Our Sessions

Learn more about each conference session and plan your day with the full conference schedule.

11:15-12:00 p.m.

5 Steps to Finding Your Courage to Live Authentically and Unapologetically

Session Speaker: Bernie Frazier, SPHR

Session True Blue Skill: Personal Responsibility

Being a college student today is much harder than it was when I was a Drake undergrad. Our biggest pressures were making the grades, getting a good job, and, of course, which table should we sit at in Hubbell! Today, students must also contend with social media. Couple that with two of years of a global pandemic which has completely changed the dynamics of college life, and you’re asking for a perfect storm to breed discontentment and self-doubt. Where do you find the courage to pursue the career and life you really want? Join me as I share five insights to help you conquer these hurdles so you can live your best life.

Breakout

11:15-12:00 p.m.

Coping with Addiction in the Workplace: One Lawyer's Story

Session Speaker: Joe Quinn—Nyemaster Goode P.C.

Session True Blue Skill: Global/Intercultural Understanding

Currently in his 35th year of practice, Joe has been a recovering alcoholic for the last 11 years. By being open about his struggles and the solution he’s found, he seeks to reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism, addiction and recovery. Joe regularly shares his experience with others with the goal of turning his mess into a message -of help and hope.

Breakout

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Keynote, Your Limitless Impact

Session Speaker: Christen Brandt

Session True Blue Skill: Values Driven

This keynote session with author and She's the First Co-Founder Christen Brandt will walk you through the process of creating your own impact plan, from finding your North Star to avoiding the biggest mistakes in social change.

This keynote is sponsored by the Global Citizen Forum and the Slay Fund for Social Justice.

Keynote

1:15-2:00 p.m.

The Future of Work

Session Speaker: Robert Frederick

Session True Blue Skill: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Exploring the forces that are transforming and shaping the future of work, the nature of that work and the implications those changes may have on education, lifelong learning, social contracts and society.

Breakout

1:15-2:00 p.m.

Planning for Self Care and Wellness as a Lawyer

Session Speakers: Tyler Coe —Whitfield & Eddy Law and Dean Erin Lee Schneider – Drake Law School

Session True Blue Skill: Growth Mindset

The old adage “failure to plan is planning to fail” isn’t just for work projects. Planning for your wellbeing is important, too. Join Erin and Tyler for a fun, interactive presentation that will give you the tools you need to develop your own personal wellbeing plan.

Breakout

2:15-3:00 p.m.

Employer Panel: Be Limitless in a Changing Work Culture

Session Speaker: Craig Johnson (Dentsu), Katie Brabon (Wells Fargo) and Boyd Higgins (CVS Pharmacy)

Session True Blue Skill: Personal Responsibility

COVID has changed the way we think and approach work from recruitment to retention. Join a panel of employers who will answer our questions about the changing work culture and help us learn to be limitless in our approach to work.

Breakout

2:15-3:00 p.m.

Bringing Your Identity to the Workplace

Session Speaker: Darren Nealy, J.D. - Assistant Dean of Students, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Session True Blue Skill: Global/Intercultural Understanding

Many students struggle with being their true authentic selves in the law school setting and as they search for a job. Frequently, students can struggle with internal and external pressures to assimilate or code-switch. Frequently, the legal profession expects conformity. That can be a challenge for those who may not fit "the mold." This session will focus on the indicators that not only make us who we are, but can also have certain societal stigmas attached to them, especially in the workplace. While there are unlikely to be any one-size-fits-all answers to these questions, this session seeks to help attendees think about how to address these issues with students.

Breakout

3:15-4:00 p.m.

Cooling your Burnout and Responding to Stress

Session Speaker: Kayla Bell-Consolver, LMHC, MS

Session True Blue Skill: Growth Mindset

We have all had experiences with burnout throughout our lives, either through being busy or managing the weight of external and internal expectations. Since the COVID-19 Pandemic, the experience of burnout and stress have significantly impacted our feeling of burnout and stress and that can sometimes create a feeling of being stuck. This presentation aims to assist you in navigating through burn out and learn new strategies to experience relaxation and confidence again, one step at a time.

Breakout

3:15-4:00 p.m.

Identifying and Managing ADD/ADHD in the Workplace

Session Speakers: Dave Bower, J.D - Partner with Nyemaster Goode P.C.; Maureen De Armond, J.D. - Executive Director, Drake University Human Resources; Stacey Warren, J.D. - Partner with Cashatt Warren Family Law, P.C.

Session True Blue Skill: Global/Intercultural Understanding

Practicing attorneys will discuss their professional experiences with ADD and ADHD, describe how and when they learned about their ADD and ADHD, and tips and strategies they use in their successful careers. 

Breakout