Schedule with Descriptions


Nov. 1 [Day 1 - Opening Events & Networking]

Opening Session featuring James Robilotta
5:00PM - 5:45PM

What does it mean to “explore, engage and evolve?”  You will feel the unique energy of Lead365 while being introduced to the powerful conference theme and a national treasure house of practitioners, researchers and professional speakers called “The Faculty.”

Welcome Reception/Dinner
5:45PM - 6:45PM

Sunshine, smiles and conversation awaits you at the Opening Reception/Dinner. Don’t worry about dinner, this heavy reception gets the job done while allowing you to continue getting to know other conference goers and faculty members.  This is a wonderful opportunity to network, exchange contact information and enjoy the beautiful Orlando sunshine. 

Lead365Talks - Round One Welcome Reception/Dinner
7:00PM - 8:15PM

In a creative presentation format professional speakers offer up in 9 minutes or less, a condensed speech intended to offer a “snap shot” of who they are as a speaker while sharing a significant leadership message.   

Round One Featured Speakers: Peter Bielagus, Josie Ahlquist, Jermaine Davis, Tamara McMillan & Jamie Washington

Leadership After Dark
8:30PM - 10:00PM

Leadership After Dark:  As the sun goes down, so will the lights in the ballroom as students will be challenged to take their leadership to a whole new level. Developed by SwiftKick, and facilitated by the dynamic duo of Tom Kreiglstein and Melissa Ruiz, "Leadership After Dark" is an opportunity to engage in a variety of personal networking and team building activities to push you beyond the limits you may believe you currently possess. Be ready. Be Prepared. It's Leadership After Dark!


Nov. 2 [Day 2 -Explore]

Breakout Session Block 1
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Digital Storytelling for College Students

Competency:  Personal Values

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

No other time in history has the kind of access and reach been possible through digital communication tools.  Learn to shape your story and claim your place in the digital space that features your passion, experience and personality. The speaker's own journey of digital storytelling and claiming her name through digital branding will be shared along with the resulting global opportunities and relationships.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Reflect on your life mission and how to express them through digital platforms

  • Weigh the pros and cons of personal and professional expression online

  • Choose a digital application to aid in telling your story

  • Identify an accountability partner during and after the conference

On Your Own:  How to Be an Entrepreneur [Career Track]

Competency:  Entrapreneuralism

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

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

Competency:  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 confidence

What To Do When "Treat Yo'self" Isn't Good Enough

Topic:  Self-Care

Melissa Ruiz and Tom Kreiglstein

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

Gettin’ Gritty: Finish What You Start!

Competency: Follow Through or Responsibility for Personal Behavior

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 Formula

Professional Track Session 1 - Application

Evidence Based Digital Leadership Education

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

Looking to enhance students’ digital leadership capacity and efficacy?  This session addresses various curricular and co-curricular applications of experiential and reflective online and real time pedagogies. Evidence-based results from a year-long study validating the six Pillars for Digital Leadership Education will also be shared. Learn to go from theory to practice to pedagogy.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be more aware of how student leaders use and perceive social media platforms

  • Take away four pedagogies for applying digital education to positional leaders in particular

  • Learn the six pillars of digital leadership education as discovered in the creation of a specific course curriculum

Professional Track Session 1 - Innovation

Context Before Content: Designing Student Diversity Learning for Greater Success

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

Most college leadership development programs have a segment (or at least a core value) of diversity and inclusion. The challenge?  Understanding that one size does not fit all.  We can look at high impact and best practices yet still come up short of our intended outcomes and goals.  This session will invite professionals to do innovation through engaging the context before the content.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the 5 components that inform the content of diversity learning

  • Be able to examine and explore the context of a situation

  • Learn what happens when content is delivered not considering the context


Lead365Talks - Round Two
10:15AM - 11:15AM

In a creative presentation format professional speakers offer up in 9 minutes or less, a condensed speech intended to offer a “snap shot” of who they are as a speaker while sharing a significant leadership message.   

Round Two Featured Speakers:  Hoan Do, Sara Lowery, Michael Miller, Maura Cullen & Curtis Hill


Breakout Session Block 2
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Stop Setting Goals. Start Achieving Them!

