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Breakout Session Descriptions

 

Breakout Session 1: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Session 2:  1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Breakout Session 3:  2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

 

 

Breakout Session 1 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE
  LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1

Presented by: 

  • Dr. Maria Hernandez, Co-Founder, LatinaVIDA

What is executive presence and what does it mean to have it? The Center for Talent Innovation recently published key findings that suggest being seen as a leader requires that you get three things right: Appearance, Communication and Gravitas. The right mix of these qualities communicates to others that you are in charge or deserve to be. The good news is that all of these can be learned. This session will explore the nature of executive presence and examples of steps to take to achieve these qualities.

 

PROFESSOR DUMPSTER: TAKING THE DIVE
LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1

Presented by: 

  • Dr. Jeff Wilson, Dean, University College, Huston-Tillotson University
What does home look like in a world of 10 billion people? How do we equip current and future generations with the tools they need for sustainable living practices? This session will explore the experience of a professor who sold everything he owned and has chosen to live for a year in a used Austin dumpster to raise awareness about waste and sustainable living. 
 

THE BIG REVEAL: LESSONS IN CORPORATE LEADERSHIP
LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1

Presented by:

  • Alicia Arenas, founder and CEO, Sanera, The People Development Company

Have you ever wanted to take a peek behind the curtain of corporate leadership? This session will be presented by a professional executive leadership consultant who will share lessons to be learned from some of her clients including whether they have overcome their deficiencies or capitalized on their areas of strength. 

   

CHARACTERISTICS OF VISIONARY LEADERS: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TO MARK ZUCKERBERG
LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1

Presented by:

  • Dr. Dann Brown, Dean, University College, Texas State University
A visionary leader should have the ability to create and articulate a realistic, credible and attractive vision of the future that improves upon the present situation. This session will identify characteristics of visionary leaders and explore how leaders can avoid failure.

 

LEADERSHIP THROUGH PUBLIC SERVICE
LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1

Presented by:    

  • Ms. Laura Huffman, State Director, The Nature Conservancy in Texas
Public service is an exciting field for individuals who have the passion to not only transform the lives of individuals but their communities as well. Come and listen to the experiences of an individual who has dedicated her life to public service.

 

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: TURNING YOUR PASSION INTO ACTION
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.6

Presented by: 

  • Ms. Evita Morin, LMSW, AVP of Transformational Services, Haven for Hope
  • Ms. Naomi Brown, LMSW, Trainer, Haven for Hope
Society had given up on them. They had given up on themselves. Living on the streets of San Antonio for decades, a news story captured the plight of homelessness in San Antonio. This captured the heart of a city trailblazer who founded Haven for Hope, a centralized space for servant leaders to turn their passion of ending homelessness into action. The journey began with a simple passion, a belief in the capacity of every human being to transform his or her life. Learn how action can collide with your passion, from this fanatically audacious entrepreneurial model of social service and servant leadership.

 

LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE: THE GREAT CONNECTION
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.9

Presented by:

  • Dr. Stephanie Martinez, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, St. Edward's University

As a leader, whom are you serving? This presentation will detail the connection between participating in service and our education in leadership and will empower listeners with the philosophy that caring for others and putting your followers first should be a core component of leadership.

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Breakout Session 2 - 1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

EMPOWERING WOMEN TO LEAD
LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1

Presented by:

  • Dr. Maria Hernandez, Co-Founder, LatinaVIDA
Only 14% of executive officers in the Fortune 500 are women, with roughly 3% being Latina and only 1.9% being African American. Recent findings from Catalyst highlight the role of mentors and advocates in positioning women for success by providing important feedback and endorsing their capabilities and strengths. This session explores the difference between a mentor and sponsor, and how to identify the right individuals to make your career a success.

  

DIVERSITY THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS
LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1

Presented by:

  • Mr. Jose Aaron Hinojosa, Residence Director, Department of Housing and Residential Life, Texas State University
How do we come to decide how we think about people, ideas, cultures and so many other aspects of social justice? Using various activities, we can look at how we come to certain ideas about the world around us and talk about ways we can consider things we haven't before. There are infinite approaches to addressing this topic and this presentation utilizes a few of those approaches.
 
 
FEEDBACK: THANKS. HUH? WHAT?!!
LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1

Presented by:

  • Mr. Jaden Felix, Coordinator of Sorority and Fraternity Life, Office of the Dean of Students, The University of Texas at Austin
Leadership is not about your position, it's about what you do. The best leaders model behaviors that influence the team to be successful. In this workshop, we are going to focus on the importance of communication, specifically feedback - the kind that is encouraging, supportive, and provides direction.

 

ETHICAL JOURNEY: LET YOUR CORE VALUES BE YOUR GUIDE
LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1

Presented by:

  • Ms. Norma Guerra Gaier, Director, Career Services, Texas State University
Ethical leadership requires knowing your core values and having the courage to live them in all parts of your life. This session will examine the process of identifying your core values and ethical standards of practice and how to effectively transition them to the workplace.
 

THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE: THROUGH ADVERSITY TO SUCCESS
LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1

Presented by: 

  • Dr. Mariano Díaz-Miranda, Director, Latino/Latin American Studies Center, Austin Community College
Grit is one of the greatest predictors of success and can be understood as living life like it is a marathon and not a sprint. An individual's decision to persist despite failure, closed doors or missed opportunities can lead to incredible results. This session will explore the power of persistence through a personal story and inspire participants to push back against adversity.
 

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: PREPAREDNESS 101
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.6

Presented by:

  • Dr. Kimberly Litwinowich, Postdoctoral Resident, Counseling Center, Texas State University
  • Dr. Shawne Ortiz, Postdoctoral Resident, Counseling Center, Texas State University
Learn how to eat, sleep, and play in a way that prevents you from feeling like a zombie. This workshop is geared to help you build college survival skills so that you successfully manage the stress of being a student. 

TELLING YOUR LEADERSHIP STORY, STARTING WITH A DOT
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.9

Presented by:

  • Ms. Iliana Melendez, M.Ed., Student Conduct Officer, Dean of Students Office, Texas State University

Explore where your leadership journey begins through story telling. All stories begin with an author, and the story of your leadership journey is no different. To know, connect, and develop future student leaders, we must all understand our own journey and the meaning behind it. Knowing your experience and being comfortable with what it has taught you will make your impact so much greater. Come and explore your journey and tell your story.

 

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Session 3 - 2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

 

CREATE A GOLD MEDAL TEAM
LOCATION: LBJ 3-3.1

Presented by:

  • Ms. Lanita Legan, Associate Director, LBJ Student Center, Texas State University
This session will allow participants to identify the stages of teambuilding, what to expect when creating a team and how to celebrate the milestones it reaches. We will learn effective activities to allow your team, organization, committee or group to excel along their journey. We will cover team strengths, how to promote unity, problem solving, communication and team identity. Come celebrate your team's journey!
 
FROM UNDERSTANDING TO ACTION: SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR A BETTER WORLD
LOCATION: LBJ 3-5.1
 
Presented by:
  • Mr. Clint-Michael Reneau, M.Ed., Director, Office of Disability Services, Texas State University
In a multicultural society, discussion about issues of conflict and community are needed to facilitate understanding between social/cultural groups. Students who attend this session will have the opportunity to explore the identities that make up who they are and better understand the extent to which these identities impact their actions. 
 

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?: RECOGNIZING BARRIERS TO EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
LOCATION: LBJ 3-9.1

Presented by:

  • Mr. Colter Ray, Graduate Assistant, Department of Communication Studies, Texas State University
Most of the problems we face in our professional and personal lives result from poor communication. However, we tend to focus more on fixing our messages rather than improving as listeners. This interactive session will train you to become a better listener and teach you how to minimize distractions and other listening barriers so you can lead a better life at home and at the office.
 

WHEN WORK AND SOCIAL LIFE COLLIDE
LOCATION: LBJ 3-13.1

Presented by:

  • Mr. Chad Schexnayder, Social Media Support Specialist, Spredfast
As students navigate the complexities of transitioning their collegiate experience to the workforce, many do not fully understand the opportunities and repercussions associated with their social media presence. This session will help students understand how to navigate the complexities of a professional and a social life.
 
 

FOLLOW YOUR VISION: LESSONS FROM LEADERSHAPE® 
LOCATION: LBJ 3-15.1

Panelist:

  • John-Patrick Blackard, Texas State student
  • Elizabeth Grothaus, Texas State student
  • Sarah Sutton, Texas State student
LeaderShape®'s vision is to create a just, caring and thriving world where all lead with integrity and have a healthy disregard for the impossible. This panel of LeaderShape®-Texas State alumni will discuss their experience in identifying their passion, and how they are working to achieve their vision.
 

SWT TO TEXAS STATE: STUDENTS CREATING CHANGE
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.6

Presented by:
  • Mr. Justin A. Fischer, J.D., Attorney at Law, Law Office of Justin A. Fischer

Never underestimate the power of students in creating change. Come and listen to one of the student leaders who was instrumental in changing the name from Southwest Texas to Texas State ten years ago. Listen to how the voice of students, spearheaded by the Associated Student Government, took action and forever changed the direction of this institution.

 

   

LEADING WITH THE MIND, BODY AND SOUL
LOCATION: LBJ 4-1.9

Presented by:
  • Mr. Dakota Doman, Director of Student Life and Services, University of Houston-Victoria

As students matriculate through their respective undergraduate curriculum, they often aspire to improve their academic performance, enhance their skills and develop leadership capabilities that will serve them well once they graduate. Despite attempts to make better grades and take on positions of influence, many students fall short of succeeding their goals of overall improvement. This session will explain how to maintain a healthy balance between mind, body and soul and how doing so will increase academic and lifelong learning.