First Year Leadership Conference

Join us on Saturday, February 29th, 2020!

Registration is open now! 

Fill out the quick registration FORM to join us!


What is it?...

Join us for the “Gusties Will Shine! First-Year Student Leadership Conference” on Saturday, February 29th from 10am-3pm in the Heritage Room in the Campus Center. 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 Heritage Room
  • 10:00 am - Welcome
  • 10:15 am - 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...

Image of keynote speaker Mike Marcotte

Mike Marcotte '08. Mike is Assistant Producer and Guest Coordinator for KSTP-TV's "Twin Cities Live." More info about Mike's keynote address will be added here soon!

What you can expect...

A full list of fantastic sessions will be shared in February, but check out the list below to see the presenters and types of sessions we have had in the past.

A sampling of the break-out session topics from last year 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 have included:
Steve Kjellgren from Dining Service
Jess Franta from Career Development
Maggie Falenschek from the Chaplain's office
Amy Pehrson from the Community Engagement Center
Julianne Watterson from Campus Activities
Melissa Shugarman from Residential Life
Laura Herbst-Johnson from Peer Education 
Janet Jennings from the Center for Inclusive Excellence
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
Charlie Potts from the Dean of Students office
Andrea Junso from Campus Activities