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The Annual Student Leadership Conference at The College at Brockport is open to all Brockport students who wish to learn more about leadership. Planned by the Capstone Leadership Certificate students, the conference features alumni presenters who have learned leadership lessons in their lives, and can share with students how they, too, can demonstrate leadership.
Leadership Through a New Lens: 20/20
Sunday, February 23, 2020
11 am - 4 pm (Check-In Starts at 10:30 am)
Seymour College Union
Meet Our Speakers
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Chris Collins
Chris Collins is a speaker, author, and consultant with a message that is inspiring students across the country. His unique blend of humor, knowledge, and energy provide high impact moments with results that last long after the presentation. As a former student leader and current college speaker, Chris gets it! Chris’ take on student leadership is one of the most interesting in the country because he blends his knowledge of leadership strategies, love of music, authentic desire to help students, to create a message that reaches students of every level.
Glenn Shultes '15
“Leaderships Principles 101”
Glenn currently works as an Accounts Payable Specialist with Conifer Realty. Previously, he worked as a Community Manager overseeing two affordable housing properties in the Greater Rochester Area with the same company. He is a growing leader making the most of the opportunities he has to lead. Glenn recently coordinated a team building event for his Accounting Department of fifteen coworkers and conducted a Christmas Choir of thirty-five people. Looking forward, Glenn aspires to create a company that provides housing and social services to people rescued from human trafficking.
Andrew Russo '93
“Growth Through Failure”
Andrew is currently a sales manager for Nice Actimize which is a technology company that provides banks and other financial institutions with solutions that help prevent crimes such as fraud, money laundering, insider trading and market making. Prior to working for Actimize, Andrew was a sales manager at Finastra which provided operating software to banks and investment advisors. He began his career with JPMorgan and worked there for 17 years. Andrews most significant position there was as an analyst for JPMorgan Capital Partners, the venture capital wing of the firm. Andrew majored in political science at Brockport and had a History minor. In his senior year, Andrew was elected as BSG President. As a junior, Andrew studied abroad at the Brunel University program. He now lives in Brooklyn with his lovely wife Deborah and thier amazing son William.
Tayler Kreutter '12
"Switching the Script: A How-To on Effecting Change”
Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication degree in May 2012. Shortly after, she started her Masters degree in Higher Education Administration at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. Throughout her graduate coursework, Taylor was able to work in both academic affairs, health promotion and prevention services, pre-college programs, residential life and admissions. Upon graduation, Taylor began her career in the Financial Aid office at the University of Rochester where she stayed for over 5 years. Now, Taylor is the Executive Director of Student Financial Services at Roberts Weselyan College where she oversees both the financial aid and students accounts offices.
Kareem Hayes '06
"The Glow Up: Grit. Motivation. Mindset."
Kareem Hayes is a proud Rochester native. He is a business owner, consultant and Upward Bound Director at the Rochester Institute for Technology with a wealth of experience working with youth, parents and community members. He has worked for a decade in youth development with colleges/universities, non-profit organizations and school districts in various capacities serving students and families in K-16. In addition to working with youth and families, Mr. Hayes has also provided services in college planning, character building and mentorship in Prince George’s County and North Carolina Central University. Kareem’s areas of expertise range from college-preparation and character-development to inspiring youth to use their education as a vehicle towards individual success. Kareem earned his Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport in Communications and has two Master’s degrees from the University of Rochester in Human Development and Educational Policy and is currently working on his doctorate at Baylor University. Kareem is happily married and proud father of two children. He resides in the City of Rochester.
Tranell Griffin '97
“Life is a Journey, not a Destination”
Tranell received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the College at Brockport in 1997, and she is also a proud graduate of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). During her time at Brockport, Tranell participated in the Study Abroad Program at the University of Ghana and completed an internship with the Monroe County Office of the Public Defender. In her four years at Brockport she served as the Treasurer (1994) and President (1995) of the Organization of Students of African Descent (OSAD) and worked as a Residents Assistant in McFarland Hall. In addition, she was an active member of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP) and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. Tranell is currently a senior performance analyst with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and a member of the American Planning Association (APA), the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the National Transportation Center (NTC) Advisory Committee, and the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS). She lives in Baltimore with her husband, Ed, her beautiful stepdaughters, Tamiah and Bailey, and her lovable dogs, Pretty and Gatti.
“What Do We Mean By 'Risks' and Why are They Important in Leadership?”
Milo Obourn is an Associate Professor in English and Women & Gender Studies at The College at Brockport, SUNY, where they teach courses in critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, and U.S. literature and culture. They are chair of the Professional Development Committee of the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, which offers trainings in LGBT inclusion, Racial Justice, and Understanding Ableism and Accessibility. Milo is the author of Reconstituting Americans: Liberal Multiculturalism and Identity Difference in Post-1960s US Literature (2011; Palgrave) and Disabled Futures: A Framework for Radical Inclusion (forthcoming fall 2019 from Temple University Press). Their work has also appeared in academic journals including MELUS; American Literature; Twentieth-Century Literature; Contemporary Literature; and Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society. Milo teaches Yoga in Rochester, including ASL-interpreted and Queer & Trans Yoga classes. And they are a member of LEGION, a local grassroots activist group focused on transgender rights and empowerment.
Christal Dewberry '17
“What’s Your Life Purpose”
Christal was born and raised In Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from The College at Brockport in May 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice & Sociology. She is currently in the MSW Program at The College and she will be done this May 2020. Christal currently lives in Rochester, NY and is actively applying for Social Work positions throughout the Greater Rochester Area.
Vanessa Peavy '08
“Leadership from Within”
Vanessa Peavy is a native of Rochester, New York where she graduated high school from Edison Technical Occupational Education Center. She received her Bachelors of Science at The State University of New York (SUNY) The College at Brockport, where she double majored in Sociology and Communication (Interpersonal Organizational Specialty). After graduating she worked for The Community Place of Greater Rochester as an Academic Enrichment Specialist and then Program Manager for their after-school program. Vanessa graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2014 where she obtained her Master Degree in Social work with a mental health concentration and is a Licensed Social worker. She has worked at the Villa of Hope as a Case manager and later as a Social Worker. Currently, Vanessa is a Therapist and Group Coordinator at the University of Rochester in the university’s counseling center. She works with students dealing with various mental health difficulties. Vanessa Peavy is very passionate about working with people of all ages and takes special joy in coming along side individuals on their life journey.
“If not you, then who”
Will Dillard-Jackson '18
“Who Are You: Using Your Leadership Lens”