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Fall Leadership Conference

The 2018 Conference was rescheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2018, in response to the calendar updates needed due to the Hurricane Michael evacuation.

The Higdon Center for Student Leadership and Fraternity & Sorority Life held the 2018 annual Fall Leadership Conference on Saturday, December 1st. This event is always a free event that requires registration. 

This Fall Leadership Conferences host an engaging motivational speaker, two 45 minute leadership based development sessions, positive interaction with other attendees, as well as breakfast and lunch. What a great way to spend a Saturday!

2018 Keynote Speaker: Justin Jones-Fosu with “Your Why Matters Now".


Justin is the President/Chief Inspirational Officer of Justin Inspires International, LLC) where he speaks 50-60 times a year for professionals, colleges, and youth, internationally. ( He has spoken in 4 countries for over 250+ organizations, and has given over 450+ presentations.  Justin is also the founder of Respectivity (, a company helping workplaces to develop better cultures of respect.  He is a higher education based CAMPUSPEAK speaker.

Justin has authored two books, the most recent titled “Finding Your Glasses: Revealing and Achieving Authentic Success,” which challenges the reader to live a life of success based on their core values. Justin obtained his MBA specializing in Leadership and Organizational Change. He has also gained valuable leadership experience with three Fortune 500 companies as well as through consulting with individuals and small business on strategy, leadership, diversity and organizational development. In 2008, Justin was named as one of EBONY Magazines “30 Young Leaders on the Rise” and was voted as a “HOT ACT” by Campus Activities Magazine in 2015. He has been featured in SMART CEO Magazine, the Baltimore Business Journal and other publications. When in school, Justin was a fraternity leader, president of 3 campus organizations, and on the SGA Executive Board (not all at the same time)! So he knows what you are looking for in leadership development.

Justin has a lot to say and delivers a great way to say it. Register today for this free November 10th event to be held in the Stern Center from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

This year’s break-out sessions include great take away points from a professional career coach, a United Nations Association of the USA collegiate Chapter President, a Dale Carnegie SC Performance Improvement Executive, County Education Director, Vice-President of Publishing, and Terrorism Analyst/National Security Policy Advisor. You don’t want to miss this free event.

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.   

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.


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.

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