Competency: Goals  (Personal and Organizational)

Hoan Do

Whether you want to ace a difficult class, increase your involvement on campus, or land that dream job, learn practical strategies to apply immediately in this session while also gaining more clarity on what matters to you. Discover a three-step process for achieving your most important ambitions, and leave with a personal step-by-step action plan.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the significance of setting goals

  • Know practical and immediately applicable ways to achieve "success"

  • Write a personal action plan

Managing The Chaos:  Bouncing Back from a Setback

Competency:  Resiliency

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

Leading Through Change:  Recognizing Your Role as Leader

Competency: Responding to Change

Sara Lowery

What differentiates leaders who can lead through change and respond productively, from those who go down the unproductive road of negativity and divisiveness?  Drawing from recent real life work place transition, Sara offers up the consequences of poor change responses then shifts to specific tools for dealing with the one unavoidable constant in leadership -- change!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify your personal instinctive responses to transition and change

  • Know the 5 top negative consequences responding unproductively to change

  • Lead others through change using identified tools, attitudes and practices

Your Career Success Depends Upon Accepting Feedback [Career Track]

Competency:  Receiving Feedback

Michael Miller

Do you find it difficult to receive positive and constructive feedback? Do you want to "toughen" up?  Learn ways to position yourself correctly to hear all kinds of feedback.  What's your frame of mind, ability to listen without defense, and demeanor throughout?  See how accepting feedback is connected to career success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Look inward to reflect upon your typical reaction to feedback

  • Explore various techniques to enhance your ability to be less defensive

  • Know a variety of choices for responding while maintaining a positive demeanor

"But Nobody Will Know": Making Ethical Decisions When You’re All Alone 

Competency:  Ethics & Decision Making

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 breakdowns

Professional Track Session 2 - Application

Frenemies: Our Love-Hate Relationship with Social Justice Allies

Dr. Maura Cullen

Allies are not born; they are built. The term “frenemy” blends “friend” and “enemy” to describe the delicate balance of challenge and support needed by dominant and target group members alike. Each must examine their role to determine how they contribute to the cycle of Engage-Disengage-Re-Engage. This program serves to guide professionals in examining the external and internal factors influencing how we engage and accelerate efforts in creating more just and inclusive communities

Learning Outcomes:

  • Assist allies and target group members in forging more effective and sustainable alliances

  • Understand factors that enhance trust

  • Recognize the need to have challenging conversations versus disengaging indefinitely

Professional Track Session 2 - Innovation

Generation Z: Understanding Today’s College Student

Dr. Corey Seemiller

Just as we have finally come to understand Millennials, it’s time to shift gears and adapt to a new generation. Generation Z, born 1995-2010, may look like Millennials, yet differ in their characteristics, beliefs, styles, and motivations. Learn who these “Gen Zers” are and how to better communicate with, relate to, and work with this emerging generational cohort.

*This session is highly recommended for those who also plan to attend the later session entitled, Engaging, Advising, and Developing Generation Z Students.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the context within which Generation Z college students have come of age

  • Understand the characteristics, motivations, and values of the Generation Z cohort

  • Be able to differentiate between defining characteristics of Millennial and Generation Z students


Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


Breakout Session Block 3
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Explore & Engage

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Did You Mean That Because That's Mean:  Own Your Actions

Hoan Do

Competency:  Responsibility for Personal Behavior & Self-Development

Truth?  The "blame game" has no winners.  Too often it's easiest to transfer your challenges and leadership deficits into excuses or accusations. When you own 100% of the consequences or your attitudes and actions, you gain 100% of control over your future success.  Hoan will share many of the lessons he's learned from investing (literally) in his future success.  From enhanced listening skills to daily "TO DO" lists, you can have better relationships, gain more influence and collaborate more effectively.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Accept responsibility for past successes and failures

  • Know strategies passed down from Master classes for personal leadership development

  • Improvement in listening skills, making personal "investments" and accountability

Finding Your Flow through "Attentional" Leadership

Competency:  Excellence

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Competency: 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

Empower Me!

Tamara McMillan

Competency: Empowerment and Conflict Negotiation

Create greater success in college and in life by empowering others.  Explore the Relational Leadership Model and the association of empowering leadership as an ongoing process of challenge, growth and discovery. Through interaction and open dialogue of contemporary issues and conflict resolution you will learn how to empower those around you.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Take greater personal responsibility for empowering others

  • Embrace a win-win mentality and benefits of empowerment

  • Demonstrate critical self-examination used to develop life skills central to your successTamara McMillan

Professional Track Session 3 - Application

Developing Emerging Leaders Through Peer Mentoring

Susan Luchey

Professional Track:  Application

It's proven that young leaders respond positively to role modeling and mentoring from their peers.  In addition, students who serve as peer mentors gain invaluable transferable skills in leadership and team effectiveness. 

