Day 1 - Explore

Sessions for the Explore Track focus on individual growth. The opening evening includes an overview of this very different conference experience while providing opportunities for you to meet The Faculty and other awesome human beings.

Day 2 -Explore

Breakout Session 1
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM


Digital Storytelling for College Students

Competency:  Personal Values

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

No other time in history has the kind of access and reach been possible through digital communication tools.  Learn to shape your story and claim your place in the digital space that features your passion, experience and personality. The speaker's own journey of digital storytelling and claiming her name through digital branding will be shared along with the resulting global opportunities and relationships.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Reflect on your life mission and how to express them through digital platforms
  • Weigh the pros and cons of personal and professional expression online
  • Choose a digital application to aid in telling your story
  • Identify an accountability partner during and after the conference

On Your Own:  How to Be an Entrepreneur [Career Track]

Competency:  Entrapreneuralism

Peter Bielagus

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

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

Competency:  Scope of Competence and Confidence

James Robilotta

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

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

Topic:  Self-Care

Melissa Ruiz

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 

Gettin’ Gritty: Finish What You Start!

Competency: Follow Through or Responsibility for Personal Behavior

Dr. Jermaine M. Davis

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

Breakout Session 2
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Stop Setting Goals. Start Achieving Them!

Competency: Goals  (Personal and Organizational)

Hoan Do

Whether you want to ace a difficult class, increase your involvement on campus, or land that dream job, learn practical strategies to apply immediately in this session while also gaining more clarity on what matters to you. Discover a three-step process for achieving your most important ambitions, and leave with a personal step-by-step action plan.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the significance of setting goals
  • Know practical and immediately applicable ways to achieve "success"
  • Write a personal action plan

Managing The Chaos:  Bouncing Back from a Setback

Competency:  Resiliency

Curtis Hill

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

Leading Through Change:  Recognizing Your Role as Leader

Competency: Responding to Change

Sara Lowery

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

Your Career Success Depends Upon Accepting Feedback [Career Track]

Competency:  Receiving Feedback

Michael Miller

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

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

Competency:  Ethics & Decision Making

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

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

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


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

Competency:  Responsibility for Personal Behavior & Listening

Hoan Do

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!

Competency: Empowerment

Tamara McMillan

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


Day 2 - Engage


Breakout Session 4

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


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

Gets Accomplished by Yourself:  Building High Performance Teams

Competency:  Group Development

Dr. Charles Lloyd

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

Engage offerings are more sophisticated and focus outward around serving others, social justice and the bigger picture. Sessions are also extended to encourage more discussion and interaction.