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Leadership Lecture Series

The Leadership Lecture Series provides an exploration of leadership through stories and experiences shared by guest speakers. Students are invited to discuss and engage in political, cultural diversity, and economic issues as well as popular trends and topics that shape and affect their communities. The views expressed by our visiting artists, guests, or lecturers do not necessarily reflect the views of UNCW. Recent guests include Jerry Greenfield, Bennet Omalu, and Piper Kerman. Lectures are held in Burney Center at 7 p.m.. Tickets available through Sharky's Box Office and in the lobby the evening of the event.

Click here to see a full list of our previous Leadership Lectures. 

Spring 2020


Nyle Di Marco

Activist, Model, Actor

February 18, 2020

7 p.m. 

Co-Sponsored by UNCW Athletics and the LGBTQIA Resource Office 

This America’s Next Top Model winner and high profile activist for the deaf community inspires audiences to pursue their dreams with his message of self-belief and self-worth. Nyle DiMarco, winner of Dancing with the Stars and America’s Next Top Model, empowers audiences to believe they can do and be anything they want in life, no matter the obstacle.

He won the mirror ball trophy on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (season 22) and was the last model standing on The CW’s America’s Next Top Model (cycle 22), now Nyle is winning over audiences as an influential leader and ambassador for the deaf community. Born into a multigenerational deaf family, he is an honorary spokesperson for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) and founder of the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which works to improve the lives of deaf people around the world. Nyle has produced the 2018 return to Broadway of Children of a Lesser God starring Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff. Nyle was also a creative collaborator on The ASL App, created by native deaf signers to teach conversational American Sign Language.

With a passion for language, literacy, and advocacy within the deaf community and beyond, Nyle shares his barrier-breaking story as a deaf man who has risen above stereotypes to take the world by storm. Believing that his deafness is “an asset rather than a limitation,” he builds a bridge between the deaf and hearing by shining a light on not only the struggles but also the triumphs of the deaf culture. Above all, Nyle shows audiences that with a sense of community, commitment to your goals, and belief in yourself, you can accomplish anything

Beyond the Lecture

Personal Identities: Assets in our Leadership Practice

February 25th, 2020: 
Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Workshop Series
5-6:30pm Masonboro Island Room, Fisher Student Center

Emotionally Intelligent Leaders recognize that our unique identities and perspectives are assets, not barriers to leadership. Together we’ll reflect on our identities and how they support our leadership practice, and discuss how we can support this for others. This session is inspired by Nyle DiMarco, who will be visiting campus for a Leadership Lecture on Tuesday, February 18th.

Stop and Serve - TBD

The Stop & Serve program is designed to be a convenient way to “stop” at the event, on students’ way to class or meetings, and “serve” with us on a community engagement project. Past projects include partnering with Campus Life and the Leadership Lecture Series to give a call-to-action to the lecture; assembling sexual assault survival hospital kits for the Coastal Horizons Center of Wilmington and hygiene bags for UNCW’s student food pantry, Hawks Harvest. Students are able to take a few minutes out of their day to support a variety of community organizations and projects without even leaving campus.