Project Lead is the annual leadership conference hosted by the Weber State University Student Association Leadership Team. This is an excellent opportunity to be trained by professionals that exercise leadership skills every day, as well as networks amongst workshop hosts, alumni, and your peers.
PROJECT LEAD 2022 COMING SOON!
When: February 12, 2022
Where: Shepherd Union, Weber State University, Ogden campus
Project Lead 2021: Leadership Education, Action, and Development
Keynote Speaker: Jason LeVasseur
Jason LeVasseur was awarded the 2020 “Virtual Performer of The Year” award by The Association for The Promotion of Campus Activities.
He has also previously been awarded the “Best Solo Performer of the Year” and “Best Music Performer of the Year”.
He’s shared the stage with John Mayer, Ludacris, Dave Matthews, Sugarland, and Maroon 5.
And… here's another fun fact - he is also the "Program Director" of a residential summer camp in Maine where he started as a 9-year-old camper!
His Project LEAD keynote speech was on “Showing Up In A Virtual World” and celebrating what makes you a “Rock Star Student Leader.
Positive psychology allows us to coach and empower our teams, rather than to simply manage them. We can stop trying to "fix" people and focus instead on their core strengths and passions. This section will promote authentic leadership by unlocking our own unique strengths as leaders and identifying the individual strengths of our fellow team members.
Presenters: Michael DuBois, Learning and Development Program Manager | Purple
Bio: Michael DuBois is the Learning & Development Program Manager at Purple Innovations. You've most likely seen their creative online social marketing ads including Goldilocks, Sasquatch, and JK Studios. In his role, Michael is responsible for the leadership development programs at Purple. The Purple 3D Development series has been used to build stronger, more authentic leaders across the entire spectrum of leadership roles. He is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and a member of Toastmasters International. As a public speaker, he has most recently been focusing on developing more diverse and inclusive teams through promoting originality and authenticity in the workplace.
Powerful Portfolios: Using Social Media to Stay Ahead in your Leadership Journey
Join me for some tips on navigating your first year of college, how social media can help or hinder you and why you need to start your digital portfolio during that first year! Not sure what a digital portfolio is? That's okay, we'll go over that too, along with concrete tips on how to get started and what to add!
Presenters: Sarah MacKay, Campus Recreation Marketing Coordinator
Bio: Sarah MacKay has a Bachelors Degree Business Management and a Masters Degree in Professional Communication from Weber State University. Sarah has worked in various aspects of marketing since 2012 and currently works as the Marketing Coordinator for Campus Recreation here at Weber State. Sarah has helped student employees navigate the process of preparing for a job after graduation since she began at Weber in 2015 and is looking forward to sharing some of those tips and tricks!
How to make the most of your life with Power of Positive Psychology and Educational Science
This workshop will help us develop a pathway to get to our vision of being able to learn anything. By taking this vision and creating our own reality from it. We will review and practice strategies that I used while recovering from a traumatic brain injury. I will show you how positive psychology can enable you to achieve miracles and then we will discuss how we can use educational science to maximize the amount of information that you can stick in your brain. After we get it stuck in there, we need to find the right filing cabinet to retrieve that memory. By using these techniques and by thinking positively, I was able to piece together my mind after it was destroyed in a traumatic brain injury. Imagine what you can accomplish when you apply these techniques and don';t have an injury…
Presenters: Scott Moore, Ph.D
Bio: Scott Moore graduated from Weber State with degrees in German and Medical Laboratory Science. Over the next decade, he completed medical school, pathology residency, and a clinical research fellowship in Arizona. A few months into his fellowship, he realized that he wanted to be a teacher, and his dream job opened up at Weber State that very morning. He now teaches Medical Laboratory Sciences at Weber State. Scott and his wife have a set of 5-year-old twins and a 3-year-old daughter.
Hardships to Heroism
Based on her recent TEDx talk, "Confessions of a Recovering Nobody,"Stacy will share lessons learned from her own journey through hardships to becoming the unexpected leader she is today. She inspires, educates, and empowers audiences to courageously own their stories and live epically authentic lives. Stacy believes that, while all our journeys may look different, everyone has the power to be the hero of their own story.
Presenters: Stacy Bernal, Author and TEDx Speaker
Bio: Author and TEDx speaker Stacy Bernal is a Change Instigator, inspiring and empowering audiences around the world. A vocal proponent of diversity, equity, inclusion and representation, she believes everyone is capable of creating positive, lasting change in their lives, communities and ultimately the world. She is the founder of Awesome Autistic Ogden and the Bernal Badassery Foundation 501(c)(3) nonprofit. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from WSU in 2013 and earned a certificate for Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University in 2021.
