Richard & Lila Sussman Leadership Conferences

The Sussman Leadership Conferences provide all Drake undergraduates with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, knowledge, and network. Each semester, the half-day conferences are focused on a theme that helps current and future student leaders become effective at Drake and beyond.

Fall Leadership Conference

'Controversy with Civility'
Saturday, October 8, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Olmsted Center


9:30 a.m. - Registration opens & light breakfast served

10:00 a.m. - Welcome

10:15 a.m. - Breakout session 1

11:25 a.m. - Breakout session 2

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Keynote


Students must pre-register for the conference, sign-up at the link below:

Registration will close on October 1


Spring Leadership Conference

Save the Date!!
Saturday, February 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Olmsted Center

About Richard & Lila Sussman

Drake University is grateful for the generous philanthropic support of Richard, AS’51, and the late Lila Sussman that made this conference possible. 

The Sussmans’ incredible commitment to Drake has influenced many students at the University during the last 45 years. The Sussmans have supported the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute, Drake Fine Arts, the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship, The Drake Fund, and the renovation of the Lila and Richard Sussman Theater in Olmsted Center. Richard continues the legacy of giving that he and his wife established at Drake, most recently through the creation of the Sussman Lecture Series, an initiative of The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement.

Richard’s deep connection to Drake began as a student, when he was a student leader and member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. He graduated in 1951 with a major in Economics. After graduation, he remained involved in the University through service on the National Alumni Association Board of Directors and other activities.

University News
October 20, 2016
The Comparison Project will present the third event in its 2016–2017 series on death and dying. A community interfaith dialogue on Oct. 27 will feature representatives of three different refugee religions in Des Moines.