Learn how to design a training program for peer mentors that focuses on both individual and team development.  Based on the design of the peer mentoring program for University of Delaware's Blue Hen Leadership Program, this session will provide participants with ideas, tools and a curriculum to implement on their own campuses.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Participants will understand the learning outcomes associated with a peer mentoring program.

2. Participants will learn to apply key leadership concepts to the development of a peer mentoring training  curriculum.

3. Participants will learn several activities to incorporate into a peer mentor training program.

Professional Track Session 3 - Innovation

Engaging, Advising, and Developing Generation Z Students

Dr. Corey Seemiller

Generation Z has different motivations, interests, and passions than Millennials, yet we still use our same old tricks to engage, advise, and develop them. Participants in this session will break into small discussion groups for deeper dialogue on how to best design opportunities, programming, and experiences to engage those Gen Zers!

*This session is a follow up to Generation Z: Understanding Today’s College Student and is designed for those who attended the earlier session. If you did not attend the earlier session but have a good understanding of the Generation Z college population, you are welcome to attend.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Consider how to adapt engagement and involvement experiences to match Gen Z interests, preferences, and values

  • Apply your knowledge of Generation Z to program development and advising

  • Be equipped to return to their campuses to enhance their programs and involvement experiences to better align with Generation Z


Breakout Session Block 4
2:45PM – 3:45 PM

Creators & Makers: Digital Branding Tools for the Job Search & Content Creation  [Career Track]

Competency:  Self-Understanding

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. 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • 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

Competency:  Plan

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

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Competency:  Motivation

Curtis Hill

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.  

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Nothing Gets Accomplished by Yourself:  Building High Performance Teams

Competency:  Group Development

Kristin Skarie

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!

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Professional Track Session 4 - Application

Coaching Students for High Performance

Dr. Bruce Jackson

Many people think that "coaching" is about providing solutions when in fact, it's about removing "interference."  Both approaches can be helpful, but most people don't have a framework to do this.  In this session, we will explore a coaching philosophy and method in order to bring leaders to higher levels of clarity, focus and performance.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define the difference between expert and facilitative coaching

  • Understand a new model for coaching any level students

  • Help students develop options for maximizing their potential

Professional Track Session 4 - Innovation

Learning Leadership: Building Programs with the End in Mind

Dr. Kathy Guthrie

Leadership is a process of learning.  It asks, "How do individuals make sense of their experiences, uncover leadership within themselves and work in communities?"  Whether you teach leadership formally or informally, knowing the most effective approaches results in enhanced learning.  This session explores the "leadership learning framework," best teaching strategies, and tools for assessment. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify various ways leadership is learned

  • Apply appropriate pedagogies for various aspects of learning

  • Recognize ways to assess leadership learning in and out of the classroom


Engaging Conversations
4:00PM – 5:00 PM

What a shame it would be to not maximize on the talents and interests of like minded individuals.  Engaging Conversations are facilitated conversations by The Faculty based upon YOUR interests.  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 facilitated by relevant experts:

  • Becoming an Entrepreneur - Peter Bielagus

  • Starting a Non-Profit or Foundation - Dr. Kelvin Harris & Dr. Bruce Jackson

  • New Professionalism - Leslie Manchini

  • Leading as an Introvert - Amma Marfo

  • Taking Better Self-Care - Melissa Ruiz

  • Social Media - Dr. Josie Ahlquist

  • Program Design (for professionals only) - Dr. Corey Seemiller

  • Advanced Leaders - Advanced Leaders

  • Social Justice - Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington


An Evening with Marlon Smith [Special Event]
5:15PM – 6:15 PM

Taking the stage for a high-tech engaging performance is the one and only Marlon Smith.  With an ability to bring laughter and tears to an audience all at once, Marlon has an international reputation for excellence at the podium.  As a master trainer for motivator Anthony Robbins, Marlon promises to bring you to your feet! 


Complimentary Transportation to City Walk
6:45PM – 11:00 PM

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.


Nov. 3 [Day 3 - Engage & Evolve]

Breakout Session Block 5
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM (These are extended session offerings.)

Thriving as a Team: Moving from ME to WE!

