NCSL 2020 Conference Schedule

  • November 2 and on demand through January 15, 2021
  • LIVE dates are November 11-13
  • See all session descriptions here
  • All times are Central Time


12:30–2:30 pm

Leadership Day Party, Conference Welcome, Keynote: The Two Greatest Skills Gen-Z Leaders Must Learn Today to Thrive Tomorrow; Odell Bizzell, Impact Enterprises

2:45–3:45 pm

Workshop Block #1: Talk to ‘Em: Effective Communications for Leaders
The Communication Experiment™: What Every College Student Needs to Know About Diversity in Teamwork; Alix Cohler and Jason Quinn, Collegiate Empowerment

2:45–4:45 pm

Advisor Session:  Post Covid-19: How Higher Education and Student Affairs Have Changed Forever and What’s Next; Jeff Dess, Trill or Not Trill

4:00–5:00 pm

Workshop Block #2: Network Like a Boss
The Keys to Unlocking the World of Networking; Raven Solomon

5:00–6:00 pm

Networking Reception:
Zoom breakout session with rotating rooms 


9:00–10:30 am

Welcome and Keynote: Core Genius™: Debunking the Biggest Myth of Leadership; Joe Urbanski, Collegiate Empowerment

10:45–11:45 am

Workshop Block #3: Ready to Work? Preparing for Your First Professional Job
Dear You, Your IG Is You, Says Your Next Boss. Social Media Is the New CV; Winston Peters and Jey Van Sharp, My Über Life

10:45 am–12:45 pm

Advisor Session:  Navigating Supervisors; Lenny Williams, Trill or Not Trill

1:00–2:00 pm

Workshop Block #4: Innovative Leadership for Changing Times

2:15–4:00 pm

Leadership Pop-up Shop: Zoom Breakout room
    • Lenny Williams – Resume Review
    • Schemicah Alexander – Career Readiness Tips
    • Bailey Synclaire – Tips for recent college graduates
    • Adrien Odate
    • Jeff Dess – Public Speaking Tips


9:00–10:00 am

Workshop Block #5: The Life of a Leader
Success Lessons from Pizza, Sports, and Music; Odell Bizzell

10:15–11:15 am

Workshop Block #6: Inclusive Leadership
Diversity and Inclusion: Walking the Talk; Maurisa Li A Ping

10:15 am–11:15 pm

Advisor Session:  Training Leadership Trainers: A Hands-On Experiential Workshop; Jonathan Kroll, University of Rhode Island / Leadership Trainer Certification Program

11:30 am–1:30 pm

Advisor Session:  You Don’t Know What Session You Want but This Is the Session You Need: An Exclusive Session for Higher Ed Pros; Joe Urbanski, Collegiate Empowerment

2:15–3:15 pm

Closing Keynote: Women in Leadership Empowering the World; Nicole Grimes, Educational Consultant; Cybel Betancourt, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico; and Angela Scarfia, Influencer

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