National Conference on Student Leadership Fall 2014 Conference

Educating, inspiring and empowering today's collegiate leaders.

The annual fall National Conference on Student Leadership, now in its 36th year, is a four-day conference dedicated to providing an excellent learning opportunity. It brings together hundreds of students and student affairs professionals from campuses nationally and internationally to:

  • Explore essential leadership topics in an interactive setting
  • Hear from experts with real-world leadership experience from academia and business
  • Experience activities that encourage collaboration and communication
  • Network with like-minded individuals who are passionate about leadership

Conference programming focuses on the social change model of leadership and the attributes that are essential to being a successful leader including: individual growth, group development, and civic-mindedness.

NCSL also offers specific workshops that help leaders leverage leadership roles as they transition from campus to a professional career. The content is hands-on, practical and applicable, so that you can implement what you learn right away.

At this fall's conference we're bringing back top-rated presenters and adding important new voices as well. In a full slate of keynote presentations and workshops, you'll learn about a variety of topics including:

  • Conflict with civility
  • Diversity and inclusion on campus
  • Etiquette for leaders
  • Fundraising using social media
  • Goal setting and achievement
  • Marketing yourself for success
  • Negotiation for leaders
  • Officer transition and change
  • Persuasive Speaking
  • Planning and executing successful events
  • Public relations
  • Publicity and promotions
  • Servant leadership
  • Transformational leadership
  • Much, much more

And of course, you will learn plenty outside the presentations and workshops by sharing ideas and experiences with delegates from other campuses. It’s a great opportunity to network and collaborate.

Expect lively discussion, spirited debate, and a rewarding exchange of ideas throughout all four days. You can count on leaving the conference informed, inspired, and brimming with ideas you can put in to action right away.

#1 Learn with Delegates from Around the World

Statistics from the 2013 fall conference:

  • Over 630 attendees
  • 120 colleges and universities represented
  • 2 foreign countries – Canada and Kuwait
  • 32 states plus Puerto Rico and American Samoa

"I liked the variety of topics and speakers at the conference. This diversity in the learning allowed for a very constructive experience."
- Y.G., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

#2 Networking with Peers

Feedback from fall 2013 conference delegates:

#3 Over 35 Skill-building Workshops, 5 Keynotes and 2 Networking Events

At the NCSL Fall 2014 conference there are 40 student workshops to choose from, 8 professional workshops, 5 inspirational keynotes, and 2 networking sessions. Student leader topics and workshop presenters are chosen for contribution to individual growth, group development and civic-mindedness. The professional development workshops are catered to those involved in higher education student leadership and student affairs.

NCSL Fall 2014 Conference Learning Objectives

Student Leaders
Each student has the opportunity to attend eight skill-building workshops, five keynote presentations, and each evening, attend the "Leadership Afer Dark" general session to wrap up the day. Workshop sessions follow the social change model of leadership along with sessions focused on college to career. Within these broad categories, students will:

  • Identify personal strengths through personality inventories for immediate application
  • Acquire communication skills including listening, public speaking, and persuasive speaking
  • Engage in goal setting and goal achieving activities
  • Identify the elements of personal brand and how to market oneself for success
  • Practice goal setting and goal achievement
  • Develop planning skills for events, meetings, and projects
  • Acquire financial management skills both personally and for their organization
  • Develop skills as leaders of campus groups including sustaining productive teams, transition planning, managing conflict, fundraising, and leading through change
  • Develop an awareness of diversity and inclusion
  • Acquire team-building skills
  • Focus on preparing for the their first professional position post-college

Professional Staff
Professionals have the opportunity to attend seven exclusive professional development workshops and will:

  • Discover the theory of transformational leadership and practical application in student affairs
  • Discuss relating with students to enhance their leadership abilities
  • Explore values, ethics, and personal integrity and ways to help students work with integrity
  • Learn the value of helping students construct personal scripts to become effective professionals
  • Discover effective channels of communicating with today's students
  • Discover strategies to increase student engagement and build healthy organizations
  • Discuss the effects of professional stress, how to manage stress, and thrive as a student affairs professional

Networking Objectives

Delegates at an NCSL conference participate in networking activities that encourage communication and collaboration. On day one of the conference, general session events are designed to help delegates meet other student leaders and campus professionals from across the country and around the world. Stepping outside your comfort zone, practicing your networking skills, and meeting other campus leaders to share ideas and experiences is encouraged at NCSL. We provide you with the tools and the opportunities ... the rest is up to you.

#4 Learn Applicable Leadership Skills

“Overall, I enjoyed the conference. I love my SGA board however, we do have our differences. A lot of what I learned at the workshops I was able to bring back and use at work and even in my personal life. Not only did the presenters tie leadership skills into leadership roles at on campus but also in my personal life and relationships.”
- J.J., Eastern Florida State College (Fall 2013 Attendee)

"The NCSL conference was the fourth student leadership conference I attended this year, and it cannot compare with the others. I am only twenty-one, but I can honestly say that this conference was the most invigorating and enlightening experience of my life so far. I would have happily continued for another week. I enthusiastically thank everyone who put this event together. You provide a phenomenal leadership opportunity for students."
- J.A., Front Range Community College

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#5 Overall Quality of the Fall 2013 Conference

"Year-after-year, we are excited to attend the NCSL conference. It helps us engage with our students outside of the office. It also assists us in really getting to know our student leaders. It is a great conference and our students always enjoy it."
- J.D., NYIT-Manhattan

"I have never been to a conference like this one. It was amazing and will benefit me as a student leader, in my career, and my community."
- D.H., The Apprentice School

"There was never a dull moment. The energy was always kept high, speakers were extremely interactive, and the information given was invaluable." - S.H., Pace University

"To be quite honest, I wish the conference was longer! The days flew by! But overall, the conference provided the perfect amount of time to get all of the information I could muster through the workshops and keynote speakers. It was very organized, and the content was fulfilling and liberating."
- S.J., Central Connecticut State University

#6 Organization of the Conference

"I organize conferences all the time and you guys did a GREAT job! Everything from my perspective flowed and worked very well!! Thank you!"; - Conference Attendee

#7 Quality of Content

"I enjoyed the content, the speakers, and the staffing. Very professional and outgoing."
- J.D., NYIT

"The content was amazing! As a first time attendee, I will be recommending that our Dean send at least two from our college. I learned practical skills that I can't wait to implement. Thank you!" - G.S., University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

"Content was amazing, energetic speakers. Entire group raved about how much fun and how much they learned."
- A.D., Maine Community College

#8 Explore the Host City

You can visit Disney's Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's water parks including Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

Walt Disney World
NCSL has obtained special pricing for Walt Disney World theme park tickets - these are not available at theme park ticket windows and must be ordered in advance.

Order your specially priced Disney tickets in advance to take advantage of the pre-arrival savings before this offer expires on November 17th! Information about discounted theme park tickets.

#9 You will want to come back ... 85 percent of fall 2013 attendees are likely or very likely to recommend this conference.

“This is by far my favorite conference! Always excellent information!”
- Conference Attendee

#10. Fun and Special Events at the Fall 2014 Conference