LEAD Conference

Leaders for Excellence, Advancement and Diversity Conference

The Leaders for Excellence, Advancement and Diversity Conference (LEAD Conference) is the annual academic and leadership development conference for second-year PEOPLE Scholars.

Scholars participate in a series of large and small group workshops led by campus partners, PEOPLE staff, alumni and upper level PEOPLE Scholars. The scholars will learn about their strengths and areas of growth, academic and personal identities, values and self-care.

The scope of this conference is to concentrate on future thinking and the fundamental student development of second-year PEOPLE scholars.


LEAD Conference Schedule at a Glance

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Workshop Details

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Identities and Changemaking

Description: This session will review different systems of oppression (racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, etc.). as well as concepts of oppression, power, privilege, and identity awareness and development. Scholars will get the opportunity to discuss how their identities, both salient and affect their daily lives Considering this identity, the session would introduce changemaking and have participants talk through the understanding of changemaking, societal good, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship. We delve into how we can incorporate our changemaking onto the UW-Madison campus.

Navigating Difficult Situations in a Professional Setting

Description: Emotional Intelligence (EI) is one of the top 10 skills employers are looking for according to Forbes research. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand, and manage emotions, which is critical for navigating difficult situations in a professional setting. Join us for this interactive, experiential workshop to learn more about EI and how it may apply to your jobs, internships, campus organizations and classroom experiences. Come prepared to hop on the mic, video, and chat!

It’s WHO You Know! Networking Tips to Explore Careers & Land Internships

Description: You may have heard, “It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know”. Many studies have shown that 50-80% of jobs are found through networking and many positions are never publicly posted on job sites. So what exactly is networking and how can you start NOW to jumpstart your career exploration and impact future earnings and job opportunities? Companies and recruiters want to connect with first and second year students for career exploration programs or sophomore specific internships, so it’s never too early to start building your network!
Join us to learn simple strategies to engage your current network, explore careers, build connections for internships, and create a professional online brand through LinkedIn. All through the power of networking!

Practice the Self-Care YOU Preach

Description: In this presentation we will share with students, self-care initiatives through a social justice lens. Self-care is more than a candle lit bubble bath. The media and societal norms have lead many people to believe otherwise; not to mention their heavily exclusive target audience. We will provide students with on and off campus resources and activities to practice self-care as well as addressing ways that we can be more intentionally inclusive about how we practice self-care and preach it to others.

Alternative Career Paths in STEM Workshop

Description: Are you planning a career far, far away from academia despite acing your STEM degree requirements? Not interested in working at the bench or in a lab? Want to know how other STEM professionals make their money away from awesome research universities like UWMadison? Check out our Alternative Career Paths in STEM workshop where we investigate careers in nonprofits, government, STEM entrepreneurship, and in industrial settings. We will explore career trajectories, salaries, and expectations for positions in these fields. This workshop will also review UW-Madison’s campus resources for career exploration. Lastly we will cover information about how to apply for internships in the four fields discussed.

Leading Without a Position

Description: This workshop will explore what it takes to be a leader without having a formal title. Students will engage in discussion surrounding leadership, explore their leadership type, and brainstorm how they can be leaders in their day-to-day lives, regardless of their position.

Careers in Urban Planning - Combining Arts, Justice, and Policy

Description: Are you interested in climate justice? Are you interested in inclusive economic development and social justice? Do you want to preserve the beautiful in cities and create ecologically sustainable cities? Those are some of the goals you can learn to achieve by learning to work with community through a career.

Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

Description: In this session students will get examples of integrating the biological, physical, and social sciences; humanities; arts; and technology to develop the skills that will help them play an important role in creating a more inclusive and sustainable future.

Design Your Career - Career Exploration Through Design Thinking

Description: Using the concept of Design Thinking, students will learn how to explore their own strengths and interests and align them with their dream career. Students will have a structured approach with tangible action items to explore career paths. Students understand the resources available to them to navigate career exploration.

So, You Want to be a Lawyer: How to Prepare for Law School and the Legal Profession

Description: The goal for this session to provide attendees with an understanding of preparing for applying to law school and a career in law.

