Special Events

Million Dollar Meal - SOLD OUT

Saturday, November 21, 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.

Do you have the confidence to attend a million dollar meal? Webster defines confidence as “the faith or belief that you are acting in a right, proper, or effective manner.” Over half of all business is conducted over the dining table. Attend this intensive workshop, which includes lunch, to learn proper conduct at any meeting over a meal. While eating lunch discover the proper way to eat soup, to hold and use utensils, napkin etiquette, being a good guest, being a good host, invitations, seating protocol, ordering, how to dine, the wine list, and conducting the business portion of a meal. This workshop prepares you for job interviews, meals with colleagues, even lunch with the president of your university. You will know the proper conduct at any meeting over a meal. There really is such a thing as a million dollar meal.

Learning Goals

  1. Discover how proper dining etiquette builds confidence personally and professionally
  2. Describe the protocol for conducting the business portion of a meal
  3. Define “polish” and how it applies to your personal brand



NCSL Call to Action

Kathryne Auerback
Kathryne Auerback

National Center for
Student Life

Throughout the conference

The NCSL Call to Action is designed to help students put the Social Change Model and other leadership ideas to work for good, solving problems and addressing challenges on campus and in the community. At the close of each student workshop, students will be provided time for reflection to consider ways to apply the learning objectives for that session to the challenge they are working to address. In special plenary sessions, students will learn about three key leadership concepts, and will be guided through exercises for further reflection on and application of these concepts to create a plan they can put into action as soon as they return home from the Conference.



Social Justice Salon

Throughout the conference

The Social Justice Salon showcases select students’ leadership of civic engagement initiatives, campus sustainability, service learning, or social innovation, as well as to practice the important leadership skill of making a powerful presentation to an audience of peers and advisors.

Phil Busse, editor of Campus Law Considered, the National Center for Student Life's free legal literacy blog, and founder the Media Institute for Social Change, will engage in informal, conversational interviews with three students who are leading transformative change:

Kelty Carew
Kelty Carew

Kelty Carew, Graduate Student & Social Change Agent
Edgewood College

Kelty Carew is a Madison, Wisconsin based visual artist and graduate student in Sustainability Leadership. She works locally and internationally with students, community members, and organizations to create meaningful, collaborative public art. Her leadership development work in Peru brings together students and community members to increase local capacity and to improve food sovereignty through art and permaculture.

Project Title:  Transnational Resilience Exchange, Peru: Building Community Capacity through Art and Permaculture

Edgewood College students from Madison, Wisconsin and residents of the Alto Cayma community in Arequipa, Peru collaborate to create something fresh and beautiful. Learn about their exciting leadership projects which increase food sovereignty, life skills, and economic opportunity while beautifying neighborhoods, diversifying ecosystems, and creating cross-cultural understanding and solidarity.



Ousmane Kabre
Ousmane Kabre

Ousmane Kabre, Graduate Student & Social Change Agent
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Founder, Leading Change

Project Title:  “Leading Change” to reshape individuals' lives one at a time. 

Leading Change is a non-profit organization to help and support students in Africa to be given an opportunity to pursue their dreams and provide an academic foundation for those students to make a difference in the world.


Their mission is to reshape individuals' lives one at a time and transform a whole community into an efficient and effective workforce. They will make public libraries services available to children, youth, and adults, and hope to provide educational instructions to all with an emphasis in computer literacy.

Learn about Ousmane’s powerful story to becoming a Social Change Agent.



Sabrina Madison
Sabrina Madison

Sabrina Madison, Student & Social Change Agent
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Founder, Heymiss Progress

Project Title:  Heymiss Progress:  Change Agent

Named one of BRAVA Magazine's 2015 Women to Watch, she’s a poet, motivational speaker, social entrepreneur and change agent. More recently, she’s been named the Creative Director of The Madison Times. She’s also the founder and host of the Conversation Mixtape, a forum to bring together Black men and women to discuss and break down topics relevant to building and fostering healthy, long lasting and loving relationships. In May she launched the Living the Dream Initiative to grant high school students seed funding to create their own businesses. She’s a quarterly speaker at the American Family Insurance DreamBank, a national poetry slam team member, sits on the Community & Economic Development Authority for the City of Fitchburg, co-chairs the Diversity & Community Relations Council at Madison College and is mother to a 20 year old son.

Progress aspires to motivate others to protect their peace while still pursuing their passions! She’s a woman with drive and it’s through her commitment to love that she works to effectively create and inspire change.

She wants you to know that she finds each of you to be brilliant!



James Edward Mills
James Edward Mills

James Edward Mills

Join us for a private screening with the Co-writer and Co-producer and Actor of "An American Ascent”, James Edward Mills. James is also a Fall 2015 NCSL Keynote and Workshop presenter.

In the summer of 2013 a group of African-American climbers set out on an ambitious goal, to reach the highest peak in North America, Mount McKinley, also known as Denali. If successful they would not only make history but inspire a new generation of minority youth to seek out and explore the boundaries of an exciting world full of adventure. This documentary film tells the story of 9 aspiring amateurs, including three college students, who took on one of the greatest challenges on the planet.

The film is 56 minutes and a 30 minute Q&A session with James will follow.