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Fall Leadership Conference

Nov. 11, 2017. Details to be posted when they become available.

Where can a College of Charleston student hear a motivational speaker, attend two 60 minute leadership/professional development sessions, enjoy good fellowship, eat breakfast and lunch-all for FREE? At the Higdon Student Leadership Center's annual Fall Leadership Conference.

To learn about student volunteer opportunities for the 2017 conference, please email or call 843.953.6356.

Learning Goals of attending the Fall Leadership Conference:
1. Learn to empower self by discovering one's strengths and areas of development.
2. Learn how to build meaningful interpersonal relationships through exercising effective communication and teamwork.
3. Realize your personal leadership style.


The 2017 keynote speaker will be Hilary Corna.
Corna graduated from Elon University in North Carolina in International Business and Asian/Pacific Studies. When Corna was only 22 years old, she decided to follow her post-college dream of having a career in Asia. She bought a ticket to Singapore, and was hired there by Toyota as a Senior Executive Officer. She worked for Toyota for three years conducting Kaizen in Asia, the Philippines, India, and more. In 2010, Corna returned to the United States. Since then she published a nonfiction book One White Face, about her life during her time living abroad. Both The New York Times and Forbes Women have featured her book. Currently, Corna is on a book tour nationwide, having spoken to over 30,000 students and her book is now being written into a screenplay. Hilary Corna is a great example of pursuing dreams and becoming successful after college. This is not an event you will want to miss!

The keynote speaker for the 2016 conference was Hoan Do. hoan-do-pic

Hoan Do is a student success coach, author, and 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 that helps students to succeed in school and in the real world. 

Hoan’s young enough to relate to students, yet old enough to provide life changing advice. 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

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

 Presentation topics included the following:

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?

Volunteers included:
Alec Ball
James Barton-Souza
Sam Trimble
Jake Tucker

Past participant comments:  

"What a great way to spend a Saturday!"
"Great program! Can't wait to come back next year"
"I was inspired by the speakers and my classmates!!"
"Everyone was very helpful and informative. Very good experience."