Conferences & Events

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Student Leadership Conferences

Check out the following student leadership conferences for high-impact developmental experiences for your students.

International Youth Leadership Conference


Our week-long youth forum on world politics, international relations and justice will give you an opportunity to test your leadership skills, debate current issues, deliver speeches, draft resolutions, make executive decisions, and realize through experience the complexities of international relations. The main objective of the International Youth Leadership Conference is to facilitate an exchange of ideas across an ethnically diverse and socially responsible group of young international leaders. Their interaction provokes communication and dialogue that, throughout the week, provides an unparalleled learning experience and cross-cultural adventure.

The next International Youth Leadership Conference will welcome students from all over the world for an open-minded exchange of diverse perspectives on contemporary global challenges. This week-long forum on world politics, international relations and justice will bring together prominent university students from across the globe for an open-minded exchange of ideas concerning the future of world leadership. 

 

The objective of the IYLC is to facilitate dialogue and cooperation across an ethnically diverse and socially responsible group of young international leaders. The conference is designed to encourage social interaction and networking in a cross-cultural learning environment by means of the following interrelated activities: 

  • A United Nations Security Council emergency meeting simulation 
  • A mock International Criminal Court pre-trial 
  • A model European Parliament proceeding 
  • Visits to Foreign Embassies, Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic other governmental and non-governmental organizations 
  • Group Debates and Panel Discussions on international security, environmental sustainability, rule of law, responsible leadership and mass media 
  • Networking Events and Banquet Dinners with leading experts, diplomats, politicians and businessmen 


LEAD365 National Conference

Lead365 is committed to empowering collegiate leaders and professionals dedicated to developing student leaders, to be prepared to serve the greater social good 365 days a year. Focusing on individual growth, workforce preparedness, and enhanced skill building, the Lead365 National Conference is designed to provide the “best of the best” in conference curriculum, faculty and host accommodations.


The Faculty:

  • A collection of no less than 30 dedicated professionals referred to as “The Faculty” – many who are on board for the entire conference versus the “fly in and fly out” practice by presenters used at most national conferences;
  • An on-site “faculty” who remain all 3 days comprised of 14 of the nation’s most well-regarded and talented full time professional speakers who specialize in developing collegiate leaders; and
  • Complimenting professional speakers are 14 highly respected leadership educators, researchers, chief student affairs officers, and practitioners.


The Curriculum:

  • Innovative theme allowing for the delivering of curriculum specifically focused at developing the individual student leader;
  • A professional “track” offered by practitioners and nationally regarded experts in leadership programming;
  • An intensive 20 hours of instruction over three days;
  • The opportunity to choose from 35 different breakout session offerings;
  • A professional development track with an amazing line up of relevant and experienced presenters offering 14 workshops;
  • The introduction of “Lead365Talks” (similar to TED Talks) in place of the standard long keynotes by speakers;
  • Formal and informal opportunities for networking including “Candid Conversations” with faculty and the Opening Carnival;
  • NEW!  Laboratories for practical application discussions; and
  • Various service and social justice components incorporated throughout the conference.

National Collegiate Leadership Conference

Mission: Bring together students and leaders from diverse backgrounds to learn leadership skills, cultivate social responsibility, break down leadership barriers, and adopt leadership as a way of life.

The National Collegiate Leadership Conference (NCLC) is an annual, student-run conference that serves as the cornerstone of the leadership experience and training for hundreds of college students across the nation. The conference extends beyond the conventional definitions of leadership and is designed to help students tap into and expand their leadership potential, helping them grow both personally and professionally. Each year, over 600 participants from universities and colleges in over 20 states attend  NCLC to learn about leadership. 

 

Who Should Attend:
The conference is open to all current and emerging college student leaders and advisors. Participants come from very diverse backgrounds with over 50 institutions, both public and private, represented from across the nation. While some conference participants hold formal leadership positions on their campuses, others do not. If you are interested in college level, student leadership development opportunity, then NCLC is for you! 

 

Conference Features: 

  • Spans three days at the University of Arizona
  • Over 80 workshops
  • Community service projects with local organizations
  • Networking opportunities
  • Motivational speakers
  • Keynote speaker and banquet
  • Leadership Enrichment Certification


National Conference on Student Leadership

The National Conference on Student Leadership (NCSL) brings together collegiate student leaders and campus professionals to learn effective, leadership and life skills directly from cutting-edge innovators in industry, education, and the nonprofit sector. The conference will prepare you to lead as an individual, as a member of a team (such as student government, clubs, and committees), and in engagement with your community and the wider world.


Mission Statement:

Our mission is to create a place for college students to enhance their leadership skills to make a difference on campus, in the local community, and beyond.


We do this by bringing together student and professional campus leaders and connecting them with best-of-the best leadership educators who offer training sessions based on tested principles in an intentionally designed program.


NCSL thrives today because we provide a nurturing place for a personal examination of values, goals, and dreams with like-minded leaders. Our student leaders are eager to jumpstart personal and professional growth that will continue long after the conference ends.


Our program is rooted in current research and models of leadership, pathways to career development, connections with leaders from around the world, and learning from practitioners who specialize in topic areas of personal growth, team management, professional success, civic engagement, and social justice.


Our Values:

  • Leadership is a skill that can be learned
  • Excellence in programming
  • Adaptability to changing needs in our student leaders and in society
  • Dedication to providing a unique experience
  • Embracing the leadership virtues of courage, work, perseverance, humility, honesty, integrity, and justice to guide personal actions

Social Justice Training Institute “The Student Experience”

The Social Justice Training Institute will provide an intensive developmental opportunity for students to examine the complex dynamics of oppression and to develop strategies to foster positive change on their campuses and in their communities.

