Conference Workshops

Customizable Workshops

Build the best conference for your needs with a customizable workshop schedule. With a variety of workshops available, the hardest decision is choosing which ones you’ll attend.

Workshops include:

  • 21st Century Leadership
  • Communication for Leaders
  • Networking
  • Leadership for Change and Inclusivity
  • Life Skills and Personal Development
  • Self-care and Wellness

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icon21st Century Leadership

Workshops in this block present leadership skills with an emphasis on developing critical thinking; creativity; collaboration; communication; information, technology, and media literacy; flexibility; initiative; productivity; and social skills.

Goals are Dreams with ACTION

Khalyn Williams, The Student Success Network (TSSN)

Almost everyone has heard of or participated in goal setting, making a resolution, or creating SMART goals. Yet, only eight percent of people who set their goals at the start of the year remain committed with their intentions after 30 days. Are you a part of this eight percent or do you find yourself wanting to reach your goals but neglecting them? The Student Success Network wants every student that attends this workshop to be ready to execute what they set out to achieve. The purpose of this session is for each student to elevate their mindset on how to create a relevant target attached with an intentional plan. After attending this session, you will discover a duplicatable goal process to apply every year, month, and week thereafter.

Emotional Intelligence: Let It Guide Your Leadership Philosophy!

Matthew Shupp, Shippensburg University

Although some people define intelligence as being the smartest in the class or on a job, being “smart” can have many different meanings. For instance, you can be smart about yourself and others—you can have intelligence about your emotions and how you interact with people in certain contexts and situations. This, at its core, is emotional intelligence (EI). Believing that leaders are made and not born, and that leadership crosses boundaries and borders, this presentation introduces participants to the basic tenets of emotional intelligence. Participants will examine their own strengths and weaknesses as it relates to EI so they can successfully adjust their interactions with individuals and organizations that may have significantly different worldviews. Through this session, students will dissect the tenets of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership in order to understand how change occurs at a practical level; construct their own unique model/theory of leadership in a higher education setting; and become acquainted with characteristics of management and leadership within the environment of higher education and to be able to employ these characteristics.

Build a Bridge—And Get Over It

Jennifer Valtos, Life University

As leaders, you are often required to engage with others in environments that can be personally and professionally challenging. Sometimes these situations can lead to conflict. When that happens? What do you do?  What is your default mode for dealing with conflict?  Do you avoid it?  Actively ignore it?  Hope it goes away on its own?  Do you just wish to resolve conflicts?  Or, do you embrace conflict recognizing that it can lead to constructive change?  You have the ability to engage in conflict transformation!  OK, many of us might not be at this stage yet and it is a skill we continue to develop. This session will share concrete tools we can use to move beyond conflict resolution so we can engage in conflict transformation. Participants will have an opportunity to practice hands-on skills they can use in their leadership positions on campus. Through this session, participants will learn the basic outline for nonviolent communication, they will explore the definition of conflict transformation and how they can use the concept of conflict transformation in their organizations, and they will outline how using nonviolent communication and conflict transformation might be helpful to their organizations.

Barz That Raise the Bar: The Art of Endurance

Jonathan Cabrera, MPA, Abstract Lifestyle

Ever been hit with so much at once that you wonder how you are going to get through the semester? What about getting through life? It is difficult for anyone to fulfill their role as a leader in society when things seem to be falling apart personally? We will discuss ways to develop the skills and tools mentality needed to endure through rhymin’ and freestylin.’ Spittin’ barz that raise the bar. You will learn what endurance is and why it is a needed tool in leadership, reflect on how you have exhibited endurance and how you can continue to reflect it constantly, and learn other individual endurance stories from participants.

iconCommunication for Leaders

Communication is key to leading change, motivating participation, and expressing a personal point of view. Workshops in this block help students master articulating a vision, communicating in groups, presenting to stakeholders, and other aspects of public motivational speaking.

Cultivate Strengths, Not Deficiencies – Breakthrough Success

Sharod Tomlinson, PhD, St. John’s University

Learn about breakthrough skills for your personal and professional life. These core values become the scaffolding for a new leadership model. They are designed to expand the way participants think about change, resources, planning, and leadership. This session teaches strengths-based development is unique in that it builds on one’s areas of greatest potential; a better understanding of benefits of coaching / mentoring; and how to focus on achieving collective results — the ultimate goal of building greater trust, commitment, and accountability.

Influencing Up, Down, and Across Your College Campus

Jermaine Davis, PhD, Jermaine M. Davis Seminars and Workshops, Inc.

