Kirby Leadership Institute sponsors an exciting conference each year on a variety of timely leadership topics.
Conferences typically feature a keynote speaker, workshops and presentations from campus, the surrounding
community, and across the country.
Our 2015 conference will be announced soon--check back for updates!
Our past conferences:
October 27, 2008: Bridging Universities
The 2008 conference was a collaboration between KLI and UW-Superior, featuring Tim Wise, author of
White Like Me. Click to view the evening's events.
October 28, 2009: Post-Race America
The second annual student leadership conference, "Post-Race America: Racism in the Age of Obama,"
included a keynote presentation by d'amali ayo, author of the award-winning How to Rent a Negro.
February 26, 2011: Be the Change
The first full-day leadership conference included a keynote presentation by motivational speaker Ryan Penneau
and a spoken word multimedia presentation by Climbing PoeTree. A lunch panel of young Duluth professionals and three workshop sessions
were also presented. Click to view the full agenda.
March 1, 2012: Social Justice Boot Camp
Ryan Penneau returned with colleague Jen Schanen to help students develop a plan to create positive change. Click to view the agenda.
March 6, 2013: Cultivating Compassion
In a collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and other campus organizations, KLI welcomed Dr. Anita Nowak,
an expert on the development of empathy, as the keynote speaker. Ann Harrington, a consultant on nonviolent
communication strategies, presented a series of focused workshops on empathetic conflict resolution.
Participants also learned in small group presentations throughout the day.
View the conference site here!
February 13, 2014: Navigating the New World
Eric Stoller, a nationally recognized expert on digital identity, was the keynote speaker for a conference focused on the world of social media. Presenters from the campus and the greater community spoke on various topics related to our ever-changing media environment.