Workshop Blocks


Blocks #1 and 2: Active Workshop

You just might get a chance to Salsa, or maybe you'd prefer to learn how to freestyle, all while enhancing your social leadership skills. Move around while moving the leadership dial! This workshop block is offered twice and includes:

The S.A.L.S.A Life, 5 Keys to Finding Your Rhythm to Success
Presenter: Stan Pearson II
Learn how to Salsa dance while you learn how to build a solid foundation in relationships, team-building, organizations, and in your own life. In order to be who we want to be, we have to BUILD ourselves on a solid foundation. Get ready to Support, Act, Learn, Strive, and Accept!

Freestyle Rap Leadership
Presenter: Bert Gervais
Freestyling is all about improvisation, trust, and getting out of your comfort zone. Even beginners can learn the basics of freestyling and ways to apply those techniques to their leadership approach. Freestyle leadership will empower you to be a dynamic campus changemaker. Everyone wants to follow someone with BARS!

Practical Improv for Leadership
Presenter: Dave Collins
Improv is the practice of unplanned interaction with others. That means improvisation is a skill practiced by everyone, every single day. As much as we would like to rehearse and practice our lines for critical moments, there’s no script sitting on our desk every morning, outlining all the things we’ll say and do throughout the day. Learning simple tools for improvising better is a highly effective way to improve individual and team outcomes for student leaders. This session will teach the basics of improvisation and how to apply it to everyday communication to make you a more effective leader, communicator, and collaborator.

One Beat, One Step, One Sound!
Presenters: Claudio Alejo and Cassandra Gomez
To be a stepper you must have technique, be a team player, practice practice practice (repetition), and most of all, put on a PERFORMANCE. The art of stepping correlates with the development and major core components of a strong leader.

Spoken Word and Leadership
Presenters: Maurisa C. Li-A-Ping
To be a leader is to leverage your skills to inspire change and advocate for others in your community. Spoken word is a literary art form where artist have used their talents to support various social movements. They walk the thin of speaking for those who are silenced, but recognizing the boundaries or limitations of their world view. In this brave and safe space, you will be able to discuss the role of spoken word in social movements and how that can inform your leadership. Come ready to reflect, write, share, and dig into your leadership style!


Block #3: Effective Communication

Being able to effectively communicate is one of the most important skills of success. Employers want people who can network and your campus needs confident voices. These workshops equip you will the tools needed to amp up your communication skills. This workshop block includes:

Communicator to Motivator for Student Leaders: Move Your Campus to Action by Mastering Four Personality Types and Heart-Centered Communication
Presenter: Bert Gervais
Through interactive exercises, this high-energy workshop will help you overcome common communication barriers, understand how to influence the four communication styles, and better relate to your peers on a more genuine and authentic level.

Stranger Things: The Upside-down World of Networking
Presenter: Antonio Talamo
Networking is often regarded as one of the most important and critical skills that a student leader must obtain. However, the truth is it can often feel like a parallel world to real life, just like the Upside-down World. Using themes from the Netflix show, Stranger Things, students will get to understand and learn how to navigate the Upside-down World of Networking. Furthermore, they will learn how to connect with the “Barbs” and “Wills” of the world. Through a hands-on activity, students will get to connect with one another in order to increase their own social media following and personal network.

Personal Storytelling Playbook
Presenter: Dave Collins
Great leaders know how to turn their own personal experiences into useful anecdotes that illustrate their vision to an audience. In order to be effective, these stories must be delivered in an exciting, compelling, and entertaining way. In this workshop, we’ll cover a few simple techniques and frameworks that will help you prepare to share meaningful messages that stick to your audience.

Building Your Power Network: How to Effectively Network for Professional Success
Presenter: Tonya Rapley
It’s not what you know it’s who you know. While college provides you with valuable skills, how do you get others to take notice in a seemingly crowded job applicant pool? How do you align yourself with power players and establish long-lasting professional relationships that are mutually beneficial? During this presentation, you’ll learn valuable networking skills that will help you advance your career during and after college.

