High School Leadership Conference
October 26, 2015

Conferences

High School Leadership Conference - October 26, 2015


Keynote Speaker


Hoan Do

Hoan Do

Choose to succeed

 

Session Description

Your ability to succeed is not determined by your age, background, or knowledge but rather by the choices that you make each and every day. In Hoan's inspiring keynote you'll learn how to strengthen your self-image, the importance of pursuing your passions, positive ways to deal with life’s challenges, and a technique that will help you to change your attitude during difficult times. 

Bio

Hoan Do is a student success coach, author, and competitor in NBC’s hit show, American Ninja Warrior. From an early age, Hoan understood the sacrifices his parents had made in their escape to the United States during the Vietnam War. Feeling indebted to his parents for their courageous pursuit of a better life, Hoan vowed to ensure that one day, he would be able to take care of his parents. Hoan’s hard work took him to Malibu, California, where he attended Pepperdine University. Recognized as the best youth mentor by the International Examiner, Hoan travels across North America speaking at colleges, high schools, and student leadership conferences where he shares practical advice that helps students to succeed in and out of school. Hoan’s engaging style and ability to share important life lessons in a way that resonates with his audiences has earned him the Verizon Wireless Motivator Award.


 

 

Breakout Session's Speakers

Kyle Reyes

Kyle Reyes, SC 206a

Come Alive:  Finding Authenticity in Leadership

Session Description:

“If I don’t look, act, or speak like that, I must not be leadership material.” This presentation will not focus on lists, traits, or attributes of a good leader, but rather a set of questions that we can all ask ourselves if we are to make contributions on this world that are authentic to us.

Bio

Dr. Kyle Reyes serves as Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion and Assistant Professor of Education at UVU.  Kyle has spent his 12-year career championing issues of inclusion and diversity.  He received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and directs UVU’s Senior Executive Leadership Forum.

 

Rick Larsen

Rick Larsen, SC 206c

Come Alive at Your School; Get Engaged and Make a Difference

Session Description:

As a student leader you can positively impact, inspire and influence your peers. Empathize with them, get to know them, and walk in their shoes.  You can make the difference in creating a respectful and caring climate at your schools. You will leave energized and determined to be the person who can make a difference.  Rick lost his mother in a traffic accident at age fifteen.  He will discuss the challenges that face many of your peers today.   Being an adoptee, he was recently reunited with his biological family. Rick will take you on a true-life fairytale filled with joy and tragedy. Come join Rick for an impactful seminar that will have you laughing, crying, and pondering the more important relationships in life.

Bio

Rick Larsen, along with his wife ChaRee and their six children reside in Northern Utah. Rick is the Principal of Rich High School and teaches UVU’s MGMT 1250 course, “Principles of Leadership.”   He is the wrestling coach and a wildland’s firefighter.  He is a published author of Mother, Are You Out There?, and Earning an “A” with Kids.


 

Rick Larsen

CAL Student Leaders, SC 206gh

Come Alive and LEAD!

Session Description:

Come Alive and Lead-Learn to lead in all areas of your life!  In this session, the CAL student presidency in addition to current CAL students will be presenting on the amazing opportunities in leadership as well as the benefits that leadership can provide you with!  From attending the session, you will leave motivated to lead in the organizations and communities that you are involved with!

Bio

Hannah Stoner, a San Diego native, has been attending UVU for 2 years studying criminal justice and accounting.  After graduating from the LEAD program last spring, she now serves as the Vice President of alumni.   

Spencer Brown has been involved in many areas of UVU including serving as a foundation ambassador, presidential intern, ambassador manager, and member of the men's basketball team. He now serves as the Vice President of current students within the LEAD program.   

Alan Walker, the current president of the Center for the Advancement of Leadership started his journey at UVU in 2011. Formerly a biology major, he plans on completing his forensic science and pre-med degrees before heading to med school in 2018.

Deba Jenkins, a senior at UVU majoring in Deaf Studies and a LEAD student had implemented her leadership skills by starting a service project to help deaf children in Uganda.  She also serves as the UVUSA Languages Department Representative.

A quick clothing change from a climbing harness to a tuxedo is normal in the daily life of Christian Max Jolley. Executing events for Real Salt Lake and the UCCU Center, no task is too big for this Hospitality Management Senior. 

As a second year student in the Center for the Advancement of Leadership and a formal mentor for over 75 high school students, Parker Olsen has a large passion for UVU and the success it breads in its students. Majoring in Public Relations and Hospitality Management, he plans to help companies and individuals make their visions of large scale events and celebrations a reality.


 

Rick Larsen

Jeff Kahn, SC 213a

Come Alive:  Money, Money, Money

Session Description:

This presentation will focus on:
1. What is the difference between saving and investing?
2. What is the difference between simple and compound interest?
3. What is APR?
4. What are the differences between a debit card and a credit card?
5. Why is it unwise to make only the minimum payment to your credit card?
6. Why is it importance to begin an investment program now?