Perfectly Unfinished with Effortless Effort
Lessons learned from embracing my experiences as a 31 year attorney. How to plan for and build your future brick by brick with education and deliberate skill development and put yourself in a position to have appealing choices. Pick one and throw in. Stay actively, affirmatively connected to the infinite and adjust course as you see necessary. Know that although you'll have buckets of pain, they'll be swallowed up in oceans of joy. So have fun with the finite and know that each will "come to pass." Care deeply, especially about people, but evolve to not sweat things of even seeming great import. Be present and periodically plant a flag and celebrate the ground you've taken with someone you love. Your confidence will grow and confidence is the capital of the entrepreneur. Some maxims help put structure to your world with formulaic priorities like: "or" > "and"; "organic" > "forced"; "rainbrokers" > "rainmakers" and "recurring" > "big hits". Have fun in the short term as you play an un compromised long game. The compound return on that investment over time has blown my mind!
Presenters: Rock Allen, Trust Attorney / Investment Advisor
- Founding Partner, Sage Law Partners, LLC
- Investment Advisor, Tencap Wealth Coaching, LLC
- Stats: J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law 1989
- B.A. (Economics) University of Colorado, 1986
- Utah State Bar, United States District Court, District of Utah
- Member: Trust and Estate Planning Section of the Utah State Bar
- Adjunct Professor: Weber State University, – Estate, Gift and Trust Income Tax (2010)
- Board Member, Weber School Board Foundation (2009-2014)
- President, Weber/Davis Estate Planning Council (2004-2005)
- Board Member, Weber/Davis Estate Planning Council (2002-2006)
- Executive Vice President: The National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys (1994-2002)
- Contributing Author: Generations, Planning Your Legacy (1999)
- Contributing Author: Ways & Means, Maximize the Value of Your Retirement Savings (1999)
- Speaker at National Network Collegium Events (1994-2002)
- Speaker at Grant Taggart Symposium BYU (2018)
- Personal: Married to high school sweetheart Tracy Ashby with whom he has five children and seven grandchildren. Loves traveling, camping, boating and skiing with family and friends.
Rise Up, and be Remarkable
It’s time to be Upstanding and a bystander, to act instead of being acted upon. Do not try. We have a civic duty to not only ourselves, but to others. So in our workshop, today, we rise above our circumstances and not just sign a pledge but create an action plan for others in our state to follow. We need your voices to help in the creation of the pathways that lead the way so others can use their voice and follow.
Presenters: Jaynee Poulson, Ph.D
Bio: Dr. Poulson is the Senior Director of SAFE Choices working on prevention education in schools
across the US with SAFE Project. She became an Associate Producer on Addiction Unplugged after her TEDx on how to give pain a REAL purpose was inspired by the Surgeon General’s call to action asking America for help with an “urgent health crisis” along with her desire to remove stigmas around addiction and mental health. She has an Executive Leadership certificate from Cornell University, and is a nationally certified Professional Parent Trainer. As the CEO, and founder of The Give Back Program she works with corporations to GIVE BACK to nonprofits and communities. She taught feminism at the
University, is a start-up investor in CTI environmental technology, continues to volunteer weekly in the
youth detention center, and speaks regularly at the Utah State Prison. Poulson has worked as a licensed mental health counselor in a treatment center specializing in addiction, and eating disorders treating thousands of girls, and their families, with students as a k-12 comprehensive guidance counselor, and she currently serves on the state PTA Student Leadership Commission and the Attorney General’s Office Opioid Task Force.
Neuroscience of Effective Leadership
Take responsibility for your impact, results and reputation as a project manager. This session will help participants create awareness of the one thing that will help them improve results in their business and personal roles. It will help them begin to solve the challenges they face every day and to more successfully achieve their goals. The Neuroscience of Effective Leadership has less to do with skill, education and intelligence, and more to do with the ability to think clearly under pressure, manage
and motivate people effectively, and to change your approach as necessary. It has to do with your emotional intelligence!
Presenters: Spencer Horn, President/CEO
Bio: Spencer is currently the President of Altium Leadership. He has previously been the CEO of a
leadership development company and Vice President of a NASDAQ company which developed IMAX theaters in tourist destinations. There he worked with major organizations such as IMAX Corp., National Geographic Television, Radio City Productions, Disney Films and more. His experience is valuable to business leaders and their teams as he shares insight and knowledge that can be immediately applied. His engaging and interactive style contributes to him being in high demand as a speaker, trainer, and coach.
He is a co-author of the "Speakers on Life" anthology "The Power of the Platform"; along with Jack Canfield, Les Brown, Brian Tracy and more.
He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in economics from the University of Utah. He is a certified team coaching facilitator through Team Coaching International and a certified Professional Dynametric Programs trainer and administrator through PDP Global. Spencer has been married to his amazing wife, Jana, for more than 34 years. She is a partner and COO of Altium
Leadership. Together they have five beautiful children and five grandchildren.
