GVSU Leadership Summit: Learn, Grow, Lead

Written by Leah Erben and Posted on February 6, 2019

Grand Valley is filled with hard-working, dedicated students that are destined for greatness. Students who are devoted and interested in going the extra mile will find GVSU’s 23rd annual Leadership Summit to be the perfect opportunity to strengthen skills and help them stand out when applying for future jobs.

Presenter speaking to audience at Leadership Summit

The conference will take place on Saturday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Kirkhof. Attendees will have the option to attend workshops covering topics such as leadership development, civic engagement, personal and professional development, social justice, and Greek Life and student organizations. Each workshop is designed to educate students and help them set an example for the people in their respective communities. Registration for the entire conference begins at 9:00 a.m., with tickets costing $20 for GVSU students and $30 for non-GVSU students. If you’re a Laker looking for a special discount, contact the Office of Student Life at (616) 331-2345.

The Leadership Summit will also host a leadership case study competition sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa. If you choose to compete, your team will be presented with a leadership scenario and will be given 15 minutes to present your leadership strategies to a team of judges. It’s a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and share your knowledge.

Audience laughing and smiling during presentation at Leadership Summit

Andy Stoll presenting at Leadership Summit

The day will end with an informative and inspiring presentation from this year’s keynote speaker, Alexa Carlin. Carlin is the accomplished founder and CEO of the Women Empower Expo that’s mission is to unite women together to create successful businesses. She has been featured on FOX, ABC, CBS, Cheddar TV, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Gold Coast’s Fort Lauderdale Daily listed her as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Fort Lauderdale,” and she was listed as one of the fifteen “Young Millennial Go-Getters to Watch.” You do not want to miss your chance to hear about Carlin’s list of accomplishments and her motivational tips for success.      

Strengthening your leadership and professional skills will help you academically, socially, and in the workplace. Employers are always looking for people that are capable of taking initiative, respecting their coworkers, and devoting themselves to their work. The Leadership Summit is designed to suit leaders of all backgrounds, experiences, and levels. The experience is extremely customizable, and you will be able to learn about inclusion, diversity, social justice, and professional development in addition to leadership. With over 20 workshops to choose from, you are bound to find the one that is right for you and suits your needs.

Leadership attendees posing for a photo at a table

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