Can you effectively influence up, down, and across your college campus? Do people really listen when you talk? Can you assess a situation quickly and adapt your message to accomplish your communication and leadership goals? Do you know how to authentically motivate and inspire others to take positive action across your college campus? In this engaging session Jermaine will share his latest research on how leaders can use the principles and practices of communication and influence to increase team collaboration and institutional effectiveness. This presentation is based on his bestselling book, Leading with Greatness! Moving from Chaos and Conflict to Communication and Cooperation. Get ready to laugh, learn, and of course have FUN! You’ll learn how to motivate others using the practices of relationship-based and task-based leadership; create an authentic leadership brand utilizing the Likeability Factor; build a culture of appreciation and celebration using the R.A.P. Philosophy; rebuild and restore employee and leadership trust utilizing the 4 A’s Approach; lead with positivity and optimism by utilizing facilitative emotions; and communicate effectively and efficiently as a leader utilizing the Carpenter’s Rule.

How to Have a Difficult Conversation

Chantelle Fitzgerald, Mindset Strategies

Have you ever said yes to someone when you really wanted to say no? Have you ever avoided a conversation because you felt too uncomfortable to address the situation? Have you ever stayed quiet in a meeting for fear of speaking up? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions this workshop is for you. In this workshop you will learn the five steps it takes to have a difficult conversation and a listening technique  that will serve you for life, (if practiced regularly). You will not want to miss this workshop. P.S.: Come prepared with a difficult conversation you either need to have, should have had, or would like to “re-do” if given the opportunity. See you soon!


Creating and expanding a personal network is a critical leadership skill. Workshops in this category help students create meaningful connections and build impactful relationships.

How to Not Suck at Networking

Ashley Owens, Ashley Assists LLC

Networking is such a personal activity—it is not a one-size-fits-all practice. It’s easy to get bogged down in the details and miss out on the foundation of how to build and retain an effective network. At the end of the day, no one cares what you do as much as whether you know and like them and whether you can be trusted. In an industry built on the power of connecting face-to-face, establishing and growing meaningful relationships is undeniably critical to long-term success. During the current pandemic, networking has shifted from onsite to fully online. In this presentation, networking concierge Ashley Owens shares ways to nurture your current business relationships to create your own tactical, individualized approach. Save time by recognizing the best strategic partners and effectively engaging contacts through email, messaging, social media, and other digital tools. Dive in and engage with your peers in this highly interactive session, and learn how to balance your strengths, network strategically and with confidence, and craft an authentic, powerful, professional networking process to achieve a wildly successful career.

Nurturing Mutually Reliant Relationships

Jennifer Valtos, Life University

Serving as a leader on campus often requires you to engage with others in environments that can be extremely beneficial or potentially harmful. What would your relationships be like if you could interact with others in a way that recognized our reliance on others to be successful? How might we engage differently with others if we embraced what we have in common rather than focusing on our differences? This session focuses on the mutual reliance of our relationships and provides some concrete examples of how we can focus on our similarities versus our differences to better understand and cultivate our interdependence. Participants will explore some of the things we all have in common as human beings and begin to discover the concept of interdependence, learn the importance of interdependence in their relationships with other campus leaders, and begin to explore the importance of context in systems thinking.

Anatomy of Mentorship 2.0

Liska Wilson, MNT Development

Mentors are an essential part of the networks of great leaders, but for even the most adept student leaders, building connections (i.e., networking) can be an elusive and intimidating feat, especially off campus with professionals in the field. When the primary source of mentors for students are their already busy and often overworked professors, finding career elevating mentors as a student can be a challenge. In this session, students learn how to identify what they need in a mentor (or mentors), networking strategies for finding them, and two frameworks for building impactful relationships with them. Students will leave with easy to implement next steps for wherever they are in their mentorship journey. After this session, student will be able to articulate a vision for their mentorship, assess their readiness for a mentorship, and create a plan for finding and maintaining their next mentorship.

Communicating the Impossible—How to Build Your Network in Rhythm

Stan Pearson, Breathe Diversity, LLC – Mental Flight School
Your network equals your net worth! If you haven’t heard this phrase before we’ll discuss how you can explode your network and build relationships that matter. Understanding how you move is paramount to strong relationships. Relationships hold the key to just about every dream you have for your future. You’ll learn 5 keys during this session that will change your life and the way you move. You’ll also have a chance to win $100. But how, Stan? You’ll have to come and stay to the end to find out. You’ll learn how to connect, collaborate, and confidently express yourself while keeping your rhythm. If you’ve ever wondered how to communicate while moving in the right direction, than this is the session for you.

iconLeadership for Change and Inclusivity

Whether it is striving for social justice, fighting global warming, working to reduce food deserts in the community, promoting campus civility, or other cause-driven initiatives, this work requires exceptional leadership skills.

