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2014 Seahawk Leadership Conference

UNCW hosted the second annual Seahawk Leadership Conference on Saturday, October 18, 2014. This conference provides up to 300 UNCW students with a free opportunity to attend a campus-based leadership conference and connect with other students, faculty, staff, and local community members. It is designed to provide leadership development opportunities for UNCW students of all levels, abilities, and interests.Seahawk Leadership Conference Logo

The conference offerings consist of

  • Morning welcome
  • Two morning educational session blocks
  • Lunch-time keynote speaker
  • Two afternoon educational session blocks, and
  • Four Seahawk Talks

The content of the conference focuses on the four topical areas of personal leadership, organizational leadership, social justice, and navigating a career path. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants.


Conference registration is now closed. Thank you to all of this year's conference attendees! We look forward to seeing you next year! Check out our Facebook page to see photos from the conference!


Keynote: Dr. Jackie Thomas Jr.

Jackie Thomas JrDr. Jackie C. Thomas Jr., currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Education at Lone Star College –Tomball.  He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences from the University of Houston.  His areas of research include academic motivation, persistence, and retention among college students.  His dissertation topic focused on evaluating background, contextual and motivational factors that influence the persistence and attrition of college students. Jackie also holds a Master of Science degree in higher education from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in consumer science and merchandising from the University of Houston.

Dr. Thomas is also the founder of the Foundation for Student Leadership and Success, a non-profit organization that provides programming exposing under-served high school students to the concepts of servant leadership, individual responsibility, and college preparedness.

Jackie serves on the Student Success Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Developmental Education Initiative and is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the LeaderShape Institute.

Seahawk Talks

Molly Nece'JUMP IN! One foot or two? None is not an option'

Molly Nece, UNCW Human Resources

It was Benjamin Franklin who famously said, “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.” While some evade taxes, none elude death. Ironically, most people spend hours surfing the web, interacting on social networks, and gossiping about the latest reality TV show. While most things in moderation are fine, many people spend virtually no time thinking about their life’s purpose, how to bring it to life, and who they want to create it with. As students, it is your fresh start that is full of opportunities if you choose to create it.

Molly credits her “one foot or two” mentality to one very important life lesson she learned in college—learn in spite of or because of. Discover the difference between those who choose to take risks and those who settle for regret and never let go of the shore. It’s your choice to jump or not jump, one foot or two. Be inspired to jump in and live each day with no regrets! What do you want out of life? JUMP IN!

Rich Ogle'Empathic Leadership: It's Your Vision Through Their Eyes'

Rich Ogle, UNCW Department of Psychology

Good leaders have vision and inspire others. Great leaders have vision through the eyes of others and are inspired by those they lead.  How does a good leader become great?  Greatness in leadership develops through building, strengthening and practicing EMPATHY – by becoming an others-focused leader.  For this talk, we will define empathy and discuss the importance of this skill in the context of leadership in the world of today, and we will describe ways to build and strengthen your own empathic capacity.

Fran Scarlett 'Six Key Strategies for Success in Your Career... And in Life'

Fran Scarlett, Small Business Technology Development Center

Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier

Success doesn’t happen overnight or in a year or even five years.  For most people it takes time. Equally important is to know where to put your efforts to improve your chances for success. This workshop is an interactive discussion highlighting time-proven strategies to achieve your goals. The talk is different every time because the audience chooses what topics the speaker will cover.  The discussion is filled with practical strategies that can be implemented as soon as you walk out of the door.

Ginny Guerry'Embrace Uncertainty to Create a Life You Love'

Ginny Guerry, University College

Everyone wants to know your major, what career you intend to pursue and other details involving your future. If you have a plan for your future these questions can be exciting. If you don’t, they can be frightening and overwhelming. The truth is, no matter what level of confidence you have in your planning, you can count on two things: there will always be change and the future is uncertain.

So, how do you embrace uncertainty to create a life you love? There is no rule book, but you can be ready for anything through these 10 things I know for sure.

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