U Lead Leadership Conference
Sunday, March 2, 2014
10 am – 5 pm
U Lead is a free program open to all students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire looking to learn something new, network with others from campus, and work collaboratively to become more leadership-focused. This conference is designed and run by student leaders to help address problem areas, new techniques for leadership, and other topics that you care about.
This free conference features networking opportunities, a student keynote and several breakout sessions on various leadership topics. All students attending all conference sessions receive a certificate of achievement. Lunch and refreshments are provided during the conference.
Registration is open through Wednesday, February 26, and is only open to the first 150 students.
U Lead comes from an increased demand in leadership-focused programming. It is a supplement to the fall conference, We Lead, since it has similar goals and is open to any UW-Eau Claire student interested in leadership development.
The 2013 Conference in Review
On Sunday, March 3, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire hosted the first U Lead Leadership Conference, welcoming over 60 student participants. Students had varying previous involvement, majors and year in school, with the two highest populations being freshmen (44%) and seniors (21%).
The free half-day program in Davies Center featured all student presenters. Topics included recognizing recognition, leading with technology, leadership for what purpose, leadership and failure, qualities of a leader, budgeting, stages of team development and more.
The conference opened with a keynote address by Jakob Broesch, a UW-Eau Claire senior majoring in Information Systems. Broesch discussed the concept of without why, what we do doesn't matter and finding motivation for why we pursue varying leadership opportunities.
In the evaluation survey, students were asked to comment ont he overall experience and what they learned.
"I loved the variety of the new ideas presented about leadership that I have not heard about before."
"Gaining a wide variety of skills that I can apply to all my leadership roles."
"Awesome event. I want to attend next year."
"Why I do what I do — this conference was a great boost to my future."