Oh No You Didn’t!?! How to Communicate Your Way Out of Conflict Situations
Presenter: Dr. Brandi Baldwin-Rana
It's easy to communicate when everything's going fine. But what happens when you find yourself in a sticky situation? When you have to share some not-so-good feedback, or when you have to confront someone about their bad behavior? Learn a simple three-step process to communicate yourself out of those undesirable conflict-filled situations. Plus, learn your conflict style and how it's hindering you from taking your leadership to the next level.


Block #4: Life Skills

Money Lessons Every Student Should Know Before Graduation
Presenter: Tonya Rapley
Financial hardships are the #1 reason students drop out of school. This workshop will not only teach you how to make smarter money management decisions but also empower you with strategies to achieve financial and collegiate success. This presentation is 50 percent lecture and 50 percent conversational Q&A so that the individual needs and concerns of all attendees are addressed.

The Live Free Life: 8 Steps to Financial Freedom
Presenter: Ash Cash
The #LIVEFREE Life: 8 Steps to Financial Freedom will give you everything you need in order to properly manage your finances. You will learn practical applications to money management, credit, student loans, investing, as well as more new-age ways to manage finances such as visualization and positive self-talk.

Email Extinguisher: Simple Steps to Shrink Your Inbox.
Presenter: Marcey Rader
Do you have an inbox full of emails and don't know where to start? Do you use your inbox as a task list? Get the tools you need to break out of email jail. Learn how to overcome email anxiety and addiction, efficient setup and processing of the inbox to stop the email drip, how to shrink your inbox with rules, filters, and newsletter organization, and effective email communication methods to shut down with Inbox Zero.

Not Just for Likes: A Workshop on Social Media Branding
Presenter: Tiffany Paige
Social media can be a great tool to advancing and advocating for yourself. This workshop will help you understand the importance of using social media to start building your professional brand.

Professional Development is A Different World: Three Ways to Lead with Passion, Purpose, and Intentionality
Presenter: Natalie Williams
Leadership and professional development can be similar to the popular show A Different World: full of relationship building and goal execution. In the world of leadership, especially student leadership, expectations become higher and results are top priority. The basis of the workshop, vision, action, and interaction are three simple keys to proper goal execution, including the focus of professional development goals. This highly interactive and informative session equips participants with clarity on how to use A Different World to properly create and execute your goals, while using your campus resources to enhance your professional identity. Students will be able to learn more about internships, the connection between student leadership and professional development, and the power of fearless intentional networking.


Block #5: Personal Development

It is essential to be prepared for situations that take place beyond the college classroom. It is just as important that you take care of and be aware of your own personal development. Focus on particular leadership areas that will prepare you today for all you'll need for tomorrow. This workshop block includes:

How Intelligent Are You? Emotional Intelligence and the Leadership Altering Effects
Presenter: Darryl Bellamy
Our society places a huge value on Intellectual Intelligence (IQ), but is the world focused on the right intelligence? No. Studies have shown that your success is determined only 20 percent by your Intellectual Intelligence and the other 80 percent by your Emotional Intelligence (EQ). You’ve been thinking about life all wrong! Through interactive activities and collaboration with your peers, we’ll test your EQ and provide tips to improve your score, thus improving your overall future success.

Transform US: Transformational Leadership for a Brighter Tomorrow
Presenter: Saby Labor
Self-knowledge is essential to authentic leadership. In this workshop, we will explore and embrace our true passions and potential. Reflecting on your values and developing a clear vision for leadership is the golden key to unlocking your leadership potential. Accelerate your leadership self-discovery in this interactive and high-velocity experience.

Seven Language Secrets for Presenting Yourself with Power
Presenter: Wendy Gates Corbett
Whether you’re talking with a professor, addressing a student audience, interviewing with a potential employer, or speaking with a friend, you’re always presenting yourself. But what kind of impression are you making? Are you a commanding presence, do you sound confident and competent, or are you yawn-inspiring? As a student leader, it’s absolutely critical that your presence conveys leadership presence and confidence. Learn seven practical and practice-able secrets for presenting yourself using verbal, body, and social media language in ways that make the powerful, lasting impression you want. This action-packed session is filled with tips for representing yourself well.

