The Mizzou Leadership Academy is a one day, campus wide leadership conference held each fall. The Academy provides students who are in, or aspire to be in, leadership roles at Mizzou with an opportunity to learn and engage with others on effective, authentic leadership.

Date of the Academy:

The 2017 Mizzou Leadership Academy was held on Saturday, October 14th!

Applications to attend are now open!

The conference consists of an opening speaker, breakout session on various topics for attendees to choose from, lunch, and a keynote speaker. Examples of past breakout session topics include: effective teamwork, strong women in leadership, intersections between curiosity and empathy, using humor in leadership, and strengths-based leadership.

The idea behind the 2017 Mizzou Leadership Academy is to provide an opportunity to train and educate students in leadership positions on campus about the necessity of incorporating inclusion and equity as values in leadership. The conference focuses on students who hold leadership positions on Mizzou’s campus and how they can bring these values back to their respective programs and organizations on campus. The Academy also seeks to provide a stepping stone for students who are aspiring to be leaders in either a student organization or in the community.

Past keynote speakers include Ben Nemtin from MTV’s The Buried Life, Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker, and Marvel’s Bill Rosemann.

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

Time Event
Note: Session times are subject to change.
8:00–8:30 Check-In and Breakfast
8:30–9:00 Check-In Continues
9:00-9:40 Opening Speaker
9:50-10:40 Session 1
10:55-11:45 Session 2
11:45-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:50 Session 3
2:00-2:50 Session 4
3:00–4:00 Keynote Speaker
Examples of previous break out sessions.

Examples of Previous Break-Out Sessions

Event Programming for Dummies

An event can take a life of its own while at the same time taking up all of your life! This presentation will center around discussions on program planning from conception to post-event evaluation and everything in between. Including tips and tricks on how to create a seamless and successful event! We will have a dialogue about programming specifically at Mizzou as well as generally, including the numerous opportunities and challenges associated with event planning. Effective events can help take your organization to the next level – come learn how!

OrgSync: An Introduction

Are you a student organization leader looking for tools to better manage your organization? Join us as we examine some of the more advance tools of OrgSync and discuss ways that you can use existing technology to make your job easier as a student leader. Some areas that will be covered are tracking members, creating forms, selling merchandise and invoicing. We will also allow for time to cover areas that your group is having problems with. This session will be interactive so we ask that you bring a laptop or tablet to get the most out of it.

Student Leadership: How You Make Success Happen For Others

As a student leader you have the ability to make a tremendous impact on the success of your peers. In this session we will review what MU knows about why some students thrive while others fail to succeed during their time here. We will discuss how you can help others succeed, and how MU can assist you over you college career.

StrengthsQuest: An Introduction

Are you looking to take your leadership experience to the next level? StrengthsQuest is a Positive Psychology Phenomenon that is sweeping the nation. This will be an introduction to StrengthsQuest for those who are not familiar with StrengthsQuest or who have only briefly used it through activities and discussion. This program will be followed up later in the conference with a session on Strengthsbased Leadership.

Successful Leadership Needs Diversity…and you have it!

Most folks think of people’s differences when they think of diversity. This session, however, will cover a broader definition of diversity: the multitude of identities we all hold, how those identities affect each other, affect our lives, and affect the world around us. Learn the introductory basics of how important diversity competency is to being a successful leader.

The Mizzou Leadership Academy was a great opportunity for networking with campus leaders and learning the skills needed to become a successful campus leader. From MLA, I gained valuable connections and friendships, and a broader knowledge about how to lead an organization on campus, from event planning, to member selection processes.Payton Head