Day 1 - Explore

The Engage Track begins on Day 2 and focuses on collaboration, team work and dealing with others. Engaging Conversations provides 8 topics for the sharing of ideas and similar interests.

Day 2 - Engage

Breakout Session 3
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Explore & Engage Track

Influencing Up, Down, and Across Your Organization [Career Track]

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

Dr. Jermaine M. Davis

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

Did You Mean That Because That's Mean:  Own Your Actions

Hoan Do

Competency:  Responsibility for Personal Behavior & Self-Development

Truth?  The "blame game" has no winners.  Too often it's easiest to transfer your challenges and leadership deficits into excuses or accusations. When you own 100% of the consequences or your attitudes and actions, you gain 100% of control over your future success.  Hoan will share many of the lessons he's learned from investing (literally) in his future success.  From enhanced listening skills to daily "TO DO" lists, you can have better relationships, gain more influence and collaborate more effectively.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Accept responsibility for past successes and failures

  • Know strategies passed down from Master classes for personal leadership development

  • Improvement in listening skills, making personal "investments" and accountability

Finding Your Flow through "Attentional" Leadership

Competency:  Excellence

Dr. Bruce Jackson

Finding Your Flow or “zone of excellence” is the quest of all great performers and leaders. But few know how to tap into it and make it happen -- until now. Learn about the 12-dimensions of focus and the Principles @ Play that contribute to maximizing your life and leadership performance.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the many dimensions that contribute to flow and peak performance

  • Become familiar with principles that contribute to flow

  • Learn to develop your own Personal Flow Formula

Would You Follow You?  How to Build Your Leadership Confidence

Competency: Confidence

Sara Lowery

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


Empower Me!

Curriculum Theme: Engage

Tamara McMillan

Competency: Empowerment and Conflict Negotiation

Create greater success in college and in life by empowering others.  Explore the Relational Leadership Model and the association of empowering leadership as an ongoing process of challenge, growth and discovery. Through interaction and open dialogue of contemporary issues and conflict resolution you will learn how to empower those around you.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Take greater personal responsibility for empowering others

  • Embrace a win-win mentality and benefits of empowerment

  • Demonstrate critical self-examination used to develop life skills central to your success

Breakout Session 4
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Engage Track

Creators & Makers: Digital Branding Tools for the Job Search & Content Creation  [Career Track]

Competency:  Self-Understanding

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

You’ll soon have the degree (or have one).  Every day you’re gaining experience and building a stellar resume.  So, are you also paying attention to your digital influence and reputation? Because employers have unparalleled access to these things through numerous digital communication tools, this session focuses on "professional branding" and digital space identity development. 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Apply tools to shift from for a "consumer" of digital content to a "creator"

  • Learn three social media platforms that can be used for professional identity, branding, and job searching

  • Craft your professional bio and professional persona online

  • Give and receive feedback on your social media activity relative to a job search

  • Competency: Productive Relationships (Relationship with Money)

Money Management For Leaders

Competency:  Plan

Pater Bielagus

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

Even Well-Intended People Cause Harm

Competency: Appropriate Interaction

Dr. Maura Cullen

Some conversations have us walking on eggshells. Have you ever been so afraid of saying the wrong thing, and as a result, have said nothing at all? Or, have you ever said something you regret and didn’t know what to do next? Statements intended to be supportive or complimentary can end up being problematic. Learn practical ways to quickly transform the quality and effectiveness of your interactions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain knowledge of communication traps

  • Know skills of how to avoid inappropriate comments

  • Replace unintended communications using practical tools

Motivating the Masses: The Secrets of Inspirational Leaders

Competency:  Motivation

Curtis Hill

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

Nothing Gets Accomplished by Yourself:  Building High Performance Teams

Competency:  Group Development

Dr. Jermaine M. Davis

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

Day 3 - Engage & Evolve

The Evolve track represents a higher level of leadership where the focus shifts to serving others. These sessions are more sophisticated and have extended time blocks.

Breakout Session 5
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM [These are extended session blocks.]
Engage & Evolve Track

Thriving as a Team: Moving from ME to WE!

