Student Leadership Conference
The NAU Student Leadership conference is an annual conference that serves as the foundation of new and innovative leadership development for hundreds of college students across northern Arizona. This conference is designed to help students tap into and grow their leadership potential, both personally and professionally.
Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | NAU Health & Learning Center | 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
Who should attend
- Current and emerging college student leaders and community members
- Those seeking an exciting, jam-packed day of breakout sessions with inspiring keynote and featured speakers
- Individuals and groups seeking college-level, new, and innovative leadership development information
2019 Keynote and featured speakers
Keynote speaker: Karla Wheelock Accordion Closed
NAU welcomes Karla Wheelock – an expeditious leader and mountain climber extraordinaire – who made history as the first Mexican woman to climb all of the world’s highest mountains.
Wheelock embarked on a serious career as an alpinist, starting at age 21 in her native Mexico, where she scaled Popocatépetl, Iztaccíhuatl, and Citlaltépetl.
In 1993 – four years after reaching Mexico’s steepest summits – Wheelock began her quest to complete the mountaineering challenge Seven Summits, in which a climber attempts to reach the pinnacle of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.
By May 27, 1999, Wheelock made history as the first Mexican and Latina woman to make it to the top of Mount Everest, doing so by scaling the treacherous North Slope. Upon reaching the summit, she waved her Mexican flag in all its glory.
The very next year, 2000, she reached the peak of Mount McKinley, the highest in North America. By 2005, she completed all Seven Summits, becoming the first Ibero-American to do so. In 2010, she led the first expedition of Latino/a leaders to Antarctica.
In recent years, Karla has expanded her reach to include a new generation of leaders, heading the first expedition of young Latino/a leaders to Antarctica, as well as pioneering Mi Cumbre, Mi Decisión (My Summit, My Decision), an educational project to support and recognize student leaders involved in la programa, Líderes Eticos Sustentables (Sustainable Ethical Leaders Program).
Social entrepreneur. Businesswoman. Communicator. Mountain Climber.
Karla also has quite an impressive resume outside of mountain climbing.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Faculty of Law at the Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico: an institution from which she graduated from with Honorable Mention. Karla is also the President of the KW Foundation, as well as Partner & Foundress for W. Consultants, a company that has trained more than 50,000 people and has given more than 3,000 conferences to myriad private, governmental, and educational institutions from several different countries. Moreover, she has written several books, such as El Tercer Polo, Ascensión al Everest, and Las 7 cumbres, and has won several prizes and awards resulting from her stellar accomplishments both on the mountain and off.
Find out more about Karla, and the roles that education, determination, and support played in her incredible successes, in the mini-documentary, Karla Wheelock – Climbing Mountains, Conquering New Heights. We are thrilled at the opportunity to bring Karla to our lovely mountain town in February!
Featured speaker: Robin Rumble Braun Accordion Closed
Speaking of leaders who are awesome to an extreme level, meet Robin Rumble Braun.
Vice Admiral Robin Braun was the 12th chief of the Navy Reserve, and is the first woman to lead any reserve component of the military. She received her third star in a ceremony on a partly-cloudy, mid-August day in Washington, D.C. (August 13, 2012). As the commander of the Navy Reserve Force, she led approximately 60,000 reserve component personnel who supported the Navy, Marine Corps and Joint Force.
Since reaching one of the highest ranks possible in the U.S. Navy, Northern Arizona University alumna Robin Braun (class of ’77) has blazed a trail that many have followed. Following an illustrious career in the navy, Adm. Braun is now working in Washington, D.C. on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. She plays a key role on a team that that ensures the Navy maintains a global advantage in the realms of intelligence, information warfare, space systems operations, and other critical areas.
Despite her tremendous personal and professional achievements, Adm. Braun, ever humble, often thanks her husband Mike, son Tyler, daughter Rachel and her extended family for their support. She also frequently pays homage to her father, a naval aviator and combat veteran who served in the Navy for 32 years.
“[My dad] made this all seem attainable, and back in 1979, he didn’t see any reason why his daughter couldn’t be a naval aviator or even an admiral. And he supported me 100 percent in everything that I did.”
During her distinguished career, Adm. Braun has had the opportunity to serve in a number of capacities and partake in a multitude of experiences across the globe. One of her most memorable service experiences was being a part of the relief effort that occurred during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Adm. Braun has also been recognized multiple times for her service – her awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3x), Meritorious Service Medal (4x), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2x), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3x).
According to her official biography, Adm. Braun has accumulated more than 5,800 flight hours in Navy aircraft. As an accomplished pilot, Adm. Braun has flown missions all over the world. She has delivered Navy SEALS for special operations and moved sailors and supplies to destinations as diverse as Greenland’s tundra to the jungles of Malaysia.
Adm. Braun often shares that all of these incredible opportunities were made possible thanks to the preparation she received during her undergraduate experience at NAU, and highlighted three areas from her time in Flagstaff that gave her a solid foundation for the future. We are glad to welcome her back to Flagstaff this February!
How to register
Registration fees Accordion Closed
Enter Promotional Code: SLC2019
|Registration Type||Pricing Per Person|
|NAU or CCC affiliation||$5|
|Non-NAU or CCC affiliation||$40|
Enter Promotional Code: SLC2019G
|Registration Type||Pricing Per Person|
|NAU or CCC group||$5**|
|Non-NAU or CCC group||$40|
**NAU group registration fees will processed for $0 in the system, and be billed via Internal Departmental Transfer (IDT) after registration ends.
General registration information/FAQs Accordion Closed
- Conference registration went live as of December 4th, 2018 at 12:00 am.
- All interested NAU and CCC students, as well as other northern Arizona community members, are welcome and encouraged to register for the conference.
- Paying the conference registration fees includes breakfast, lunch, an event t-shirt, and a day-long leadership expedition!
- Note: The registration fee is nonrefundable.
- Note: There is a $1 processing fee to purchase tickets online — in-person tickets can be purchased at the Ticketing Office in the University Union (Bldg. 30 on the map) for no additional fee.
- Individual vs. Group Registration:
- Individual Registration is for those who find out about the conference and want to go on their own, with their mentor, friends, classmates, etc.
- Group Registration is typically known beforehand (i.e your employer, program, club, organization, etc. wants to pay for you to attend the conference on their behalf) — some examples include Transfer & Online Connections, First-Generation Programs, ASNAU, etc.
- Space (and t-shirts) are limited, so be sure to register prior to the February 5th 2019 deadline.
- If you experience problems with, or have any questions pertaining to, the pre-conference questionnaire, individual or group registration process, or have a financial need and cannot afford the registration fee, please contact Nick Rathbone for assistance.
Conference schedule Accordion Closed
Saturday, February 9th, 2019 @ NAU Health & Learning Center
8:45 am: Check-in and continental breakfast
9:30 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
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 Accordion Closed
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 Accordion Closed
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)
Teamwork/collaboration Accordion Closed
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 Accordion Closed
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.
Leadership Accordion Closed
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 Accordion Closed
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 Accordion Closed
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.
Become a 2019 NAU Leadership Conference presenter today!
Are you interested in sharing your leadership experience or development opportunities with other students? We are looking for presenters to exemplify this year’s theme of Expedition: Leadership.
NAU students and professionals are encouraged to submit proposals for 50-minute sessions via the online form. All proposals must be submitted by January 18th, 2019. For any questions about the application or selection process, please contact Paul Rehn.
We’re excited to view your submissions!