Special Events


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Leadership Day Party

The Leadership Day Party will open the NCSL Fall 17 conference. Get ready to experience amazing music from DJ Dean August as you explore leadership and networking activities. This high energy kickoff will feature motivation, giveaways, and more!


Lip Sync Battle

It's time to take pretend singing to the NEXT LEVEL! Whether it's Beyoncé or Johnny Cash, from Drake to Maroon 5, this is the evening event for you! We are turning up with high levels of fun and energy. Stay tuned for more details.


Leadership Pop-Up Shop

The Leadership Pop-Up Shop brings together local and national businesses and organizations from various fields. It will feature graduate schools, Q&A sessions with speakers, and more! NCSL is focused on introducing students to an assortment of leadership and real world opportunities. Meet change agents, educators, and taste makers all at the same time.


NCSL Speaks! Student Speaker Series

This time the stage belongs to Students!

Are you a dynamic young leader with a message about leadership, cultural diversity, or motivation? If so, we want to hear from you! At NCSL Speaks! you’ll take the main stage for 5–7 minutes to present about leadership, motivation and more!

It’s your chance to be a keynote speaker at a national conference plus you’ll receive free conference registration!

Submit today!!

Directions: It’s easy. Write a short description of your topic, including why you are the leader everyone should hear from. Film a 2-minute version of your presentation. Fill out the online registration including a link to your video. Submission deadline is October 6.


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.