 

Students who attend the institute will be given the opportunity to explore the identities that make up who they are and better understand the extent to which these identities impact all they do. Through facilitated activities and exercises along with small group dialogue, participants will engage in conversations that will challenge and support them in their journey toward understanding how they can each – individually – impact our global community. To this end, each student will be asked to obtain a "Coach" from their home campus and to develop a Social Justice Commitment (SJC) detailing personal growth goals, an intervention that will impact their home campus and ways in which they can contribute to their community. The Coach must be a faculty member, staff member or administrator on the student's home campus. Participants will work with their Coach after the institute to continue their growth process and to implement their SJC.

 

Unlike conferences where participants can come and go, the institute is dependent upon the consistent contributions of all participants throughout the entire event. To ensure the maximum learning and growth for all, participants are expected to attend and participate in all sessions from the opening to the closing.

 

Institute Goal: To provide students with an intensive laboratory experience where they can focus on their own learning and development to increase their multicultural competencies as social justice change agents.

 

Institute Objectives: 

  • To deepen understanding of the dynamics of oppression at the individual, group, cultural, and systems levels
  • To explore dominant and subordinated group dynamics
  • To broaden understanding of the breadth and depth of institutionalized oppression
  • To examine the impact of oppression on ourselves as members of this global community
  • To provide an opportunity for students to develop a Social Justice Commitment (SJC) which will focus on personal growth goals and an intervention that will impact their home campus or community

 

Professional Development Conferences for Leadership Educators

Click on the links below to learn more about the following professional development conferences.

ACPA's Annual Convention

Approximately 3,500 members and guests attend the annual convention each year. 

 

Highlights of the convention include: 

 

  • Distinguished speakers such as Eboo Patel, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Laverne Cox (2015) , Brene Brown (2014), Melissa Harris Perry (2013) Van Jones and Lisa Ling (2012), Cory Booker and Morris Dees (2011), John Quinones (2010), Greg Mortenson and Marian Wright Edelman (2009), Nikki Giovannni and Carol Gilligan (2008); 
  • Over 600  educational sessions - the largest selection among all student affairs conferences;  
  • Highly acclaimed pre-convention workshops; 
  • Invaluable volunteering and networking opportunities. 


Association of Leadership Educators Annual Conference

The Association of Leadership Educators (ALE) is a grassroots, volunteer organization that is personal, adaptable, inclusive, and collaborative. ALE believes that collaboration and dialogue are the keys to expanding the field of leadership and developing leadership capacity. As leadership educators, our work is based on empirical knowledge and practical experience and the association promotes educational initiatives that are strategically designed to support people, organizations, and communities.

ALE believes it is critical to support its members through research and collegiality. Together, and through our annual conference, webinar series, publications, and other initiatives, our work to strengthen and sustain leadership education is being realized!


International Leadership Association Conference

 

More than 1,200 leadership coaches and consultants, educators and students, scholars and researchers, and public leaders and executives attend ILA annually. We invite you to come and share your unique perspectives and knowledge. Attending an ILA conference is a unique cross-sector, cross-cultural experience you won't find at any other leadership conference. 

The world needs better leadership and ILA's mission of promoting a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practice for the greater good aims to make a difference. Come learn and contribute to more integrated leadership thinking, practices, and solutions that can positively impact our complex global and local environments.

Leadership Engagement and Discovery Conference

 

How does corporate leadership differ from religious leadership? What are the similarities between nonprofit and educational leadership?

 

Whether you’re an accomplished leader, are just beginning your career, or are still a student, get answers to your leadership questions at the Leadership Engagement and Discovery (LEAD) Conference. Explore the entire spectrum of leadership in areas such as:

  • Corporate
  • Nonprofit
  • Religious
  • Educational
  • Medical
  • Political

Come learn from scholars and practitioners in the field of leadership—and share your own knowledge. This two-day conference is designed to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and facilitate the exchange of ideas. You’ll hear from renowned practitioners and scholars, take part in panel discussions, and network with leaders.


NASPA Annual Conference

The NASPA Annual Conference is the premier student affairs professional development event.  With over 5,000 student affairs educators, the NASPA Annual Conference is the largest event of its kind. With featured speakers who engage participants in thoughtful reflection on the field, over 500 educational sessions presented by student affairs professionals, and networking events that both engage and inspire us to do our work on campus, this event is one not to be missed!


Social Justice Training Institute

 

The Social Justice Training Institute provides a forum for the professional and personal development of social justice educators and practitioners to enhance and refine their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the campus community.

 

The Goal: To provide diversity trainers and practitioners with an intensive laboratory experience where they can focus on their own learning and development to increase their multicultural competencies as social justice educators.

 

Seminar Objectives:

  • To deepen understanding of the dynamics of oppression at the individual, group, cultural, and systems levels through the lens of race and racism.
  • To explore dominant and subordinated group dynamics within the system of racism.
  • To broaden understanding of the breadth and depth of institutionalized racism.
  • To examine the impact of racism on ourselves as trainers, as diversity practitioners, and on participants.
  • To explore how to manage ourselves during “triggering” events:
    identify our personal triggers and hot buttons
    explore the factors and “roots” which fuel our triggered reactions
    learn and practice strategies to manage our own triggered reactions
  • To encourage the application of learnings from this experience to other areas of oppression.