Secure the BAG

Liska Wilson, MNT Development

Secure the BAG is a strategic planning workshop, workbook, and mastermind that focuses on strategic thinking and team development— top skills leaders need to be successful in leading themselves and others to success. This session exposes participants to strategic thinking tools and team development ideologies that will support them in leading themselves and their teams. SWOT and SMART are two familiar frameworks that will be shared. HARD and KSEC are two lesser-known frameworks that participants will learn to help them assess and move plans forward with confidence. This Secure the BAG process has been used to reach fundraising targets, launch businesses, grow programs, and accomplish other complex but meaningful goals for the past 10+ years. Participants who have a goal or project in mind will get the most out of this session.

The Power of Inclusivity: Strategies For Creating Change Through Inclusivity-Based Leadership

Pamela Gurley, PhD, Clark and Hill Enterprise

In our fast-paced world, change is constant. Yet too often, organizations or its leaders find themselves gridlocked by tradition and risk averse thinking. But dynamic work teams are no longer built on that type of thinking. So how can we create change in a way that allows for both evolution and inclusion? inclusivity-based leadership is a great approach! You will learn how to be an inclusive leader, examples of successful inclusivity-based leadership, and how inclusivity leads to better decision-making.

Courageous Conversations! Cultivating a Climate of Civility, Respect, and Inclusion

Jermaine Davis, Jermaine M. Davis Seminars and Workshops, Inc.

Are offensive comments, inappropriate behaviors, and disrespect interfering with your ability to communicate, cooperate, and collaborate with others? When toxic behaviors persist, go unacknowledged, and unmanaged—trust, morale, and motivation, quickly erodes. We cannot escape conflicts and disagreements in our personal and professional lives. However, we can learn to deal with them more effectively by learning how to engage in courageous conversations and lean into difficult dialogues with competence, confidence, and diplomacy. How do you manage emotions when they run high? Have you ever heard, you shouldn’t discuss race, religion, or politics? Well, what do you do when these conversations organically emerge? Do you welcome and embrace them? Or do you run and hide? Those who live, lead, and work with an inclusive lens create brave and safe spaces for courageous conversations.

iconLife Skills and Personal Development

Leadership reaches beyond the conference—and beyond the classroom. Workshops in this block teach the leadership skills students need to prepare for the world that awaits beyond the traditional college and university walls.

I Am My Habits

Cybel Betancourt, Founder and Executive Director, Buenas Cosas

If who you are is a reflection of what you do, then… What do you do? When we think of things, we do it on auto-pilot without thinking, these are called habits. They are ingrained in the way we act; therefore, they are a direct reflection of who we are. If that’s your truth, do you want to be where you are right now? Give yourself the opportunity of figuring out the habits that define you and let’s build together new ones to take you where you want to be. Through this session, you will identify who you currently are and the direct impact your habits have on you, identify who you want to be and understand how habits affect the lifestyle you want to achieve, learn how to develop habits that allow you to achieve the best version of yourself, and explore how creating the right opportunities, making it easy on yourself, and rewarding yourself can help you achieve new habits.

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt: Your Personal Pathway to Career Success

Ja’Bette Lozupone, PhD, Wishful Doing

To learn to lead you must first learn how to live. Find success in your personal and professional life by mastering life skills beyond technical knowledge and expertise. Master developing a vision, embracing vulnerability, leading with integrity, and more to excel as a leader and get results. Attendees will learn strategies for vision setting, creating luck and opportunities, moving through and leveraging adversity, cultivating a growth mindset, and finding courage in the face of fear. At the end of the session, participants will leave with actionable steps and strategies to live and lead in their purpose.

Self-reflection: The Foundation for Starting Your Career

Jodi Schumacher, Eastern Michigan University

In this session students will self-reflect on their leadership skills and use that information to develop interviewing skills. The self -reflection allows them to discover what is inspirational to them, what is frustrating for them, and how to appropriately present these in an interview. There is a direct correlation with self-reflection and developing life skills and personal growth. This workshop teaches students how to use their self-reflection to prepare for interviewing. At the conclusion of the workshop student leaders will understand the importance of self-reflection, how to find careers that match their self-inspirations, and how to apply it to their interview process.

Learning to Be Comfortable with Our Discomfort

Andrea Mosby, MA, Campuspeak

This session is based on life skills and personal development. It helps students see how their unique worldview has a place to make not just their college experience rich, but the society they will impact after college. We live in a time where sound bites are the entire conversation as opposed to communicating our similarities for clarity and understanding. We must push through what is comfortable and be willing to be stretched so we can build the type of world where individuals feel safe, valued, understood, and appreciated. Leaders must have confidence in their ability to have the type of impact that changes attitudes and misunderstandings. Stepping out of our comfort zones helps us to realize that is what change agents do to change the world as a Leaders. You will reflect on your core view vs. worldview, learn to pause for understanding, and recognize that differences are to strengthen us.