Breaking Up with Fear
Presenter: Valerie Jeannis
Whether it comes in the form of insecurity, procrastination, self-sabotage; or anticipation of failure, rejection, or judgment, fear has paralyzed the faith of many leaders and dreamers alike and caused them to give up prematurely or walk away without even trying. It suffocates dreams, robs you of hope, and cripples progress. And it’s time to say it’s over. Learn how to break up with fear in this interactive presentation about robbing you of their excuses by challenging the lies that fear has told you about who you are and what’s possible for you.

Brave Like Me
Presenter: Camryn Nelson
Camryn will share her story of struggling with perfectionism and anxiety while balancing her academic, professional, and leadership responsibilities. By the end of this session, you will have the tools you can put to work immediately to strengthen your brave muscle, grow as leaders, and make a positive difference in your life and on your campus. Changing your campus, or changing the world, starts with small steps of bravery each and every day. Your next brave move stars here!


Block #6: Creativity and Engagement

From making buttons to creating your own personal masterpieces, this workshop block will add a new twist to leadership. You'll be able to leave understanding the importance of engagement while adding more creativity to your leadership skill. This workshop block includes:

Sketchbook Origami
Presenter: Paulie Nassar
One of the biggest challenges many kids face when trying to be creative is having the resources to make art. One of the most important things you can give a student is the means to be self-sufficient. This workshop will teach the simple process of turning a regular piece of printer paper into a sketchbook. With a few simple folds and a simple cut, you can make a foldable book. Part of the creative process is preparing your materials and making the most of whatever materials you are given.

Acknowledgement Circle
Presenter: Ashley Mui
Gratitude is a way to engage with humanity. This acknowledgement experience invites you to take a 360-degree look at your life—to begin to remember and revisit all the people who have contributed to your growth. Through personal introductions, we will journey through our very own inner circle, and begin to see the value and importance of practicing gratitude to those you surround yourself with. You will walk away feeling moved, inspired, and connected to where you’ve been and where you are going next as leaders in the world, impacting the way people experience life. We will spend time masterfully creating signature Thank You cards to send and deliver to five people who have and continue to make a difference in your life. We will direct the course of gratitude and see for ourselves how giving and receiving gratitude come full circle.

Wear Your Passion
Presenter: Antonio Talamo
Passion is what drives high-achievers to do what they do and be where they are. When you can find what truly drives you and combine that with action it becomes unstoppable. More importantly, sharing your passion with others is what promotes accountability and authentic relationships. In this hands-on workshop, you will be challenged to think about what your passion is and how to act upon it. We will create our own personalized button that you can wear and share throughout the conference.


Block #7 and 8: General Leadership

There are new and emerging leaders looking to become the next great leader on campus. We also bring together some of the more seasoned established student leaders. These workshops have some amazing opportunities for both types leadership skill sets. Through traditional and new leadership theories, we've got you covered. This workshop block is offered twice and includes:

The Art of Mobilizing Others: Your Student Leadership Challenge Experience
Presenter: Marian Barshinger
You will discover the five practices of exemplary leadership as researched for over 30 years by Kouzes and Posner. Once you have developed the mindset and skill set of personal leadership, it's time to take that leadership to your campus. But how do you get other people to want to follow you, to move toward a common purpose, to feel energized to work together and get things done that everyone can feel proud of? This is what the student leadership challenge experience is all about.

Fearful to Fearless Leadership: Conquering Your Fears to Lead Out-Front
Presenter: Darryl Bellamy
What are the top fears preventing you from either stepping up to lead or leading more boldly on your campus and in life? Stepping up to lead is hard and leading can be even harder! In Fearful to Fearless, you will identify your top fear, learn about the top fears of other student leaders, all while learning techniques to reframe your fears. You will leave more connected with your fellow student leaders and more empowered to take risks to leave a positive legacy.

