The Leadership Engagement Center at Southern Utah University is extending an open invitation to its inaugural Lead, Share, Build Leadership Conference.
The conference will run from February 28 through March 1 and will touch on all aspects of leadership, aiming to give each person in attendance, no matter their leadership experience, a new outlook on leadership and inspiration for future leadership opportunities.
"You don't have to be a CEO to attend this leadership conference," explained Katy Herbold, director of SUU's Leadership Engagement Center. "It has been organized to extract the leader inside each one of us."
What's more, conference organizers want to ensure all who are interested are able to attend the Lead, Share, Build Leadership Conference.
"Typically leadership conferences are quite expensive, but we have made affordability for all a top priority," said Herbold. "Our goal is simply to help our students and community members become better leaders which, in turn, will enhance the future of any organization each participant becomes a part of."
To this end, conference organizers have selected speakers who represent a range of leadership styles, each specializing in a different area of leadership: business, communication, education, university and women.
Paralympic gold medalist and public speaker Mike Schlappi will offer the conference keynote address. An exceptionally courageous athlete and individual, Schlappi was an Olympic torchbearer in the 2002 Winter Games and has been recognized by the state of Utah as one of the Top 50 Athletes of the Century.
Other speakers include state representatives from the Utah State Office of Education and Utah Women in Higher Education Network, professors of management from colleges and universities across the state, local business leaders and representatives from school districts across the region. SUU President Michael T. Benson will open the conference, and Provost Bradley Cook will offer closing remarks.
The conference will also feature two interactive workshops, one about personal leadership styles and another about how to successfully lead groups.
Herbold explained this great diversity in presenters and discussion topics is intentional. "It is important for all of us to recognize that there are leadership opportunities in all aspects of life, from the office, to the classroom, to the home. This conference will enhance the skills already within each of us."
Conference admission, which includes entrance to all sessions, door prizes, dinner and breakfast, is just $20 for SUU students, faculty and staff and $50 for the general public. After February 25, prices will increase to $25 for SUU students, faculty and staff and $65 for the general public. Online registration is available.
Door prizes will be given out during Provost Cook's final remarks on March 1, with the grand prize of a two-night stay for two at St. George's luxury resort, Green Valley Spa and Hotel.