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Kirby Leadership Institute

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. Learn more about past conferences.

2015 Student Leadership Conference

Wednesday, February 25 | Kirby Student Center

Featuring keynote speaker/performer MICHAEL REYES

and a variety of speakers on leadership and social justice topics



"Dream Bigger Reach Higher" will engage you to become a critical thinker
and encourage you to be an agent of change.

"Reyes is both an innovative and inspiring performer and educator. He has a wide range
of workshops and topics, which he uses to engage youth and adults alike. He is most
notably known for his ability to combine history, current events and performance, into
a fusion of education and entertainment. His workshops, keynotes and performances
are a combination of interactive discussion and spoken word performance.
Audiences are motivated to create solutions and actively discuss issues of self-esteem,
social justice and cultural identity." --Speak Out Now

Learn more about Michael, his work and his philosophy at

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.

View the conference site here!




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