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4th Annual Student Leadership Conference

-- Sunday, February 27th, 2011 --

11:00am - 5:30pm

Celebrating Leadership for 175 Years: What's Your Legacy?

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Registration Deadline is February 18, 2011.

Don't miss your chance to hear our inspiring keynote speaker and connect with many members of Brockport Alumni!

Keynote Speaker: Sean Stephenson

Picture of Sean Stephenson

Expected to die at birth, Sean Stephenson has faced an army of reasons to give up and countless opportunities to embrace pity. He suffered more than 200 bone fractures by age 18, reached a height of only 3 feet, and is permanently confined to a wheelchair. However, this man took a STAND for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. Come to this session to learn more about Sean’s life and that anything is possible if you get off your ‘but’ and ‘stand’! His goals for the day are:

Eliminate fears of inadequacy on an unconscious level
Provide strategies for deep interpersonal connections in professional environments
Offer tools to avoid conflicts that can arise from inaccurate assumptions
Foster a positive vision of an individual's future
Discuss questions and processes to recognize life purpose.

“Anything is possible if you get off your ‘but’ and ‘stand’!

Conference Schedule

  • 11:00-11:30: Check-in/Registration
      • Seymour College Union Ballroom
  • 11:00-11:45: Brunch served
      • Seymour College Union Ballroom
  • 11:50-12:00: Welcome and Introductions
      • Seymour College Union Ballroom
  • 12:00-1:00: Keynote Speaker: Sean Stephenson; “Anything is possible if you get off your ‘but’ and ‘stand’!"
      • Seymour College Union Ballroom
  • 1:15-2:30: Breakout Session #1 (locations tba)
    • Every Day Leaders

      Betsy Armes ’87; Social Worker


      After earning her undergraduate degree in Social Work, Betsey went on to The University at Buffalo to earn her Master’s in Social Work.  For her first 5 years as a Social Worker, Betsy trained and worked in a community mental health center’s child and adolescent day treatment program.  For the past 18 years, Betsy has worked as a school social worker within special education.  In addition, Betsy has served as the leader of the mental health department and has been active as a workshop facilitator and staff trainer on a variety of topics.  She has also earned her NYS certification for school administration.  The foundation that Betsy received as a student at SUNY Brockport, in coursework, through RA training, and in learning to balance a social life with increasing academic demands, helped her to find success in both personal and professional endeavors.  Today, Betsy will help you explore leadership traits that may help to increase your successes in any setting.


      Leadership is a Soft Art not a Hard Science

      Dr. Leonard Brock ’03; President, Community Empowerment Opportunities, LLC

      This presentation will explore the humanistic approach to leadership, i.e., inspiring and empowering others to act.  In addition, this presentation will examine leadership from a social consciousness lens and further seek to help students understand leadership in this new decade.  The presentation will introduce students to the concept of Leadership Coaching - developing "that leader" that exists in every person and discovering their full potential.



      • “Leadership is a Soft Art not a Hard Science”, Dr. Leonard Brock ‘03
      • “On Being a “Solid Citizen”, Mr.Al Cobb ‘70
      • What I learned at Brockport - outside of the classroom”, Mr. Justin Rogers ‘05
      • Molding a better tomorrow“ how good citizenship can redefine you, your community and the world”, Mr. Bob Confer ‘96
      • “Utilizing the Student Leadership Challenge to Develop Yourself and Your Teams”, Ms. Sara Dierks ‘07
  • 2:45-4:00: Breakout Session #2 (location tba)
      • “The Accidental Manager: How Leadership Development is More Important Than Just As Important as Job Training”, Mr. Michael Doyle ‘80
      • “Learning through Leadership: A Citizen's Journey”, Ms. Lauren Kelly ‘03
      • “Gaining the Highest Return on Your College Investment”, Mr. Justin Oliver ‘09
      • How Taking Initiative At The Inception Brings Opportunity To Your Door And Leads You Toward Your Goals”, Mr. Josh Silber ‘93
      • Becoming a Leader Despite an 'Accidental Career'”, Dr. Karen Schuhle-Williams ‘84
      • Keynote Breakout Session “ Sean Stephenson“ limited space, only, available for session
  • 4:10-4:30 Closing Remarks “ Sean Stephenson
      • Seymour College Union Ballroom
  • 4:30-5:30 Leadership Reception hosted by Alumni Relations and Development
      • Seymour College Union Main Lounge



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