Preconference Workshops


Advisor Preconference Workshop #1 (additional charge)

For student affairs professionals in newly created positions

The Irrelevant Giant
Presenter: Tamara Cunningham

Like football? Maybe you can relate to the last pick in the draft. Were you just thrown into your position at the last minute? No training? No support? But still need to prove your worth? Need a moment to network and engage with others who are in the same boat? This workshop has your name on it. You’re an irrelevant giant. Join us so we can explore the baptism-by-fire phenomenon together.


Advisor Preconference Workshop #2 (additional charge)

For student affairs professionals with any level of experience

How to Increase Your Peace and Triple Your Productivity: A Session for Busy Professionals
Presenter: Collegiate Empowerment

Nighttime programming. Weekend events. 14-hour work days. Nonstop emails. Way too many phone calls. Student demands. And unscheduled meeting requests. IT'S NO WONDER why burnout happens within four to six years! You’re not alone, and it’s time to get some answers to the biggest problem: Every day can be—and often is—a work day.

The purpose of time is to fuel your purpose and legacy. Are you using your time to your best advantage? It’s time to stop your hectic routine to see where your hectic routine is actually taking you. Your time is your property: take back your property, take back your time. You can’t lead others until you first lead yourself.

You will schedule…

  • Peace days: Get back to what’s most important to you personally
  • People days: Take care of the relationships in your life
  • Preparation days: Get ready to do your best work
  • Performance days: Do your best work



Student Preconference Workshop (additional charge)

Leadership Master Class 
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 8:00–11:30am 
Presenter: Jeff Dess

This program focuses on the relevancy of leadership and disrupting traditional outlooks. Through this workshop, you will:

  • Achieve new understanding of your role as a leader
  • Gain clarity on recognizing your relevancy
  • Become empowered to achieve excellence in any position
  • Learn fresh innovative theories, ideas, and techniques to help you hone in on new skills
  • Identify areas within yourself, your campus, and your community that you’d like to change or improve upon
  • Create specific action steps to take back to your campus and communities
  • Have fun while gaining high levels of insight (It’s the #TRILLEDU way!)

You will have an opportunity to gain specific skills from workshops that no other student leaders have experienced. This workshop has specific components designed for NCSL students.

This preconference workshop is divided into three sessions:

What the 5 Elements of Hip-Hop Can Teach You about Your Leadership Style
Hip-hop culture recently turned 40 years old. At its origin, the five elements of hip-hop, (rap, DJ’ing, breakdancing, graffiti art, and knowledge) were defining components that addressed issues of the community. They served as ways to build camaraderie, develop voices for the voiceless, and to create something from nothing. These alternative and creative leadership ideas can be translated into enhancing a leader’s ability to communicate and use creativity and innovation to improve the student experience. This workshop will give students the opportunity to identify and discuss key leadership skills, traits, and styles; learn how to adapt their leadership style to actual situations; and learn to critically self-analyze.

The Venus and Serena Leadership Model
The Venus and Serena Leadership Model helps students discover their own excellence. Techniques used by the tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams will serve as vehicles that will drive home theories such as accountability, multicultural competency, self-awareness, marketing, and more. In this session, you will develop higher levels of cultural competency, gain recognition of how marketing can help in leadership, and develop team-building skills.

Leadership Master Class
The Leadership Master Class disrupts every concept of leadership you’ve ever known before. This session is about investigating the challenges that come with being a leader. The uneasy question will be asked and eventually answered. We will break down traditional definitions in an effort to reveal alternative outlooks to ideas you have always believed to be true. The concept of leadership will be broken down, rebuilt, and restructured to its most effective point. The Trillest of Classes is in Session! You will cultivate a sense of self-awareness through identifying a leadership vision, mission, style, and values; examine your own and others’ intrinsic and extrinsic motivations as leaders; and gain a greater understanding of your own personal identities and how your identities shape their leadership.