Competency:  Collaboration

Kristin Skarie

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

Professional Track Session 5 - Application

Evidence Based Digital Leadership Education

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

Looking to enhance students’ digital leadership capacity and efficacy?  This session addresses various curricular and co-curricular applications of experiential and reflective online and real time pedagogies. Evidence-based results from a year-long study validating the six Pillars for Digital Leadership Education will also be shared. Learn to go from theory to practice to pedagogy.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be more aware of how student leaders use and perceive social media platforms

  • Take away four pedagogies for applying digital education to positional leaders in particular

  • Learn the six pillars of digital leadership education as discovered in the creation of a specific course curriculum

Professional Track Session 5 - Innovation

What Do We Know about How Students LEARN?

Dr. Davis Rosch

Effectively advising students is often about helping them see new and broader perspectives leading to mature and balanced adults.  Surprisingly, missing from most advisor training and development is an understanding of HOW emerging adults learn new things in the first place.  Connected to the student organizational advising context, this session discusses adult learning theory.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the four fundamental principles of adult learning

  • Begin to apply each principle to the context of student organization advising

  • Develop at least one plan of action to implement next semester in your own work


Breakout Session Block 6
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM (These are extended session offerings.)
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

Professional Track Session 6 - Application

Teaching Leaders How to Identify and Solve Problems

Tamara McMillan

In a recent Bloomberg/Business Week study, job recruiters identified Creative Problem Solving among the top 5 skills for success yet the second most difficult skill to find among job applicants.  How do you facilitate and teach problem solving to leaders?  Learn how to intersect (and teach) the basic elements of "divergent" and "convergent" thinking and apply them through the presenter's own Creative Problem Solving Process.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to assist others in the "framing" of problems to be solved on campus and in the work place

  • Learn tools and principles specific to the Creative Problem Solving Process

  • Explore ways to help students and co-workers generate novel ideas

  • Examine personal approaches to problem solving

Professional Track Session 6 - Innovation

Transformative Pedagogies in Leadership Education

 Dr. Kathy Guthrie

Leadership education itself can be a transformative pedagogy. However, understanding what specific instructional strategies are best for teaching and learning leadership is critical for transformative learning to occur. This session will explore various instructional strategies used in leadership education and provide opportunities to discuss the pros and cons of each.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify various instructional strategies used in leadership education

  • Recognize transformative leadership pedagogies in various contexts

  • Apply sources of transformational learning to leadership education


Breakout Session Block 7
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM (These are extended session offerings.)
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 engagement

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

Be the Solution:  Problem Solving as a Tool for Success

Competency:  Problem Solving

Tamara McMillan

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. Jermaine M. Davis

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

Professional Track Session 7 - Application

6 Domains for Assessing Student Leadership Competency Development

Dr. Corey Seemiller

While we know from our own experiences that engagement and involvement experiences in college impact student development, how can we know what specifically makes a difference and to what extent? This session is designed to offer an easy way to determine what leadership competencies you want students to develop and how to create measurements that get to the heart of what you want to know. While assessment may seem overwhelming, after this session, you will want to head back to campus and start assessing everything!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the Student Leadership Competencies

  • Understand the 6-Domain Model

  • Be able to develop competency-based measurements in each of the six domains

Professional Track Session 7 - Innovation

Why “SUCCESS” and “SUCCESSION” Are So Closely Related

Dr. David Rosch

Many advisors start to worry about grooming candidates to replace current officers a semester prior to new officer selection.  Better advisors start from the moment high-potential students join.  When and how do you rigorously assess your student's leadership potential?  This session explores this question and current business world succession planning research and practices.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflect on current strategies to support your organizational succession planning

  • Learn the seven human capacities top headhunters search for in prospective executives

  • Begin to develop a plan to rigorously assess these capacities in the identification of future officers


Lead365StudentTalks & Closing
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Oh that's right.  Selected students give 7 minute talks with the same format as the professional speakers in their Lead365Talks!  Four students will be selected in advance.  

That's only part of this dynamic closing session.  A Think Back video highlights the previous three days of transformation and good times.  The Lead365 National Award (with a $500 cash prize) is presented to an outstanding professional or undergraduate.  Sponsors are thanked (of course) and a Good Bye video from The Faculty closes out the program.  Distribution of Certificates of Completion (suitable for framing) and an appropriate send off concludes what promises to have been an amazing growth and learning experience for undergraduates, graduate students, leadership educators and new professionals.


Good Byes
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM