March 26, 2015

Minority Student Leadership forum is April 9

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The 2015 Minority Student Leadership Conference at Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers students the opportunity to learn, celebrate their heritage and bridge the gap between minority groups through strategies focused on future success. 

The conference is April 9 at the Student Center and the theme is “It Starts With Us.”  It begins with check-in from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. and wraps up at 2:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend. While all students are welcome, the focus will be on minority students. 

Applications are due by April 2. Find the registration form and additional information online at 

Throughout the day, students will participate in workshops, panel discussions, interactive sessions and a keynote presentation designed to assist students from under-represented populations. The sessions are designed to provide them with the leadership skills, communication strategies, financial management techniques, outreach initiatives and personal and professional development skills essential to becoming successful leaders. 

Workshop presenters include:

  • Jaye P. Willis, information technology manager for the Internal Revenue Service and lead on several multi-million dollar government technology projects.
  • Jeff McCoy, assistant dean of students at SIU.
  • Penny Clancy, vice president of human resources for Sentinel Technologies Inc.
  • Charles Alexander, founder of SpeakHOPE Inc.
  • Kevin Harris, territory manager for IRS.
  • William Robinson, vice president for Silicon Valley Bank.
  • Various members of the College of Business Minority Advisory Board 

Conference sponsors are: Blacks Interested in Business, a registered student organization; the SIUC Chapter of NAACP, and the College of Business Office of Minority Affairs.