Program Descriptions by Speakers

(referred to as “The Faculty”)

An amazing collection of content rich programs are provided below. Note the creative program design with “to the point” 45 minute sessions to 90 minute extended sessions. There are different delivery options including “9 Career Labs,” “Engaging Conversations” based upon interest area, and NEW THIS YEAR, “Problem-Solving Sessions” where participants work through real problems on their campuses using a problem-solving model. Oh, and let’s not forget what also sets us apart from all the other conferences; ALL of the professional speakers (and almost all of the practitioners) remain from start to finish! And yes, our cutting edge program design (i.e. Lead365Talks) is now being duplicated at other conferences! Come to the Lead365 National Conference see how we are different and why we are a wonderful value for your investment of time and money.

 
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     2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS IN ALPHA ORDER WITH PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Each speaker, professional staff member and leadership educator are committed to the mission of the Lead365 National Conference.  So... do you choose your sessions by WHO is presenting or by the COMPETENCY? Maybe the content is what attracts you?

As a reminder... There are two CURRICULUM TRACKS.  One is for undergraduates and anyone else who wants to attend.  The PROFESSIONAL TRACK is only for graduate students, new professionals and professionals.  Undergraduates are asked to honor this distinction.


Peter Bielagus

Career Lab 2 - On Your Own:  How to Be an Entrepreneur

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

Competency: Initiative and Plan

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

Money Management For Leaders

Breakout Session Block 3 - Explore and Engage
Friday, Nov. 1, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Competencies:  Plan and Self-Understanding

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"

Money Management For Leaders (Repeat Session)

Breakout Session Block 5 - Engage & Evolve
Friday, Nov. 1, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Competencies:  Plan and Self-Understanding

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

Engaging Conversations on Becoming an Entrepreneur

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

Competencies: Appropriate Interaction and Mission

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.

The Business of Your Life

Breakout Session Block 7 - Evolve
Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (These are extended session offerings.)

Competencies:  Scope of Competence and Plan

If your life were a business, would YOU invest in you?  As the CEO of your life, would you "fire" you?  Former financial planner Peter Bielagus will show you in a fun and energetic manner how to view your life through a business lens.  What are your assets?  What are your liabilities?  

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identification of a personal balance sheet

  • Knowledge of your life's "income statement"

  • Draft of a personal life business plan

Problem Solving Applied to Real Life and Leadership - Figuring Out Your Future (Co-Facilitator: Chelsea Williams)

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

Competencies: Plan and Appropriate Interaction

The final workshop block of Lead365 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.

Dr. Ken Brill

Engaging Conversations on Leading as an Introvert

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

Problem Solving Applied to Real Life and Leadership - Living and Leading in a Just World (Co-Facilitated with Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington)

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

Competencies: Problem-Solving and Social Justice

The final workshop block of Lead365 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.

Dr. Lucy Croft

Leadership and Your Bucket List

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

Competencies: Self-Understanding and Goals 

What are your true passions? What’s the connection to leadership? There is nothing greater than setting a goal and successfully achieving it.  Through the sharing of personal experiences while crossing items off the “bucket list”, the presenter will take you through a journey of self-discovery. Explore what brings you joy in life while identifying leadership lessons along the way. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Establish a strong foundation from which to guide your path

  • Develop strategies to lead yourself before leading others

  • Identify your bucket list to achieve throughout your life

  • Designate a group of confidants for accountability

  • Reflect upon successes and challenges

So, Now You’re the Boss: Supervisor Skills for Success Teams (Co-Presented with Naureen O’Neale)

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

Competencies:  Supervision and Collaboration

Leaders are also in roles of “supervision.” Whether an undergraduate, graduate student or professional staff member, knowing how to nurture people by influencing their behavior and helping them to positively make decisions will lead to successful and innovative teams. Great supervisors are hyper-observant and have a keen sense of responsiveness. Come and discover why others will follow your lead!

