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 - Examples of Possible Programs

2019 Descriptions on their Way!

Breakout Session 1

9 AM - 10:15 AM

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

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Extended Laboratories of Leadership Learning

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 - To the Point Competency Development

3 PM - 3:45 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

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



Day 2 - Engage - Examples of Possible Programs

2019 Program Descriptions on their Way!


Breakout Session 4 - To The Point Competency Development

4 PM - 4:45 PM

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

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

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.