9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Registration, Student Center Lobby
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Leadership Workshop, Session I
Choose from one of the following sessions:
- Managing Interpersonal Conflict
Presenter: Dr. Andy Smith
Participants will gain an understanding of the normal and necessary role that conflict plays in our relationships, as well as some of the important communication and relationship skills that are essential to maintaining mutually satisfying and healthy relationships in all areas of our lives.
- Navigating the Diversity of Culture
Presenter: LEAD Team
Leadership mandates interaction with a variety of individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Through this program, students will develop skills to successfully engage with culturally diverse people and understand the value of stereotypes, while evaluating their own unique backgrounds. Be ready to navigate the stormy seas of cultural diversity and stereotypes.
- Opinion Leaders and Mass Communication
Presenter: Jamie Hayes
What makes an opinion leader? Are there certain characteristics? Do opinion leaders have an unconscious influence over their audience? By bringing in Everett M. Rogers concept of Diffusion of Innovation, this short presentation will visit the idea of “opinion leadership” in Mass Media studies and investigate a few specific case studies.
- Professional and Graduate School Planning
Presenter: Angela Walker
This presentation provides an overview of the decision-making, preparation, and application process for graduate and professional school. Topics include identifying the right schools, tips on completing the application and personal statement/essay, financial consideration, and resources.
- Modeling the Way with Civility
Presenter: Shannon Corey
Civility will be discussed as a vital part of leadership and modeling the way for others. Participants will share what they think civility is and how it is seen or not seen on the Georgia State campus. Additionally, we will discuss the 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct and learn what other college campuses are doing/have done in relation to civility. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to write their own campus civility statements in small groups.
- What Color is Your Passport?
Presenter: Christopher Williams
True Colors Basic Awareness Seminar will help students understand their basic leadership style. Understanding the similarities and differences of all people leads to developing improved communication skills, greater appreciation of the uniqueness of self and others, and more meaningful relationships. This hands-on, interactive, energizing seminar will guide participants through the True Colors foundational experience.
- Develop Your Personal Vision Statement Today
Presenter: Bob Morton
What you leave this session, you will have (1) a personal vision statement, 2) a personal mission statement, and 3) a credo. You will receive vision worksheets and instructions that will engage your spirit and capture your imagination, moving you toward the leader you choose to be. No worries if you have never written a Vision Statement for yourself – we will work it step by step.
- Ethics in the Leadership Journey
Presenter: Abimbola Omotayo
We will explore ethical decision-making as it relates to student leadership and will challenge you to define your understanding of ethics and how you navigate through ethical dilemmas.
10:40 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Leadership Workshop, Session II
Choose from one of the following sessions:
- Unlocking Your Leadership Rubber Room
Presenter: Perry Binder, J.D.
Live by Perry’s motto to LAUGH, THINK, and ACT through everyday situations. He is uniquely funny, sometimes outrageous, content-driven speaker who inspires you to be adventurous, take risks, and learn new things about yourself – just as new and experienced leaders must continue to do on a regular basis. His presentation is based on his book, Unlocking Your Rubber Room – 44 Off-the-Wall Lessons to Lighten and Transform Everyday Life.
- Professional Networking Skills
Presenter: Phil Rockwell
What propels your career success whether you are self-employed or work for others? Networking with as many people as possible. Sixty-four percent of all jobs are obtained through networking. Building your network is an ongoing process. You need to increase your range of contacts constantly. This session provides you with a step-by-step process for developing successful networking skills for career success.
- Effective Collaboration: Utilizing Relationships to Build Your Business
Presenter: Lorenzo Wyche
Lorenzo Wyche, owner of three award winning restaurants including Harlem Bar, Rare and The Social House, shares some of his leadership techniques on how to grow and develop your business by utilizing relationships.
- Evaluating and Applying Your Leadership Skills
Presenter: Lacey Enyart
As a leader, it is important to possess numerous leadership styles that you can use in order to tailor the right kind of leadership needed for your organization or for specific incidents. We will discuss the leadership dimensions and evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of different leadership styles.