Avoid THEY: How to Handle Criticism as a Leader
Presenter: Alvert Hernandez
Ever have someone come for you and you didn’t send for them? Dealing with criticism is hard! Whether constructive or not, criticism is something all student leaders will face in their leadership positions and beyond. Learn how to handle criticism successfully to unlock your true potential and be the best you can be.

Life’s Too Short to Do the Things You Suck At
Presenter: Joe Urbanski
The title is great, but what about the session? Here’s the thing: when you are good at everything, you are genius at NOTHING. At the same time, people are not motivated to do the things they suck at. Unfortunately, most student organizations just plug people into open leadership positions rather than putting the right student in the right position. Effective teams need to be designed, not simply formed. During this full-on engaging and hilarious seminar, participants will discover their performance strategy for doing their best work, learn how to sustain productive teams, and increase overall engagement.

IMPACT – Six Ways to Build Unstoppable Leaders
Presenter: Odell Bizzell
Do you encounter obstacles as a student leader? Do you sometimes take on too much, but have trouble figuring out what to cut out? Do conflicts outside of your leadership role sometime hinder your ability to lead effectively? If so, this workshop is perfect for you. In this presentation we will break the word “Impact” down into six specific strategies that will help build unstoppable leaders and help you achieve more than you thought possible.


Block #9: Pop Culture Leadership

Some of us love Game of Thrones. Others love Drake and Kendrick Lamar. You might be a Netflix binge master! These workshops take the unique #TrillEDU approach and show you how to become a better leader through a pop culture lens. This workshop block includes:

Views from the Six
Presenter: Lenny Williams
Drake is an artist running his genre of music and beyond. He has turned himself into a global brand. Anything he touches approves or drops, hits the top of Billboard charts fast. As a professor of business, I’ll deconstruct the works of Drake within the world of marketing and branding. You’ll leave this presentation with a clear understanding of how to market yourself, your clubs, and your organizations effectively on your campus. We will enjoy music, lyrics, and interactive workshops all around the global star Drake.

Beyoncé Always on Beat: Keys to Being a Versatile Leader
Presenter: Jeff Dess
The hashtag #BeyoncéAlwaysOnBeat hit the internet showcasing Bey’s incredible versatility. Through this workshop and with the help of imagery and video content from Beyoncé, you will gain insight on versatile leadership and specific ways to manage different tasks with balance. You will learn how to wear different hats and help expand your vision, goals, and audience.

Pop Culture Programming: Bringing the Cool into the Now
Presenter: Antonio Talamo
In this interactive and hands-on workshop you will learn how to create effective programming through the use of pop culture. You will be challenged to think about your own workshops, programs, and events and how you can be more relevant with the social-media driven student population. We will define pop culture and discuss the five steps to take to create a comprehensive pop culture program. Work in groups to create your own event to take back to your campus.

House Tagaryen School of Leadership
Presenter: Scott Siegel
Connect leadership thoughts from the show Game of Thrones and ideas to a real world scenario that will benefit you in future situations. You might learn how to fly on dragons, too.

Luke Cage Leadership: Always F.O.R.W.A.R.D.!
Presenter: Alvert Hernandez
You have been elected to a position, now what? This workshop will teach you about emerging as a leader on your college campus or your community at large. This workshop will utilize Luke Cage as a platform to have a discussion on breaking out of your shell and enacting change on your college campuses!