Everyone Deserves a GREAT Manager: The 6 Critical Practices For Leading a Team
John C. Maxwell once said, "One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination. "This workshop will help you navigate the 6 critical practices for successfully leading a team as an effective, impactful leader and manager highlighted in FranklinCovey's "Everyone Deserves a Great Manager." Backed by decades of research and filled with field-tested tips and techniques, you will be given new strategies and ways of thinking during your journey as an emerging leader.
Presenters: Jonathan Rivera, Fitness Coordinator- Weber State University
Bio: Jonathan is the Fitness Coordinator for Campus Recreation at Weber State University. He is a PTA
Global Certified Personal Trainer with advanced credentials in Exercise and Stress Management and
Mindset Performance, ACE Group Exercise Instructor, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance
Coach, Certified TRX Suspension Trainer Coach, Schwinn Cycling Instructor, and StairMaster HIIT
Certified Instructor. His exercise philosophy, which stems from calisthenics and a love for extreme sports, is to help people across all ages express their bodies, sense of self, and identity through limitless movement.
Mentorship as Leadership
Mentors are leaders and leaders are mentors. Both go hand in hand, but what IS mentorship? In this workshop, we'll define mentorship and types of mentoring and identify best practices for effective mentoring that can help us be better leaders.
Presenters: Olga Antonio, Mentor Coordinator - Weber State
Bio: Olga G. Antonio is the Mentor Coordinator for the Peer Mentor Program in the Office of Access and Diversity and chairs the peer mentoring committee on campus. Before coming to Utah, Olga worked as a Resident Director at Western Washington University with student leaders in housing. Olga attended Baylor University (Sic'em, Bears!) for her bachelors of science in biology and chemistry and a masters degree in higher education student affairs administration. As a student leader, Olga worked with and learned from residence life, orientation, student activities and Greek life. Born in Mexico and raised in Texas, Olga loves to speak Spanish and eat Mexican and Tex-Mex food. Other interests include reading, coloring, jokes and puzzles.
Creating Authentic Career Paths Without Regret
We all know people who regret their career choices. We all know people who consistently say "If I could go back, I would have done _______ instead." Although there are many factors to "career regret", I've made discovering the factors we have control over and the ways to minimize future career regret a part of my life's mission. This workshop aims to help students to recognize the factors that feed into career regret and develop strategies for minimizing those factors before graduating college.
Presenters: Daniel Pehrson, (Incoming) Human Capital Management Analyst
Bio: Daniel is a senior at BYU studying HR Management at the Marriott School of Business. Upon
graduation, he will join Goldman Sachs as an analyst in their Human Capital Management Division. He
has worked as a recruiter for the BYU Office of IT, and as a customer service agent & trainer for the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been married for four years and loves cooking with
his wife, fishing, basketball, cars, cheese, or movies about space. He is from Syracuse, Utah, and served
an LDS mission in Atlanta, Georgia.
R.E.A.L. Projects On-Campus Internship
Come learn about how the new on-campus internship class, R.E.A.L. Projects is helping prepare the next generation of leaders! This unique class allows project teams of 3-5 students the opportunity to work on a project provided by an employer over the course of the semester, all without having to leave campus. The projects are student driven, providing a lot of opportunity to learn first hand, leadership, teamwork, communication, problem solving, and other skills!
Presenters: Robert Ameling, Assistant Director, Internships - Weber State University
Bio: Robert Ameling is an Assistant Director in Career Services overseeing internships. He helped create and implement the new on-campus internship course R.E.A.L. Projects (Real Experience Applied Learning). He has worked for Weber State just over 2 years. Prior to working at WSU he was at Salt Lak Community College for 6 years, working directly with students as a Career Counselor. He has a Master's degree from Utah State in Management & Human Resources, and a Bachelor's degree from BYU Idaho in Communication.
Horses & Leadership
This workshop is for those that are leaders or want to be one, but don't know how to get people to respect you as their leader. This workshop will teach you important lessons through the perspective of a horse!
Presenters: Kirstin Halverson, CEO
Bio: Kirstin is a wife and a mother of 3 boys. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies. She helped further research in blended families and remarriage and has helped educate the community on healthy relationships and how to achieve them. She is a certified Life Coach specializing in relationships and time management. She developed a true love for horses when she was a teenager; struggling to find her own self worth and self confidence. Horses were a very personal and non judgmental way of healing and developing her own self confidence and self awareness.
융통성 Flexibility in Leadership 2.0 - Reprised with Pandemic Lessons
Presenters: President Brad Mortensen, Weber State University
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Questions? Please contact the Student Involvement and Leadership Office at 801-626-7850 or the Admissions Office at 801-626-6050.