Keynote Presentations

Leading Imperfectly: The Value of Being Authentic for Leaders and Human Beings

It is time to stop telling other people's stories, and start telling your own. Think about leadership differently by considering this concept: authentic leadership is about using your experiences, your shortcomings, and lessons learned to make yourself appear human to the rest of your organization to create more genuine relationships. Thus, you boost morale and trust while earning far more respect than you would from trying to be a leader who is a flawless hero.



Students as Sustainability Champions

Create sustainability networks regionally, nationally and globally, and learn the importance of embedding sustainability within higher education to benefit all other sectors. Change agents lead with compassion and use critical communication and listening skills, vital for student leadership.




Better Together - Elevating Your Leadership on the Dance Floor

Just like on a dance floor, every school experiences varying levels of engagement between those fully involved (student leaders) and those lurking on the edge (apathetic students). With a 30% dropout rate within the first year of college and 60% of students saying they don’t participate in school sponsored activities, it’s more important than ever to reframe the way we engage our students. The same tactics to create successful social change on a dance floor (connections, relevancy, models of success, and motivation) also work to increase engagement within any school community.



Making Change Happen

A call to action for everyone to lead—this is how real change happens. Young people have been at the center of every movement that has mattered in America. Now more than ever, our nation needs "home-grown" leaders—young leaders who reflect the faces, voices, and interests of their communities, who are equipped with the skills and experience to effect lasting social change.




Over the Adventure Gap—Saving the World Where Everyone Plays and Wins

The nation’s wild places – from national and state parks to national forests, preserves, and wilderness areas – belong to all Americans. But not all of us use these resources equally. Minority populations are less likely to seek recreation, adventure, and solace in our wilderness spaces. It’s a difference that author James Mills addresses in his keynote presentation. Bridging the so-called “adventure gap” requires role models who can inspire the uninitiated to experience and enjoy wild places. Once new visitors are there, a love affair often follows. This is important because as our country grows increasingly multicultural, our natural legacy will need the devotion of leaders of all races and ethnicities to steward its care.


Seeds into ACTION

A grassroots-level approach has always ignited ordinary individuals to be great leaders. Seeds are being cultivated to inspire future leaders simply by building trusting relationships and meeting people where they are. YOU are this social change agent who can plant these seeds into ACTION; your goal is to bring about change for the common good.