Marian University to host sixth annual Student Leadership Conference

August 25, 2012

March 14, 2011


Marian University will be hosting the sixth annual Student Leadership Conference on Saturday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Stayer Center.

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Troy Stende.The focus of his presentation is “Be the Change.” With heartfelt compassion, Stende empowers students to discover their full potential and turn that potential into reality, through helping them move from where they are to where they are meant to be. Stende will also present three separate sessions, including “Leadership Dogs: Dealing with Conflict and Personality Styles”; “You Got Games: Learn to Lead Icebreakers”; and “Break on Through.”

Stende is a 3-time recipient of the “Best Campus Speaker” award from APCA—the only three-time winner of this honor in the association’s history. Stende and his wife, Karin Malkowski Stende, have co-authored College Success Secrets: what they don’t teach you in the classroomWhile earning his two collegiate degrees, he was a Kappa Sigma Fraternity member and a NCAA Division 1 gymnast.

During this conference, students are able to take part in developing their leadership skills and learning how their involvement on campus and in the community can benefit their personal growth, through participating in a variety of sessions that will focus on exploring students’ values, leadership abilities, personality traits, ways to reduce stress and more.

The conference will also feature a special session by Congressman Thomas Petri and Ashly Garner, which will focus on the theme “Your World—Your Chance to Make It Better” and the impact that AmeriCorps and Peace Corps has on our world. Also, Alyson Bodai of the Humane Society of the United States will present two sessions on “Living Your Values: Exploring the Animal Protection Field.”

In the past, the conference has featured Joe Bertolino and Bil Leipold, inspirational speakers; Paul Wesslemann of the Ripples Project; Michael Miller, inspirational speaker; as well as life and career coach Maureen Cullen of Cullen Coaching & Consulting.

To register or for more information, contact the Michelle Ryan at or at 920-923-8963.