Student Leadership Conference

The first annual Student Leadership Conference will be held at NAU on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 9 am to 5 pm.


This inaugural leadership conference is an exciting, jam-packed day of breakout sessions with an inspiring keynote speaker to provide students with new and innovative leadership development information. This experience is geared towards new and seasoned leaders. This incredible opportunity gives students the opportunity to further themselves as a leader both on and off campus. 


The 2018 conference theme is Design Your Path to Leadership Gold.

2018 Keynote Speaker: Josh Sundquist

Josh Sundquist a bestselling author, motivational speaker, and Paralympic ski racer. He has spoken across the world to groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to White House.

Josh's journey began at age nine, when he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and given a fifty percent chance to live. He spent a year on chemotherapy treatments and his left leg was amputated. Doctors declared Josh cured of the disease at age thirteen and he took up ski racing three years later. He trained for the next six years and in 2006 he was named to the US Paralympic Ski Team for the 2006 Paralympics in Turino, Italy. He is a current member of the US Amputee Soccer Team.

Josh served a two-year tenure as the National Spokesperson for the Combined Federal Campaign, an effort that raises over $300 million dollars a year for charities. He has been featured on the back of Doritos bags nationwide for his work on behalf of amputees.

Josh has been featured on CNN, USA TODAY, and NPR. His first memoir, Just Don't Fall, was a National Bestseller and his second memoir We Should Hang Out Sometime is under development to become a movie.

Josh received a degree in business from the College of William and Mary and a Master's in Communications from the University of Southern California. He lives with his wife Ashley near the beach.

 In addition to speaking at the Student Leadership Conference, Josh will be performing a comedy show on Friday, February 9th, at 8 pm in the DuBois Ballroom. The show is free to students and $5 for the public.

Conference Registration

Conference registration is now open! The registration fee is $5 and includes lunch and a tshirt. The registration fee is nonrefundable. 

All interested NAU students are welcome and encouraged to register for the conference. Space is limited so be sure to register prior to the February 1, 2018 deadline.

If you experience problems with the registration form, would like to register and pay for a group, or have a financial need and cannot afford the registration fee, please contact for assistance.

Conference Schedule and Information

Conference Schedule:

9:00 am: Check-in and continental breakfast

10:00 am: Welcome 

10:30 am: Breakout sessions

11:30 am: Breakout sessions

12:30 pm: Lunch and keynote speaker

2:10 pm: Breakout sessions

3:10 pm: Breakout sessions

4:10 pm: Closing

Attire for the conference is casual.

Program Tracks

All breakout sessions at the Student Leadership Conference will focus on one more of the following program tracks which are based off the National Association for Colleges and Employers Career Competencies:

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Programs in this area focus on exercising sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems; obtaining, interpreting, and using knowledge, facts, and data in this process; and demonstrating originality and inventiveness.

Oral/Written Communications

Programs in this area focus on articulating thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of an organization. (e.g. public speaking skills, ability to express ideas to others, write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively)


Programs in this area focus on building collaborative relationships with diverse colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints; working within a team structure; and negotiating and managing conflict.

Digital Technology

Programs in this area focus on leveraging existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals; and demonstrating effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.


Programs in this area focus on leveraging the strengths of others to achieve common goals; using interpersonal skills to coach and develop others; assessing and managing personal emotions and those of others; using empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and learning how to organize, prioritize, and delegate work.

Professionalism/Work Ethic

Programs in this area focus on professionalism including personal accountability and effective work habits (punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management); integrity and ethical behavior; acting responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind; and learning from mistakes.

Global/Intercultural Fluency

Programs in this area focus on valuing, respecting, and learning from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions; demonstrating openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity; and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.


Present at the Student Leadership Conference
The program proposal deadline for the 2018 conference has passed. Please check back for information about presenting at the 2019 conference.

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