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SDSU Leadership Summit

Save the date for the next SDSU Leadership Summit: February 15, 2020

On behalf of the SDSU Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Life & Leadership invites college students from the Southern California region to attend a one day, on-campus, leadership conference.

Registration for the February 2020 conference will open in late November. Please check back then for more details.

Fill out THIS FORM to be added to our e-mail list to receive conference and registration updates.

We look forward to seeing you at the SDSU Leadership Summit

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Dr. Randy Timm
Assistant Vice President for Campus Life & Dean of Students

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Dr. Robyn Adams
Associate Director, Student Life & Leadership

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Chelsea Winer
Student Life Advisor, Student Life & Leadership

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Snapshot of the SDSU Leadership Summit

Leadership Summit Participant Testimonials

“The Leadership Summit, held at San Diego State University, was an amazing way for both emerging and experienced leaders to re-evaluate their standpoints on leadership ethics and the importance of diversity. The summit was presented by some of the most influential leaders of our campus and their real world experience proved to be an extreme asset to everyone that attended. Leading a student based organization on a college campus can be an extremely difficult task, but the summit provided it's attendees with tools and necessities to guide leaders into success. This annual event will be sure to cultivate young leaders into building a stronger and more organized community on our college campus."

   -Christine, Business Management Major

"After attending this event my knowledge of myself and my leadership skills have grown.  The workshops and presentations were beneficial in identifying ways to improve leadership abilities as well as bring awareness to diversity issues on and off campus.”
   -Joshua, Mechanical Engineering Major

“The workshops I was able to attend were both enlightening and intriguing. Not only did I learn about leadership, but I was pleasantly surprised by the openness to diversity and what it means to embrace diversity. The keynote address really brought us all together and made us reflect on our own lives. I highly recommend this summit to anyone wanting to enrich their leadership and diversity experience!”
   -Jasmin, Theatre Arts Major with a focus in Management

"As a student presenter, I was able to illustrate the collective struggle people of color, and more specifically cultural organizations, face on majority campuses. As an observer, I was able to develop myself as a leader within the diverse spaces I am involved in and critically reflect on my role as a student. Overall, this summit provided a space for everyone in attendance to further understand how diversity and leadership are interconnected and is an essential aspect within our society.”
   -Washington, Criminal Justice Major with a minor in Chicana/o Studies


Sample Workshop Topics

  • Adapting to Change
  • Alumni/Employer Panels
  • Appreciation for Difference in Perspectives
  • Being Inclusive
  • Building Trust
  • Communication Respectfully & Professionally
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Creating a Vision
  • Decision Making
  • Delegation
  • Development Strategies
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Entitlement
  • Etiquette
  • Event Planning
  • Fostering Creativity
  • Grit and Resilence
  • Leading with Creativity
  • Learning from Failure
  • Making Transitions between Roles
  • Networking
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Personal Branding
  • Personality Assessments
  • Planning for the Future
  • Public Speaking
  • Searching for Balance
  • Social Media Responsibility & Consequences
  • Team Work
  • Time Management 
  • Values Clarification

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Thank you to our 2019 corporate sponsors







Thank you to our 2019 Leadership Summit Regional Advisory Board

Our Regional Advisory Board consists of partners from the following institutions/organizations

Barrio Logan College Institute

Cal Poly Pomona

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting 

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, San Marcos 

Chapman University

Reality Changers


San Diego City College

San Diego State University 

San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus

Southwestern College

Sweetwater Valley Club

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego 

University of San Diego