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2020 Leadership Summit

A virtual experience for student leaders preparing for the greater good and the world around us! Attendees earn 3 Credits for Life after IC or SLI!

Join us on Saturday, October 17 from 12:00-2:30 pm (EDT). Schedule overview:

Click here to register for the Summit! (There will be raffled gift card prizes throughout the summit!) 

Join the Office of Student Engagement as we transform what used to be the IC Student Leadership Conference to the 2020 Leadership Summit. Our intentions for this summit is to provide a virtual opportunity for students interested to shift their perspectives on leadership, global impact, and social change. The Leadership Summit will help students challenge their  thoughts on individual leadership development and student activism through progressive leadership initiatives.

The breakout sessions and keynote address will include an incredible array of Ithaca College alumni who are presenting on topics that are focused on how social justice and establishing solid roots can build and grow an individual’s leadership journey and experience into action. 

12:00 pm - 12:10 pm: Welcome & Overview of Summit 

12:10 pm - 12:55 pm: Breakout Session 1 (Choose one of the following three sessions): 

  • Sheraz Iqbal '12
    • Sheraz Iqbal is the current Assistant Director of the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) and Program Manager for Student Organizations at Yale University. He started his role at the AACC in 2017 and was recently appointed Program Manager in Spring 2020. Sheraz was born in Pakistan and grew up in Long Island, NY. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Ithaca College and his master’s degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education at the University of Florida. Sheraz is a first-generation college student, trailblazing into a career in Student Affairs and Higher Education. He has served in various roles in the field working in residence life, orientation, leadership and service, and multicultural engagement. His work with Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) students includes serving as the Chair of Assessment at the University of Florida’s Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs where he did assessment and research on ways to create more inclusivity for the center. Currently, he is involved with ACPA-American College Personnel Association serving as the Co-Chair for the Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) and the Co-Chair for the Asian Network at Yale affinity group.
  • Rachel Hart 
    • Rachel attended Ithaca College from 2007 - 2011 graduating with a degree in Finance and Accounting and minors in Economics and French.  She later earned a Masters in Finance from the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business.  Rachel's spent the majority of her career in Risk Management at JPMorgan beginning in Market Risk where she covered Foreign Exchange.  Following this she spent four years in Country Risk covering global stress testing where she was an integral part in building out and enhancing stress testing methodology and bespoke stress analysis from both a Credit and Market Risk perspective.  Currently, Rachel works in the firm's new Digital and Product Services space as a Product Manager overseeing the build out of external Risk Management software. In her spare time Rachel enjoys long-distance running, travel (30 countries & counting), cooking & golf  (in Bermuda if possible).
  • Max Keisling '18
    • Max Keisling is a 2018 Ithaca College graduate. While in college, he studied Music Education with a focus on Voice. Outside of class, Max actively worked with the former Office for Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs (OSEMA) as an Orientation Leader, and served the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca as a section leader. Both roles reinforced the importance of community building. After graduating, Max moved to New York City to teach in the public school system and works with Education Through Music, a non-profit that helps schools that cannot afford a music program. He is now in his third year as music teacher at P.S. 304 Early Childhood School in the Bronx. In this role, he puts an emphasis on community and social emotional growth with his Pre-K through 5th grade students. Outside of school, Max works in local politics, namely police reform, with the NYC Campaign for an Elected Civilian Review Board and the Freedom Socialist Party. In the few years since graduating, community work and making strong connections have been an important part of Max's life, both in and out of his career.

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm: Breakout Session 2 (Choose one of the following three sessions): 

  • Family Investment Officer at Private Investment Firm (personal information will be shared day of)
    • This individual works for a family investment office where they focus on finding and evaluating investments in private companies and private equity funds. Previously, they led a corporate development team where they focused on acquisitions, strategy, and opportunistic investments including in public securities.  
  • Leonard Slutsky '15
    • Originally from Connecticut, Leonard Slutsky ‘15 studied Integrated Marketing Communications at Ithaca College. While on South Hill, he mastered walking backward through the snow as a tour guide, regularly lied on camera for the ICTV show Fake Out, and planned late-night events for IC After Dark. He co-founded Take Back the Tap, a student organization dedicated to reducing single-use plastic water bottle consumption on campus. He later helped others navigate the student organization process as a Student Leadership Consultant.
  • Cedrick Michael Simmons '14
    • Cedrick-Michael Simmons is a PhD Candidate studying sociology at Boston College and a Diversity Dissertation Fellow at Ithaca College. His dissertation focuses on the expectations and constraints for diversity and inclusion professionals working in higher education. Prior to graduate school, Cedrick was a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars program, president of the Student Government Association, and sociology major at Ithaca College.

