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


Opening Program “Critical Questions on the Horizon of Leadership Education” [Innovation & Application Combined Session]

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

This combined opening program offers an amazing opportunity to hear about and discuss critical questions shaping leadership education. Dr. Corey Seemiller, Dr. Kathy Guthrie, Dr. David Rosch, and Ms. Sadhana Hall will guide the conversation using the questions below.

  • What are critical questions leadership educators need to be thinking about today?

  • What are some possible answers to those questions?

  • How do those answers impact the day-to-day work when engaging in student leadership development?

Facilitated by Susan Luchey

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

Exploring Conscious Leadership: Bringing Positive Change to Challenging Team and Organizational Culture

Kelvin Harris

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

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

Professional Track Session 3 [Extended Session]
Friday - 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Thinking to Transform: Using Reflection in Leadership Learning

Dr. Kathy Guthrie

Breakout Session Block 3
Friday, Nov. 1, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Reflection, the process of making meaning of experience, and leadership, a relational process for affecting change, are enhanced by one another. Reflection in leadership learning is essential for anyone who wants to develop their capacity for leadership. This session provides a balance of theory and practice to empower and enable educators to engage in reflective leadership learning.

Professional Track Session 4
Friday - 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Overcoming Resistance: Giving Feedback Effectively

Michael Miller

Breakout Session Block 4
Friday, Nov. 1, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

When you appropriately and justifiably challenge a student’s behavior are you experiencing more push back then ever before? This session approaches giving feedback to student leaders and colleagues in a manner that allows them to "hear" it in the well-meaning way you intend it! Phrases for responding to “resistance” and strategies to help you feel more confident in sharing expectations related to others' performance and behaviors rounds out this experiential program. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Improve your educator position by helping student leaders 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 5
Friday - 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Professional Track 5 (Application) - Creating an Intellectually Supportive Environment for Teaching Leadership

Sadhana Hall

Breakout Session Block 5
Friday, Nov. 1, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

This session focuses on what educators need to do to create a more intellectually supportive environment to teach leadership.  Participants will learn the characteristics of intellectually supportive environments, and discuss related tips and recommended methodologies to create such an environment.

Professional Track Session 6 - Engaging Conversations
Friday - 5 PM – 6 PM

Engaging Conversations on Program Design

Co-Facilitated by Dr. Kathy Guthrie and Dr. Corey Seemiller

Breakout Session Block 6 - Engage & Evolve
Friday, Nov. 1, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

What a shame it would be to not share the talents and interests of likeminded individuals.  Engaging Conversations are facilitated conversations by The Faculty based upon YOUR interests.  What do want to talk about? 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, and are designed to be informal.

Professional Track Session 7 - Extended Session
Saturday - 9 AM – 10:30 AM

Creating Connection in a Disconnected World

Dr. Corey Seemiller

Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (These are extended session offerings.)

Description:  Despite having friends, followers, and connections online, Generation Z students (born 1995-2010) are still craving face-to-face interpersonal connection.  How can we as educators, advisors, and professionals help guide this generational cohort in creating authentic and meaningful offline relationships in college? 

  • Participants will understand Generation Z's behavior as it relates to on and offline connection. 

  • Participants will understand key strategies for helping Generation Z students develop meaningful offline interpersonal connections.

  • Participants will be able to devise specific actions they can employ to help their students foster offline interpersonal connections.

Professional Track Session 8
Saturday - 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

The Measurement of Student Leadership

Dr. Lucy Croft 

Description: When do we know a student is a leader? How do we validate that student has gained skills in leadership?  When do we know a student is ready for a leadership position?  Answering these and other questions related to leadership assessment is no easy task. The answers to these questions will be addressed during this practical session designed to introduce participants to various ways to measure the development of a student leader.  Participants will explore the use of rubrics, competency guides, and assessment inventories based on the literature and promising practices and establish a list of resources that can be immediately utilized on their campuses.  

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the challenges associated with leadership assessment

  • Define the learning assessment cycle

  • Articulate the components of an effective learning outcomes

  • Establish resources for assessment & evaluation

  • Develop a list of peers for future networking  

Professional Track Session 9 - Problem Solving Around Program Initiatives
Saturday - 1 PM – 2 PM

Problem Solving Applied to Real Life and Leadership - Responding to Critical Questions on the Horizon of Leadership Education [PROFESSIONALS ONLY]

Breakout Session Block 9 - Evolve
Saturday, Nov. 2, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The final session for graduate students and professionals focuses on addressing questions facing leadership educators today. Dr. Corey Seemiller, Dr. David Rosch, Ms. Sadhana Hall, and Dr. Kathy Guthrie will lead the conversation around applying a problem-solving model to develop viable solutions to the critical questions discussed in the opening program for professionals.