Keynote Presentations


What motivates you to put your time and energy into leading positive change on your campus, in your community, in the world? What makes you want to take on the really big challenges? How do you even know where to start? And how do you do it, day after day?

Learn the answers to questions like these from an inspiring lineup of outstanding leaders and changemakers in a variety of organizations that are blazing a new way forward. Their stories will reignite your passion for leading the transition to campuses and communities that are safer, healthier, and more equitable for all.


Generation Waking Up

Joshua Gorman
Joshua Gorman
,
Generationwakingup.org

It Takes a Whole Generation to Change the World

Today's global Millennial generation has been born into one of the most critical moments in human history. As we come of age amidst widespread social, environmental, and economic challenges, a new kind of leadership is being called for that is transformative, collaborative, adaptive, and oriented toward whole-systems change. Under the radar of mainstream media is one of the most exciting stories of our time - a new generation of young leaders, global citizens, and changemakers ushering in a thriving new world.

 


Making Change Happen

Adren O. Wilson, Ph.D.
Adren O. Wilson, Ph.D.
,
Public Alies

A call to action for everyone to lead—this is how real change happens. Young people have been at the center of every movement that has mattered in America. Now more than ever, our nation needs "home-grown" leaders—young leaders who reflect the faces, voices, and interests of their communities, who are equipped with the skills and experience to effect lasting social change.

 

 


Leading Imperfectly

Adren O. Wilson, Ph.D.
James Robilotta
,
www.JamesTRobo.com

Oh boy, another speech on leadership. Instead of waiting for the same cliché leadership lessons, it's time to be different. Let’s talk about who you are personally as a leader. As humans, we can’t learn things from people who are perfect, we can only learn things from people who are imperfect. So, it is time to own who you are so you can be real to others and lead through your faults. This deep but hysterical keynote will leave you feeling introspective about the person you show to others. We need to talk about you before we can talk about changing us, so let’s discuss where you struggle and succeed to make you a more effective and authentic agent of change.

 


Who Do You Want to Become? 

Erin Krampetz
Erin Krampetz
,
Ashoka U

Don’t let your self-identity as a changemaker happen by chance; instead of only asking, “What is your major?”, or, “What do you want to do after you graduate?” we ask instead: “Who do you want to become?” It's a hefty question, but one that's worth asking daily to reach your full potential.

Erin will share her personal story as a student changemaker, the start-up story of Ashoka U that has grown from an idea to a global network of over 200 universities in 30 countries, and tips on how to think about leadership development from a personal and holistic perspective as a young professional.