2015 Aggies Leading the Way!

The second annual Aggies Leading the Way! Undergraduate Leadership Conference was held on February 27 and 28, 2015.

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Dates / Times

Leadership Rally:
Friday, Feb. 27th, 5pm - 7pm
Student Community Center,
Multipurpose Room

Main Conference:
Saturday, Feb. 28th, 9:30 am – 4pm
UCD Conference Center


Conference Mission

This 2015 conference theme was Finding Your Path. Through a variety of interactive workshops, the aim was to help students:

  1. Identify and enhance their own unique leadership path
  2. Recognize how their leadership path intersects and complements the paths of others
  3. Understand how building a collective of leadership paths contribute to the greater good


Keynote Speakers

Image of David Acosta

The Keynote Speaker for the rally was Carolyn Thomas, Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. To view her biography please Click Here.

The Keynote Speaker for the main conference was David Acosta, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion. To view his biography please Click Here.



Main Conference Workshop Areas

Collaboration group at 2014 conference

Finding and Strengthening Your Leadership Path – Session 1

Session 1 workshops focus on helping students identify and enhance their own unique leadership path.  Whether students are just beginning to carve out their path or need help navigating it, workshops in this area will equip students with the skills and knowledge to succeed on their journey.

Merging and Embracing the Paths of Others – Session 2

Session 2 workshops focus on helping students recognize how their leadership path intersects and complements the paths of others.  Rather than speed past others or neglect to slow down and explore commonality, workshops in this area will address the value of merging and embracing the paths of others.

Fostering A Path Collective – Session 3

Session 3 workshops focus on helping students understand how building a collective of leadership paths contribute to the greater good.  Greater impact and change occurs in the power of numbers and by working with others of similar goals and missions, much can be accomplished.  Workshops in this area will address navigating environmental factors to establish and foster a path collective.



Conference Resources

To Download a copy of the 2015 Aggies Leading the Way program, please click here.

Below are the presentations from each of the three sessions of the conference.

Session 1 Presentations – Self

Living the Life You Dream by Alberto Antonio Valdivia

Networking and Professional Etiquette by Marcel Kristel

Servant Leadership and Forging Strategic Vision by Darren Nelson

Moving Beyond Failure: How to learn and grow from mistakes by Jerry John Nutor

Leading with Purpose and Establishing a Vision by Venita Sivamani

Session 2 Presentations – Others

Learning to Manage Up by Scott Vignos & Allison Pedrazzi

Is This Debate or Dialogue? Understanding the role of communication in community building by Mariah K. Watson

Your Leadership Energy: Knowing the tone you put forth and how to adjust it by Brian Luu

Strengths-based Leadership: Leveraging group talent to achieve more by Ilesha Graham

Session 3 Presentations – Context

Collaboration as a Powerful Tool for Change: Balancing risk, commitment, and resources by Brittany Derieg

Embracing the Collective by Molly Bechtel and Lyndon Huling

Using Strategy to Boost Creative and Innovative Thinking by Carlos Custodio

Leading Change Using Collective Wisdom and Empowerment by Hilary Bekmann

Say What? Powerful Communication for Connection + Community by Ilesha Graham


Conference Feedback

  • "This conference has inspired me to think about myself and my role in the world and the community and what can I share and give back."
  • “It is an awesome opportunity to learn about leadership and how to improve as a leader.”
  • "It's a life changing experience."
  • "The conference should be attended as it provides effective leadership education and engages one’s mind towards different parts of the community."
  • “It gives an insight into the different dimensions of leadership.”
  • "It allows them to think about what's important to them and what their legacy is so that they can have direction to achieve these goals."
  • “It really changes the way you think and is surprisingly fun.”
  • "It's very inspiring. I learned a lot about myself, others, and how to communicate well."
  • “It opens your eyes to leadership perspectives, gives you practical information. Plus it’s fun and you get to meet like-minded friends.”
  • “You meet really cool people and workshops are very helpful.”
  • "It's empowering! Young people need to boost their confidence and learn to be more articluate."
  • "It is greater than the accumulation of all my classes at Davis. The one practical application I can get at UCD."
  • "It helped me know the importance of knowing and being able to articulate my purpose."
  • "Such a great place where you can reflect yourself as an undergraduate student, leader and just as a person."
  • “There are so many opportunities to learn and grow through leadership. Also how to be a good, inclusive leader.”
  • “It’s fun and informative.”

Conference made possible through a partnership between Undergraduate Education and the Division of Student Affairs and funds generated by ATM Campus Agreements.

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