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Southern Collegiate Leadership Conference

The 14th Annual Conference

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Southern Collegiate Leadership Conference is held annually at Georgia Southern University to help students improve their leadership skills by investigating leadership from a variety of perspectives. Come engage in leadership development opportunities with hundreds of college students from throughout the southeast to be better prepared to lead and shape the future.


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor

Southeast Roofing Solutions

Bronze Sponsor

Omicron Delta Kappa.  The National Leadership Honor Society


Registration for the Southern Collegiate Leadership Conference is closed. Walk-ins will be accepted at the conference for a cost of $30.

*All registration payments are non-refundable after September 13th.

2019 Schedule

Saturday, September 21, 2019

8:30 – 9:00: Check-in – Light Breakfast Provided

9:00 – 9:10: Conference Welcome

9:10 – 10:05: Leadership Keynote Address

10:15 – 11:05: Workshop Sessions

11:15 – 12:05: Workshop Sessions

12:15 – 1:45: Leadership Keynote Address & Lunch Provided by Subway

2:00 – 2:50: Workshop Sessions

3:00 – 3:50: Workshop Sessions

3:55 – 4:05: Conference Closing Session

2019 Conference Theme

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

Student leaders should be developing the soft skills necessary to successfully work with others. Leadership is inherently a relational process, and relationships unavoidably involve emotional engagement. How well do you connect with others? Are you aware of the emotional information that surrounds you? Have you thought about the way you manage your emotions? Join us as we explore important questions at the intersection of emotional intelligence and leadership.

Check-in & Attire Information

Check-in for the conference will begin at 8:30 am in the Russell Union Ballroom and the conference will conclude by 4:30 pm.  Appropriate attire for this event is business casual.  

Event Address

Russell Union 85 Georgia Avenue Statesboro, GA 30458  

Transportation for Armstrong Students

Limited transportation will be provided to students traveling from the Armstrong campus on a first come, first served basis.  The conference registration form allows students to designate whether or not they are interested in transportation.  Communication will be sent to these specific students regarding transportation.

Office of Student Activities Wings Incentive Program

Georgia Southern University student organizations can earn up to 10 points for the Wings Incentive Program.

For any questions, contact John Egan at or call (912) 478-1435.

Call for Workshop Proposals

The 2019 Southern Collegiate Leadership Conference is now accepting workshop proposals. Click the button below for additional information, and to submit a workshop proposal through digital commons.

Conference Highlights

Leadership Escape Game

Southern Walkers an escape adventure.

You and your team of conference goers are the last among the living in the Southeastern United States, and the only hope for the world as a fast spreading outbreak consumes humankind. This experience, designed by leadership educators, will allow you to explore leadership competencies that are valuable for student leaders.

2019 Leadership Keynotes

Chris Esparza

Chris currently serves as the Director for Diversity, Inclusion, & Leadership Development at the University of Oregon’s School of Law and prior to this role he served as the associate director for their leadership center. Chris often infuses principals from his improvisational theater background into leadership training, and his work integrates his experience with leadership development, group facilitation, diversity and inclusion, and applied psychology. Chris is constantly striving to embody his own vision: a world that plays together—learning and growing in ways that incite shared laughter, curiosity, flow, synergy, and the co-creation of something better. His interactive keynote address will bring emotional intelligence to life through applied improvisation.

Dr. Todd Deal

Dr. Todd Deal is Professor and Executive Director, Emeritus, having retired from Georgia Southern in 2018 to take on a new challenge as Senior Faculty and Higher Education Practice Lead at the Center for Creative Leadership, a global leadership development organization based in Greensboro, NC.  On this new adventure, Dr. Deal leads a dynamic team of professionals who work across the spectrum of North American higher ed to co-create leadership development initiatives for college students, faculty, staff, and university executives.

His keynote, entitled Going Limbic! Road Rage, Stress, and Uncertainty – The Brain Chemistry Behind Emotional Intelligence, will consider the brain’s penchant for survival and how that affects our emotional responses and, ultimately, our effectiveness as leaders.

2018 Conference Program

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2017 Conference Program

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The Office of Leadership and Community Engagement at Georgia Southern University is in the business of preparing the future leaders of our region as we seek to empower students to lead positive change. Our annual undergraduate leadership conference is an effective vehicle we use to build the leadership capacity of undergraduate students, and we are thankful for your consideration in partnering with us in this important work.

At the conference, students will hear from high caliber keynote speakers, engage in leadership development workshops, and participate in experiential leadership activities.  Supporting the conference keeps registration costs low for students while enhancing the experience. We need your help developing the future leaders of our region and hope you will join us on our mission to deliver the premier collegiate leadership development event of the South.

If you have additional questions contact John Egan by email at or phone at 912-478-1435.

Sponsorship Levels

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Last updated: 9/20/2019