Whee Lead Conference

Do you think you have what it takes to be a leader?

Whee Lead Conference poster. Image courtesy of Leslie Cavin

WCU students will have the opportunity to fine tune their leadership skills in a one-day leadership conference from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, in the UC.

The conference provides students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about their personal and professional development.

The conference consists of 25 breakout sessions across four different time slots and a presentation by keynote speaker Curtis Zimmerman.

Zimmerman is a speaker and author who uses his award-winning programs and life-changing messages to impact audiences around the world.

For this conference, his message will be centered around how you must be okay with failing in order to succeed.

This year’s coordinator, Leslie Cavin, the assistant director of leadership, is excited about having Zimmerman for the conference.

“I think he has a good message and I’m excited for students to hear it,” said Cavin. “Hopefully, that resonates with them.”

For the sessions, participants will be able to pick and choose what sessions they would like to attend, allowing students to tailor the conference to their needs.

At the beginning of the conference, students will be given a program with the various breakout sessions’ descriptions and times.

Karen Walker, assistant of student clubs and organizations, giving a program to WCU student Thomas Caprariello. Photo courtesy of Leslie Cavin.

This year’s Whee Lead Conference features a lot of student presenters. While the conference will also host faculty and staff presenters, Cavin is excited about the opportunity this gives students.

Cavin thinks this will be a great opportunity for students that are attending or presenting to engage in how to be a better leader.

“This is a leadership conference, so there will be undertones of learning about leadership throughout the day, but I think it’ll also be a day where you are learning about yourself and getting to learn new things, opening your eyes to new experiences,” said Cavin. “So I want students to be present, I want them to be engaged and ask questions and be an active member of the community.”

While registration for the conference closed last Friday, Feb. 9, Cavin is still accepting registrations in hopes to reach her goal of having 250 students attend.

Check out the conference schedule.