Program and Events

2021 LIFT Conference Schedule

All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. To gain access, be sure to register. Below, please find information on the speaker series.  LIFT 2021 will feature three workshops and discussions designed to address the four conference pillars of Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, and Transformation.

Speaker Series

Kick-Off Session

November 8, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Leading Yourself and Others with Confidence by Owning Your Authenticity, Lucca Petrucci.

This 60-minute interactive keynote is for student leaders who want to learn how to overcome imposter syndrome and the comparison game and lead themselves and others more confidently by tapping into their most authentic self. 

You’ll walk away with:

  • A clear understanding of your originality — what is uniquely you and is something that you can only share in the exact way you do.  
  • Principles, tools, questions and insights that will support you in tapping into your authenticity on the daily.  
  • Knowing how to take ownership of your uniqueness and lead yourself and others from this place confidently — and how to empower others to do the same. 

Download the reflection guide for this session!

The reflection guide includes:

  • Preflection questions (things to think about prior to the session and help contextualize the topic)
  • Reflection questions to guide you through processing the learning you experience as a result of attending the session
  • Resources for diving deeper into the main session themes

Session 2

November 16, 20201 | 5:00 PM

Transforming Silence into Action: Dismantling the Traditional Banking Model of Education, Aniah Francis and Kailyn Goodwin, University of San Francisco.

The Traditional Banking Model is harmful to students’ critical thinking, creativity, and growth. This webinar provides guiding practices to student leaders to implement at their organizations and schools—who are seeking to dismantle the culture of traditional banking model in higher education and reimagine spaces that nurture students’ agency and power.

Download the reflection guide for this session!

The reflection guide includes:

  • Preflection questions (things to think about prior to the session and help contextualize the topic)
  • Reflection questions to guide you through processing the learning you experience as a result of attending the session
  • Resources for diving deeper into the main session themes

Closing Session

November 19, 2021 | 5:00 PM

The Art and Power of Storytelling to Transform Hearts, Minds and Systems, Dr. Janine Nkosi

I’m continuously inspired by the courage, creativity and leadership of college students’ and their commitment to campus and community change. Over the past 10-years, I’ve had the honor to work alongside more than 2,500 Fresno State students and community leaders to combat some of the most pressing social issues in the Central Valley. We’ve organized to bring innovative programs to campus and our community, passed historic housing policies, and during the pandemic launched a North Star vision (Homes Guarantee campaign) across five counties spanning 239 miles that when fully implemented will transform our housing system as we know it. The art and power of storytelling is absolutely crucial to all of this work. We are each experts in our own lived experience. Our stories help foster authentic relationships, can transform private pain into powerful public testimony, and have the power to move people and perspectives. Join us for a workshop on the art and power of storytelling. We’ll reflect on our personal and family stories (“story of self”), our collective story (“story of us”), and the urgent and incredible opportunity we have to reimagine social and economic systems toward one’s where everyone can truly thrive (“story of now”). 

Download the reflection guide for this session!

The reflection guide includes:

  • Preflection questions (things to think about prior to the session and help contextualize the topic)
  • Reflection questions to guide you through processing the learning you experience as a result of attending the session
  • Resources for diving deeper into the main session themes