Conference Agenda

Showcase Presentations

During the State Conference students are treated to student driven presentations selected from our Regional Connect events. These student "showcases" present topics, programs and ideas that are being executed throughout the state of Michigan, ranging from peer mentor groups, anti-bullying programs, community service projects and much more. Each showcase contains detailed information on the action student leaders took to create change in their school and how other schools can put these ideas to work for their own schools. Showcase presentations offer networking and idea sharing sessions to our State Conference Line up.
 

Example Showcase Presentation 

Michigan Student Voice

Welcome to the future of student voice. A voice that needs to be heard, harnessed and echoed across Michigan. As you continue to light the way for students in your school and community, we want to give you the chance to inspire and empower fellow student leaders from across the state on topics that resonate with all Michigan students. Welcome to Michigan Student Voice.

A new feature to this years State Leadership Conference is Michigan Student Voice. A program designed to give our leaders the opportunity to present topics in a fast paced, powerful presentation style on the main stage of our State Conference.

Below is an example of a MSV presentation submission

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Structured Activities 

In order for our students to put some of their conference experience into real world application, our host school helps to design student structured activities that continue the dialog on the importance of self-growth, leadership philosophy and other curricular items to support the educational growth mindset. These activities are interactive, challenging and most importantly, a fun way to teach our student leaders.
 

2020 Keynote Speakers

Chris Field

In life there are Dreamers and there are Doers. Some people, like Chris Field, are blessed to be both.

He launched Mercy Project in 2010 to combat child trafficking in Ghana’s fishing industry. To date, Mercy Project has rescued, rehabilitated, and reintegrated more than one hundred children back into their families.

Chris has broken multiple Guinness world records, run dozens of marathons, organized enormous fundraisers, created viral internet campaigns, taught himself to auctioneer, and brought down walls. Most recently he authored Disrupting for Good: Using Passion and Persistence to Create Lasting Changewhich debuted as the #1 new release in the "Dreams" category on Amazon. “My hope is that my book and each of these talks will inspire people to find issues where they can roll up their shirtsleeves and do their own disruption, in spite of the difficulties and perhaps even dangers of doing so.”
 

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A'ric Jackson 

For over a decade, people have been inspired and motivated by the words of Mr. Aric Jackson. His mission is to Teach, Inspire, and Encourage all those who hear him, and to take the challenge of helping others pursue their goals and dreams. 
            
Watching him speak on stage helps you realize why he is such a unique and gifted orator. For it takes a genuine speaker to present information with shared experience, passion to research a topic much deeper, and to share that information with the audience using skills that will make it a memorable and exciting experience for all.

A’ric provides not only the inspiration, but the tangible tools to take a dream and make it a reality. He is an award winning speaker, 5 Time Published Author and founder of aricspeaks.com.

 

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Dr. Kate Biberdorf

Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Dr. Biberdorf developed a love of experimenting at an early age. Her mother encouraged her interest in science and provided her very own bathroom where she could experiment to her hearts content.  At 15, she decided to become a chemist while taking a class with an instructor whose enthusiasm and love for blowing things up proved contagious.

Looking back on her career, she points to obstacles facing many women in STEM fields today.   Many of  her  peers  in  graduate  school  were  dismissive  upon  first  glance.  She’s  had  to  fight  to  be  heard  and  taken seriously, even while on the path toward her PhD. For Dr. Biberdorf, this stigma simply reflects the many hurdles women in the sciences have to deal with, and that she hopes to challenge. Just as she was mentored by her high school chemistry teacher, Biberdorf ’s mission is to inspire a new generation of scientists whose contributions will be valued on merit, regardless of the sex or race of the scientist. 

She is also a featured member of “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.” Founder by artist Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves.