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Conference Schedule

2021 Conference Schedule
Time Activity/Event Location
8-9 a.m. Registration/Check-In & Breakfast Bayou Building, Atrium I
9-9:15 a.m. Opening/Welcome Bayou Theater
9:15-10:15 a.m. Opening Keynote Bayou Theater
10:30-11:20 a.m. Session Block 1 Various
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Session Block 2 Various
12:20-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Exhibits, & Resume Review Bayou Building, Atrium II
1:40-2:30 p.m. Employer Panel Bayou Theater
2:30-3:20 p.m. Session Block 3 Various
3:30-4:20 p.m. Session Block 4 Various
4:30-5:30 p.m. Closing Keynote Bayou Theater
5:30-6:15 p.m. Networking Mixer Bayou Building, Atrium I

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Conference Session Tracks

We are excited that you have chosen to join us as we embark on Mission: Excellence! At this year's Annual Student Leadership and Career Development Conference, you will be able to select your path to excellence as you select which conference sessions you'd like to attend. At the end of the conference, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your success.

Mission: Leadership

Students attend at least four sessions (2 required leadership track, 2 optional elective sessions).

Mission: Career Development

Students attend at least four sessions (2 required career development track, 2 optional elective sessions).

Mission: Pick your Path

Students attend at least four sessions of their choosing.

You choose your path as we embark on Mission: Excellence.

Sessions Blocks

Session Block 1 | 10:30-11:20a.m.

Don't Ruffle My Hawk Feathers: Navigating Conflict in Teams and Organizations

Presenter: Mohammad-Mehdi Khan & Shelby Kuepker

Room: Bayou 1133

Presenters will discuss the role of conflict in various types of teams - academic, organizational, and professional. Presenters will identify strategies with participants to navigate conflict and the role effective leaders and employers have in mitigating and progressing conflict resolution.

Track: Any Track

How my Leadership Skills Have Been a Catalyst for my Career Path

Panel Moderator: Joyce Delores Taylor

Room: Bayou 1211

In this session, students can engage with a panel of leaders (student leaders, faculty, staff, and UH-Clear Lake alumni) and hear how they have used their leadership skills to be successful in academia, student organization leadership roles, and their careers and professions.

This panel will be moderated by UH-Clear Lake College of Human Sciences and Humanities Senior Lecturer and Director of Behavioral Sciences, Distinguished UH-Clear Lake Alumna, Joyce Delores Taylor. This workshop experience aims to teach you leadership skills through engaging and interactive activities and panel discussion.

Track: Any Track

Negotiating a Job Offer

Presenter: Chuck Crocker

Room: Bayou 1217

Attendees will learn how to research and obtain data to evaluate and present one's personal market value, how to handle scenarios involving salary expectations, and how to handle a job offer.

Track: Career Development Track

The Art of Listening

Presenter: Amanda Handsbur

Room: Bayou 1135

In this session, students will review key communication traps and scenarios through interactive videos and discussion, focusing on empathy as a platform for effective listening.

Track: Leadership Track

Session Block 2 | 11:30a.m.-12:20p.m.

Making Your Leadership Count: Translating Your Student Leader Experience to Your Future Career

Presenter: Erica Njoku

Room: Bayou 1211

This presentation will cover how student organization experience can translate to a variety of career fields. Attendees will be able to identify how their involvement on campus will positively impact their future career goals, communication skills, ability to work collaboratives, and their organizational skills.

Track: Any Track

From Good to Great! 4 Leadership Strategies that Will Enable Student Leaders to Thrive, Succeed, & Be More Resilient During Adverse Times!

Presenter: Dr. Joshua Fredenburg

Room: Bayou 1135

Let's face it! The past two years have not only been very challenging for leaders across the world, but the ability to navigate, adapt, pivot, and be more resilient has been more important than ever before in order to thrive and succeed as a leader! To help student leaders thrive and succeed during these challenging times, Dr. Jay will not only talk about the importance of maximizing these moments as an emerging leader, but more importantly, provide student leaders with a set of resilient strategies that will enable them to thrive, succeed, and overcome various obstacles during these changing and adverse times.

Track: Leadership Track

Pathways to Leadership

Presenter: Jo Ann Wilder

Room: Bayou 1217

This interactive session will discuss the importance of training (both as professional development and formal training), shining a spotlight on opportunities to take leadership roles and the importance of networking and finding a mentor.