1:50 pm - 2:15 pm: Keynote Speaker: ICTA BIPOC 

  • We’re thrilled to invite three founding members of ICTA BIPOC to serve as our keynote speakers for this year’s 2020 Leadership Summit. The Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts Black, Indigenous and People of Color (ICTA BIPOC) is a group of BIPOC alumni and current students in the Department of Theatre Arts that formed in response to racist and discriminatory incidents within the department.  Kathryn Allison ’14, Hannah Guillory ’12 and Maggie Thompson ’15 began organizing ICTA BIPOC in June, and the group grew by word of mouth. Allison, Guillory, Lockett and Thompson wrote a public letter after several meetings with the other ICTA BIPOC members, and the letter was made public July 31. The letter contains student accounts of racism and discrimination and a list of demands aimed at holding perpetrators accountable and educating students, faculty and staff on being anti-racist. We're looking forward to hearing their stories and how they created such a powerful and important movement. 
  • Originally from New Orleans, Hannah Rose Guillory (she/her) is a co-founder and the Social Media Manager of ICTA BIPOC. She is a 2012 graduate of Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Mrs. Guillory has spent time working and performing in New York City and other cities across the country, as well as Tokyo, Japan. She is looking forward to continuing ICTA BIPOC’s collaborative work with Ithaca College to create an equitable learning environment for BIPOC students.  
  • Kathryn Allison (she/her)  is a co-founder and the managing director of ICTA BIPOC. She has also been a Board Member of Community League of the Heights, an organization that serves the needs of the Washington Heights Community in New York City, since 2016. Ms. Allison graduated Ithaca College with her BFA in Musical Theater in 2014. Since then she has worked at Aladdin, Wicked on most recently the revival of Company on Broadway. Ms. Allison is committed to ICTA BIPOC’s mission of uplifting the IC’s BIPOC theatrical community while fighting for an equitable environment for BIPOC students. @ICTA_BIPOC @Kathryndallison  
  • Maggie Thompson (she/her) is a co-founder of ICTA BIPOC and its Student Outreach Liaison. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2015 with a BFA in Acting. She hails from Brooklyn, New York but has spent much of her time since graduation working at regional theatres across the country (recent stints include Dallas Theatre Center, The Old Globe and Shakespeare Theatre Company). Maggie is proud to be working to uplift other young artists of color and fighting for equity in theatre. 

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm: Submit evaluations 

2020 Leadership Summit Student Attendance

The Leadership Summit is available to all Ithaca College students who are interested to explore themes of leadership in preparation for leaders to think globally and act locally. Students will have the opportunity to earn Student Leadership Institute credit within the four tracks presented below:

Leading Self

Leading Others

Leading in a Diverse World

Leading at IC (Student Organizations)

As a participant you are able to choose the track of your choice track no matter which Leadership Summit sessions you attend! 

Students can also get credit for Workshop 4: Life After IC Series (will fulfill 3 sessions)!

Important Summit Details

  • There is no cost or hidden fees for Ithaca College students to attend.
  • Students must participate in the entirety of the Leadership Summit in order to receive full credit and attendance participation.
  • Students will be required to utilize their computer audio and visual camera for participation and discussion purposes.

How Do I Register?

Registration is open from September 30 - October 16. Register here! The zoom link to attend the Summit will be sent on October 16 to all those registered. 

If you have further questions, please contact the Office of Student Engagement below!

Staff and Contact Information

Staff Members

Mary Holland-Bavis, Associate Director of Student Involvement, Office of Student Engagement

Michele Lehnart, Director of Office of Student Engagement

Catrina VanAtta, External Relations Program Director, School of Business

Contact Information

Email: ose@ithaca.edu

Phone: 607-274-3222