There are two tracks in the Professional Track:  Application (A) and Innovation (B).  Go to whichever programs you want in either or both tracks.  The intent of the "tracks" is to provide a guide for the context of the session. 

In the interest of keeping the level of dialogue and presentation at the professional level, share common experiences and engage in candid discussions, undergraduates are asked to not attend programs designated for professionals.


Application Track:  These sessions focus on applying specific strategies and best practices for designing, delivering, and measuring programs and experiences that enhance student leadership.

Innovation Track: These sessions focus on innovative ideas and emergent thinking about student leadership.


Application Track (A)


Professional Track Session 1
Friday - 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM


BE UNDERSTOOD: Giving Feedback Effectively

Michael Miller

Are you slow or resistant to challenge your leaders? This fast paced session approaches giving feedback to students and colleagues in a manner that allows them to "hear" it in the well-meaning way you intend it! Select strategies that will help you feel more confident and comfortable in sharing expectations related to others' performance and behaviors. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Better appreciate your power to improve your situation by helping others be their best
  • Identify your resistance and history with offering constructive feedback
  • Know the data on today's students and how they best "hear" feedback
  • Be able to put into practice effective communication tools

Professional Track Session 2
Friday - 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM


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 3
Friday - 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM


Leading By Example:  The Significance of Role Modeling

Dr. Charles Lloyd

From advising student organizations to being a college president, Dr. Lloyd's observations and interactions provide the foundation for this conversation on "reasonable" expectations of anyone developing student leaders.  From language selection to various mediums of engagement, how are those YOU train and teach impacted by your efforts and interactions?

Learning Outcomes:

  • Own the responsibility to role-model professionalism and personal leadership
  • Challenge negativity (and not be the source) among leaders
  • Recognize 5 obvious and not so obvious "misses" when working with leaders
  • Self-assess personal liabilities when it comes to training up leaders
  • Know essential characteristics desired by upper administration for leadership educators

Professional Track Session 4
Friday - 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM


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 5
Saturday - 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM


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 6
Saturday - 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

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 7
    Saturday - 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM


    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