Professional Development Workshops for Advisors

Advisors, we didn't forget about you. We have comprehensive workshops that will not only help you better advise your students but also enhance your skills as an educator and professional. These workshops pay close attention to certain competencies of higher education and leadership. Each workshop is offered once. This workshop block includes:

How to Find the Truth in the Age of Fake News and Alternative Facts
Presenter: Odell Bizzell
Does the pulse of your campus move according to what’s popping on social media? Are there times you wish you could plainly articulate to your student leaders the difference between what is reported and what is true? In this innovative and engaging session, we will explore how advisors can help their students see past the mud thrown on social media timelines. Additionally advisors can initiate conversation that will lead to ideas and discussions that will help build the culture of diversity amongst their student leaders.

iBrag Different
Presenter: Tamara Cunningham
Ready to take your career to the next level, but find yourself stuck in the same professional place you’ve been in for years? Here’s your opportunity to brand and market yourself, leaving your name and presence unforgettable in the minds of top institutional decisionmakers—your bridge to that next opportunity. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to brag differently. You won’t just be that same student affairs rep that everyone knows. Your name and accomplishments will be the talk of the campus, the city, the state, the nation, the world. Come by and learn how.

Leadership X Mentoring
Presenters: Scott Siegel and Alvert Hernandez
In the field of student affairs, mentoring can take on many forms. While we often consider mentoring between a student affairs professional and a student, it can extend to other individuals. Whether it’s a new colleague or being mentored by a senior administrator, mentorship occurs throughout higher education in various forms. In this interactive workshop, we will be using the GROW Model of coaching to explore Professor Charles Xavier’s different mentoring relationship with the X Men.

Conquer the Calendar: Meeting Mastery to Work in your Line of Genius
Presenter: Marcey Rader
Do you have a calendar filled with meetings without a purpose? Do you have trouble working on your projects because you spend all day on the phone or putting out fires? Learn the techniques you need to make meetings matter and allow you time to work in your line of genius. Learn why meetings are considered the #1 time-wasting task, the Rule of 7 and why “nice to have” works against you, the importance of scheduling deep focus and genius time, and how to boost meeting creativity and collaboration.

Three Ways to Improve Your Office Environment and Personal Life in Less than a Week
Presenter: Stan Pearson II
Create a better office environment and create a more solid foundation for your personal and professional development. Receive guidance from someone who has worked through some of the very same issues that can frustrate you and stifle growth. This session will include roundtable discussions in addition to actual planning so you can begin to create the very office you want to be a part of. Create your own planning boards to take back to campus with you. This engaging, interactive, and thought-provoking session is one you can delve into to make your office better—as well as your life and surroundings.

That’s D.O.P.E.—Diversity, Opportunities, Professionalism, and Engagement
Presenters: Crasha Townsend and Skye Heasley
This interactive session first explores how to effectively use diversity and opportunities for student development and things like planning/executing programs on campus that are truly inclusive for all students. We will also educate on the importance of not using a one-step approach when working with underrepresented students/students of color at your institutions, with the goal being that you learn how to work effectively with underrepresented student populations. Then, we focus on professionalism and engagement. We will cover the importance of being involved in conferences, professional organizations, and always looking for ways to better yourself as a professional so you can be current and up-to-date in your field.

Distressed, Disruptive, & Potentially Dangerous Students
Presenter: Dr. Nancy Adegoke
Learn to articulate faculty and staff roles in identifying and responding to student behavior of concern. Identify key areas and behavioral indicators of concern and develop strategies for and comfort with responding. This workshop will help you become familiar with resources and mechanisms for consultation, reporting, and referral.

Make Them Say I Do: How to Get Engaged with Today’s Student Leaders
Presenter: Dr. Brandi Baldwin Rana
In today's fast-paced technology-driven global society, it has become increasingly challenging to engage students on a deeper level. What are their interests? What are their fears? How can you support them as they transition from student leaders to career professionals? In this interactive workshop, engage in open dialogue about the key characteristics of your student leaders and how you can better serve them within your role. Identify key gaps and weaknesses in your engagement strategy, and leave with a clear understanding of what you can do to improve their experience at your college or university.

Dream and Draw
Presenter: Paulie Nassar
Revamping the classic Paint and Sip, but instead of alcohol, we are going to drink off our dreams. This session will help focus the images in our heads and translate them onto the canvas. Music is a pivotal part of an artist’s process. This session will feature music from all over the world. Music is life, art is history. It is important to expand beyond our own cultures.