2023 Session Descriptions
|Make This Moment Count
||Dr. Donald Coleman Jr. - Leadership Coach & Facilitator
||What you are doing at this very moment is preparing you for your future. Our lived
experiences are moments that prepare us for how we show up in the world and who we
are as leaders in our communities and our careers. Moments happen to us, but most
importantly, you can cultivate moments. The presenter works with leaders from top
companies worldwide and wants to share lessons from these leaders on essential skills
you will need in the future. Let's discuss how to cultivate moments that matter the
most for your future career.
||Dr. Camille Nelson - Educator, Speaker, & Musician
||Organizations and leaders must both continuously make tough calls and smart decisions. At times, campus logistics and life, much like the music industry, seem capricious and cruel. It's tough to understand why new rules, regulations, or processes have been implemented or why faculty and student focus has changed. What worked well for many years suddenly doesn't work, and it's our future leaders' job to make sure campus life thrives, not just survives. After all, faculty and students alike count on you to meet university demands while fulfilling your own obligations. It's tough to lead other students and reach organizational outcomes when the target is shifting, but like all good leaders, you need to evolve along with the changes you're experiencing. This presentation will give you the knowledge and tools you need to recognize change at your school, embrace that change, and evolve to meet its challenges. You'll learn that you possess not only solid judgment but the resilience you need to continue evolving. Learn to build a lasting legacy on your campus through adaptation and engaged evolution.
|Mini Student Keynote Session
||Emily Williams - Senior, KSU
||Because of her experiences at KSU, Emily has been able to grow her leadership and professional experiences from her first day on campus — quite literally. Starting on her move-in day, she became involved, starting networking, and began her journey to where she is now. From then to today, in just three-and-a-half short years, she has become a full-time employee as a senior in college in a role that she absolutely loves. In this presentation, she hopes to share her experiences and inspire others to get involved on campus as both leaders and professionals.
Day One (February 8) Sessions & Descriptions
|Identity Impact and Inclusive Communication
||Ellori White, Diversity Specialist, Diversity Ambassador Program, KSU
Social identities are a personal sense of self based on various identities, including
many aspects such as race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disabilities,
and religion. Often, these identities intersect and yield more complex conversation,
which can employ inclusive communication. This training focuses on how to acknowledge
and address our different or similar social identities and how to effectively communicate
for an inclusive community.
|Establish Yourself as a Valuable Employee
||Tyler Parham, Career & Internship Advisor, Career Planning and Development, KSU
||Stanford Research Institute International found that almost 75% of an employee's success
comes from soft skills while only 25% of their success comes from technical skills.
In this session, learn practical soft skills that can be utilized to stand out among
colleagues and peers, make an impact on leaders, and grow both personally and professionally.
|Humble Brags & Virtual Interview Lags: Ask a Career Advisor
||Allie Johnson, Assistant Director of Career Advising & Planning, Career Planning and Development, KSU
||Spend time with an experienced career advisor learning some top tips, answers to the
most common questions, and all things careers. Bring your own questions!
|Student Leadership for the United Nations Sustainable Goals (SDGs): Towards Developing
a Better World for All
||Md Jobair Hossain Faruk, Graduate/Doctorate Student, KSU
||United Nations Sustainable Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and
more sustainable future for all by following 17 goals, end poverty, protect the planet,
and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. To ensure the prosperity
of generations and the planet in general, acquainting, developing, and improving youth
leadership is crucial throughout the globe. As a student fellow for the SDGs future
fellowship program, I will share my experience, discuss the challenges, explain how
students can develop themselves as SDGs leaders, and contribute to building a better
and sustainable world for all.
Day Two (February 9) Sessions & Descriptions
|Am I Good Enough?": Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in the Job Search
||Cheree Copeland, Retention Coordinator, Office of Enrollment Retention, KSU
||In this session, students will engage in meaningful conversations about the impact
of Imposter Syndrome in their current or future job search. Students will learn about
the different types of Imposter Syndrome, the cultural impacts of Imposter Syndrome,
and strategies for coping with Imposter Syndrome.
|True To You: Understanding How Your Personality Guides Your Leadership
||Dr. Tonya Baker McPherson, Director of Student Activities, Department of Student Activities, KSU, and Abi Miles, Graduate Assistant, Department of Student Activities, KSU
||Participants will complete the True Colors Assessment at the beginning of the session.
