Student Engagement

We Lead

We Lead:  Empowerment and Leadership Conference

We Lead 2023: Saturday, November 11

ISU Alumni Center

10 am-3 pm

Register for We Lead HERE!

We Lead gives Iowa State students the opportunity to hone their leadership skills, engage in interactive discussions and sessions, network with other leaders from campus and the community, and reflect on their own identities, leadership qualities, and strengths in their respective roles at Iowa State and beyond. The theme for the conference is How WE Lead, and it will focus on how to define and grow your leadership skills at Iowa State and beyond. 


All people are welcome to attend WE Lead 2023. This event may be of particular interest to women (cis, trans, or otherwise), nonbinary individuals, nongendered students, or those who are looking to engage in dialogue around gender and leadership.

Keynote Speaker information

WE Lead 2023 is excited to welcome Beth Wessel-Kroeschell as our Keynote Speaker. Beth is a State Representative, House District 49, 10th term in the Iowa House of Representatives; Ranking Member of the Human Resources Committee; Member of Public Safety & Judiciary Committees, Justice Systems Appropriations Subcommittee.

WE Lead 2023 Timeline

10:00: Welcome

10:15: Keynote Speaker Introduction

10:30: Keynote Speaker: Beth Wessel-Kroeschell

11:25: Workshop Session 1: How do you want to feel as a leader? Facilitated by Dr. Susan Harper, Director of the LGBTQIA+ Center for Student Success at Iowa State University

12:10: Lunch: Baked Potato Bar

12:55: Workshop Session 2: Level Up Leadership Facilitated by Eboné Bell.

2:30: Wrap-up and reflection

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is We Lead for?

We Lead is for anyone who wants to expand their idea of leadership and build skills to become a transformative leader. We Lead centers the voices and experiences of people who may not typically see themselves represented in leadership roles, particularly women and gender-expansive individuals. However, anyone who wants to build their leadership skills and experiences can benefit from attendance at We Lead.  

Do the We Lead informational sessions only focus on "women's" issues?

No! We Lead sessions cover a wide variety of leadership topics, particularly those of interest to people who may not typically see themselves represented in leadership roles. This includes issues important to women (cis and trans) and gender-expansive individuals, but is not limited to them. 

I want to attend but I need accommodations. Who do I speak to?

Please reach out to with any accommodation needs you may have.  

I have dietary restrictions. Will there be food alternatives available?

We will have vegetarian and gluten free options available. If you have other special dietary needs, please email We also encourage you to bring snacks that fit your dietary needs. 

What happens if I register for the event but can't attend?

If you register for the event but cannot attend, please email with any updates. We understand that circumstances may arise that conflict with attendance of this event. 

Can I bring guests that are not ISU students, staff, or faculty?

This event is catered primarily to ISU students, staff, and faculty. We strongly encourage participants to refrain from inviting guests outside of the campus community. 

Is there childcare available?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide childcare for participants. We hope that hosting this event on a weekend will remove any barriers to attending this event for participants with children. 

Where should I park for the event?

Parking is available in the ISU Center parking lot, sections A2 & A3.  Handicap parking is available on both the east and west sides of the Alumni Center.:

Is there a dress code for the event?

There is no formal dress code for this event. We encourage all participants to wear whatever allows them to be comfortable sitting for long periods of time. 

What should I bring with me?

You should feel free to bring items that will allow you to be comfortable and focused throughout the day. Some things that may be helpful: 

  • A laptop, or another way to take notes 

  • Something to write on and with 

  • Any snacks you may need throughout the day 

  • A refillable water bottle 

  • A sweater or other layers if you tend to get cold 

  • Any medication you typically take during the day 


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