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the key traits of a successful leader and supervisor

  • Identify desirable traits of productive team players

  • Know strategies for creating the most dynamic environment for your employees/supervisees

Professional Track 8 (Application) - Assessing Student Leaders and Programs

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

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Problem Solving Applied to Real Life and Leadership - When Procrastination Overrides Purpose (Co-Facilitated by Melissa Ruiz)

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

Competencies: Social Justice and Appropriate Interaction

The final workshop block of Lead365 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.

Dr. Jermaine M. Davis

Opening Session: “The Expectations of Leadership” & Round One of Lead365Talks

Thursday, October 31, 7 PM - 9 PM

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. 

Gettin’ Gritty: Finish What You Start!

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

Competencies: Follow Through and Resiliency

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

Round Two of Lead365Talks - “Life Lessons on Leadership Competencies” and "The Power of Purpose"

Friday, Nov. 1, 10:15AM - 11:15AM

The second round of 15 minute Lead365Talks brings enlightenment by Dr. Jermaine M. Davis called, "The Power of Purpose," and more examples about various competencies. This round of mini-speeches includes:

  • Michael Miller on Verbal Communication

  • Chelsea Williams on Resilience

  • Curtis Hill on Responsibility for Personal Behavior

Career Lab 4 - Thriving as a Team: Moving from ME to WE!

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

Competencies:  Collaboration and Conflict Negotiation

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

Chaos or Control:  Organizational and Self-Management Strategies

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

Competencies:  Goals and Evaluation

When is too much too much? If your lack of organization is negatively influencing your ability to have your environment support your personal and leadership goals, this session on building your capacity for enhanced organization strategies is necessary.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identification of obstacles to goal achievement

  • Knowledge of strategies for priority setting

  • Advanced awareness to required adjustments in your daily routine

Nancy Hunter Denney

New Professional's Institute 2.0 Pre-Con [[All Participants including undergraduates, grad students and professionals]

Starting with the End in Mind

Thursday, October 31, 1 - 2 PM

Do you know, really know where you want to be in five years, ten years or even next year?  Whether a career bound undergraduate, graduate student, or new professional, this intensive session gets personal and asks the tough questions, offers perspective and will leave you more equipped to make decisions about your future. Nancy Hunter Denney brings 35 years of diversified professional experiences ranging from student affairs to entrepreneurialism. Topics include considerations for charting your own course, competency analysis, desired versus evidence based professional reputation and how to function today knowing what you want tomorrow.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Development of individual map of career preparation and current competency strengths

  • Knowledge of desired career direction

  • Growth strategy for professional and career mobility

  • Identification of reputation and how to identify the “proof”

Career Lab 3 - Believe Me - It's You:  How to Deal with Difficult People

Breakout Session Block 3 - Explore and Engage
Friday, Nov. 1, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Competencies:  Conflict Negotiation and Verbal Communication

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

Dr. Kathy Guthrie

Professional Track 1 - 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

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 Dr. 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 3 (Application) - Thinking to Transform: Using Reflection in Leadership Learning

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

Competencies: Reflection and Application and Creating Change

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.

Engaging Conversations on Program Design [PROFESSIONALS ONLY] (Co-Facilitated by Dr. Corey Seemiller)

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

Competencies: Others' Circumstances and Plan

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 8 (Innovation) - Transformative Programs: Focusing on Identity, Capacity, and Efficacy

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

Competencies: Diversity and Others' Contributions

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.

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

Competencies: Analysis and Problem-Solving

The final session for graduate students and professionals focuses on addressing questions facing leadership educators today. Dr. Corey Seemiller, Dr. David Rosch, Dr. 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.

Dr. Sadhana Hall

Professional Track 1 - 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

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 Dr. 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 5 (Application) - Creating an Intellectually Supportive Environment for Teaching Leadership

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 7 (Innovation) - Using Innovative Techniques to Teach Leadership

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

Competencies: Idea Generation and Problem-Solving

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. 

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

Competencies: Analysis and Problem-Solving

The final session for graduate students and professionals focuses on addressing questions facing leadership educators today. Dr. Corey Seemiller, Dr. David Rosch, Dr. 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.