Failure is a Tool to Success

Kyla Cofer, Kyla Cofer Coaching & Consulting

The fear of failure can stop you from going after your goals. But what if failure isn’t something to fear, but something to embrace? Reprogramming our minds to accept failure relieves stress and contributes to our overall wellbeing. This workshop discusses the value of failure and how to use it to your advantage. Leave this session understanding how to: focus on the process, not the outcome; create goals, and redefine them; define success on your own terms; and the best way to say, “I’m sorry.”

iconSelf-care and Wellness

In the fast-paced world of student leadership it is easy to put yourself last. Yet, mental and physical health are key components of success. These workshops focus on mental health, self-care, and wellness for students.

Does Batman Really Belong in the Justice League? Fighting Impostor Phenomenon

Benjamin Jeppsen, PhD, Augustana University

This workshop explores Impostor Phenomenon—a subjective experience in which people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent fear of being discovered as a fraud. Impostor Phenomenon is more common than most think and is prevalent in both men and women in higher education. Impostor Phenomenon is especially common in high achieving students and leaders—especially early career leaders. Impostor Phenomenon is associated with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and eventually burnout. Though these supposed “impostors” don’t actually underperform their peers, they believe they may be inferior because they doubt the authenticity of previous successes. These cognitive patterns of self-doubt are significant but treatable! Using cognitive therapy as a foundation, I will present an alternative to responding to impostor thoughts with more adaptive thinking. This workshop will use the character of Batman as an example of someone who—surrounded by people with strengths and skills that he doesn’t have—still recognizes his unique value and contributions. Attendees will learn about the risk factors and effects of Impostor Phenomenon, but will also leave with strategies for both preventing and overcoming impostor phenomenon.

Become an Overcomer: Mental Health in Leadership

Brittany Richmond

In this session, Brittany shares her personal experience with anxiety in detail. She creates a safe, vulnerable place to connect with students through humor and emotion—from the ones who choose to interact to those quietly observing from the back of the room. Through her expertise both professionally and with her personal struggles with anxiety, she has developed a proven four-step process to help students start to develop personal coping mechanisms to help them grow into happy, healthy individuals. After this session, students will have a visual understanding of anxiety and be able to detail and execute the T.E.A.M plan so students can have a SIMPLE roadmap to start to implement in their daily lives.

The Power of Personal DECISIONS

Andrea Mosby, MA, Campuspeak

Andrea Mosby offers a warm, funny, and motivational program that reminds students of the importance of thoughtful decisions in their lives. College students are faced with tough choices on a regular basis. With so many options today, students need to learn confidence in their ability to lead, as well as make good decisions to make positive changes in their organizations and community. They need to seek options that are in alignment with their values and goals. Using the acronym DECISIONS, students will learn to take control of their lives, see how to lead themselves and have a solid and successful connection to how they can positively impact their communities and the world. Learning outcomes of this session include helping students take back their personal power, see their personal strength in making a difference by overcoming the challenges, and create a narrative that is true to a positive outcome in their lives.

Getting Uncomfortable: Navigating What We Don’t Trust About Ourselves For Better Self-Care

Pamela Gurley, PhD, Clark and Hill Enterprise

We all know the importance of self-care. Eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep are essential for maintaining our health and well-being. However, another critical aspect of self-care is often overlooked: getting comfortable with the parts of ourselves that we don’t necessarily trust. We all have aspects of our personality that we don’t like or make us uncomfortable. Maybe you’re shy or introverted and don’t like speaking up in groups. Perhaps you have a history of making poor choices when it comes to relationships. Whatever the case, it’s essential to get comfortable with these parts of ourselves if we want to truly take care of ourselves. When we avoid or suppress these aspects of our personality, it can lead to feelings of stress, anxiety, and even depression. So how do we get comfortable with the parts of ourselves that we don’t trust? Learn four tips to elevate beyond personal discomfort and have better self-care and overall wellness. After this session, you’ll be able to trust your intuition and make healthy choices; understand the Power of “I” and the Power of “No;” acknowledge if fears and doubts are based on ideals or reality; define what authentic self-care looks like for you (and it is not the same for everyone); and develop healthy boundaries for personal and professional growth.


Owning your Leadership: Create Sustainable Habits

Kyla Cofer, Kyla Cofer Coaching & Consulting

The mark of a great leader is someone who can take ownership of their own life, while also bringing other people into a compelling story. When leaders get too busy to take care of themselves, not only do they personally suffer, but so does the story they’re trying to tell. This is when burnout, compassion fatigue, or just plain misery creep in. The good news is that it’s completely possible to prevent these declines with a few sustainable habits. Participants learn these habits and how to apply them in a fun and engaging way that keeps them telling a mighty leadership story for the long-term. Leave this session knowing: how to dance the Cha-Cha, what causes burnout, how to rest without feeling guilty, and why personal development matters to the leader.

iconAdvisor Training Experience

By participating in the Advisor Training Experience, advisors will receive a specially-curated, comprehensive, and engaging train-the-trainer experience.