The purpose of The Student Leadership and Mentoring Conference is to give students and professionals the opportunity to network and share their leadership and/or mentoring experiences with each other. This student run conference gives students and professionals the opportunity to network and share their knowledge with each other as it relates to leadership and mentoring.
Tyler Brklacich is a student at Utah Valley University serving as the Student Body
President, majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations.
Tyler currently sits on the Foundation Board, Alumni Board, National President’s Advisory
Board, and Wolverine Club Board in addition to his duties as a member of the Board
of Trustees and President’s Council.
Tyler served as the Senator for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences during the 2012-13 academic year and Vice President of Academic Senate during the 2013-2014 academic year. He has extensive professional experience in nonprofit organization management and has worked with local and national organization such as Global Poverty Project, Hadley Impact Consulting, Child Rescue Association of North America, and Autism Journeys.
Dr. Fidel A. Montero is an educational leader, teacher, and an advocate for all students.
Dr. Montero currently serves as Chief of Staff of Utah Valley University. As Chief
of Staff he coordinates with senior leaders and the University President to manage
the largest institution of higher education in the state of Utah. Prior to his experience
as UVU, Dr. Montero served as principal of Alta High School. He is an author, presenter,
and continues to lead school improvement efforts thorough various engagements with
K12 and Higher Education. Dr. Montero’s areas of emphasis include comprehensive school
reform, systems development, and quantitative analysis. He has worked in education
settings that include New York City, Los Angels, Miami, and throughout the state of
Dr. Montero is a first generation high school graduate and immigrant to the United States. He is enthusiastic about sharing his experiences as the son of Mexican farm-working parents and his pursuit of the American Dream.
Dr. Montero is a proud alumnus of Columbia University, Teachers College where he completed his Doctoral and Masters degrees; and Brigham Young University where he completed his undergraduate studies. He is the father of four witty children and is married to his best friend, thought partner, and life coach.
In conjunction with the SLAM Conference, the UV Mentor Program is participating in
a clothing drive through Choice Humanitarian in an effort to fund humanitarian missions
in Guatemala. Please bring any bagged clothing items you wish to donate between
8 - 8:45 am to Lot L1 located east of the Brent Brown Ballpark. Volunteers will
be there ready to assist you and direct you to the conference entrance. In the event
that you arrive after 8:45 am, please park in Lot L1 if you have clothing to donate.
Volunteers will be available during the 2nd half of the lunch break to collect any
*All clothing items, in any condition, are needed and appreciated!
A surprise gift basket will be awarded to the individual who donates the most bags of clothing items. The winner will be announced during the giveaway portion of the conference between 12:50 pm and 1:30 pm. We also have some amazing prizes to give away throughout the conference. You must be present to win if your name is drawn!