All workshop sessions and materials, meals (for the welcome reception, two luncheons, three continental breakfasts), transportation to St. Louis attractions, a conference t-shirt, Wi-Fi, parking, and one-on-one consulting with our conference presenters.
This conference is for all committed student government leaders who want to make a bigger impact and for invested advisers who are connected or looking to become more connected to their students. Participants will not be lost in the crowd. Participants of this conference have found the conference to be hugely beneficial to the following, but not limited to, SGA advisers, student body presidents, executive and cabinet members, class officers, student senators, committee chairs and leaders of special interest areas like diversity, student activity fee allocations, campus programming, judicial and public relations. This conference is designed specifically to be a working conference which requires all delegates to be “present” and “in the moment.” It is for that emerging student leader who needs encouragement and training to realize their full potential.
We are the longest running student government conference for two-year and four-year institutions of higher learning in America today. We purposely keep our conference numbers manageable, allowing us to offer many opportunities for interaction and truly listen to today’s student government leaders and advisors. This is a conference where participants are fully engaged and the facilitators are fully committed to improving your work in student government. Presenters are very experienced in student government and, most importantly, care about your work. We modify workshops and topics virtually on the spot, as we specifically design the conference to enhance your student government experience, providing you with valuable take-aways, which you can implement on your campuses immediately. Additionally, you’ll learn and grow with like-minded leaders, gain mentors and partners, and make friends for life. You’ll take away practical and applicable skills, strategies and innovative ideas for your campus SGA, your college education and your career.
The conference offers 4 to 5 concurrent hour-long sessions in an interactive format addressing contemporary issues in an atmosphere where everyone is respected and heard. Sessions and subsequent question-and-answer periods, will all focus on finding solutions to problems, including nuances and circumstances that may differ between campuses. These interactive sessions are less about stating the problems that exist, but instead working together to solve them.
The collaborative nature of this conference is one of the reasons students and advisors find it so helpful. For years, we have adapted workshop material and topics after taking suggestions and feedback from conference participants. If you or your school would like to conduct a workshop, email us at email@example.com. Should you have suggestions for topics, simply let us know and we will do our best to address them in a session.
The presenters at this year’s conference have over 500 years of student government experience collectively. They have experience with small private colleges, community colleges and four-year public middle and large state universities. They believe in student government and student leadership. Most have been or are currently advisors and have enjoyed great experiences improving the quality of student life on their respective campuses. Our presenters offer one-on-one consultations free to individuals and delegations. All you have to do is make an appointment. Most importantly, they have been carefully selected because they not only have been successful but they care. Conference participants have their undivided attention during the conference. We encourage you to read about each presenter in the “Meet the Presenters” section of the website.
The conference begins promptly at 7 pm on Thursday evening October 31 with a keynote and a welcome reception for advisors and delegates. The first night sets the tone for the entire weekend. On Sunday morning, we offer new sessions and an all-conference roundtable, which are capstone experiences that should not be missed. We highly encourage you take full advantage of this experience by attending the opening session and stay until the conference ends at noon on Sunday.
The conference will be held at the Renaissance Hotel located near the St. Louis Airport. The room rate for conference attendees is $100 per night (book by Oct. 23, 2019) and four people may stay in one room. This first-rate hotel includes shuttle service to/from the airport, swimming pool, exercise room, and all the amenities you would expect at a full-service Marriott property, a great bargain!
The conference has been held at this location for about 30 years and students always enjoy their stay there.
The conference reserves tickets for those who would like to go to the arch. We provide bus transportation to and from the arch and other St. Louis attractions during one of the afternoons. While the transportation is included in the conference fee, tickets to the arch are $10. We also arrange for conference participants to go to the City Museum. Once again, transportation will be provided but there is an admission charge to this one-of-a-kind adult interactive experience.
A few days before the conference each school will be provided the opportunity to submit any dietary restrictions. We work with the hotel and food service to do everything we can to meet and exceed responding your needs.