Kelvin Harris

Professional Track Session 2 (Application) - Exploring Conscious Leadership: Bringing Positive Change to Challenging Team and Organizational Culture

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

Competencies: Other Perspectives and Positive Attitude

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

7 Highly Effective Habits of Leaders of the New Generation

Breakout Session Block 5 - Engage & Evolve

Friday, Nov. 1, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Competencies: Scope of Competence and Excellence

Effective leadership often results from less visible qualities and habits consistently applied. Rarely does a “one-size-fits-all” approach to leadership get the job done because it ignores the significance of context. However, research finds when leaders are focused on being effective, their good habits trickle down to their teams.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify seven key habits of highly effective leaders

  • Further your understanding on habits that are not effective

  • Process and reflect on your own leadership journey

  • Commit to developing more effective habits

Career Lab 6 - Engaging Conversations on Starting a Non-Profit or Foundation

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

Competencies: Helping Others and Appropriate Interaction

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.

Curtis Hill

Round Two of Lead365Talks - “Life Lessons on Leadership Competencies” and “The Power of Purpose”

Friday, Nov. 1, 10:15AM - 11:15AM

The second round of 15 minute Lead365Talks brings enlightenment by Dr. Jermaine M. Davis called, "The Power of Purpose," and more examples about various competencies. This round of mini-speeches includes:

  • Michael Miller on Verbal Communication

  • Chelsea Williams on Resilience

  • Curtis Hill on Responsibility for Personal Behavior

Managing The Chaos:  Bouncing Back from a Setback

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

Competencies:  Resiliency and Follow Through

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

Motivating the Masses: The Secrets of Inspirational Leaders

Breakout Session Block 5 - Engage & Evolve
Friday, Nov. 1, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Competencies:  Empowerment and Motivation

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

Managing Unconscious Biases: The Chaos of Diversity and Inclusion

Breakout Session Block 7 - Evolve
Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (These are extended session offerings.)

Competency: Diversity and Other’s Perspective

Leading with a diverse lens goes well beyond being "compliant" and support of affirmative action;  being INCLUSIVE is the key.  Having awareness, respect and true appreciation for those you lead will be explored in this session while challenging your racial stereotypes and their origins. Strategies for building inclusive organizations where people from diverse backgrounds work together for a common purpose will also be shared in this very engaging and authentic exchange.  

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop insight and understanding of your story and how it shapes your racial lens.

  • Understanding of how racial stereotypes impact your learning.

  • Identify the underlying hidden messages that increase tension among diverse individuals.

Sara Lowery

Opening Session: "The Expectations of Leadership" & Round One of Lead365Talks

Thursday, October 31, 7 PM - 9 PM

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. 

Would You Follow You?  How to Build Your Leadership Confidence

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

Competencies: Scope of Competence and Confidence

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

365 Degrees of Change:  How to Initiate, Manage and Create Change (Co-Presenter: Susan Luchey)

Breakout Session Block 3 - Explore and Engage
Friday, Nov. 1, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Competencies: Initiate and Creating Change

Making change happen can be fun, exciting and powerful, yet managing change requires a complex skill set involving teamwork, strategies, assessment and more.  Key concepts in and around leading to and through change will be offered in an active exchange of experiences and ideas.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how to implement the 5 1/2 concepts leading to successful change

  • Demonstrate understanding of a change management framework

  • Apply change process template to current leadership challenge

Leading in a Diverse World

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

Competencies: Other’s Circumstances and Diversity

Is it true what they say; to lead (and follow) in a diverse would most of us will have to unlearn our "deeply held beliefs about society, self and social relations?” Attend this session to be challenged on how you look at diverse issues, and learn how to navigate through them using productive discussion, reconciliation and acknowledgement of our mistakes. It’s true; we all get wrong at times!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identification of personal biases and ignorance

  • Discovery of perception influencers

  • Strategies for engaging in constructive dialogue

Susan Luchey

Professional Track 1 - 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

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 Dr. 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.

