Student Leadership

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The 2024 Student Leadership Conference will take place on March 2nd, 2024. Come learn new skills, hear from inspiring speakers and have fun meeting new people. This one-day conference is open to all SMU students and includes opportunities to connect with peers, build your leadership skills and have some fun along the way.  The day will feature a leadership primer, discussions with current and emerging student leaders and an inspiring keynote speaker.

Key topics at the conference will include:

  • Time Management for Student Leaders – A discussion on strategies to face time management challenges to help leaders walk the path on their leadership journey. 
  • The Power of Identity – Identify aspects of your own core beliefs and values and using these to build your confidence as a leader. 
  • Avoiding Self Sabotage – Presentation on how to learn common self sabotage patterns and strategies to overcome them.
  • LinkedIn to Win! – Explore the tools and techniques required to craft a captivating LinkedIn narrative that not only distinguishes you but also leaves a lasting impression for all the right reasons. 

The SMU Student Leadership conference will bring together students from across campus to connect, learn, laugh and be inspired. 

All students are encouraged to attend, whether you are already involved in leadership activities or just getting started on your leadership journey. You don’t want to miss it!

Early Bird Registration deadline is February 12th.  Space is limited!  Register early to be entered to win one of three $25 SMU Bookstore Gift Cards! The first 100 to register and attend will receive a FREE leadership starter kit!  Including a SMU Leadership padfolio and guide.

Why Attend Student Leadership Conference 2024?

  • The conference gives students the opportunity to participate in fun and interactive sessions.
  • Conference participation is CCR eligible.
  • All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end.  
  • Throughout the day we will also have a variety of prize giveaways.
  • Lunch is provided. 

Program Speakers

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Keynote Address: Think Big, Focus on Achievable Steps. 

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Leadership Primer: Tom Brophy

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Walking the Path: Time Management for Leaders – Emma Sylvester 

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Becoming a Leader of Change: My transition from Student Activist to Student Advocate – Becca Chaytor 

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LinkedIn to WIN! - Shelly Elsliger 

 Augustina Smiling

The Power of Identity – Augustina Tucker 

 Stuti Smiling

Avoiding Self- Sabotaging Tendencies as a Student Leader – Stuti Sandhu 

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Fake it Till You Make It: Building Leadership Confidence when you don’t Know What You’re Doing – Magnolia Rice & Alexis Vickers 

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Student Leadership Panel with Jaiden Kariuki-MacDonald, Simbarashe Chiunda, Claudia Tattrie-Leck, and Shiray Tan.

Event Details

Date: March 2nd, 2024

Time: Doors open at 9:00 a.m. (check-in required at front desk), and the conference runs from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Loyola 290

Registration Is Now Open!

Register to attend the Student Leadership Conference on March 2nd, 2024 here!

Conference Schedule

The conference will feature a Leadership Primer led by Tom Brophy, followed by a Keynote Speaker and concurrent sessions. 

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. : Check-In and Coffee

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Opening Remarks and Overview of the Day

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.: Leadership Primer by Tom Brophy

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Keynote Address from Omar Hassan BComm '16

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions

1:50 - 2:00 p.m.: Break

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions

2:50 - 3:00 p.m.: Break

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.: Student Leader Panel

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks and Ice Cream Social

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