Change Makers Conference
Sunday, March 5, 2023
Be inspired by people who are change-makers to find your own purpose in creating positive change.
Join us for brunch, breakouts and keynotes!
WHEN | Sunday, March 5, 2023
TIME | 9:30 a.m. (doors open) Conference 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
WHERE | Trabant University Center at University of Delaware
The Bumpy Road of Leadership: How understanding conflict and restorative practices can smooth the ride
Gina Donato and Vincent Jackson
All great leaders have faced conflict. Conflict in an organization can cause stress, discomfort and heightened emotions, but it can also result in group transformation and strengthened relationships. Community Standards & Conflict Resolution at UD uses various approaches to helping students resolve conflict, including restorative practices. Participants in this session will be introduced to several restorative practices, gain an overview of resolution options that can be used to challenge assumptions and the impacts regarding conflict, as well as. discuss how they can lead their organization to resolve the conflict together. This session will focus on restorative practices as a way to build relationships and grow stronger as an organization. Participants will leave with increased confidence and strategies in restorative practices and resources they can use at UD and beyond.
Empathy, Innovation, and the Entrepreneurial Leader
Emerson Marine and Siegfried Leadership Fellows
Before you can run, you must first learn to walk…in another’s shoes! Empathy is key to effective leadership as it is the foundation of positive relationships. But empathy is also a building block of entrepreneurial thinking. In this session, you will learn to care about the problems of others, and then see those problems as possibilities. Explore the intersection between empathy and the entrepreneurial mindset, and learn how to build better relationships to cultivate creative thinking and yield better solutions for lasting change.
Women’s Leadership in Action: Change Agents in Our Midst
Dafina Diabate, program director of Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI), and WLI alumae and student leaders
You don’t have to look far to find female leadership in our midst. The Blue Hen flock has some dynamic women leading on campus, whether it’s a student organization board member, residence hall assistant, athletic team lead, or in the classroom. This session will feature some key elements women use to grow along their leadership journey. Student leaders will share their tips and techniques for juggling their student responsibilities and thriving as leaders.
How to SOLVE any problem,
Matthew Weis and Jacob Herz,
University of Delaware Collegiate Leadership Competition Co-Coaches
Want to create positive change? Learn the SOLVE methodology (Set roles, Outline the Problem, List Multiple Strategies, Veer into Consensus and Evaluate the results). This problem solving strategy can be implemented in a multitude of situations and can prove useful especially when facing a problem without an obvious solution. After introducing this concept, presenters will split the participants into teams and then give the teams a timed challenge to see how well they used the SOLVE strategy. After the challenge, the group will reflect and discuss what went well and what could have been improved.
Blue Hen Leadership Program Presentation Team Members
The first step in effectively leading is to know yourself well. Take a quick and fun assessment that identifies your preferences, leadership style, and areas of comfort level behavior you may want to develop. Use your increased self-awareness to develop your personal mission and vision statements.
Check-in or on-site registration
Opening Keynote, Sam Calagione
Breakout Sessions 1
Afternoon Keynote, Derreck Kayongo
Breakout Sessions 2
Cookies and coffee break
Closing Keynote, Captain Sandy Yawn
Conference Wrap-Up and Call to Action
VIP Sponsor Meet and Greet with select Keynote Speakers
Diamond ($10,000 or more)
- Blue Hen Leadership Program
- University Student Centers
Includes 20 complimentary tickets
Platinum ($5,000 – $9,999)
- Student Involvement Office – Programming
Includes 15 complimentary tickets
- Horn Entrepreneurship
Includes 10 complimentary tickets
- Women’s Leadership Institute
- Insomnia Cookies
Includes 5 complimentary tickets