Tuesday, February 26, 2013

University of New Orleans Hosts UNO Influence: The Leadership Experience

UNOInfluence: The Leadership ExperienceUNO Influence: The Leadership Conference takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 2, 2013 in the University Center-Innsbruck Suite at the UNO Lakefront campus.

Young leaders from the Greater New Orleans area will visit the University of New Orleans next month for a leadership conference aimed at helping them build skills to better the community and achieve their goals and dreams.

"The conference really gives college students a chance to sit down, to collaborate and to discuss the different issues facing our schools and to go back and make our individual schools better," said Le Yondo Dunn, a student who is helping to organize the event. "This is the third year that we've done this...and this year is going to be a lot better."

UNO Influence: The Leadership Conference takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 2, 2013 in the University Center-Innsbruck Suite at the University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70122. The annual collegiate leadership conference is hosted by the University's Leadership Cabinet, a diverse group of student leaders working to increase student involvement and leadership and help students to be successful in college and beyond. This year's conference surrounds the theme "Daring to Dream, Defining Risk and Developing a Plan" and will feature a keynote address by renowned motivational speaker Kristoffer Carter, who will give a talk entitled "This Epic Life."

The conference is designed to help students as individuals learn how to be leaders, assess how they can make a positive impact on campus and in the Greater New Orleans community, discover how to become more involved in campus life, consider how to overcome adversity and explore gender roles in leadership, Dunn said. University President Peter J. Fos will give an opening address.

Workshops will include:

  • "Business Ethics" led by UNO Management Professor and Senate Faculty President Dinah Payne;
  • "Confronting Our Own Biases: Power, Privilege and Leadership," by Courtney Williams;
  • "How to Be an Effective Volunteer in Your Community: Breaking Down Stereotypes Edition," co-presented by Betsy Lopez and Joy Bruce;
  • "Notions of Leaders Vs. Managers," presented by Kim Williams;
  • "Community Organizing and Coalition Building in Education and Human Service," co-presented by UNO Professor of Educational Leadership Brian Beabout, Micheal Pizzolatto, Elizabeth Victor, Logan Crowe and Rashida Govan;
  • "Building Resilience into Your Leadership," presented by Kathleen Whalen"Jet Fighter" presented by Cherie' Kay Thriffiley and
  • "The Importance of Understanding Others" presented by Brian Manning-Gorremans.


Last year's UNO leadership conference drew about 70 participants and already this year, the UNO Leadership Cabinet has increased that number by more than 50 percent, Dunn said. Already more than 115 participants are expected, including Leadership Cabinet members. Invitations have gone out to other universities in the city and the University of Louisiana system and UNO has received acceptances from students as well as the directors of student involvement and leadership at Southeastern University and Loyola University – New Orleans.

Admission is $5 for UNO students and $10 for students from other universities. Lunch will be provided.

To register for the conference visit the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement website>>