The OSU Leadership Conference is a day dedicated to the development of students on campus. Join us, and explore how you lead through your everyday interactions, connect with other students, and develop new skills and awareness of best practices to become a more courageous leader. The conference is free for OSU students.



OSU Leadership Conference 2020 will be on Saturday, February 8, 2020. More information coming soon.

2019 OSU Leadership Conference: Courageous Leadership

Conference Details

Saturday, February 16, 2019  |  10:00AM – 3:30PM  |  Memorial Union

Registration for the conference was required by February 8, 2019 and is now closed.

For questions related to your registration, contact Jaime Koehler at

For accommodations related to accessibility, contact Melissa Yamamoto at or (541) 737-6385


Conference Schedule

10:00AM - 10:30AM: Check-In, In front of MU Horizon Room (49)

10:30AM - 10:40AM: Welcome & Opening, MU Horizon Room (49) 

10:40AM - 11:10AM: Keynote Session, MU Horizon Room (49) 

11:20AM - 12:10PM: Workshop Session 1, Varies

12:15PM - 1:00PM: Lunch and Involvement Tabling, MU Horizon Room (49) 

1:00PM - 1:50PM: Workshop Session 2, Varies 

2:00PM - 2:50PM: Workshop Session 3, Varies 

3:00PM - 3:30PM: Closing Session, MU Horizon Room (49) 


Keynote Speaker

Kali furman, Graduate research assistant for Oregon state advance

Kali Furman is a third-year doctoral student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University. Her research interests are in social justice education, feminist pedagogies, and history. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History with minors in English and Gender Studies at Boise State University, her Master of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching at Oregon State University. Kali has experience teaching Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the community college and university level. She worked professionally in Student Affairs for five years with experience in diversity and social justice education and programming, cultural resource center management, and student support services. Kali is passionate about creating equitable learning environments and supporting student learning and development.


Workshop Sessions 

SESSION ONE (11:20AM - 12:10PM)

How can we use our culture as a wealth capital for our leadership style?

Viv Cai, Leadership Liaison | Women & Gender Center

Based on the community cultural wealth model by Tara Yosso, this workshop explores the 6 capitals that Yosso identifies within this model that can help educational leaders connect with students of color. This workshop aims to help students understand how they can use their own culture to empower themselves, others and supplement their leadership style.

"But I’m not a Leader": Understanding Leadership and Identity by Questioning the Traditional Leader

Jensen Woods, College Student Services Administration Graduate Student

Amanda Ekabutr, Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Student (MAIS)

Many students have trouble imagining themselves as a leader because we are taught to picture a specific type of person and aspire to specific qualities. However, every person has leadership qualities, and by understanding our social identities we can better understand how we have been socialized to understand leadership and how we can develop our own sense of leadership. Participants of this workshop will leave questioning the traditional image of a leader and leadership qualities, with a better understanding of their identities, and strategies to develop personal leadership.

Go Against the Flow: Applying Feminism and Emotional Intelligence to Leadership

Maddie White, OSU Program Council Graduate Assistant,

Olivia Calvillo, Office of International Services Administrative Program Assistant

Kevin Schultz, Human Services Resource Center Graduate Assistant

How do common models of leadership perpetuate systems of oppression? What can we do to disrupt the “flow” to center justice in our approach to leadership? This session will explore how power operates within leadership and our organizations and presents feminist leadership as an alternative method of working toward social and organizational change. We also discuss the role of emotional intelligence in facilitating feminist leadership and the recognition of power dynamics. Participants of all gender expressions will gain a deeper understanding of leadership through a feminist lens and develop strategies for applying this learning within their own organizations.

Become a Leader Through Vulnerability

Garret Scheckla, CAPS Resilience Sub Committee | Active Minds Chapter

AmberRose Houck, Wellness Agents & Student Engagement Graduate Assistant

By defining vulnerability through social self-expression and self-reflection, the proposed workshop will enlighten the courage required to develop and become a leader of tomorrow. Our hope for the audience is to learn and grow from hearing each other’s vulnerable stories. Discovering the courage to take a ‘leap of faith’ toward becoming a holistic leader. We hope the participants will learn the importance of social self-expression and self-reflection while being open to growth. Allowing each participant regardless of their role, to learn various pieces of their personal leadership style and apply their new ‘leadership toolbox’ each and every day.

Asking Instead of Telling: The Courage of "Humble Inquiry"

Kathryn Walters, Student Engagement Coordinator | College of Engineering

Good communication is key to being an effective leader. Yet, some leaders can make the mistake of only telling others what to do, which shuts people down and also discourages new ideas, insights, and contributions to the team. In contrast, "humble inquiry" is the art of drawing out an individual, asking questions that you don't know the answer to, and building relationships based on curiosity and interest in the other person. It can take courage for a leader to develop an attitude of "humble inquiry" in relationships with peers or those who they lead. In this session, participants will learn about Edgar. H. Schein's principle of humble inquiry, recognize the barriers that prevent us from practicing humble inquiry and how to overcome them, and identify ways that they can incorporate humble inquiry into their professional and personal lives.