- Critical Thinking: Your Passport to Leadership
Presenter: Michael Wyatt
Come explore what it takes to become a critical thinker and earn a passport to leadership. Discover for yourself how the brain really works and learn why critical thinking can lead your towards academic excellence at Georgia State University.
- Conflict Resolution
Presenters: Danielle Simmons and Becky Fuller
This is a lecture based and interactive program designed to educate students about a various aspects of conflict and conflict resolution including: definitions of conflict, precipitating factors of conflict, how verbal and nonverbal cues impact conflict situations, cultural and societal messages about conflict and conflict resolution strategies. Depending upon the amount of time allotted for the presentation, students may also have the opportunity to participate in an activity in which they learn about their personal conflict management style and how this influences their behavior in conflict situations.
- Personality and Leadership Types
Presenter: Hoa Nguyen
Personality has been shown as an important determinant of leadership. In this program, students will get the chance to identity what type of leader they are based on their personality attributes and behaviorial traits. We will also tackle strong and weak points of each leadership type in order to explore the potential for richer leadership growth and development.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Networking Luncheon, Student Center Ballroom
Enjoy a pasta buffet, while traveling around and getting to know your fellow conference participants and presenters.
12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Vernice Armour
Vernice knows a little something about focus, commitment, and defying the odds. After accomplishing her dream of becoming a police officer, she decided, at age 24, to become an Officer in the Marine Corps and a combat pilot. Only 3 years later, she was the United States Marine Corps’ first African American female pilot and, shortly after, was recognized as America’s First African American Female Combat pilot by the Department of Defense.
Upon completion of two tours in Iraq and leaving the military, Vernice leveraged her experience and conceptualized the Zero to Breakthrough™ Success Model. After leaving the military, she launched VAI Consulting and Training, LLC. By applying the Zero to Breakthrough™ Success Model to her own company, Vernice produced over six-figures in revenue within the first 12 months! Her passion is helping others create similar results.
As featured on Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR and others, Vernice Armour’s dynamic style and presentation methods have inspired hundreds of organizations and individuals. Her blend of high-energy presentation with humorous anecdotes and commanding content educate and edify while it engages and entertains.
Vernice ultimately impacts organizations and individuals with an understanding of the passion and leadership required to excel. Through her keynotes, seminars, workshops, and executive retreats, Vernice conveys messages of Zero to Breakthrough™ through her unique insight and life strategy: “Acknowledge the obstacles… Don’t give them power!” Now, as a speaker and consultant, her infectious energy, warmth and humor make each keynote speech or consulting engagement as memorable as it is valuable.
Among her many accomplishments, Vernice has been awarded as a pioneering pilot, including her commanding role in technology and engineering. This amazing lady was also the first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department's motorcycle squad, Camp Pendleton's 2001 Female Athlete of the Year, two-time titleholder in Camp Pendleton's annual Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the San Diego Sunfire women's professional football team. Vernice is currently working on her first book, Zero to Breakthrough™.
2:15 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Leadership Workshop, Session III
Choose from one of the following sessions:
- Informal Question and Answer Session
Presenter: Vernice Armour
Were you inspired by Vernice Armour’s keynote address? Have questions you would like answered in a smaller group? Come to this workshop for an opportunity to informally interact with our keynote speaker.
- The Iceberg: Developing Leadership from the Inside Out
Presenter: Sterling Brown
Often, people spend the majority of their time working on, developing and growing the areas of life that are visible: appearance, acquired skills, natural abilities, etc. When the lesson we can learn from the Titanic is this: 90% of an iceberg is below the surface. And it is what is below the surface that can sink a ship. This talk will focus on the key areas of life that are not so obvious, but that are vital to your success, growth, and longevity as a leader.
- The Survival of the Female College Student
Presenter: National Council of Negro Women
College can be a life changing experience, either a good or a bad one. Being a female in America is tough enough and being one on an urban campus can be even more discouraging at times. NCNW wants to show you how to be your best here at Georgia State and how to leave a mark that cannot be erased.
- Maintaining a Positive Attitude in a Stressful World
Presenter: Richard Blue, Ph.D.