Track: Leadership Track

What Does the Future Hold? Media and Communication Careers

Presenter: Dr. Anna Klyueva

Room: Bayou 1133

In this session, students will learn what skills employers are looking for in a communication graduate while reviewing the USC report on the future of the communication job.

Track: Career Development Track

Session Block 3 | 2:30-3:20p.m.

Banking on Change: How to Think Clearly to Lead with Courage in a Digital World

Presenter: James Lay

Room: Bayou 1211

In this session, James will share insights framed around leadership in a digital world using strategic thinking exercises as part of the Exponential Growth Method; leading participants on a path forward to future growth...both personally and professionally.

Track: Any Track

Mindful and Authentic Leadership and the Importance of Self-Care

Presenter: Dr. Cindy Cook

Room: Bayou 1217

This session will discuss strategies for adopting a mindful and authentic leadership approach, and the importance of these skills in being an effective leader especially during times of stress and change. The importance of self-care as a leader and strategies for integrating self-care into leadership practices will also be discussed.

Track: Leadership Track

The Female Experience in the Workplace

Presenter: Lillian Davenport

Room: Bayou 1135

The female workplace experience is complex and unique. Generalizations across the gender group create equity, inclusion, and belonging strategy gaps. While organizations are developing integrated diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies, applied knowledge within one's sphere of control contributes to meaningful change.

This session is for participants who want to –

  • Explore intersectionality implications
  • Level-set on the female workplace experiences and the behavioral, belonging, and engagement impacts
  • Learn strategies to advocate for oneself and successfully navigate the workplace environment

Track: Career Development Track

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Management to Help your Career

Presenter: Dr. Laura Guerrero

Room: Bayou 1133

Do you ever wonder if there is a quick way to learn everything you need to know to have a successful career? Well, this is not exactly that, but it is what I consider to be the top 10 things that you need to know to be a good employee, a good manager and a good leader. This interactive session will allow students to consider how to apply what they learn in management and other career-focused classes.

Track: Career Development Track

Session Block 4 | 3:30-4:20p.m.

I'm Sorry for What My Face Did While You Were Talking: Nonverbal Communication for Personal and Professional Success

Presenter: Mohammad-Mehdi Khan & Shelby Kuepker

Room: Bayou 1135

Presenters will present engaging and interactive activities focused on the role of nonverbal cues in effective communication. Presenters will work collaboratively with participants to identify strategies for cultivating skills related to communication and nonverbal cues. Participants will have an opportunity to practice these skills and engage in dialogue with peers, and critically analyze how this applies during the era of masks, Zoom, and with individuals from diverse backgrounds with varying abilities.

Track: Any Track

Leadership on the Loose with Dr. Seuss

Presenter: Vanessa Maduzia

Room: Bayou 1211

Would you, could you, should you lead? Won’t you, don’t you meet their needs? Dr. Seuss has been teaching us to lead since we were infants. Such stories as "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Horton Hatches the Egg" offer views on lessons to be learned and on leadership techniques.

Track: Leadership Track

Countering Problematic Leadership Culture

Presenter: Aja Rodriguez

Room: Bayou 1217

In this session, students will discuss where they learned to be leaders and what dominant problematic culture of leadership is today before diving into identifying through storytelling how these problematic practices hurt everyone. Students will then talk through tangible ways to navigate and change that culture through critical thinking, advocacy, and action.

Track: Any Track

LinkedIn: Virtual Networking and Job Searching

Presenter: Lindsley Burgess

Room: Bayou 1133

Learn how to navigate LinkedIn, utilize the full potential of LinkedIn’s networking and job searching tools and improve your profile content.

Track: Any Track


Conference activities will be held in the Bayou Building on the UHCL campus.

University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058


Free parking is in Student Lot D for the conference.

Campus Map (PDF)


A light breakfast and lunch are included with your conference registration.


We have partnered with Sonesta Simply Suites - Clear Lake (2737 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX 77058) to offer a discounted rate for those attending the conference. This hotel is within walking distance, just across the street from the UH-Clear Lake campus. At a rate of $79.00, you can reserve a Studio Suite (one queen bed). 

To take advantage of this offer, email Crystal Reyes ( or call Simply Suites - Clear Lake at 281-4610-3060. The group block name is: 24th Annual Student Leadership & Career Development Conference.  


  • Student Involvement and Leadership

    Phone: 281-283-2560
    Fax: 281-283-2566

    SSCB 1204
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 198
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Regular office hours:
    Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Fri. - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.