2021 U-LEAD Conference

Introducing the topics and the sessions for the 2021 U-LEAD Conference!  Students will have the opportunity to choose from 2 sessions every night from Monday, October 18 to Thursday October 21. The sessions will be at 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM each night.

This conference is a great opportunity to learn, grow and develop a different perspective on so many things a college student might be struggling with. All students are welcome to join for as few or as many sessions as they would like!

We hope to see you all there!

View the full Event Program Here

The sessions are as follows:

MONDAY, October 18

7:00 PM

It’s Time to Adult... Are you Ready? (CSU 201)
Zoom Meeting ID: 6598686163

This presentation will cover many of things you need to know as you take on more responsibility in your life. Topics will include health insurance, buying a car, retirement, and much more. 

  • Bill Tourville - Bill is the Assistant Director for Student Activities and works with the Student Events Team. He has been in event production for 15+ years and enjoys spending time with partner and three daughters

8:00 PM

Been There, Done That: Experienced Student Leaders Share What They've Learned (CSU 201)

Are you interested in getting more involved? Join our panel of experienced student leaders are here to share what they've learned and answer any questions you may have.

TUESDAY, October 19

7:00 PM -Keynote and Featured Speaker - James Robilotta

Leading Imperfectly: The Value of Being Authentic for Student Leaders and Human Beings (CSU Ballroom)
Zoom Meeting ID: 7090417906
Oh boy, another speech on leadership. Instead of waiting for the same cliché leadership lessons, it’s time to be different. Let’s talk about who you are personally as a leader. As humans, we can’t learn things from people who are perfect, we can only learn things from people who are imperfect. So, it is time to own who you are so you can be real to others and lead through your faults. This deep but hysterical keynote will leave you feeling introspective about the person you show to others. It will show you how being more authentic actually inspires open communication, forms tighter bonds, and causes members to be more engaged. We need to talk about you before we can talk about us, so let’s discuss where you struggle and succeed to make you a more efficient and effective authentic leader for your organization.

8:00 PM - Featured Speaker - James Robilotta

IMPROV Your Teamwork and Communication (CSU Ballroom)

Zoom Meeting ID: 7090417906

Teamwork and communication are the backbone of any effective organization. These highly interactive workshop(s) focus on highlighting best practices and common pitfalls that teams exhibit in these areas. I will cater each workshop to your team’s specific needs and they can range in length from 1-4 hours. I will stretch your team’s comfort zone, breaking down the barriers that hold us back from authentic and supportive workplaces. At the same time I will create a safe place for people to laugh at themselves and process what they are experiencing.


Tuesday evening is the marquee night of the week!  Refreshments will be provided for this highlight!

WEDNESDAY, October 20

7:00 PM 

Healthy College Diet on a College Budget (Armstrong 102)  CANCELLED
Zoom Meeting ID: 3916280488  CANCELLED

Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive! Learn tips and tricks to stretch your dollar and expand your health and wellness 

  • Holly Ellison RD, LD - Holly is the campus Registered Dietitian at MNSU - Mankato. Holly guides students and provides education on how to create a healthy and balanced plate for every meal. 
Leadership Lessons from "Among Us" (Armstrong 102)
Zoom Meeting ID: 91863048300

Leadership lessons can come from anywhere - even popular games! Join us as we play "Among Us" and highlight how group dynamics affect the teams we work in. (Please bring a mobile device to play).

By: Maverick Involvement Team

Maverick Involvement Team is a student-led program that encourages students to discover and enhance their authentic inner-leader through peer-to-peer activity and involvement in RSOs.

8:00 PM

Making Memories: Your guide to Successful Event Planning (Armstrong 102)
Zoom Meeting ID: 5286599190

Learn the steps you need to follow when planning a successful event both on and off-campus. Learn the techniques to take your social, banquet, or celebration to the next level. 

  • Student Events Team Board – The board is made up of a diverse group of students who plan and run some of campus’s favorite events (homecoming concert, Galactic Bingo, Lipsync, etc.). With events averaging 500 people in attendance, they know a thing or two about how to put on a successful event. 
  • Bill Tourville - Bill is the Assistant Director for Student Activities and works with the Student Events Team. He has been in event production for 15+ years and enjoys spending time with partner and three daughters. 

By: Tyler Pickel, President - Student Events Team

Beyond Burnout: Navigating Mental Health in College (Armstrong 102)
Zoom Meeting ID: 4428830922

Join Emi for a candid discussion about managing mental health and burnout as a college student - not just prevention, but how to bounce back when you feel like you're already burned out.

  • Emi Menk, Assistant Director of Student Activities - Emi serves as the Asst. Director of RSOs, Leadership, and Nontraditional Students. She's also a cat and dog mom, coffee lover, Nintendo nerd, and outdoor enthusiast with a penchant for pop punk!

THURSDAY, October 21

7:00 PM

Financial Literacy for College Students (Armstrong 102)
Zoom Meeting ID: 6669053943

Discussing investing in yourself and others and your clients, leadership, financial 101 and what to know coming out of college.

  • Jesse Hill is a financial advisor and a leader in our Mankato Office. Jaden was a 2 year intern and is now a full time advisor and helps grow our internship program.

By: Jesse Hill & Jaden Dowhaniuk,  Northwestern Mutual 

Why Doesn't Anyone Else Care? Navigating Apathy in Student Organizations (Morris Hall 102)
Zoom Meeting ID: 91863048300

One of the most commonly heard complaints from student organization officers is that general members, or even other officers, aren’t committed to playing as active of a role with the group as they should be. This session, considering thoughts from TJ Sullivan’s book “Motivating the Middle,” as well as real-life experiences, will look at why that is and some potential strategies for re-engaging members…or being ok with the reality we have.

By: John Bulcock, Assistant Director of Student Activities

8:00 PM

Interpersonal Communication in a Polarized World (Armstrong Hall 102)
Zoom Meeting ID: 7090417906

Tough conversations are easy to avoid and hard to navigate. This session offers strategies for effectively discussing difficult topics when talking to people you care about. 

  • Dr. Kristen Cvancara – Dr. Cvancara has read about, taught, and investigated interpersonal communication for over 25 years. She knows how to break down a tough conversation so you can effectively discuss it with confidence. 

By: Dr. Kristen Cvancara, Professor of Communication Studies