365 Degrees of Change:  How to Initiate, Manage and Create Change (Co-Presenter: Sara Lowery)

Breakout Session Block 3 - Explore and Engage
Friday, Nov. 1, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Competencies: Responding to Change and Resiliency

Making change happen can be fun, exciting and powerful, yet managing change requires a complex skill set involving teamwork, strategies, assessment and more.  Key concepts in and around leading to and through change will be offered in an active exchange of experiences and ideas.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how to implement the 5 1/2 concepts leading to successful change

  • Demonstrate understanding of a change management framework

  • Apply change process template to current leadership challenge

Andrea Martinez

Smart Start:  An AAUW Program on Salary Negotiation (This session is repeated in the next block.)

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

Competencies: Appropriate Interaction and Conflict Negotiation

In the United States, women are typically paid less than men over their lifetimes. The gender pay gap mean that women and their families have less money to support themselves, save money and invest in their future. Families, businesses and the economy suffer as a result. In this session you will learn how to articulate your personal value, conduct market research to benchmark target salaries and benefits, and practice negotiation strategies.

Career Lab 5 - Smart Start: An AAUW Program on Salary Negotiation (Repeat Session)

Breakout Session Block 5 - Engage & Evolve
Friday, Nov. 1, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Competencies: Appropriate Interaction and Conflict Negotiation

In the United States, women are typically paid less than men over their lifetimes. The gender pay gap mean that women and their families have less money to support themselves, save money and invest in their future. Families, businesses and the economy suffer as a result. In this session you will learn how to articulate your personal value, conduct market research to benchmark target salaries and benefits, and practice negotiation strategies.

Dr. Jason L. Meriwether

Building Your Brand: Leadership to Shape, Share and Remember

Professional Track Session 2 (Innovation)

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

Competencies: Idea Generation and Systems Thinking

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.

Michael Miller

Round Two of Lead365Talks - “Life Lessons on Leadership Competencies” and "The Power of Purpose"

Friday, Nov. 1, 10:15AM - 11:15AM

The second round of 15 minute Lead365Talks brings enlightenment by Dr. Jermaine M. Davis called, "The Power of Purpose," and more examples about various competencies. This round of mini-speeches includes:

  • Michael Miller on Verbal Communication

  • Chelsea Williams on Resilience

  • Curtis Hill on Responsibility for Personal Behavior

Conversations That Influence

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

Competencies: Advocating a Point of View and Listening

When you continuously offend, have a reputation for “over-reacting” or are excluded from controversial conversations, is it possible your current proficiency at advocating your point of view isn’t serving you well? Effective communication strategies for being assertive versus aggressive and enhanced listing skills are the focus of this interactive session.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identification of personal conversational weaknesses

  • Ability to listen more intentionally and paraphrase effectively

  • Strategies for being assertive and crafting a POV

Professional Track 4 (Application) - Overcoming Resistance: Giving Feedback Effectively

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

Competencies: Verbal Communication and Providing Feedback

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

Problem-Solving Applied to Real Life and Leadership - Living With or Leading Those You Dislike

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

Competencies: Appropriate Interaction and Problem-Solving

The final workshop block of Lead365 focuses on the application of a simple problem-solving model presented by two facilitators in 15 minutes. This session is co-facilitated by Jennifer Yawson. 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.

Naureen O'Neale

New Professional's Institute 2.0 Pre-Con [Graduate Students & New Professionals]

Workplace Success Strategies (Co-Presented by Amanda Brunson, MHR, SHRM-CP)

Thursday, October 31, 2 PM - 4 PM

Do you work because you “have to” or because you “want to” be a productive contributor to your employer’s mission? Maybe there are other real life motives and career satisfaction is around the corner! Obstacles limiting your career satisfaction and success will always pop up, the solution is to anticipate them and respond constructively. At other times, the best strategy is to move on. How do you decide? Presented by experienced professionals and Human Resource professionals (pending confirmation).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Navigating the workplace

  • Identification of the biggest mistakes made by less experienced professionals

  • Strategies for upward mobility

  • Retirement Investment strategies for the long term

So, Now You’re the Boss: Supervisor Skills for Success Teams (Co-Presented with Dr. Lucy Croft)

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

Competencies:  Supervision and Collaboration

Leaders are also in roles of “supervision.” Whether an undergraduate, graduate student or professional staff member, knowing how to nurture people by influencing their behavior and helping them to positively make decisions will lead to successful and innovative teams. Great supervisors are hyper-observant and have a keen sense of responsiveness. Come and discover why others will follow your lead!

