Student Engagement

Iowa Student Leadership Experience

What is the Iowa Student Leadership Experience?

The Iowa Student Leadership Experience (ISLE) is a one-day leadership conference that brings students together to collaborate, engage, and practice meaningful leadership. ISLE is a collaboration between Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa and is open to students from all three campuses. 

2022 Iowa Student Leadership Experience:

Date: Saturday, February 12th
Event Format: In-person event held at Iowa State University 
Event Schedule: 
11:00 am Welcome (Durham Great Hall)
11:15 am Keynote Speaker: Mitch Matthews (Durham Great Hall)
11:45am Keynote Dreamer Activity
12:15 pm Keynote Wrap-Up
12:30 pm Lunch (Sun Room and South Bathroom)
1:15 pm Student Panel (Sun Room)
2:00 pm Break
2:15 pm Breakout Session
  • Roundtable discussion (Cardinal Room)
    • This session allows students to reflect and discuss common issues, successes, and challenges that are faced in their leadership roles.
  • COVID and Student Leadership Fatigue (Campanile Room)
    • Participants are invited to join in community and share common leadership struggles during challenging times. Peer Wellness Educators, from ISU Student Wellness, will share information about resources for self-care within the Student Health and Wellness Unit.
  • Crucial Conversations and How to Work Through Difference (Room 3560)
    • Helping leaders confidently engage in crucial conversations, allowing work to happen with people, rather than through people. Learn how to identify and lean into "the Law of Crucial Conversations" in your leadership and personal relationships.
  • Life and Leadership after Undergrad (Room 3580)
    • All successful leaders share one powerful characteristic: a desire for continuous growth. Now more than ever, companies are looking for college graduates who have more than just a high GPA; they want someone with a strong desire to lead, a high level of confidence, and a mindset of, "I will find a way." This session will show you the top three traits employers want out of recent college grads, how to dramatically improve your chances of getting the job you want, and to build your confidence in minutes!
3:00pm Break
3:25pm Breakout Session
  • Roundtable discussion (Cardinal Room)
    • This session allows students to reflect and discuss common issues, successes, and challenges that are faced in their leadership roles.
  • COVID and Student Leadership Fatigue (Campanile Room)
    • Participants are invited to join in community and share common leadership struggles during challenging times. Peer Wellness Educators, from ISU Student Wellness, will share information about resources for self-care within the Student Health and Wellness Unit.
  • Crucial Conversations and How to Work Through Difference (Room 3560)
    • Helping leaders confidently engage in crucial conversations, allowing work to happen with people, rather than through people. Learn how to identify and lean into "the Law of Crucial Conversations" in your leadership and personal relationships.
  • Life and Leadership after Undergrad (Room 3580)
    • All successful leaders share one powerful characteristic: a desire for continuous growth. Now more than ever, companies are looking for college graduates who have more than just a high GPA; they want someone with a strong desire to lead, a high level of confidence, and a mindset of, "I will find a way." This session will show you the top three traits employers want out of recent college grads, how to dramatically improve your chances of getting the job you want, and to build your confidence in minutes!
4:10pm Closing (Durham Great Hall)

               

Keynote Speaker: Mitch Matthews

Mitch Matthews is a successful entrepreneur and best-selling author. Mitch's podcast called "DREAM. THINK. DO." has been ranked #1 by the Huffington Post and is the top 5% on Apple Podcasts.

Back in 2006, Mitch and his wife started something called the "BIG Dream Gathering." It began as a "happy accident," but it has since turned into a movement. Since then, Mitch and his "Dream Team" have impacted over a million people through their podcast and their fun and inspiring events. For his keynote speech, Mitch is going to share a little of the story of the BIG Dream Gathering along with a few things he's learned about achieving big dreams along the way.

Then, we're all going to get to experience it first-hand.

Most importantly, Mitch proudly lives a "highly-caffeinated" lifestyle in Des Moines with his wife Melissa and their two sons. The Iowa Student Leadership Experience is looking forward to welcoming Mitch and his keynote speech to Iowa State University.

 

Who is invited?

This year ISLE is collaborating with University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa to facilitate the in-person conference experience. All students from UNI, ISU, and Iowa are welcome to attend the conference. 

What's in it for me? 

  • Gain new leadership skills and insight

  • Hear new ideas to implement

  • Network and collaborate with campus leaders from three campuses

  • Learn from dynamic presenters

What is the cost?

The Iowa Student Leadership Experience is a FREE event for ISU, UNI, and University of Iowa students!

How do I register?

Registration is currently closed. 

What if I register but later cannot attend?

Please email isle@iastate.edu to cancel your registration. But you don't want to miss this!

Questions?

Email isle@iastate.edu

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