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Fall Leadership Conference 2017

Where can a College of Charleston student hear a motivational speaker, attend two 45 minute leadership/professional development sessions, enjoy positive interaction, eat breakfast and lunch-all for FREE?.......At the Higdon Center for Student Leadership and Fraternity & Sorority Life's annual Fall Leadership Conference.

For more information, please email or call 843.953.6356.


2017 Keynote Speaker: Hilary Corna.

Hilary Corna graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a bachelor's degree in International Business and Asian/Pacific Studies. When she was only 22 years old, she decided to follow her post-college dream of having a career in Asia. Daring herself, she bought a one-way ticket to Singapore, and soon was hired by Toyota Asia as a Senior Executive Officer where she conducted Kaizen training in Asia, the Philippines, India, among other locales. She has since returned to the U.S. and has published a nonfiction book "One White Face", which highlights her life during her time living abroad. Both The New York Times and Forbes Women have featured her book and currently, Corna is on a nationwide tour having spoken to over 30,000 students. Her book is now being scripted into a screenplay. Hilary Corna's story is a great example of pursuing dreams, taking chances, and daring yourself.  

Follow Hilary on Twitter @HilaryCorna or on Instagram @HilaryCorna.

Break-out session topics included:

Global goals. Local leaders. with Anna Mahalak, Youth Engagement Manager at the United Nations Association USA
Developing global citizenship skills is essential to being a successful leader in an increasingly interconnected society.Think globally and act locally to sustain the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and tackle global challenges faster and more effectively.

Talk Like Ted: The Secrets to a Ted-worthy Talk. with Sebastian Steadman, Associate at Booz, Allen, Hamilton.
In this session, hear from a TEDx speaker coach on becoming a better speaker. Learn the tips and tools needed to feel confident and prepared for any public speaking engagement. This skill is not only helpful in all aspects of life, but also is essential for a leader to inspire and influence others.                                                                  

Where’s YOUR leadership voice? with Jason Torres, professional speaker
Develop your most important leadership tool, your VOICE! Discover solutions to your communication barriers and begin your journey of self-discovery through exercises, thought provoking points and take-away ideas.

(2 sessions) Maintaining Your Momentum to Achieve Your Goals. with Michele Brant, Executive Career Coach, CPC, ICF Accredited, ELI-MP
How can you empower yourself to step back and look at the big picture so you can move towards your ideal future more effectively? Exercises to effectively set goals, guidelines for effective achievable goals and strategies to meaningfully reconnect to those goals are facilitated.

The Only Thing You Have is Now. with Chris Covert, Project Manager, EnvisionSC; Achievement Consulting LLC
Focus on what matters most-staying in the present moment and focus on what can best be achieved in the here and now. Connect to present-moment awareness and be introduced to life and professional skills. This interactive presentation will show you how.

Learning Goals of attending the Fall Leadership Conference:

  1. Participants will identify and feel empowered to act on their leadership strengths and address areas of development.
  2. Participants will recognize the importance of communication skills through experiencing and exercising effective communication.
  3. Participants will characterize and build upon their personal leadership style.   

2016 Keynote Speaker: Hoan Do.  hoan-do-pic

Hoan Do is a student success coach, author, and past competitor in the NBC hit show, American Ninja Warrior. 
Recognized as the best youth mentor by the International Examiner, Hoan travels across North America speaking at colleges, high schools, and associations sharing practical advice to help students succeed in school and in the real world. His engaging style and ability to share important life lessons in a way that students resonate with has earned him the Verizon Wireless Motivator Award. Learn more about him at

2016 Break out session speakers included:
Michael Antoine
Christopher Covert
Talim Lessane
Laura McMaster
Domenico Ruggerio
Jason Torres

Presentation topics included:
It's Your Place: Bystander Intervention Competency
Leading with Purpose
Leadership style and the campus community
The Importance of Self Awareness in Developing Your Strengths
Dissecting Cultural Entitlement and Privilege as a Pathway to Quality Leadership
Bridging the Gap Between Service, Activism, and Politics
Where's YOUR Leadership Voice?

Our thanks to our student volunteers:
Alec Ball
James Barton-Souza
Sam Trimble
Jake Tucker