Program Descriptions by Speaker

2018 program descriptions are listed below.

2019 descriptions will be listed soon.

 
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The awesome collection of speakers listed below is referred to as THE FACULTY during the conference.  They are there to talk before, during and after sessions.  They are there to ask questions, answer questions and make you think.  Each speaker, professional staff member and leadership educator are committed to the mission of Lead365.  So... do you choose your sessions by WHO is presenting or by the COMPETENCY.

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

Lead365Talks

Curriculum Track: General Session

On Your Own:  How to Be an Entrepreneur

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Curriculum Theme: Explore

Curriculum Track: Career Track

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

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Theme: Engage

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency:  Self-Understanding and Plan

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 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

TOPIC of Interest to Attendees:  Becoming Entrepreneurial

Creating Your Road to Abundance

Date of Presentation: 

Block

Curriculum Theme: Evolve

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency: Plan and Vision

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


TBA


Jermaine Davis

Lead365Talks

Date of Presentation:

Curriculum Track: General Session

Gettin’ Gritty: Finish What You Start!

Date of Presentation:

Block

Curriculum Theme: Explore

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency: 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

Influencing Up, Down, and Across Your Organization

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Theme: Engage

Curriculum Track: Career Track

Competency:  Productive Relationships  (Working with Co-Workers and Group Mates) and Appropriate Interactions

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

  • Adjust your communication & leadership style using the Carpenter’s Rule

Thriving as a Team: Moving from ME to WE!

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Theme: Engage

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency:  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

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Theme: Evolve

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency:  Organization and Excellence

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



Nancy Hunter Denney

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

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Curriculum Theme: Engage

Competency: Self-Understanding and Appropriate Interaction

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

New Professionals Institute

Curriculum Track: NPI

Competency:  Self-Understanding

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, new professional (six years working or less) this intensive session gets personal and asks the tough questions, offers perspective and will leave you more equipped to make decisions about your future.  Co-presenting with Nancy Hunter Denney is Dr. Jermaine Davis.  Together they bring a diversified professional history and shared expertise around career preparedness and work place challenges.  They both share the benefits and challenges of being entrepreneurs. Conversations and considerations around being your own boss, navigating the work place and being a Millennial or Gen Zer in an environment with three older generations who just don't "get you."  Casual attire (shorts and flip flops) is most appropriate on this "plus one" last day.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify communication and leadership blind spots

  • Identify and manage the Four Fears using the SWOT Approach

  • Build a leadership brand that’s congruent with your value system

  • Map out a career strategy based upon your assessed competency strengths, life style preferences and other significant criteria

  • Identify growth strategy for professional and career mobility

 


TBA


Kathy Guthrie

Learning Leadership: Building Programs with the End in Mind

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Track: Professional

Professional Track:  Innovation

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

Transformative Pedagogies in Leadership Education

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Track: Professional

Professional Track:  Innovation

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


Kelvin Harris

Engaging Conversations  

Date of Presentation:

Time:

Interest of Those Attending:  Creating Their Own Non-Profits & Foundations

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

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Theme: Evolve

Curriculum Track: Career Track

Competency: Other Perspectives and Appropriate Interaction

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


Curtis Hill

Lead365Talks

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Track: General Session

Managing The Chaos:  Bouncing Back from a Setback

Date of Presentation:

Block

Curriculum Theme: Explore

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency:  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

Date of Presentation:

Block

Curriculum Theme: Engage

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency:  Motivation and Excellence

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


TBA


Tom Kreiglstein

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

Date of Presentation:

Block

Curriculum Theme: Explore

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency: Responsibility for Personal Behavior and Self-Development

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



Sara Lowery

Lead365Talks

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Track: General Session

Leading Through Change:  Recognizing Your Role as Leader

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Theme: Explore

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency: Responding to Change and Responding to Ambiguity

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

Would You Follow You?  How to Build Your Leadership Confidence

Date of Presentation:

Block

Curriculum Theme: Explore

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency: Confidence and Scope of 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

Susan Luchey, M.A.

TBA



TBA


Jason L. Meriwether

Engaging Conversations

Date of Presentation:

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Topic to Facilitate:  Advanced Leadership


Michael Miller

BE UNDERSTOOD: Giving Feedback Effectively

Date of Presentation:

Block

Curriculum Track: Professional

Professional Track:  Application

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

Lead365Talks

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Track: General Session

Your Career Success Depends Upon Accepting Feedback

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Theme: Explore

Curriculum Track: Career Track

Competency:  Receiving Feedback and Verbal Communication

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


James Robilotta

Opening Session - MC

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Curriculum Track: General Session

Welcome! Are you ready to "explore, engage and evolve" in a content rich, high energy and rich growth conference experience? This opening session introduces members of The Faculty, encourages authentic connections and underscores our motto: You didn't wake up today to be average.

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

Date of Presentation:

Block

Curriculum Theme: Explore

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency:  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

Hey, Can We Talk? Providing Courageous Feedback

Date of Presentation

Block

Curriculum Theme: Engage

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency:  Confidence and Providing Feedback

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

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

Date of Presentation:

Block

Curriculum Theme: Evolve

Curriculum Track:  Career Track

Competency: Verbal Communication (Public Speaking)

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


David Rosch

What Do We Know about How Students LEARN?

Date of Presentation

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Curriculum Track: Professional

Professional Track:  Innovation

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

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

Date of Presentation:

Block

Curriculum Track:  Professional

Professional Track:  Innovation

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


TBA


Melissa Ruiz

Leadership After Dark

Date of Presentation: 10.31.2019

Time: 9:15 PM - 10:45 PM

Curriculum Track: Evening Program

Competency:  Appropriate Interaction

Chill. Relax. Connect.  Leadership After Dark is a creative program of engagement and networking built upon making more meaningful connections and building relationships that can continue during and after the conference.  Facilitated by Tom Kreiglstein and Melissa Ruiz of Swiftkick, the atmosphere is designed to warm you up to finding commonalities with others through comfortable, humorous and meaningful exchanges.  Some call it "networking" but we call it "leadership after dark."

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

Date of Presentation:

Block

Curriculum Theme: Explore

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency: Responsibility for Personal Behavior and Self-Development

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

Engaging Conversations

Date of Presentation:

Time:

Attendees Interest:  Self-Care or Realistic Stress Management

5 Tricks To Unlocking Your Team’s Creative Genius

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Theme: Evolve

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency: Idea Generation and Facilitation

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 engagements


Corey Seemiller

Generation Z: Understanding Today’s College Student

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Track:  Professional

Professional Track:  Innovation

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

Engaging, Advising, and Developing Generation Z Students

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Track: Professional

Professional Track:  Innovation

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

Engaging Conversations

Date of Presentation:

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Topic of Interest to Attendees:  Tweeking Current Programs & Sharing Innovative Programs

6 Domains for Assessing Student Leadership Competency Development

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Track: Professional

Professional Track:  Application

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


Kristin Skarie, M.A.

Nothing Gets Accomplished by Yourself:  Building High Performance Teams

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Theme: Engage

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency: Group Development and Others’ Contributions

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




Jamie Washington 

Date of Presentation:

Lead365Talks -

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Curriculum Track: General Session

Context Before Content: Designing Student Diversity Learning for Greater Success

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Track: Professional

Professional Track:  Innovation

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

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

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Theme: Explore

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency:  Ethics & Decision Making

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

From Awareness to Action: Creating Real Social Justice Change

Date of Presentation:

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Curriculum Theme: Evolve

Curriculum Track:  Workshops

Competency:  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