Connectology Leadership Conference

Don't miss out on this outstanding and worthwhile one-day opportunity! The RIT Connectology Leadership Conference offers a wide variety of Leadership Development and Career Readiness Workshops where students and alumni can develop the skills necessary to get ahead and stay ahead in their careers. The conference offers 24 separate workshops which are facilitated by speakers from RIT and the Greater Rochester Community and features nationally renowned motivational speakers.

The speakers and conference sessions are guaranteed to inspire you and leave you with many tips on how to succeed as a leader in your career and personal lives. Conference participants will also have the opportunity to work towards earning one of RIT's leadership certificates. Connectology is guaranteed to leave you with leadership skills that will last a lifetime. (Reflection paper must be submitted following the conference.)

Connectology admission is $10 for RIT students and $20 for Non-RIT students and alumni.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - RIT Student Alumni Union

Participants are asked to choose one workshop for each session.

8:00 - 9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
Student Alumni Union Lobby - Check-in & Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 AM Welcome and Introduction - SAU Ingle Auditorium
9:30 - 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker - Justin Jones-Fosu
10:40 - 11:40 AM Session 1
11:50 - 12:50 PM Session 2
1:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch SAU Davis Room Cafeteria
1:30 - 2:00 PM Service Project
2:10 - 3:10 PM Session 3
3:20 - 4:20 PM Session 4
4:30 - 5:00 PM Closing Activities and Raffles - SAU Davis Room Cafeteria

For detailed workshop descriptions please download the Connectology Schedule


Workshop Tracks

  • PSS - Personal Success Skills
  • OL - Organizational Leadership
  • PL - Peer Leadership
  • SC - Social Change
  • RW - Real World for Upperclassmen
  • BNS - Bonus Track


10:40 to 11:40 AM - Session 1

Workshop Track Workshop Presenter
PSS Communicating With Confidence Lori Marra
OL Ethical Decision Making Duane Beck Ph.D.
RW Having Fun in an Interview: Tips from the Handshake to the Offer to Enjoy the Interview Process Jenna Lenhardt
SC Leading as a Positive Deviant Jennifer Green-Wilson
PL Learning to Lead: From Peer to Instructor Jason Lowden
Gordon Werner
BNS Keynote Speaker Breakout Session on Diversity Justin Jones-Fosu
BNS Let me think about that: Cultivating Introversion as an asset in leadership Sabrina M. Weiss

11:50 AM to 12:50 PM - Session 2

Workshop Track Workshop Presenter
PSS Living Your Strengths Janine Rowe
OL Conflict Management Hannah Abele
RW Real World Expectations: Overcoming Generational Gaps in the Work Place Kate M. Blackburn
SC Affecting Policy through the Social Change Model Gwen Van Laeken and Phyllis Walker
PL C.Y.A in the Workplace Stephanie Paredes
Tomicka Wagstaff Ed.d
BNS Building Your Mojo Toolbox: Useful Skills for Navigating Your Future Career Sharon Kompalla
Brandom Kotler
Dan Greer
Pradip Ananda
RIT Center for Residence Life
BNS Community Leadership As Service: Passion, Duty, and Impact! Karey Pine

1:00 to 1:30 PM - Lunch: Davis Room Cafeteria

1:30 to 2:00 PM - Service Project

2:10 to 3:10 PM - Session 3

Workshop Track Workshop Presenter
PSS Thinking Outside of the Box Courtney Dolan
OL Stereotyping/Stigma in Leadership Maryam Hussein
RW Put the Odds in YOUR Favor: Interview Preparation Skills from The Hunger Games Rebecca Coons
SC Non-positional Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector Lydia Billings
PL Building Blocks: Setting Foundation for Running an Effective and Empowered Student Organization Shannon Harrington
James Macchiano
BNS When Humor and Leadership Collide Colette Shaw
BNS The Yoga of Leadership Jennifer Lukomsk
Denise Wellin
Honors Only Peer Mentoring for Honors Mentors Kerrie Bondi

3:20 to 4:20 PM - Session 4

Workshop Track Workshop Presenter
PSS Emotional Intelligence RIT Student Advisory Board
OL Whipping your group into shape Ted Baumhauer
RW Building Connections for Employment Rebecca Delaney
Sarah Heisman
SC The Silent Burden: Navigating Race within an Institutional Framework Alykhan Alani
PL Working with Deaf Leaders Ashleen Evans
BNS Achieve Succcess by Presenting Yourself Positively and Professionally Amy Fisher
Wellness Wellness and Leadership Donna Rubin
Honors Only StrengthsQuest for Honors Mentors Kerrie Bondi

4:30 to 5:00 PM - Closing Activities - Davis Room Cafeteria

RIT Leadership Institute Student Advisory Board

Raffles! Activities! Fun!

