Laker Leadership Programs

Previous Conferences

Established in 1997-1998, Leadership Summit is a Grand Valley State University tradition that has brought together college student leaders from across the state and region for leadership education.

2013

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Closing Keynote Address: “Igniting Social Change/Leading for Social Justice” by Dr. Donna Lopiano, equal rights pioneer and leader in the world of sports and higher education

2012
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Closing Keynote Address: "Make Choices Not Excuses" by Judson Laipply, the Inspirational Comedian & Evolution of Dance™ Creator.

2011
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Keynote Presentation: "Take Your Leadership to the Next Level!" by Jonathan Sprinkles,
Jonathan was voted National College Speaker of the Year (APCA) and Mentor of the Year (Disney Dreamer’s Academy).

2010
Keynote Presentation: "Lead Your Way To the Top" by Rick Barnes (Motivational speaker, past president of the Association of Fraternity Advisors and the AFA Foundation).

2009
Keynote Presentation by Johnnie Tuitel, America’s “Pioneer Handicapitalist,” philanthropist, award winning children's author, and founder of the charity Alternatives in Motion (www.alternativesinmotion.org).

2008
Keynote Presentation by John Hantz, Innovative manager and Detroit business leader, Founder of Hantz Financial Services and Hantz Group, Inc and Northwood University Board of Trustees member.

2007
Keynote Presentation by Eric Mullen, active student affairs professional and Director of Student Life at Grand Rapids Community College.

2006
Keynote Presentation by Dr. Steve Robbins, GVSU faculty member, owner of S.L.Robbins & Associates consulting firm, & nationally sought-after resource on issues of diversity, inclusion, & cultural competence.

2005 Leadership Summit and Greek Leadership Conference
Opening Keynote Presentation: “Leadership is Useless If You are Only Talking To Yourself” by David Weinandy, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, Aquinas College.  Closing Keynote Presentation: “If you get one percent better a day, within 100 days you’ll be 100 percent better” by Coach Ken Carter, author, educator, motivational speaker.

2004
Opening Keynote Presentation by Fleurette King, national diversity and social justice educator. Closing Keynote Presentation by Stacy Allison, author and first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

2003
Opening Keynote Presentation: “I’d Rather Be Dancing” by Johnnie Tuitel, America’s “Pioneer Handicapitalist,” philanthropist, award winning children's author, and founder of the charity Alternatives in Motion (www.alternativesinmotion.org).  Dinner Presentation by Chicago Fire Major League Soccer and the FireWorks for Kids Foundation.  Closing Key Note Presentation by Erin Brockovich, consumer advocate.

2002

2001
Opening Keynote Presentation by Tim Swope, Director of Fund Advancement, Michigan Non-Profit Association and GVSU Alumnus. Closing Keynote Presentation on networking by Mara Johnson, former student leader and Volunteer GVSU President.

2000
Opening Keynote Presentation by LZ Granderson, former College Student Affairs Leadership Graduate Assistant.  Closing Keynote Presentation by Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

1999 "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm" --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Opening Keynote Presentation by Dott Freeman, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership. Lunch Keynote Presentation by Bill Hardiman, Former Mayor of Kentwood.  Closing Keynote Presentation by Johnnie Tuitel, America’s “Pioneer Handicapitalist,” philanthropist, award winning children's author, and founder of the charity Alternatives in Motion (www.alternativesinmotion.org). 

1998 "Reaching New Heights"
Opening Keynote Presentation: "Come to Your Senses” by Anne Bakker-Gras.  Lunch Keynote Presentation by John DeBoer, GVSU Campus Ministry. Closing Keynote Presentation: “How Do You Reach the Summit?” by Bob Stoll, GVSU Student Life.

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