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
2019 conference theme
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
“Your attitude determines your altitude. You and only you can determine how high you go.”
The quote you see above, as well as at the top of the page, belongs to this particular bad-ass — an expeditious leader, for sure, who made history as the first Mexican woman to climb all of the world’s highest mountains.
Alpinist Karla Wheelock was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico on April 14, 1968. Her connection to the peaks around her became strikingly clear almost immediately afterwards; she was quick to join a Guías de México girl scouts group at the age of five, where her love of nature and mountains began to flourish in a vigorous and truly intoxicating way.
Wheelock embarked on a serious career as an alpinist, starting at age 21 in her native Mexico, where she scaled Popocatépetl, Iztaccíhuatl, and Citlaltépetl.
Saying that her family thought she was crazy during these early stages of her career is perhaps putting it lightly. But who can really blame them? The prospect of pursuing mountain peaks is a daunting one to say the very least. Luckily for Wheelock, they supported her through and through regardless. “Even to this day they tell me, ‘You need to go to the mountain.’ They say it nourishes me.”
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 (a feat first accomplished by an American businessman only eight years prior). Her starting point: Aconcagua, the highest peak outside of Asia at 22,838 feet, located in the Andes mountain range in the Mendoza Province of Argentina.
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.
When asked what she thought when she reached the peak, Wheelock explained: “Gratitude to God, to the people who believed in me, to the person who was waiting for me with a hug at the top. I felt God’s greatness and my littleness.”
You would imagine that climbing Everest would have been enough to fill and nourish the alpinist for at least a few years, but nope – those who have ever listened to one of her motivational conference talks before know that she is always looking to take the next step and reach the next peak. Wheelock’s no. 1 priority upon reaching a summit – before celebrating or even cracking a smile – is finding the crest that extends even higher, the one she’s already desperate to climb to.
So in 2000, the following year, she reached the peak of Mount McKinley, the highest in North America. By 2005, she completed all Seven Summits. In 2010, she led the first expedition of Latino leaders to Antarctica.
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.
Featured speaker: Robin Rumble Braun Accordion Closed
Speaking of female bad-asses, 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 lead approximately 60,000 reserve component personnel who supported the Navy, Marine Corps and Joint Force.
Despite this tremendous personal and professional achievement, Adm. Braun, ever humble, thanked her husband Mike, son Tyler, daughter Rachel and her extended family for their support. She also paid homage to her father, a naval aviator and combat veteran who served in the Navy for 32 years.
“My dad is with us in spirit today,” the admiral said. “He made this 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.”
Born in Pensacola, Florida, Admiral Braun is a graduate of Northern Arizona University (class of ’77) and was commissioned in 1980. Designated a naval aviator in February 1981, she began her 36-year military career on her first assignment to the Training Squadron (VT) 31, Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas, where she served as an instructor pilot in the T-44 aircraft.
According to her official biography, Braun has accumulated more than 5,800 flight hours in Navy aircraft. Her awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards).
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.
- 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
Program tracks Accordion Closed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 below. 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!