RIT Hosts Connectology Leadership Conference April 4

RIT Leadership Institute gives Rochester-area students tools to succeed in troubled economy

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The Rochester Institute of Technology Leadership Institute and Community Service Center hosts the fifth annual Connectology Leadership Conference. The event aims to give students from RIT and surrounding colleges real-life leadership tools. With six unique topic-tracks, 24 scheduled workshops and more than 300 registrants, it stands to be the largest Connectology event to date. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, in Webb Auditorium in the Frank E. Gannett Building.

Dion Jordan opens the conference with a keynote address at 8 a.m. Jordan, who has appeared in numerous national media outlets including USA Today and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” runs an international empowerment firm. His address will focus on personal communication. Dave Kelly closes the conference with a keynote address from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Kelly is a professional speaker, author and trainer. He specializes in membership retention and has worked with various organizations in the area.

Throughout the day, students will attend one of six tracks that focus on a specific topic. The six tracks are Personal Success Skills, Leading Others, Real World, Bonus Track, Clubs Leadership, and Leadership & Community. Within each particular track are four workshops. All the workshops are led by speakers from RIT and the Greater Rochester community. The Real World track is designed to help upcoming graduates prepare for life after graduation. Students will learn about prioritizing debt repayment and financial planning for the long term.

New to the conference this year is the Leadership & Community track. “This track will encourage students to put their leadership skills into action by addressing current community needs such as poverty and environmental sustainability,” says Molly McGowan, director of the Leadership Institute and Community Service Center.

Students will receive a leadership certificate after completing the program. The Leadership Institute and Community Service Center offers programs and information sessions throughout the year. To learn more, visit www.rit.edu/leadership.