IC Student Leadership Conference

Save the Date: Join us on Saturday, December 7, 2019 in Emerson Suites!

Join the Office of Student Engagement and the School of Business for an amazing leadership conference designed for all IC student leaders on campus. This conference will help students enhance skills to be successful in leadership positions they hold on campus, as well as those beyond IC. This year’s theme is “Harnessing the Power of Storytelling to Prepare for your Future!”  

Who can attend this conference?

This conference is open to all Ithaca College students who are interested in learning more about how to turn their leadership and involvement experiences into meaningful stories that they can use when preparing for their career planning. This conference will count as 3 sessions in any of the Student Leadership Institute tracks - Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading in a Diverse World, Leading at IC, or the School of Business Program "Life After IC" credits. As bonus, you get to choose your track no matter which program sessions you choose to attend! 

Read about our 2019 IC Student Leadership Conference Presenters

This year, the Office of Student Engagement as well as the School of Business have chosen some outstanding IC Alumni and a keynote speaker that will focus on the skills needed to overcome challenges and succeed as a leader on campus, in the community, and in future professional roles. Check out our presenters!

Workshops Block 1:

  • Fire Up your Wanderlust! Marlowe Padilla '16, Student Outreach and Ambassador Coordinator at IES Abroad: Learn about the power of listening to other's stories when you are living in another culture, and Marlowe will offer advice on how to present the stories you will gain from a study abroad experience to use for future professional opportunities.
  • There's More to Student Involvement Than Free Food: Developing Leadership Skills Through Extracurricular Experiences - Zach Woelfel '14, Client Marketing at Bloomberg: Join Zach as he reflects on his time at IC and all of the best ways to craft a meaningful Ithaca College experience for yourself - sharing insights on the best ways to get involved, developing your leadership skills through on-campus involvement, and how best to apply those skills both on-campus and while applying for jobs, internships, and other opportunities .
  • Walking the Tightrope:  Anticipating a Lifetime of Meaningful Work  - Dan Smolen ‘83,  author and podcaster: Dan will give us an inside scoop of his life through personal career choices, changes, and the realization of how meaningful work can change your life. 

Workshops Block 2:

  • Demystifying the “Real World”: Translating Your College Experiences to Post-Grad Life - Elena Haskins ‘18, Graphic Designer and creator of CONVERGE: Learn actionable tips to prepare for the post grad transition. Elena will share her biggest takeaways from navigating life in New York City as a young alumna, and share advice from her post-grad website, CONVERGE. 
  • I Quit My Job 3 Times: What Student Involvement Taught Me about Positivity, Resilience, and Following Your Strengths - Bailey Reagan '12 Coordinator of philanthropy and development events for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: The best part about student involvement is that it allows you to become an expert in self-awareness. It helps you gain leadership skills, practice good communication, take risks, and learn to collaborate with others. The worst part about student involvement is it allows you to become an expert in self-awareness. It helps you understand what makes you happy, when you need a change, and when it might be time to quit your job. Bailey will share how being involved in student activities and leadership encouraged her to quit a few too many jobs and how it taught her to be positive, to be resilient, and to capitalize on strengths. She’ll also offer you the opportunity to participate in tried and true positive psychology activities that relate to these lessons.
  • Finding Purpose When My GPA Wasn’t Enough - Hierald Osorto, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life: Join Hierald as he reflects on his life experiences with overcoming self-doubt and the transitive moments that brought awareness into a path of clarity and success within his career. 

Important Conference Details

This half-day conference offers students an opportunity to attend two workshops presented by outstanding IC Alumni and a keynote speaker focused on the skills needed to overcome challenges and succeed as a leader on campus, in the community, and in future professional roles. There is no cost for Ithaca College students to attend; lunch and all conference materials provided. All participants must attend the program in its entirety.

10-10:15am Check-in, light breakfast 

10:15-10:35am Conference Welcome by Dr. Rosanna Ferro, Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life

10:45-11:35 Concurrent sessions, participants select the one they want to attend

11:45-12:35 Concurrent sessions, participants select the one they want to attend 

12:45-1:15 Lunch 

1:15-1:45 Keynote Speaker, Brad Treat: Startup founder and collegiate faculty with significant experience starting, growing, and running entrepreneurial companies with a specialty in high-growth businesses, especially companies that have a technical underpinning.  

1:45-2:00pm Closing remarks and evaluations 

How Do I Register?

Registration opens on November 1 and closes when filled. Space is limited, so students are encouraged to register as soon as the form opens on November 1. Please note that once you commit to the conference, you are expected to attend. Click Here to Register

Staff and Contact Information

Staff Members

Courtney Owens, Assistant Director of Leadership Programs, Office of Student Engagement 

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