We will discuss:
– What it means to obtain a professional degree and how one becomes a lawyer (its more than just admission to a law school)
– How they can use their time in undergrad to explore their professional path and decide whether a law degree is the right degree to meet their professional goals
– and overview of the law school admissions process and what they can do now to prepare to be a successful applicant and attorney

Pre-Health during the Pandemic 

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape in which pre-health students do the activities that help them build competitive applications to professional health programs such as medical school, PA school, and others. While some in-person pre-health activities such as hospital volunteering have been curtailed, the pandemic has opened new opportunities online in which students can both build professional skills and contribute to the larger effort to combat the pandemic. And while online activities have received a great deal of attention in the pre-health community, many in-person positions in research, patient care, and community service remain to be filled by enterprising students.

This interactive presentation by advisors in the Center for Pre-Health Advising will show second-year PEOPLE students how find ways to support their communities during the pandemic. In addition to surveying available activities, the presentation will help students communicate the ways in which their activities have helped them build the professional skills that will enrich their applications for scholarships, jobs, and professional programs.

What is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and How Can Physical Therapists Offer Movement Experiences During a Pandemic?

Description: Learn about what Physical Therapists (PT’s) do and do not do as part of the healthcare team, why students choose a career in PT, what specialties and practice settings there are, and the training required to become a PT. Also, while COVID-19 has brought a number of changes to our lives, one of the most dramatic is its impact on how much we move our bodies. With virtual classes and social events, this new age creates new demands on our bodies which include a lot more sitting! Learn some strategies and exercises to help address these increased demands.

Polishing Your Professional Identity: Virtual Self-Promotion

Description: 2020 has drastically increased the amount of time we spend on the internet engaging with others. This is true in our personal and professional lives. This workshop will focus on ways that you can stand out within your network in text and online spaces. A resume or CV may often be the first or only chance you get to make an impression when applying to a job posting essentially serving as an inanimate representation of you. The first portion of this workshop is dedicated to understanding when to use which document and how to create the best textual representation of self. Personal websites and apps like LinkedIn can be used to virtually amplify and add functionality to your resume. The workshop will also address social media and its ability to help you achieve your career goals. Participants will be invited to do a survey of their own social media usage and how to navigate the pitfalls and promises of digital networking. Presenters will cover how social media is used for various professional goals such as networking, applying for jobs, self-promotion, and brand-building.

Graduate/Professional School 101

Description: Our session’s goal is to provide a foundation for the second-year scholars to think about their professional development in the context of graduate/professional school exploration. The process of exploring graduate/professional school can be daunting and a bit mysterious for some students. We hope to achieve our session goals by engaging students in the following topics:

-Brief overview of the types of graduate/professional programs that exist (research versus course-based/professional, Masters versus PhD, etc.)
-Ways to learn more about programs, what might be of interest to students, and who to contact for further information
-Tips on keeping track of information while exploring/narrowing in interests
-Examples of the admissions requirements in different types of programs
-Making connections between early exploration and campus resources that could support them in this process (e.g. CPHA, CPLA, WISCIENCE, McNair, etc.)

PEOPLE Abroad!

Description: The first part of this workshop aims to introduce students to the variety of study abroad opportunities offered by UW Study Abroad through the various international units across campus. Students can learn about semester, year, summer and shorter-term programs that can fulfill academic, professional, and personal goals, including but not limited to programs that offer themes of social justice, service learning, internships, language and cultural immersion, STEM fields, etc. We will also discuss how to select and plan for a study abroad experience, discuss how financial aid works for these programs, and highlight available scholarships, which total over $1 million annually.
We intend to host a panel of PEOPLE study abroad alums during the second part of the workshop. Panelists will be asked to share about their experience(s) abroad and its impact on their undergraduate studies and their careers, as well as answer questions from attendees.

Using Your Values to Inform Lifestyle and Career Development  

Description: Presenters will discuss the role of values in identifying important aspects of lifestyle, both as current students and thinking about the future. Students will complete reflective activities to help them identify and clarify their core values and lifestyle preferences. Using the values they have identified and a version of the Wellness Wheel provided, students will brainstorm action steps they can take that promote living out their values currently and as they continue their career development in the future. A key intention of the workshop is to consider career development more holistically than simply getting to the next step in the process, such as securing a job or completing graduate studies post-graduation.

Pre-Med Planning Guide

Description: This workshop will first go over the general process and timeline for students planning (or considering) to apply to medical school. This includes classes, extracurricular requirements, MCAT, and application submission/interviews. I will also talk about general important information to know, resources for FGLI students, tips, and common pitfalls. There will be time available at the end for Q&A and I would be happy to connect with students later on for 1:1 questions/advising.