Curriculum made with students in mind...

Illuminate Leadership Conference is a 6-day immersive learning experience for young people. Our conference is staffed with experienced professionals to facilitate workshops, graduate students to supervise students, and career related experts for panel discussions and keynote addresses. 

Our content covers various components of social emotional learning such as: Emotional Intelligence and Diversity; Goal Setting; Problem Solving; Communication Skills; Advocacy, Social Media Management and more.

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    Students will get to know each other as well as themselves on the first day of the ILC by participating in lessons on Personal Branding and Goal Setting.

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    Students will take an excursion to understand the core values of a great leader: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, spirituality, and giving.

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    Students will participate in a real world simulation to help them prepare for living and working amongst people of various backgrounds .

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    Students will learn all about effective collaboration when we put them to the test with interactive group problem solving activities.

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    Students will take an excursion to learn about how differences in culture, gender, education, socioeconomic status, or race have affected people's rise to success.

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    On the last day of our program, students will  graduate as an Illuminate Leader. Students will hear from a dynamic speaker and receive a certificate of completion.


Meet Our Speakers

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    Karen Bankston, Ph.D.


    Professor, University of Cincinnati


    KDB and Associates Consulting Service LLC

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    Tony Parrott

    Executive Director

    Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District

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    Kristen Smith Shrimplin

    President and CEO

    Women Helping Women

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    Cathy Bailey

    Executive Director

    Greater Cincinnati

    Water Works

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    Whitney Gaskins, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean

    Associate Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement,

    University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science

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