SESSION TWO (1:00PM - 1:50PM)

Everyday Inclusive Leadership

Sneha Sinha, Vice President of Events and Outreach | College of Engineering Student Council

Previously the President of the Indian Students Association, and now currently Vice President of Events and Outreach for the College of Engineering Student Council, Sneha actively pursues and has developed an inclusive leadership style in the Oregon State University community. Sneha's workshop, titled "Everyday Inclusive Leadership" will describe the importance of valuing diversity in the smallest aspects of leading a group of people and highlight different steps that students and staff on campus can take to become inclusive. Learn about campus resources and easy ways to improve your leadership skills in a different way, and apply it to any kind of situation -- whether it be leading a club and recruiting members, working in a group project, or making new friends.

Healthy Minds make Strong Leaders: Ensuring your Mental Health as a Leader

Andreea Gosman, Peer Wellness Agent | Student Health Services

Danny Chen, Peer Wellness Agent | Student Health Services

This workshop was designed to encourage conversation about mental health - especially in leaders. Students will recognize and understand the unique susceptibility leaders have to mental health issues, learn strategies for maintaining their mental and emotional health as leaders, and reflect on their own experiences in order to improve their success in future leadership positions.

Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies: How to tell if you are co-opting the leadership of students of color for your own benefit

Stephanie Chi, College Student Services Administration Graduate Student

Angel Mandujano-Guevara, Graduate Research Assistant, Human Services Resource Center

In this workshop, we will be defining the difference between Allyship and Co-Opting movements and how can White student leaders create spaces for student leaders of color to occupy space where their work may or may not be a dominant framework. In addition to giving back to those students by giving credit where its much needed and overdue.  We will have discussions about how to support each other and build community by honoring the voices who have been erased in movements, as well as identifying traits that students display when they are co-opting student leaders of color’s knowledge- even when they may not be realizing it.

Leading Through Conflict

AmberRose Houck, Wellness Agents & Student Engagement Graduate Assistant

Jenna Fitzgerald, Student Engagement | Prevention & Wellness (SHS)

Skyler Foley, Student Engagement | Prevention & Wellness (SHS)

Leadership is all about relationships within which instances of conflict are inevitable. Engaging in conflict is inherently risky, but courageous leaders do not shy away from conflict. Instead they believe that through addressing conflict, trust is built and relationships become stronger by encouraging growth and advancing the organization. This workshop will assist you in establishing foundational skills for navigating conflict successfully within an organization, a team project group, and even your personal life. You will improve your conflict management skills as well as enhance your ability to lead others in navigating their conflicts productively.



Intersectional Leadership

Viv Cai, Leadership Liaison | Women & Gender Center

Tamara Lash, AYA Graduate Teaching Assistant | Women & Gender Center

Sienna Kaske, Leadership Liaison | Women & Gender Center

This workshop aims to bring awareness of the complexities of intersectionality to individuals who want to be more conscious in their leadership styles. Through this workshop we will be exploring how different identities (i.e. social, cultural, sexual, etc.) intersect and impact work environments as well as group dynamics.

Networking: the purpose, power, and possibilities

KJ Knight, Graduate Teaching Assistant | Agricultural Sciences and Education

Does your mind go blank when you have to talk to someone important? Have you ever stayed away from an event because you knew you’d have to talk to strangers? Have you ever been forced to attend an event and just stood there counting down the minutes until you could go home?  

If you answered “yes” to any of these, you’re probably networking wrong.  Somewhere, someone started a bad rumor that social and business networking had to be scary.  News flash: people at networking events aren’t out to get you! During this networking workshop, we are going to get to the heart of networking: what it is, why we do it and how to use it effectively.  When you leave, you’ll have a new attitude about networking and you’ll have the tools you need to make successful connections.

Emergent Strategy: an introduction to adaptive and relational leadership tools

Rebecca Falleur, College Student Services Administration Graduate Student

Elirissa Hui, College Student Services Administration Graduate Student

Christine Hoang, College Student Services Administration Graduate Student

Erica Mercier, College Student Services Administration Graduate Student

This will be an interactive workshop exploring tools, ideas and practices for better understanding our relationship to change, interconnectedness and transformation. This hands-on workshop introduces participants to adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy. We hope that participants will take away new ways of thinking about leadership and how it functions within their lives and the communities they are a part of.

Empowering Your Team Through Facilitative Leadership

Abbey Martin, Assistant Coordinator of the Academic Coaching Program | Academic Success Center

This session will encourage you to be courageous by shifting your leadership style to a more facilitative approach that employs coaching skills including active listening, open-ended questions, validation, debriefing, and goal setting to empower your team members to identify their own areas of growth and tasks they want to complete instead of the traditional directive approach of telling team members what tasks to accomplish and how to accomplish them. You’ll walk away with new skills that will help you use facilitative leadership in a way that improves organization results by creating a more productive, inviting, and efficient workplace culture.


Learning Outcomes

After participating in OSU Leadership Conference, students will be able to:

  1.  Identify examples of best practices for leading others
  2. Articulate an aspect of their personal leadership style that they had not previously considered
  3. Explain how courageous leadership can be displayed in all various settings by anyone regardless of role
  4. Demonstrate empathy for identities and leadership styles that differ from their own
  5. Illustrate how their skills and/or strengths assist them in their leadership style through self-reflection