Student Leadership Conference
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.
Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
NAU Health & Learning Center
Who should attend
- Current and emerging college student leaders and community members
- Those seeking an exciting, jam-packed day of breakout sessions with inspiring keynote and featured speakers
- Individuals and groups seeking college-level, new, and innovative leadership development information
2020 featured speakers
Founder and CEO, mother, entrepreneur, and more! Accordion Closed
Founder and CEO of Mod Mom Furniture, Kiersten left a marketing career with A&E and The History Channel in 2003 to spend more time with her kids and wound up building an internationally known furniture brand out of her 400 square foot garage.
After four years of crafting and selling over 300 kids’ furniture items, Kiersten braved ABC’s Shark Tank and won an investment deal! Today, her furniture line is produced in Colorado and sold worldwide.
In addition to mentoring entrepreneurs through Moonshot at NACET (right here in Flagstaff!), traveling the country as a keynote speaker, and working with her agent on her soon-to-be-published memoir, Kiersten is exploring collaboration opportunities for a co-branded line of children’s furniture with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, a cultural and educational nonprofit institution established in 1940 by the American design and architecture icon himself.
See Kiersten in-person at this year’s Student Leadership Conference or connect with her online!
Leadership coach, rock-climber, NAU alumna, and more! Accordion Closed
Before being the founder of Lancaster Consulting, Julie walked the talk.
Julie first found her calling decades ago as a rock-climbing instructor. She helped thousands to look challenge in the face, to be vulnerable, to enthusiastically strive for tall goals, and to celebrate hard work together.
Through finding her calling, she found her true voice.
Today, as the president of Lancaster Consulting, Julie now supports others to delight in their successes and overcome their challenges. Her company is results-oriented, future-focused, and a positive advocate for professional success.
Now with decades of leadership in the U.S. and beyond, her experience guides her practice.
See Julie in-person at this year’s Student Leadership Conference or connect with her online!
How to register
Registration fees Accordion Closed
Individual and Group Registrations
|Registration Type||Pricing Per Person|
|NAU or CCC affiliation||$5*|
|General Admission (Non-NAU or CCC affiliation)||$40*|
*Cost of registration for NAU/CCC Students, Departments/Organizations is a total of $5 total per person ($3 ticket + $2 processing fee)
**Cost of registration for Non-NAU/CCC Registrants is $40 total per person ($38 ticket + $2 processing fee)
General registration information/FAQs Accordion Closed
- Conference registration will go live as of December 2nd, 2019 at 12:00 am. Early-Bird registration will close on February 15th. The final registration deadline will be on February 26th.
- All interested NAU and CCC students, as well as other northern Arizona community members, are welcome and encouraged to register for the conference.
- Paying the conference registration fees includes breakfast, lunch, an event t-shirt (Early-Bird registration only, limit 150), and a day-long leadership expedition!
- Note: The registration fee is nonrefundable.
- Individual vs. Group Registration:
- Individual Registration is for those who find out about the conference and want to go on their own, with their mentor, friends, classmates, etc.
- Group Registration is typically known beforehand (i.e your employer, program, club, organization, etc. wants to pay for you to attend the conference on their behalf) — some examples include LSAMP Scholars, Transfer & Online Connections, First-Generation Programs, ASNAU, etc.
- If you are registering a group, please contact the Central Ticket Office for assistance.
- If you experience problems with, or have any questions pertaining to, the pre-conference questionnaire, individual or group registration process, or have a financial need and cannot afford the registration fee, please contact Nick Rathbone for assistance.
Conference schedule Accordion Closed
Saturday, February 29th, 2020 @ NAU Health & Learning Center
8:45 am: Check-in
9:30 am: Welcome by Kiersten Hathcock and Continental Breakfast
10:30 am: Breakout Session 1 (10:30 – 11:15 am)
11:30 am: Breakout Session 2 (11:30 am – 12:15 pm)
12:30 pm: Julie Lancaster and Lunch
2:00 pm: Breakout Session 3 (2:00 – 2:45 pm)
3:00 pm: Breakout Session 4 (3:00 – 3:45 pm)
4:00 pm: Closing
All breakout sessions at the Student Leadership Conference will focus on one more of the following program tracks, which are based on the National Association for Colleges and Employers Career Competencies.
Critical thinking/problem solving Accordion Closed
Programs in this area focus on exercising sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems; obtaining, interpreting, and using knowledge, facts, and data in this process; and demonstrating originality and inventiveness.
Oral/written communications Accordion Closed
Programs in this area focus on articulating thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of an organization. (e.g. public speaking skills, ability to express ideas to others, write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively)
Teamwork/collaboration Accordion Closed
Programs in this area focus on building collaborative relationships with diverse colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints; working within a team structure; and negotiating and managing conflict.
Digital technology Accordion Closed
Programs in this area focus on leveraging existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals; and demonstrating effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.
Leadership Accordion Closed
Programs in this area focus on leveraging the strengths of others to achieve common goals; using interpersonal skills to coach and develop others; assessing and managing personal emotions and those of others; using empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and learning how to organize, prioritize, and delegate work.
Professionalism/work ethic Accordion Closed
Programs in this area focus on professionalism including personal accountability and effective work habits (punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management); integrity and ethical behavior; acting responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind; and learning from mistakes.
Global/intercultural fluency Accordion Closed
Programs in this area focus on valuing, respecting, and learning from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions; demonstrating openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity; and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.
Become a 2020 NAU Leadership Conference presenter today!
Are you interested in sharing your leadership experience or development opportunities with other students? We are looking for presenters to exemplify this year’s theme of Focus: Past, Present, and Future.
NAU students and professionals are encouraged to submit proposals for 45-minute sessions via the online form.
All proposals must be submitted by Saturday, February 1st, 2020. For any questions about the application or selection process, please contact Paul Rehn.
We’re excited to view your submissions!
Huge shoutouts to NAU student, Katelyn Conati, for designing this year’s logos and flyers! Check her out on Instagram @create.lyn!