Everyone deals with stress in their "journey of life". This workshop will teach specific strategies for dealing with the stress of work, relationships and your own particular issues. A focus will be on maintaining a postive attitude and developing the resiliency needed to deal with this stress. Optimism, social support and faith will be discussed along with the concepts of play, laughter and exercise as tools to lower your levels of stress.
- Recruitment and Retention of Members
Presenter: Jonathan King
This program is designed to show student leaders effective ways of recruiting new members as well as keeping current members actively involved within the organization.
- Pathways to Documentation
Presenter: Tonya Cook
As students journey through college, this workshop is designed to assist and teach them how to document their accomplishments, on-campus activities and community involvement into a valuable tool known as the co-curricular resume.
- Break-Through: Decision-Making Strategies to Achieve Consensus
Presenter: Cora McNeil
Student organization members and leaders make decisions in the group all the time. Decisions are an important part of group life and you may wonder how your group can improve in this area. This session provides useful tips and strategies on how to achieve consensus through the decision-making process.
- Leading Others to Promote Green Living
Presenter: Gaurav Bhatia
Students will learn different lifestyle choices that can help them create a more environmentally friendly university. Moreover, they will learn ways to live a greener lifestyle, whether it involves what they buy, eat, etc.
3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Leadership Roundtables, Student Center Ballroom
Join your fellow conference participants in conversation about a variety of leadership topics. Choose from any of the following roundtable discussion topics.
- President’s Roundtable
Come talk with other presidents about the unique rewards and challenges that come with being the leader of your organization. Share your successes and get advice from other organization presidents through an engaging roundtable discussion.
- Values Based Leadership
What values guide your leadership? How do you communicate your values to others? This roundtable discussion will provide you the opportunity to discuss how values have shaped your leadership style as well as guided the choices you have made regarding involvement on campus and in the community.
- Leading Through Challenges
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Leading through challenges provides a unique opportunity for growth and development. Come discuss how challenges have shaped your leadership experience.
- Battling Negativity in Organizations
Has negativity ever influenced the success of your organization? How do you deal with “negative Nellies” in your organization? Discuss with your fellow leaders your challenges and successes in regards to battling negativity in your organizations.
- Leadership and Spirituality
Spirituality greatly influences the decisions and action of many leaders. How does your understanding of spirituality influence your leadership style? Come talk with other leaders about the relationship between spirituality and religion.
- Women and Leadership
When it comes to leadership, does gender matter? You decide! This roundtable discussion covers the potential differences in leadership styles across genders, the progression of women in leadership, and current challenges that women still may face. All genders welcome to participate.
- Leadership in Pop Culture
Pop culture consists of a variety of media that students utilize everyday, including music, movies, TV, books, magazines, the Internet, Facebook and MySpace, and newspapers, among others. How often have you stopped to think about pop culture in relation to leadership? Here is your chance to do just that during this roundtable discussion. We will examine the sources of leadership in various pop culture mediums and think about ways that leadership is portrayed, especially to college students.
- Committee Chairs
In many organizations, the bulk of the work is done in committees. As a committee chair, it is your responsibility to motivate and encourage members’ participation in a variety of initiatives. What successes and challenges have you faced as a committee chair? What ideas can you share with others based on your experience running committees? Come share your thoughts with other committee chairs.
- Engaging Diverse Populations
Georgia State University is a leading urban research university with a diverse population. How has your organization reached out to the diverse university population? What ideas do you have to engage a diverse group of students in your programs and activities? Come talk with other student leaders who are looking to take advantage of the diverse population on campus.
- Ethics and Leadership
Student leaders are faced with ethical decisions on a daily basis. This roundtable will discuss how students make those decisions and what it means to be an ethical leader in today’s society.
- Collaborating across Student Organizations
With over 275 student organizations on campus, there are endless opportunities to collaborate with other organizations when planning events and programs. Have you taken the time to collaborate with another organization? What challenges have you faced working with another organization? Come share your ideas with other student leaders in regards to collaborating across student organizations.
- Servant Leadership
According to Robert K. Greenleaf, “the servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” What does it mean to you to be a servant-leader? How do servant-leaders differ from other leaders? Come discuss what it means to you to be a servant-leader in today’s society.