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Student Leadership Summit - Presentation Proposal Form 2019

2019 Student Leadership Summit - LEAD FEARLESSLY

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2019 Student Leadership Summit !  We want to extend the opportunity to the Lamar University community to submit a workshop proposal to bring your areas of passion, research, and experience to present at this year's conference.  This proposal is open to all Lamar University faculty and staff as well as all students* that have completed the Lamar University Leadership Certificate Program. 

*If submitting a proposal as a student, you are required to have a faculty or staff sponsor to help guide you through the workshop proposal process.  The sponsor is not required to co-present with the student, but is welcome to do so.

Please review the proposal form and submit your workshop topic for review by September 26, 2019. You will be notified of the status of your proposal by email on September 27, 2019.

Target Audience

This conference is designed for students within the Lamar community that have interest in leadership. We strive to make this conference a beneficial experience for both established and emerging student leaders on campus, as well as anyone that's looking to learn more about the different concepts of leaderships. Ultimately, we hope to equip students with the abilities to become better leaders in their life, community, campus, careers, and beyond.

Outcomes and Theme

We have established outcomes for this year's conference.   We hope that each student that participates in the Leadership Conference will walk away with the following:

Students that participate in the 2019 Leadership Summit will be able to:

  • Investigate different facets of leadership development and reflect upon how they apply to their personal leadership journey
  • Identify and improve specific aspects of their personal leadership style
  • Implement strategies that empower them to execute active leadership skills and practices
  • Build confidence in their already established leadership abilities
  • Develop strategies to help them balance their leadership and student responsibilities
  • Gain exposure to campus resources that will help them become a better student leader

The conference theme for 2019 is "Lead Fearlessly".  We hope that the conference provides students the opportunity to examine some of their personal fears that are holding them back from becoming the best version of themselves and reaching their maximum potential.  "Lead Fearlessly" discusses how students can employ active leadership strategies as opposed to remaining passive and observing.  It's about truly absorbing the information they receive during this conference and turning it into actions that will help benefit Lamar University, their surrounding communities, and ultimately the world.     

Each presentation should drive outcomes in personal development that build skill, character, and discipline, that ultimately will aid students towards leading a life of leadership. As you know, college is a special time in life to investigate self and put words and experience into the context of identity, strengths, and worldviews. We want to provide opportunities for students to encounter moments of self-assessment and shaping character through a myriad of topics.

Potential Presentation Topic Areas

The list of topics below is a brief list of potential topic areas, but please feel free to submit a proposal that covers a topic outside of the ones provided.

  • Communication: Storytelling, Public Speaking, Listening
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Recruiting
  • Ethics
  • Personal Wellness
  • Life Balance
  • Meeting Goals/Motivation
  • Fighting Negativity/Happiness
  • Social Media/Personal Branding
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Professionalism As A Student Leader
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Personal Growth/Self Confidence
  • Life Purpose/Passion/Vision
  • Leadership Basics
  • Getting Results
  • Leadership Assessments
  • Other Areas of Speaker Expertise

When you submit your presentation topic, please utilize creativity in your title and presentation. For example, if your topic area is Communication, your title and objectives could be:

What American Idol (and Reality TV) Can Teach You about Leadership


  • Identify opportunities to create emotional connections

  • Articulate ideas in a way that makes people say, “tell me more”

  • Discover secrets of reality show contestants and lessons learned that can be applied in business

  • Determine if you are communicating the personal brand you want others to see

    We’ve all met memorable communicators. They appear strong, confident and charismatic from the way they weave a story to how they carry a room. Like our favorite TV show contestants, we follow their progress and cheer them on to victory. How can the same characteristics you admire in your favorite contestants be used to maximize leadership outcomes? From seizing the opportunity to make an important point—and a positive impression—in elevators, hallways, lunchrooms and classrooms, you will discover how to use your personal style to engage, energize and influence key listeners. This session features audience participation, on-the-spot coaching and feedback, viewing on-site taped examples, story-telling and role playing.

Conference Details
Date: Saturday, October 12
Time: 10:00 am - 2:15 pm. Presenters are only expected to attend for the times of their presentation.
Location: Setzer Student Center
Presentation Length: 40 minutes including Q&A and post-session surveys

More Information
For more information, contact Michael Sloboda, Assistant Director of New Student and Leadership Programs at or 409-880-7242.

This form closed on October 8, 2019 8:00 AM CDT