“Leadership: Know the way, go the way, show the way.” That is the theme for this year’s annual Leadership Conference held on Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Carl DeSantis Building.
This conference will give interested undergraduate students the opportunity to brush up on and improve their communication and presentation skills, become more impactful leaders on campus and acquire new tips and tricks to overall becoming a better leader.
In addition, the conference will have four key focuses: “group development, personal and professional growth, communication and interpersonal interaction and diversity and global awareness,” said Elyse Rosen, graduate assistant for special events and projects in the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement. Presenters are expected to build their presentations around these themes. In addition to these features, attendees will also “learn different leadership techniques, qualities [they] can have, and gaining better networking abilities,” according to Rosen.
The conference will kick off at 9 a.m. starting with a keynote speaker presentation, followed by four different breakout sessions throughout the day. Additionally, lunch will be served to all attendees.
In order for undergraduate students to present, they must collaborate with either a graduate assistant, professional staff member or professor. If this requirement is met, there are still some qualities that presenters are expected to have.
“We’re looking for presenters that are engaging, but also passionate about what they’re presenting about because we feel like the audience gets the most from someone who is interested in what they are talking about,” said Rosen.
Attendees will have a choice for which breakout session(s) they want to attend. The conference puts an emphasis on acknowledging that leaders are not necessarily just the ones speaking; they are the ones listening and working together to improve NSU.
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