Competency:  Collaboration

Kristin Skarie

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

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

Competency:  Conflict Negotiation

Nancy Hunter Denney

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

How to Really Get Hired [Career Track]

Competency Being Asked to Address:  Initiative

Dr. Bruce Jackson

Sending out resumes by the dozen is one approach to finding a job. Another is to think differently about how to get hired. Avoid following the crowd and take your game to the next level by authoring a job search strategy that’s right for you. During this session we will explore several unique strategies you can use to cut through the crowd and find your dream opportunities.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Know how to network into your next job

  • Eliminate stressful thoughts over career and job search decisions

  • Apply significant leadership competencies to blow away the competition

Leading (& Following) as an Introvert

Competency:  Other's Contributions (Leading as an Introvert)

Amma Marfo

The archetype we use for leadership values ease of conversation, infectious excitement, and effortless personability. As such, the talents of introverts are often overlooked or minimize. But introversion provides a great deal of value to student leaders and rising professionals alike - join this session to learn how to recruit, train, and effectively work with introverts in a space that at first glance may seem like a poor fit for them.

Learning Outcomes: TBA

Hey, Can We Talk? Providing Courageous Feedback

Competency:  Providing Feedback

James Robilotta

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

Breakout Session 6
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM  [These are extended session blocks.]
Evolve Track

To Be Better-We Must Do Better

Competency: Diversity & Inclusion

Dr. Maura Cullen

Your patterns of communication are vital to your success when exploring such explosive issues as race, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, class, disabilities, age and religion. This award-winning session gets beyond the fear of saying the ‘wrong’ thing and teaches more effective and compassionate ways to connect. This fear prevents good people from taking meaningful action.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be inspired to create more inclusive communities

  • Recognize and examine shared fears of being judged and misunderstood

  • Know helpful language, phrases and understandings to better communicate around explosive issues

Creating Your Road to Abundance

Competency: Strategic Planning & Vision

Peter Bielagus

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

Turning Your Biggest Breakdowns into Your Biggest Breakthroughs!

Competency:  Reflection and Application

Hoan Do

Have you ever had weeks where everything that could go wrong… went wrong? Life can be challenging. Things don’t always turn out as you planned. Hoan shares his personal story of hardships and how he overcame them, and adds practical advice on conquering the challenges in YOUR life.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know strategies for changing your attitude during difficult times

  • Identify the three most important relationships needed in challenging moments

  • Use past pains to inspire and impact those around you

Exploring Conscious Leadership: Bringing Positive Change to Challenging Team and Organizational Culture [Career Track]

Competency: Other's Perspectives in the Workplace

Kelvin Harris

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

From Awareness to Action: Creating Real Social Justice Change

Curriculum Theme: Evolve

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

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


Breakout Session 7

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM (These are extended session offerings.)
Evolve Track

Be the Solution:  Problem Solving as a Tool for Success

Competency:  Problem Solving

Tamara McMillan

Your potential employers note that the second most difficult skill to find among job applicants is Problem Solving. How skilled are you at identifying a problem and then applying a systematic process of finding solutions? Learn how to intersect the basic elements of "divergent" and "convergent" thinking and apply them through the presenter's own Creative Problem Solving Process.

  • Define initiative and its value in the workplace

  • Be able to frame problems on campus and in the work place

  • Learn tools and principles specific to the Creative Problem Solving Process

Chaos or Control:  Organizational and Self-Management Strategies

Competency Being Asked to Address:  Organization

Dr. Jermaine M. Davis

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

Ummm... So... Like...  Let's Talk about Public Speaking [Career Track]

Competency: Verbal Communication (Public Speaking)

James Robilotta

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

 5 Tricks To Unlocking Your Team’s Creative Genius

Competency: Idea Generation

Melissa Ruiz

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

Tell Me More:  Humble Inquiry in Leadership - STUDENT SHOWCASE WORKSHOP

Competency:  Listening

Monmouth College

Reliable open communication is an essential part of an organization. Do members of your team feel uncomfortable asking questions, providing their opinions, or challenging the status quo?  Learn how to shift from "telling" to "asking" through the practice of humble inquiry.  Come practice the difference between "How did that make you feel?" versus "Didn't that make you angry?"

Learning Outcomes:

  • Articulate how open communication positively impacts organizations

  • Practice and develop how to ask non-leading questions and listen for content

  • Develop meaningful relationships and humility through intentional conversations