Justin Jones-Fosu

Justin Jones-Fosu is an international speaker, young-award winning entrepreneur, and author. He is the President/Chief Inspirational Officer of Justin Inspires International, LLC ( where he speaks 40-55 times a year for corporations, colleges, and youth. He recently launched his second book: “Finding Your Glasses: Revealing and Achieving Authentic Success,” which challenges the reader to find his or her own prescription for a successful life.

Justin obtained his MBA specializing in Leadership and Organizational Change. He has also gained valuable leadership experience with three Fortune 500 companies as well as by consulting with individuals and small business on strategy, leadership, diversity and organizational development. In 2008, Justin was named as one of EBONY Magazines “30 Young Leaders on the Rise” and has been featured in SMART CEO Magazine, the Baltimore Business Journal and other publications. Being a former weekly radio host, Justin continues his passion for current events and how they can positively shape our lives.

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Connectology Leadership Conference 2014

Breaking the Mold, Leading the Unconventional Way

Saturday March 15, 2014

Call for Proposals

Submissions Due  November 22, 2013

On Saturday March 15th, 2014 the RIT Leadership Institute will host the annual RIT Connectology Leadership Conference. The Leadership Institute is seeking individuals who have a passion or expertise in a leadership, service, or career development topic that he or she would like to present at the conference. The theme this year is, Break the Mold: Leading the Unconventional Way. How can you break out of typical leadership traits and really speak to your audiences? 

What is the Connectology Leadership Conference?
The Connectology Leadership Conference helps participants sharpen their career and leadership skills and explores ways they might make a difference through leadership development, service, and volunteerism. This one-day conference offers individual workshops and hosts a nationally recognized keynote speaker. Typically 300-400 students, alumni and faculty attend Connectology.  Join us and let’s make this year even better!

Have a Topic You Would Like to Present?
The Leadership Institute is seeking faculty, staff, and students who have a passion and expertise in a leadership, service, or career development topic that he or she would like to present at the conference. If you or a colleague has a topic of interest that you would like to facilitate or co-facilitate at the conference we'd love to hear about it! Simply submit one or two paragraphs describing your topic, workshop objectives, and your methods of facilitation. Please email your submission to by November 22, 2013.  Be sure to include your full contact information.  Final Selections will be made by mid-December.             

What are the Topic Areas and Workshop Details?
The conference offers workshops focused on 6 topic areas. These areas include: Personal Success Skills, Organizational Leadership, Leadership in the Community, Peer Leadership, Life in the Real World, and a Bonus Track. Descriptions of each topic area are listed below. Interactive workshops are strongly preferred and we encourage presenters to find ways to be engaging during their session. Conference workshops are 1-hour in length and typically have 15 - 50 students per session.  

Six Conference Tracks:

(Multiple workshops will be offered for each track. Students mix and match workshops to suit their interests.)

Personal Success Skills
This RIT Leadership Institute certificate track explores what it takes to enrich ones' personal leadership skills, styles and techniques. Workshops focus on personal leadership development. Past workshops have included Leadership as a Lifestyle, Emotional Intelligence, Values & Decision Making, and Interpersonal Communication. 

Organizational Leadership
This RIT Leadership Institute certificate track focuses on how one can apply his or her personal leadership skills to a group, work, community, and global setting. Workshops focus on strategies and techniques of leading others. Past workshops have included Inclusive Leadership, Teamwork and Group Dynamics, Ethical Leadership, Leadership Roles and Styles, Organizational Change. 

Peer Leadership

Workshops focus on peer mentors and leaders such as RA’s and OA’s as well as student organizations and their training and development needs. Past workshops have included Running an Effective Meeting, Dealing with Difficult People, Event Planning and Marketing at RIT, and Presentation Skills.

Leading Social Change: Leadership in the Community
This track is designed to help participants become better leaders in their communities and around the world. Past workshops in this category have included Government Relations, Poverty & Human rights, Sustainability and Environmentalism, and Fighting Poverty through Leadership among others.

Life in the Real World
Geared for upperclassmen nearing graduation, this track offers career and transitional training to students who will soon transition into the "Real World". Past workshops have included Understanding Benefits Packages, Salary Negotiation, Strategies for Career Success, Financial Planning for College Graduates, and a panel of recent college graduates discussing their experiences.

Bonus Track
This fun track features a broad range of workshop offerings related to any leadership, diversity, or career prep topic. Some workshops in this category have included Women in Leadership, Networking for Success, and The Global Workplace. Topics in this track are flexible and enlightening.   

Directions and Parking

Getting Here:  RIT is easily accessible from the NYS Thruway.

Parking:  Once on campus, we recommend parking in lots D, E, or U.

Finding Your Way on Campus:  The event is held in the Student Alumni Union (SAU Building 3) and the RIT Campus Center (SAU Building 4).  Check in the SAU Lobby.  Entrance is at the Main entrance to RIT at the Sentinel Statue.

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