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.


Innovation (B) Programming Options


Professional Track Session 1 (Application and Innovation Combined)
Friday - 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Critical Questions on the Horizon of Leadership Education”

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

Competencies: Other Perspectives and Reflection and Application

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

Building Your Brand: Leadership to Shape, Share and Remember

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

Competencies: Idea Generation and Systems Thinking

Dr. Jason Meriwether

Professional Staff are inundated by numerous theories positing methods to lead within a complex organization, while choices about leadership style are equally broad and varied. This interactive session will challenge participants to design a consistent message about leadership that is robust with substance and strategy, yet attentive to personal style. Attendees will be challenged to construct an individual leadership brand that will flourish in the campus community and for the duration of their career.

Learning Outcomes

  • Familiarity with evaluation tools to measure current perceptions about leadership branding within a complex university setting;

  • Recognizing consequences of intended and unintentional elements of leadership brand within campus settings;

  • Impact of leadership branding strategy on career trajectory and graduate/terminal degree completion within university system; and

  • Ability to utilize best practices in shaping a leadership brand that enhances contribution to team morale and productivity.

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

Using Leadership Competencies to Develop Talents into Strengths

Dr. Corey Seemiller

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

Competency For more than a decade, college students around the nation have been using the Clifton StrengthsFinder instrument to uncover their top five signature talent themes.  But, how do students turn a talent theme into a strength?  This session will offer an innovative approach for helping students leverage their talents into strengths by developing associated leadership competencies. 

  • Participants will understand the connection between the Gallup StrengthsFinder and the Student Leadership Competencies. 

  • Participants will be able to help students uncover competencies associated with their talent themes. 

  • Participants will be able to facilitate student leadership competency development in relation to leveraging talents into strengths.

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

Professional Track 4 (Innovation) - What’s Behind Your Smile (Sheet)?  Efficiently Moving Beyond Satisfaction Surveys

Dr. David Rosch

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

Assessing and evaluating the impact of your work is more difficult than asking students if they learned anything and enjoyed their experience — or is it?  Come to this surprisingly engaging session to learn “the least you need to know” for quickly and efficiently measuring the impact of your advising.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand basic assessment principles applied in the busy world of student leadership programming. 

  • Reflect on “the one big thing” whose impact they care about in their work.

  • Develop a plan for efficiently and rigorously assessing and evaluating their “one big thing.”

Professional Track Session 5
Saturday - 4:00 PM – 4:45 AM

Professional Track 5 (Innovation) - Using Your Assessment Data to Change the World (or Your Office)

Dr. David Rosch

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

Have you put a general plan in place to assess your work?  Are you drowning in data and have little idea what to do with it?  This session will focus on building a plan to efficiently make meaning of your data and leverage your work – into improving your services and productively branding your impact. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn fundamental methods for analyzing quantitative and qualitative data for basic assessment purposes.

  • Discuss potential options for analyzing their own assessment data in efficient ways.

  • Begin to develop a plan for communicating findings in “sticky” ways to external audiences.

Professional Track Session 6
Saturday - 10:30 AM – 11:45 PM

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

Professional Track Session 7
Saturday - 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Extended Session)

Using Innovative Techniques to Teach Leadership

Ms. Sadhana Hall

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

This session begins with a discussion of what innovation means within the context of teaching leadership and why it's important in today's world.  The definition of "innovation" is followed by design thinking techniques applied to self-identified problems and leadership programs, concluding with a selection of techniques to incorporate in your leadership programs. 

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

Transformative Programs: Focusing on Identity, Capacity, and Efficacy

Dr. Kathy Guthrie

Breakout Session Block 8 - Evolve
Saturday, Nov. 2, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

As educators, we strive to create leadership learning opportunities that are transformative. It is a challenge to create such opportunities that are relevant to diverse populations. This session will explore the Culturally Relevant Leadership Learning framework and how focusing on identity, capacity, and efficacy can create learning opportunities that can be transformative.

Professional Track Session 9
Saturday - 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Problem Solving Applied to Real Life and Leadership - Implementing Leadership Initiatives [PROFESSIONALS ONLY]

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

The final workshop block of Lead365 for graduate students and professionals, focuses on the application of a simple problem-solving model applied to participant's leadership initiatives.  What are you trying and why isn't it working?  Let the theorists, experts and your colleagues challenge your assumptions, work through your situations and assist in finding solutions.  Co-facilitators include:  Dr. Corey Seemiller, Dr. David Rosch, Ms. Sadhana Hall and Dr. Kathy Guthrie.