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the key traits of a successful leader and supervisor

  • Identify desirable traits of productive team players

  • Know strategies for creating the most dynamic environment for your employees/supervisees

James Robilotta

Opening Session: "The Expectations of Leadership" & Round One of Lead365Talks

Thursday, October 31, 7 PM - 9 PM

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. 

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

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

Competencies:  Scope of Competence and Confidence

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

Ummm... So... Like...  Let's Talk about Public Speaking

Breakout Session Block 3 - Explore and Engage
Friday, Nov. 1, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Competencies: Verbal Communication (Public Speaking) and Non-Verbal Communication 

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

Career Lab 8 - Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies:  Network Like a Boss

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

Competencies: Verbal Communication and Appropriate Interaction

Is it true it's more about "who you know than what you know" when it comes to job searching?  While true, talking about how to engage in networking conversations will prevent missing out on opportunities right before your eyes.  The art of "small talk" is less practiced because most college students use social media to communicate.  However, those hiring decision makers still value good old fashion conversations. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to initiate meaningful conversations promoting memorability

  • Recognize the significance of refined social skills for productive conversations

  • Contrast the difference between introverts and extroverts around networking

Dr. David Rosch

Professional Track 1 - 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

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 Dr. 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.

Thinking Beyond the Icebreaker: Creating Strong Group Dynamics Within Your Team

Breakout Session Block 3 - Explore and Engage
Friday, Nov. 1, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Competencies: Group Dynamics and Productive Relationships

Creating intergroup working relationships based on trust, understanding, and shared goals takes more than starting the year with an icebreaker.  In this session designed to exemplify and mirror its learning outcomes, you will find out what Google already knows about effective teams and how to put that knowledge to practice in your student organizations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize and learn how to build psychological safety in their teams

  • Learn about Project Artistotle and its key findings

  • Develop a plan of action for strong team-building in their student organizations

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

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

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.

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

Competencies: Analysis and Problem-Solving

The final session for graduate students and professionals focuses on addressing questions facing leadership educators today. Dr. Corey Seemiller, Dr. David Rosch, Dr. 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.

Melissa Ruiz

Opening Session: "The Expectations of Leadership" & Round One of Lead365Talks

Thursday, October 31, 7 PM - 9 PM

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. 

Leadership After Dark by Melissa Ruiz [For undergraduates]

Thursday, Oct 31, 9:15 PM - 10:30 PM

As the sun goes down, so will undergraduate apprehensions about meeting other conference mover and shakers. You will be challenged to take your leadership to a whole new level and in a safe environment, step out of your comfort zone. Developed by SwiftKick, and facilitated by the 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!

What to Do When Treat “Yo-Self” Isn’t Good Enough?

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

Competencies: Self-Development and Responsibility for Personal Behavior

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

From Friends to Family: Leveraging Your Network Beyond E-Board Meetings

Breakout Session Block 5 - Engage & Evolve
Friday, Nov. 1, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Competencies: Appropriate Interaction and Productive Relationships

From Friends to Family: Leveraging Your Network Beyond E-Board Meetings

Have you heard the phrase, "Your Network = Your Networth"? While true, sometimes your network is the group of people you select in life that has your back in a way that your family cannot. Uncovering where influence comes from in your life and how it affects your contributions in the world is a launching pad for creating long-lasting relationships in life.  There will also be an opportunity to share on the spot gratitude!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Create a list of characteristics they need in their support system, their "tribe"

  • Reflect on the most influential people in your life (good and bad)

  • Disclose why some people need to stay or be removed from your network

Engaging Conversations on Better Self-Care & Work Life Balance

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.

