About the NCSL Fall 2015 Conference


Jill Schiefelbein, owner of The Dynamic Communicator and Fall 2015 NCSL presenter, speaks about how NCSL goes one step further in helping college student leaders create positive social change.

Leadership the NCSL Way

Leadership the NCSL way is designed to help college students practice effective, heart-centered leadership as individuals, in their administration of student organizations such as student government, committees, clubs, or other student living/learning/working groups, and in their engagement with their communities and the wider world.

Leadership the NCSL way is based on three high impact models of leadership:

  • Strengths Based Leadership*— Investing in your strengths and those of your team.
  • Everyone Leads*— Engaging diverse community members to achieve common goals.
  • The Social Change Model* — Taking responsibility to step up and drive transformative change.

NCSL brings these leadership models to life through:

  • The NCSL Call to Action
    Students are guided through reflection and application of the Social Change Model to step-up and address real challenges on campus and in their communities.
  • The Social Justice Salon
    Students share social change leadership experiences and practice public speaking skills.
  • Student Advisory Board
    Students engage in an innovative small group leadership development experience facilitated by top student leadership development experts.

Student leaders will learn how to implement strategies that advance understanding of and effect meaningful change around critical issues such as identity, diversity, and environmental and social justice, on campus and beyond.

Digital badgeAnd NCSL offers participants the unique opportunity to assess their conference learning and earn a digital badge to document their achievement.

The optional Certified Student Leader® program provides an opportunity for students to strengthen their leadership foundation.

Networking events provide space to learn by sharing ideas and experiences with delegates from campuses across the country and around the world.


*Komives, Susan R., and Wendy Wagner. Leadership for a Better World: Understanding the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Rath, Tom, and Barry Conchie. Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow. New York: Gallup Press, 2008.

Schmitz, Paul. Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012.


The National Center for Student Life

Our mission is to help higher education students and professionals develop leadership and other critical skills to drive transformative change for safer, healthier, and more equitable campuses and communities.

Our vision and purpose is to make a meaningful difference and drive positive change for a better world through education. In our day-to-day operations, as well as through our programs and products, our intent is to create a positive triple bottom line impact:

  • Social equity
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Economic justice

Our Values

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Inclusion
  • Diversity
  • Lifelong learning