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Connectology Leadership Conference

Don't miss out on this outstanding and worthwhile one-day opportunity!!

Saturday March 12, 2016

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.  (Registration opens in January/February)

2015 Conference Schedule 

Participants are asked to choose one workshop for each session.  You may switch on the day of the event.

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 - Antonio Neves

College Leadership Speaker, Millenial Expert, Award Winning Journalist

10:40 - 11:40 AM Session 1
11:50 - 12:50 PM Session 2
1:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch SAU Davis Room Cafeteria

Keynote Speaker -  John W. Ericksen

Senior Vice President of Corporate Training and Organizational Development
Precision Cast Corporation
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 Personal Brand Barry Strauber
OL Ethics in Leadership Antonio Navez
SC Local Impact, Statewide Change Rose Anne Feor
RW Entering the World of Work Steven Hess
PL Digital Leadership

Sara Bayerl

Jennifer Jones

BNS When Humor and Leadership Collide Colette Shaw

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

Workshop Track Workshop Presenter
PSS When Humor and Leadership Collide Miriam Bashu
OL Being an Inclusive Leader Mike D'Arcangelo
SC Leading and Marketing Social Change Stephanie Short
RW Navigating your Career

Jaime Eisenhauer

Jose Rosario

PL It's Time for a Change Kevin Wozniak
BNS Wellness and Leadership Tim Keady
BNS Are you Prepared to Meet the Press? Michelle Cometa

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

1:30 to 2:00 PM - Keynote Speaker:   John W. Ericksen

2:10 to 3:10 PM - Session 3

Workshop Track Workshop Presenter
PSS The Importance of Interpersonal Communication Sophia Song
OL Teamwork and Group Dynamics RLI Student Advisory Board 
SC Leading with Purpose Joshua Myers
RW Dining Interview Preparation Cynthia Ely
PL Start Smart Caleb Kofahl
BNS The Link @ RIT Marc Goldman
BNS Transcendent Leadership Marjorie Price

3:20 to 4:20 PM - Session 4

Workshop Track Workshop Presenter
PSS How to Make those Idiots Understand what I'm Saying Matthew FitzGibbons
OL Dealing with Differing Styles in the Workplace

Brandon Kotler

Justin Dickerson

SC Leadership in the Community Sarah Burns
RW Self Transcendence Philip Yawman
PL Start Networking Now Tyler Schrodt
BNS Women's Leadership:  Self-Esteem and Building Confidence Jennie Erdle

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

RIT Leadership Institute Student Advisory Board

Raffles! Activities! Fun!

 Welcoming Antonio Neves and John W. Ericson to RIT!!


Antonio Neves

Antonio is a speaker, an award-winning business journalist and a coach to young entrepreneurs.

A professional question-asker, Antonio regularly facilitates masterminds with top entrepreneurs, start-ups and with international retreats (he’s co-founder of The Ignition Lab). A certified coach, Antonio conducts workshops and webinars for companies that include MSN, MediaBistro,, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and social impact non-profits. Neves is currently the coach-in-residence for Entrepreneur Magazine’s, As an award-winning business journalist, he has interviewed top Fortune 500 CEOs and entrepreneurs including Steve Case, Tony Hsieh, Chip Conley, Jim McKelvey and more. His business articles appear in Entrepreneur Magazine, MSN Money, and Fox Business. During his broadcast career, he has worked with major television networks including NBC, Nickelodeon, MSN, E! News, BET, PBS and more.

Antonio regularly speaks at major events including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Big Omaha, Thinc Iowa, New York City Creative Week, the ADCOLOR Awards and at college campuses nationwide.  A graduate of Western Michigan University, Antonio holds a Masters of Science degree from Columbia University. He lives in Santa Monica, CA.

Learn more about Antonio here:


John W. Ericson  Senior Vice President,  Precision Castparts Corportation

Precision Castparts Corp. is a worldwide, Fortune 500 diversified manufacturer of complex metal components and products. It serves the aerospace, power, and general industrial markets. PCC is the market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, forged components, aerostructures and highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace applications. In addition, the Company is the leading producer of airfoil castings for the industrial gas turbine market. PCC manufactures extruded seamless pipe, fittings, forgings, and clad products for power generation and oil & gas applications; commercial and military airframe aerostructures; and metal alloys and other materials to the casting and forging industries.

John W. Ericksen became Senior Vice President of Corporate Training and Organizational Development in October 2007. Prior to that time John served in various operating positions, including President of PCC-Small Structurals Casting Operations and President of Wyman-Gordon Forgings – East. John has a BSEE degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison and has been with Precision Castparts Corp. since 1986.  John will speak to RIT Students about the applied lessons of putting innovation in practice through thoughtful leadership.  His skils and experiences are sure to inform, engage, and help you consider your future as a leader in the workforce.

Registration is closed.

RIT Connectology Leadership Conference 2015

Be Infinite, Pushing the Boundaries of Leadership

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Call for Proposals

Submissions Due:  Friday, December 5, 2014

Email Submission to:

On Saturday March 14th, 2015, 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, Be Infinite: Destroying the Boundaries of Leadership. How can you propel our student leaders to realize that they have the potential to be infinite?

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! Information regarding this year’s conference will be added to our website soon but complete information from last year’s conference is available on our website for review.

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 December 5, 2014.  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.   

 Questions, Concerns, or Comments?

Please contact: 

Ben Zenker
Connectology Chair, Student Advisory Board
RIT Leadership Institute and Community Service Center