First Year Leadership Conference

Join us on Saturday, March 16th!

Registration is open now! 

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What is it?...

Join us for the “Gusties Will Shine! First-Year Student Leadership Conference” on Saturday, March 16th from 10am-3pm in Alumni Hall. This event is exclusively for first-year Gusties to participate in a fun and engaging day aimed at expanding leadership skills, developing a positive mindset, and providing tools for reflection and goal-setting.

Our goals...

As a result of attending the First-Year Leadership Conference…

  • Participants will have an opportunity to learn about their personal leadership skills and styles.
  • Participants will reflect on personal experience and discuss how past experiences influence future opportunities.
  • Participants will learn how to apply personal values and interests to leadership opportunities.
The schedule...
  • 9:45 am - Doors open at Alumni Hall
  • 10:00 am - Welcome
  • 10:15 am - Janet Lewis Muth (keynote)
  • 11:15 am - 12:00 pm - Breakout session #1
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - lunch & "engaging in your leadership"
  • 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm - Breakout session #2
  • 2:10 pm - 2:55 pm - Breakout session #3
  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm - What's Next? and prizes!
The keynote...

FYLC Keynote

Our keynote speaker is Janet Lewis Muth, who will provide an engaging opening session to spark your day of leadership growth and development! Janet says, "It's hard to fully embrace leadership if you don't feel like you are flourishing yourself. This talk will explore what flourishing or well-being really means with practical strategies to incorporate into your own life." 

Janet is the inaugural Director of Health Promotion at Carleton College. In this role, Janet oversees multiple prevention grants and works with professional and student staff to address the priority areas of sleep, mental health, stress, and alcohol. Prior to launching the Office of Health Promotion in July of 2016, Janet spent 15 years addressing different variations of health promotion and health equity through community organizing, coalition building, and advocacy in the nonprofit sector. Whether working to build social connectedness for marginalized families or reframing a community’s perspective on mental health, Janet’s passion lies at the intersection of grassroots relationship building and systems change. As part of her role leading the Rice County Mental Health Collective, Janet spent over a year researching and writing a curriculum to teach community members skills to build their mental well-being. In addition to authoring the Happy Hour curriculum, Janet served on the Minnesota Department of Health statewide Mental Health and Well-Being Advisory Group, working to define the role of public health and develop a set of recommended priorities and measures for advancing a public health approach to mental health.

What you can expect...

A sampling of the break-out session topics include:
Intersectional Leadership: Creating Empathetic Leaders
Becoming a Campus Leader
Crucial Conversations: Identifying and Working Through Conflict
Building YOUR Brand
Integrated/Sustainable Leadership
Leadership for Social Change

Our presenters include:
Steve Kjellgren from Dining Service
Jess Franta from Career Development
Maggie Falenschek from the Chaplain's office
Amy Pehrson from Community Based Service & Learning
Julianne Watterson from Campus Activities
Melissa Shugarman from Residential Life
Laura Herbst-Johnson from Peer Education 
Janet Jennings from the Diversity Center
Herchran Singh from Admission
Jill VanOsdol from Career Development
JoNes VanHecke from the Dean of Students office
Cynthia Favre from Career Development
Megan Ruble from the Dean of Students office
Molly Yunkers from The Bookmark