Giving It a Try: How to Create a Vision for Your Future

Breakout Session Block 7 - Evolve
Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (These are extended session offerings.)

Competencies: Vision and Writing

Giving it a Try: How to Create a Vision for Your Future

Deciding to do something is huge step. But before making that decision, does it fit with your values and vision as a leader and, more importantly, global citizen? In this session, you will learn how to create a vision statement that will assist you in life, on campus and off. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover values that inform how they set goals

  • Create a goal setting strategy

  • Pick and outline a goal on which they can take immediate action

  • Create a "future-casting" journal entry of what life will look like when a particular goal is achieved

Problem Solving Applied to Real Life and Leadership - When Procrastination Overrides Purpose (Co-Facilitated by TBA)

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

Competencies: Responsibility for Personal Behavior and Problem-Solving

The final workshop block of Lead365 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.  

Dr. Corey Seemiller

Professional Track 1 - 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

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 Dr. 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 3 (Innovation) - Using Leadership Competencies to Develop Talents into Strengths

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

Competencies: Others' Contributions and Systems Thinking

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.

Engaging Conversations on Program Design (Co-Facilitated by Dr. Kathy Guthrie)

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

Competencies: Others' Circumstances and Plan

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 7 (Application) - Creating Connection in a Disconnected World

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

Competencies: Productive Relationships and Reflection and Application

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.

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

Competencies: Analysis and Problem-Solving

The final session for graduate students and professionals focuses on addressing questions facing leadership educators today. Dr. Corey Seemiller, Dr. David Rosch, Dr. 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.

Heidi Shepard

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: Starts with You

Breakout Session Block 7 - Evolve
Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (These are extended session offerings.)

Competencies: Scope of Competence and Self-Understanding

Emotions are everywhere. We're all feeling them, watching them play out in others, and navigating situations influenced by them. As leaders, how can we become more self-aware and recognize what motivates us? How can we tap into the emotions of those around us to inspire and empower? In this interactive session we will talk about ways in which an emotionally intelligent approach to leadership can help you engage those around you! 

Learning outcomes:

  • Define emotional intelligence 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of consciousness of self 

  • Learn how to identify emotional intelligence in leadership roles

STUDENT SHOWCASE

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

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

Opening Session: "The Expectations of Leadership" & Round One of Lead365Talks

Thursday, October 31, 7 PM - 9 PM

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. 

Career Lab 1 - "But Nobody Will Know": Making Ethical Decisions Alone and in the Workplace

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

Competencies: Responsibility for Personal Behavior and Ethics

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? Whether in the classroom, your place of employment or among friends, making ethical decisions is a leadership charge and challenge.  Come learn how to meet the challenge head on and avoid the consequences if you don't.

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 

Having the Tough Conversations to Protect, Inform and Create Change

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

Competencies: Appropriate Interaction and Inclusion

What does it mean to be “inclusive” and a “social justice” advocate? There are varying levels of activism, actions and attitudes that can be applied to your daily life to ensure you truly lead the way to a more just world. This session will address the common misperceptions, miscommunications and mistakes made with the best of intentions.

  • Know the current terms, definitions and phrases related to social justice

  • Bring to the surface why honest conversations around this topic are challenging

  • Share feelings towards when, where and how to be a change agent

  • Know strategies for having difficult conversations

Engaging Conversations on Social Justice

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

Competencies: Social Justice and Appropriate Interaction

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.

From Awareness to Action: Creating Real Social Justice Change

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

Competencies: Social Justice and Productive Relationships

Many folks are struggling with how to be effective change agents.  It's easy to call someone out because they don't see the world the way we do, but are we willing to do the work required to build relationships across difference so that change can occur?  This session will help the next generation of leaders (i.e. YOU) build capacity for social justice change. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to create learning organizations and communities

  • Manage yourself in "triggering" moments

  • Build skills for developing relationships based on finding common ground

Problem Solving Applied to Real Life and Leadership - Living and Leading in a Just World (Co-Facilitated by Dr. Ken Brill)

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

Competencies: Problem-Solving and Social Justice

The final workshop block of Lead365 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.

