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8th Annual Leadership Conference
Friday, January 22, 2010 - 11:00am to Friday, January 22, 2010 - 5:00pm

8th Annual Leadership Conference

When: January 22nd, 2010 | 11:00am
Where: Smith 335


This year's conference theme is Shaping Legacy. Legacy is defined as what you leave or hand down to those after you. The purpose of this theme is to explore how we, as leaders, can leave and shape legacy. This may include educating students, faculty, and staff about the history of Portland State in order to build a more cohesive community; revealing and defining our current traditions; or finding ways to encourage new traditions. The theme also speaks to our responsibility as leaders to leave the groups and organizations we belong to stronger because of our involvement.

Proposal Submissions Due by November 21st, 2009

The Student Leadership Committee is accepting proposals from faculty, students, and community members for the 2010 conference. Successful proposals are those that exemplify well organized trainings or discussions and are on topics relevant to Portland State student leaders. Special consideration will be given to proposals that can tie their topic into the theme of the 2010 conference, Shaping Legacy. The committee highly encourages students and staff to co-present. All sessions will be 45 minutes.

Register for the 2010 Leadership Conference now!

Keynote Speakers:

Nichole Maher is the Executive Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center. Ms. Maher exemplifies "Shaping Legacy". As a student at Oregon State, Ms. Maher started her path as a student leader working for the university in the Native American Longhouse and the Office of Native American Education. She accepted the position as Executive Director of NAYA at only twenty-three years old. She writes of her current position, "My role is to be the steward of the resources granted or given to serve the community. On a day-to-day level, a lot of my work also involves empowering my staff to be leaders, to think critically about how best to serve our community, and to really find unique solutions with very little resources." Ms. Maher has been able to grow her organization from a $215,000 budget to over $5 million and to add much needed resources for the Native community.

Dr. Sahara Rahimtoola was one of the founding students of Portland State's Student Ambassadors Program. She left her legacy at Portland State by advocating to inscribe "Let Knowledge Serve the City" over the Broadway skybridge. She went on to OHSU and is now a Portland doctor.

Breakout sessions include:


  • How to Use Involvement to Get Graduate School Paid For
  • Creating Your Unique Career Path
  • Engaging Student Leadership for Social Justice
  • Building Intercollegiate Student Leadership Networks
  • Lighting Lamps: The Legacy of University Studies Mentors
  • Creating Effective Sexual Assault Prevention Programs
  • No Impact: How-To Lead Your Student Group to Zero-Waste
  • Building Strong Leaders Begins With the Neighbor Next Door
  • Developing a Moral Self in Student Leadership
  • Shaping Legacy: What's Civil Dialog Got to Do With It?
  • Leadership Skills for Responding to Sexual Assault
  • Public Speaking: Skills for Career, Leadership, and Beyond
  • What to Know About Student Government Elections at PSU