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Fall Leadership Conference

Nov. 11, 2017. More details to be posted soon.

Where can a College of Charleston student hear a motivational speaker, attend two 60 minute leadership/professional development sessions, enjoy positive interaction, 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.


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. This is not an event you will want to miss!


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