Chelsea Williams

New Professional’s Institute 2.0 Pre-Con

College to Career - Employability Skills for Student Leaders

Thursday, October 31, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

From the healthcare and technology, to education and financial services, there is a growing employer demand for graduates prepared to excel within our multi-generational, global workforce. Employers seek graduates who exhibit strong employability, academic, and technological skills to drive business productivity and growth. This workshop will highlight in-demand employability skills* and showcase practical ways to build skills that will propel early career success. Our featured case studies will highlight best practices in incorporating employability skills into club strategy. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the core employability skills and competencies sought by global employers 

  • Discover employability skills gaps and gain best practices to support professional development 

  • Gain a tool kit of relevant case studies that help build employability skills on and off campus  

Round Two of Lead365Talks - “Life Lessons on Leadership Competencies” and "The Power of Purpose"

Friday, Nov. 1, 10:15AM - 11:15AM

The second round of 15 minute Lead365Talks brings enlightenment by Dr. Jermaine M. Davis called, "The Power of Purpose," and more examples about various competencies. This round of mini-speeches includes:

  • Michael Miller on Verbal Communication

  • Chelsea Williams on Resilience

  • Curtis Hill on Responsibility for Personal Behavior

Keys to Excellence

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

Competencies: Excellence and Functioning Independently

Have you ever wondered how to live a life of excellence? Excellence is not perfection, rather it is aspiring towards personal best in every situation. Excellence, like a muscle, must be built over time through commitment and consistency. This workshop will equip student leaders with practical ways to embody excellence, in and out of the classroom. Throughout the session, students will leverage an excellence roadmap to drive personal and professional growth.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of pursuing excellence as a student leader 

  • Discover roadblocks that challenge excellence such as poor communication and negative attitude 

  • Learn practical ways to pursue and cultivate a culture of excellence 

  • Set personal and professional  decelerations to catapult excellence 

College to Career - Employability Skills for Student Leaders

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

Competencies: Scope of Competence and Excellence

From the healthcare and technology, to education and financial services, there is a growing employer demand for graduates prepared to excel within our multi-generational, global workforce. Employers seek graduates who exhibit strong employability, academic, and technological skills to drive business productivity and growth. This workshop will highlight in-demand employability skills* and showcase practical ways to build skills that will propel early career success. Our featured case studies will highlight best practices in incorporating employability skills into club strategy. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the core employability skills and competencies sought by global employers 

  • Discover employability skills gaps and gain best practices to support professional development 

  • Gain a tool kit of relevant case studies that help build employability skills on and off campus  

Career Lab 7 - Brand You! Discover and Communicate Values for Career Success

Breakout Session Block 7 - Evolve
Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (These are extended session offerings.)

Competencies: Values and Verbal Communication

Founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, said it best, your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. This interactive breakout session will identify 5 ways to build and maintain personal brand by assessing values. Clarity on values helps make more intentional decisions and ultimately, leads to a more fulfilled life. During the session, students will explore their values as a tool in shaping their personal brand. The session will also focus on effectively communicating with peers who share different values in order to create more inclusive clubs and organizations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover and identify why values are important and what it means to live in alignment of values 

  • Consider identity, experiences, and goals and how values may align with past experiences and future desires

  • Uncover the power that lies in individuals, groups, and organizations identifying and committing to shared values

Problem Solving Applied to Real Life and Leadership - Figuring Out Your Future (Co-Facilitated by Peter Bielagus)

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

Competencies: Plan and Problem-Solving

The final workshop block of Lead365 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.

Jennifer Yawson

Problem Solving Applied to Real Life and Leadership - Living With or Leading Those You Dislike (Co-Facilitated by Michael Miller)

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

Competencies: Problem-Solving and Appropriate Interaction

The final workshop block of Lead365 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.