“My favorite presentation during this conference was the one about different leadership styles and how you can use those styles differently in certain situations. It was cool to learn about what styles apply to me, and how I can switch those styles up in the workplace.” -2020 Conference Attendee
“My number one takeaway from this conference was finding out there are other people out there that have the same goals as me and want to become a better leader.” – 2020 Conference Attendee
“I learned that using inclusive language as a leader is very important. It is also okay to make mistakes when it comes to inclusive language, but you have to learn from it.” – 2020 Conference Attendee
Student Leadership Conference
Together Toward Tomorrow: Resiliency & Growing Through Change
The NAU Student Leadership Conference is an annual conference that serves as the foundation of new and innovative leadership development for hundreds of college students across northern Arizona. This conference is designed to help students tap into and grow their leadership potential, both personally and professionally.
The theme for the 2022 conference is: Together Toward Tomorrow: Resiliency & Growing Through Change. We look forward to focusing on how we can move forward together during a time of consistent change, and unknowns.
The 2022 conference will be held in person.
Saturday, February 19
W.A. Franke College of Business
Registration is closed
Who should attend
- Current and emerging college student leaders
- Those seeking an exciting day of connection, inspiration and empowerment
- Lumberjacks seeking college-level, new, and innovative leadership development information
Thank you to our student presenters!
|Leading with Lollipops! Principles and Ideas from Drew Dudley||Rachell Krell||Drew Dudley, everyday leadership expert, provides exciting and innovative strategies for cultivating purpose by using lollipops to create connection and recognition. He defines his concept of lollipop leadership as “a moment when something that you said or did made someone else feel fundamentally better.”||436 (60)|
|Life is a Negotiation: Negotiate as if your life depends on it!||Courtney Willden||When we think about negotiations we often envision negotiating primarily at work, but we actually negotiate every single day! In this session, you will learn why negotiation skills are important, the principles of how to be a good negotiator, and we will discuss examples of good and bad negotiation tactics. Let’s get together and negotiate as if your life depends on it!||437 (60)|
|Lessons from Outdoor Leadership||Brendan Trachsel||Outdoor leadership is not discussed among most people but has some great ideas that can be incorporated into everyone’s lives. We will be bringing outdoor leadership theory from the backcountry into the classroom, going over NOLS Leadership roles, skills, and decision-making styles.||446 (60)|
|Leadership and Growth within the Lumberjacks Activities Board||Joy Johnson and Brianna Boitano||Joy Johnson and Brianna Boitano will talk about their experiences in the workplace surrounding becoming event coordinators (the transition from event assistant) and how that was a difficult time, but a great way to learn about leadership and becoming an authoritative figure to others in the workplace. They will focus on Welcome Week of 2021, explaining the process of quickly planning and holding events every single day of welcome week (with a new crew). This session will show students ways they can overcome difficult obstacles with time crunches, event mishaps, and difficult situations in the workplace.||334 (60)|
|Importance to Service for leadership||Cassidy Butler||This session will focus on how to get involved in community service opportunities, the importance of service in general for college students, and the opportunities throughout Flagstaff to help make change and an impact in our community for the better!||346 (60)|
|Get Hired Every Time||Tyler Willden||Career fairs are nerve racking! Learn how to make yourself memorable, valuable, and unique to land that dream job. In this breakout we will discuss tactics on how to approach and take full advantage of networking opportunities such as career fairs so you can ace that next interview.||226 (46)|
|How Cultural Barriers Prevent Growth and Positive Change||Kelly Regan||How we look at other cultures and interact can look quite different and it impacts how things are run every day and the business process. By breaking down communication through DEI we can better understand leadership in our everyday world through learning how behaviors impact thought and prevent less of a cultural shock.||232 (46)|
|Social Media for Good: Ways to lift each other up & practice healthy habits||NAU Social Media Interns (Karringtan Bell, Carla Betancourt, McKinley Burnett, Katie Lautaret, Suzanna Low, Megan Ruangchamneil)||The COVID era has magnified the importance of social media and its use for connection and communication. In this session, we’re highlighting all the ways we can support and encourage our fellow Lumberjacks through social media while also keeping our social media habits in check. Join us as we share healthy habits to incorporate IRL that will leave you feeling better online and offline too.||110 (46)|
Topic Presenter Description Room Assertiveness and Problem Solving Tyler Best No system is perfect. There are bound to be organizational problems that need solving. In this workshop we will discuss ways to approach problem solving from the perspective of advocacy and assertiveness. 436 (60) Diversity in Leadership Cescili Beason As leaders of the future, our duty is to bring inclusivity, justice, equity, and open-mindedness to our tables. It is more important now than ever to be the future that represents each other and ourselves. In togetherness, we succeed. 437 (60) How to run a college campaign Maylee Acosta and Matt Billings Join your student government President and Vice President of Government Affairs for a brief presentation on how to run a successful college campaign. Become more familiar with the virtual campaign landscape, how to connect with your constituency, and explore different outlets to network – as well as understand why these strategies are so important during the era of COVID-19. 446 (60) Introverts Can Be Leaders Too Abigail Booth Leadership isn’t solely for extroverts or outgoing people. There are many definitions and ideas of what a leader can look like. In this session attendees will learn to develop confidence in their leadership skills as an introvert and utilize their unique skills to pursue leadership positions in professional and academic settings. 334 (60) Leading for Change: Students & Social Movements Jacob Carter For generations, students have been at the helm of forward-thinking social movements. From fighting back against Jim Crow, to calling for the end to a vicious war, the young minds of America are where activism flourishes. Now more than ever, student leaders are integral in advancing ideas that benefit the collective good. Come learn about how to transform your passion into action and step into the shoes of a student advocate. 346 (60) 5 Mindsets and Tools for Leadership and Life David Brown The presentation will go over 5 mindsets that can be used to help with leadership and overall growth in life. Each mind set also has principles and tools to supplement and help back it up. These mindsets go over: “Find Perspective” (How to understand situations and people better); “Ego is Your Enemy” (How ego blinds us and how to fight it); “Manage Yourself” (How to better manage and utilize your time); “Problems Compound” (How problems get worst as you ignore them and how life teaches you through hardship.); and “Achieve Immortality” (How learning from others, and avoiding regrets will allow you to live a better life and to learn the lessons of a thousand lifetimes.). 226 (46) Traveling with Purpose Anderson Ferrer This session is on experience abroad through the lens of a person who began in Venezuela, worked as a translator in Colombia, then went to school in Montana, before working in Mexico and now teaching and working on master’s at Northern Arizona University. The focus is getting out of your comfort zone to navigate new environments and learn about different people. 232 (46) A Little Big Thing Called Procrastination Aaliyah Welton In this presentation, conference goers can learn more about procrastination, including why it happens, how to become better at dealing with it, and its connections with leadership and mental health. We will also discuss and dismiss negative stereotypes associated with procrastination to better help and understand ourselves as well as others! 110 (46)