you believe you currently possess. Be ready. Be Prepared. It's Leadership After Dark!
If these kinds of facilitated group experiences aren’t your thing, why not participate in another option…
Calming Conversations Poolside
Big ice-breaking activities aren’t for everyone. Whether an introvert or just not “feeling it” an option to the big group networking session is an opportunity to gather poolside in less structured environment.
Lead365 Career Labs
What’s the connection between learning leadership and your ability to get the job you want? How can mastering specific leadership competencies facilitate your productivity in the workplace? National experts offer 9 programs specifically geared towards enhancing your success in the workplace and new professional. Found in the same time slots with the more typical style workshop, these sessions are more experiential.
Student Workshop Showcase
Buena Vista University’s Student Senate
Competencies: Appropriate Interaction and Creating Change
Please join BVU Student Senate representatives as we share insights into making change happen. Whether it is through little acts of kindness or grand events and programs, we recognize the intentionality of delivery impacts the outcomes and overall satisfaction of the participants. This showcase is designed for participants to learn from our experience while creating an environment for open discussion and idea exchange.
Relationship Building Bag Lunch - Day 3
Not a big fan of keynote speakers over lunch while you are trying to relax? Neither are we! The conference on Day 3 offers a one hour breaks for casual conversations, movement, sunshine (or not) and the opportunity to meet people or take a “mental break.” Some seating around the conference area is provided, however, you are welcome to find a comfortable place to converse or just “chill.”
What a shame it would be to not maximize on the talents and interests of likeminded individuals. “Engaging Conversations” are facilitated conversations by The Faculty based upon your desirable interest of exploration. Select whichever topic appeals to you and go to that designated room listed on your schedule. Small group discussions can be as intimate or general as you desire.
Topical areas are listed below. Which topic intrigues you?
Becoming an Entrepreneur - Facilitated by Peter Bielagus
Creating Non-Profits & Foundations - Kelvin Harris
Better Self-Care and Work Life Balance - Melissa Ruiz
Introverted Leadership - Dr. Ken Brill
Tweaking Current Programs - Professionals Only with Dr. Corey Seemiller and Dr. Kathy Guthrie
Social Justice - Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington
Universal Studio's City Walk
You're in Orlando... time to have some fun! As a courtesy, transportation is provided to University Studio's City Walk right down the road - 4 miles away - or you can "Uber" it. The shuttle runs continuously starting at 7:00 PM from the transportation dock at the hotel to a designated drop off/pick up location. The last bus departs City Walk at 11:00 PM. Conference attendees are responsible for your own transportation and the shuttle bus is provided only as a courtesy.
Problem-Solving Applied to Real Life Leadership
The final workshop block of Lead365 [Block 9] focuses on the application of a simple problem-solving model presented by two facilitators in 15 minutes. Each group (or individual if not wanting to work in small groups) then identifies a real life situation (i.e. problem) and begins applying the problem-solving model. Once solutions and paths moving forward have been identified, others will “critique” or “compliment” the ideas. There will also be opportunities for offering additional suggestions and recommendations to assist others in solving their problem. Five general “problem categories” are identified below.
Living and Leading in a Just World - Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington and Dr. Ken Brill
Figuring Out Your Future - Facilitated by Chelsea Williams and Peter Bielagus
Living With or Leading Those You Dislike - Facilitated by Michael Miller and Jennifer Yawson
When Procrastination Overrides Purpose - Facilitated by Dr. Lucy Croft and Melissa Ruiz
Implementing Leadership Initiatives - FOR PROFESSIONALS ONLY - Facilitated by Dr. Corey Seemiller, Dr. David Rosch, Dr. Kathy Guthrie and Ms. Sadhana Hall