Bio

Jeffrey Kahn is an entrepreneur and has over 25 years of trust and investment experience. He is currently a Business Development Officer for the Bank of Utah and an owner of RJR Investment Service, LLC.  Mr. Kahn resides in Provo, Utah with his wife, Charleen and is a long-time community activist.  He is currently chairmen of the Center for the Advancement of Leadership advisory board at Utah Valley University.  His hobbies include power lifting, swimming, and racquetball.


 

Rick Larsen

Amber Hendrickson, SC 213b

Come Alive in Your Community

Session Description:

What do Emma Stone, John Oliver, and Taylor Swift have in common? Besides being household names, they use their influence and talents to benefit their communities. It’s their talent that got them their influence to effect change. Come learn how your passions can make a difference in the community!

Bio

Amber Hendrickson is the UVU Volunteer & Service-Learning Center’s Community Partnerships Coordinator. Originally from Michigan, she graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She loves pop culture, lakes, and lip synching to any and all music genres.


 

Rick Larsen

Scott Mackintosh, Centre Stage

Come Alive in Your Family

Session Description:

Yes, sometimes that means stepping out of your comfort zone! In this session you will learn to recognize and use your unique gifts and talents to turn obstacles into incredible opportunities, improve relationships and create a happy life!

Bio

Scott Mackintosh the father of seven became known worldwide, when a photograph of him wearing short-shorts, to show his daughter that short-shorts aren’t that cute, went viral! He has appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox and Friends, The Rachael Ray Show, Jimmy Fallon and many others.  Using wit, humor and down-to-earth life philosophies Scott cuts to the chase, empowering people, teams and organizations in transformational change for REAL results in unity, leadership and personal development.


 

Rick Larsen

Emmanuel Kelly, Ragan Theater

Come Alive and Follow Your Passion

Session Description:

Emmanuel’s sheer passion for singing, for life and for “dreaming big” in the face of HUGE obstacles, is a much needed message for our troubled times.  It is a message with mass appeal that transcends boarders, boundaries, countries, cultures, religions and ages. “DREAM BIG - NEVER SMALL, BELIEVE, HOPE, WORK HARD & NEVER GIVE UP!!! This is my moto.”  In a world consumed with all too often insignificant worry and stress, Emmanuel is an immediate wake-up call with the innate ability to touch, move and inspire young and old alike to their very core.

Bio

There is nothing “ordinary” about the extraordinary Emmanuel Kelly, neither his start in life nor growing up.  He was born into war torn Iraq and abandoned by his parents as a baby.  He was raised in an orphanage before being rescued by his now mum, Moira Kelly and brought to Australia for life changing surgeries.  Emmanuel says that his damaged limbs have not held him back, and never will.  Since his appearance on X Factor, he has released three singles, A Song for Edis, Dream Big and Let Love Find You.

Lein Pakalini

Foreign Figures, Grande Ballroom (Closing Keynote)

Come Alive in Music and Live Your Dreams

Session Description:

Stay true to your passions throughout life’s hardships and responsibilities. To accomplish this you will at times need to take risks and venture into unknown waters. Come Alive in music, and live your dreams! 

Bio

Foreign Figures was established in July 2014, as four close friends decided to take their passion for creating music from a simple hobby to a career. Having connected musically prior to the formation of Foreign Figures, the band members share both an intense musical chemistry and a bonded friendship with one another. Before ever releasing an album, Foreign Figures amassed a steady local following as they invested in their equipment and musicality, bringing a new level of talent to their energy-driven live performances. After winning multiple competitions and gaining local sponsorships, the band headed into the studio, self-producing their fiercely emotional and energetic debut, "Come Alive EP." The local response to "Come Alive" was overwhelming - the band sold out Utah's most popular local music venue in under a week for their album release. But it wasn't only Utah that responded to their music - half of the digital downloads that Foreign Figures has seen are from outside of the United States. Foreign Figures is just as serious about truly connecting with people as they are about growing their fan base, and with the world's attention, they plan to take their music to all who can hear.

 


Past Conference Speakers

Hoan Do - October 2015
Choose to succeed

Doug Nielsen - October 2014
Take Life by the Helm: 3 Secrets to Live Your Best Life

Matt Townsend - October 2013

 
Brad Wilcox - Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker March 2013 (YouTube)
Carlee Johnson - Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (mp3)
Rick Larsen - Understanding the Impact of Family Relationships on Your Peers (mp3)
Travis Anderson - What Does it Take to be an Extraordinary Leader? (mp3)
David Litchford - Eliminating One's 'Stinking Thinking' by Building One's Self-Worth (mp3)
Rebeka Grulich & Danica Olsen - It's My Life, I'm Not Hurting Anyone (mp3)
Clint Pulver - Choices and the Rhythm of Life (mp3)
David Reeves - Do You Know Where You're Going To? (mp3)
Kyle & Michele Reyes - Circle of High Expectations: Leadership as a Village (mp3)