Student Involvement

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The Pacific Northwest Student Leadership Conference

Student Leadership Conference is a unique opportunity to meet student leaders from across the WSU system while discussing the basics of leadership and building on our foundational skills. 


Spring '21 Registration is now closed. See you in the fall!

  • Conference Schedule

    Conference Schedule

    • 9:30 a.m. - Check-In - Please feel free to explore the online platform while we get everything started for the day.
    • 10:00 a.m. - Welcome and keynote with James T. Robilotta
    • 11:00 a.m. - Break
    • 11:10 a.m. - Session 1 Workshops (50 minute sessions)
    • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch
    • 12:50 p.m. - Check-In
    • 1:00 p.m. - Session 2 Workshops (50-minute sessions) 
    • 2:00 p.m. - Sessions 3 Workshops (50-minute sessions)
    • 2:50 p.m. - Break
    • 3:00 p.m. - Wrap Up with James T. Robilotta
    • 3:30 p.m. - Networking 

      Hopin has an amazing tool that automatically pairs participants for 5 minutes of networking. At the end of 5 minutes it will automatically pair you with new participant. You can leave or switch partners at any time and if you are having a great conversation both participants can elect to continue the conversation.

    • 4:00 p.m. - Closing with Ashley Morehouse and Carson Bowers

  • Session 1 Workshops

    Session 1 Workshops

    11:10 - 12:00 p.m.

    Love in Leadership

    James Robilotta

    Great teams require great leaders. And great leaders pour love into their talent. It may feel weird to bring up love in leadership, but it’s the cornerstone of commitment, relationships, teams, and growth, so it’s time we talked about it. In this powerful session, attendees will learn where they fall on an innovative leadership spectrum and identify ways to balance performance and team dynamics. If you’re ready to see dramatic performance and development gains in your teams, this session is for you.

    Navigating Constant Change with Confidence

    Brian Shuffield

    If there is one thing certain in life, it is that we can expect constant change. Changing staffing, policy, and procedures, student leadership, and advisement, coupled with a student population that is continually evolving, requires students to be nimble and adaptive. This interactive session will challenge participants to reflect on their own comfort in working through continual change and explore strategies for moving forward with confidence.

    Show me a good manager, and I'll show you a GREAT professional leader

    James Bledsoe

    Strengthening leadership skills has nothing to do with seeking the title of director or president, but rather everything to do with focusing on your personal & professional development.  Learn leadership development strategies that can also help you to release your professional potential by focusing on attitude, management, and relationship building.

  • Session 2 Workshops

    Session 2 Workshops

    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

    Developing a positive group

    Arturo Gavilanes

    In this workshop, I want to explore what it takes to develop a positive group culture. Having group members bought into your organization and creating the environment you want is no simple matter. Together we will explore how individuals can lead their groups towards a shared vision.

    What's your why and the power of objectives

    Evelyn Martinez-Ostrom

    In this workshop, you will reflect on your organization's mission/purpose and learn how to achieve your goals by focusing on the objectives of your organization and your events/activities.

    Introduction to COUG Presence

    Kathleen Eckert

    In this workshop, students will be introduced to the new involvement platform COUG Presence. We will discuss how to get involved and best practices for student leaders to engage students through COUG Presence.

  • Session 3 Workshops

    Session 3 Workshops

    2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

    Leadership for a modern world: Modern problems require modern solutions

    Arturo Gavilanes

    As a society, we deserve leaders who reflect the diversity of the population. We've seen that we live in a society with a dire need for effective leaders. In this workshop, we will explore what it means to be an effective leader and how to cultivate your own leadership persona.

    Empowering student leaders in the community

    Ben Calabretta

    Student engagement in the community plays an important role in a student's development as a leader. Participants in this session will learn how to get themselves and/or their student organization involved in the community to make a positive impact for change!

    Palouse 101

    Kaye Gill

    Are you a first-year student that couldn’t move to Pullman in 2020, or maybe you’re a current student looking for new things to do around town? Either way, this session will explore all things Palouse! Coffee shops, fun Pullman outings, and everything outdoors, it's always a great day to explore where you live (or are going to live soon).

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Spring '21 Keynote Speaker


Student Involvement is excited to welcome James Robilotta to WSU.  Join us as James does the two things he loves most: causing audiences to think critically about their leadership journeys and making people laugh!  

Learn more about James Robilotta

View past Keynote speakers

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All-in-one live online event

Student Involvement is excited to partner with the Hopin platform to deliver a unique live online event.  The platform has been a reliable tool for organizations such as The Wall Street Journal and The United Nations. We are excited to use it with our current and future student leaders!

Receive a FREE T-shirt

First-time conference undergraduate attendees are eligible to receive a FREE Cougs Lead T-shirt for registering and attending the event. 

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