Afterward, the participants will work in groups to better understand their personality
and leadership type. The presenters will then debrief the group activity with students.
The presenters will review the different personality types in the assessment and allow
participants to provide feedback based on their assessment results.
|From Initiation to Execution: Program Planning Basics
||Carolyn Kuzontkoski, Associate Director of Recreation Programs, Department of Sports
and Recreation, KSU
||Planning an event or program for your organization but don't know where to start?
Don't panic. In this session, we'll talk through the steps of the process so you can
prepare for a successful and memorable program.
|Opportunities in Crisis: Passion and Purpose in Senior Living
||Kelsie Anderson, Culture and Brand Manager, Galerie Living
||Join Kelsie Anderson in this vibrant testimonial discussion about utilizing your crisis
to discover and develop your intersection of passion and purpose. The last decade
for Kelsie Anderson has been a roller coaster. From dropout to KSU grad, Kelsie was
in her dream job in the newsroom. Within a year, she realized her dream was more of
a personal nightmare. In the throws of a personal crisis, her morning anchor told
her about discovering the intersection of passion & purpose. After refining her career
likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses, Kelsie accepted a position with the senior
living company Galerie Living, where she now produces + publishes her own magazine,
manages all forms of communications, and preserves the legacies of our seniors.
|Reaching New Horizons: Mastering the Job Interview
||Meredith Ginn, Senior Lecturer, School of Communication and Media, KSU
||Students will attend an interactive workshop as they learn 10 Tips for Interviewing
Success. This session is useful for undergraduate students interviewing for part-time
positions and internships and soon-to-be graduates getting ready to enter the full-time
|Overcoming Imposter Syndrome/Breaking Down: Vulnerability in Leadership
||Ruth Gomez, Junior, KSU/Eunice Cuffie, Senior, KSU
||[First session description TBD]/ If you don't tell anyone about how you feel, how
would they know? This session will be a conversation about how being vulnerable with
your teammates can benefit your organization and have ripple effects through their
communication, engagement, and accountability. We will explore strategies to open
the conversation about emotional and mental health and create a safe space for your
team. We're all human at the end of the day, so why is it so terrible to be vulnerable
with the people you encounter?
Day Three (February 10) Sessions & Descriptions
|From Ripples to Waves: Creating Social Change One Step at a Time
||Michael Almond, Program Coordinator, Department of Student Volunteerism and Service, KSU
||The idea of social change can be overwhelming, especially when working alone. Oftentimes, people may not know where to begin or what social change even looks like. In this session, participants will learn more about different ways social change is enacted at macro and micro levels. Participants will reflect on their individual strengths, abilities, and values, will and walk away from this presentation with actionable steps they can take to promote change within their own spheres.
|Design Your Documents to Include Everyone: Accessibility Basics
||Beth Kirsner, Associate Professor of Psychology, KSU, and Jason Rodenbeck, Assistant Director of Academic Web Accessibility, Digital Learning Innovation, KSU
||Is equity important to you? Imagine finding a webpage with a big, bold title that sounded really interesting, but the rest of the page was so hard to read that you quickly lost interest. This often happens to people with visual impairments because electronic documents often aren't formatted to work well with the tech that helps them read. We want to teach you a few simple things you can do to make the documents you create more readable for people with disabilities. To practice these skills during the presentation, use your KSU credentials at o365.kennesaw.edu and download the latest version of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Contact the Student Help Desk at 470-578-3555 if you need assistance.
||Brittney Hale, Sr. Director of HR and Organizational Development, Powerhouse
Focusing on practical competence, during this session, we will focus on owning your own development and taking the initiatives to develop personal effectiveness in a professional environment.