Why Attend


You've come a long way on your personal journey to leadership (you wouldn't be here if you haven't). NCSL helps you continue that journey toward, self-knowledge and effecting positive social change.

You’ll find educational sessions that offer guidance in the job search process, networking, financial planning, and personal branding.

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Hands-on breakout sessions are rich with practical takeaways. Below is a partial list of topics.

Bring your newly acquired skills to your next student organization meeting

  • Recruit with a purpose
  • Establish relevant and achievable group goals
  • Discover strategies for conflict management
  • Develop an engagement system in your organization
  • Learn skills for strategic listening
  • Build systems for sustaining group legacy
  • Nurture strong team connections
  • Discover the art and science of negotiation
  • Run effective meetings
  • Sustain an aligned group culture

The chance to start shaping your career

  • Create an action plan to guide career choices
  • Hone your personal and professional polish
  • Plan your personal branding strategy
  • Cultivate a personal code of ethics
  • Write a core purpose statement
  • Uncover the power of personal vision
  • Demystify public speaking
  • Uncover the power of your own voice
  • Build self-esteem and discard self-criticism
  • Create a plan to achieve a fulfilling future

Leadership topics for personal growth

  • Understand how leaders empower others
  • Listen, commit, and connect through communication
  • Find the power of words and create connection through acknowledgment
  • Learn your personal conflict and leadership styles
  • Translate psychological concepts into personal action
  • Reduce stress
  • Identify actions to take when you’re wrong
  • Explore the five practices of exemplary leadership
  • Create a supportive campus community
  • Learn money management basics: your credit score, student loan debt, spending, and saving
  • Tame the emotional side of managing your money

Focus on health and wellness

  • Adapt to change
  • Learn to dealing with stress in a healthy way
  • Understand the difference nutrition and healthy eating make
  • Improve your sleep
  • Exercise for a healthy lifestyle

Network with thought leaders from all across the U.S. and around the world

  • Connect with others in a diverse world
  • Develop multicultural awareness
  • Learn the art of the introduction
  • Play to your strengths: for Introverts and extraverts
  • Build rapport
  • Make the right first impression

Civic engagement and social justice

  • Civility and why it matters
  • Communication strategies
  • Storytelling as a means of getting along
  • Social responsibility
  • Model civility at home, on campus, and in the community
  • Create a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Challenge and dismantle stereotypes
  • Solve community problems with public-private partnerships
  • Find youth leadership programs that work
  • Discover your personal responsibility in the community

Just for student affairs professionals: Develop skills for personal and professional growth

  • Meet other advisors from around the world, share best practices, and build a network that will last
  • Prioritize competing demands as an SA professional
  • Improve emotional intelligence
  • Build morale, productivity, and leadership skills
  • Learn collaborative practices to use between professionals and student leaders

No other leadership conference comes close to the variety and depth of programming offered at NCSL. We will see YOU in Washington D.C.!

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