Concurrent Sessions by Track

Track listings are subject to change. Sessions with an asterisk (*) are designated as Livestreamed for online attendees.


Leadership Development

Leadership in Service, Life and Community through the Arts

Dr. Everett McCorvey, University of Alabama, 1981

*The Future is Now: Recruiting Millennials & Gen Z

Landis Tindell, Texas Tech University, 2020

Individuals from Generation Z now make up nearly 40% of the workforce. It’s important for leaders to understand what makes the individuals from the post-9/11 generation unique, and how to effectively recruit, onboard, retain and develop these individuals into the leaders that will sustain and grow businesses in the near future. In this session, you will learn how to develop an organizational culture that allows Gen Z communication professionals to grow and thrive, explore the differences between Gen Zs and the millennials before them, and discover how to develop an inclusive culture that allows new workers to thrive.

Effective Manager vs Effective Leader

Douglas Glair, University of Maryland – College Park, 1997

24 years of experience in supply chain and cybersecurity management and leadership roles have taught this speaker a lot. There is a very distinctive difference between being an effective manager who can get things done and being an effective leader who invests in people and teams. It may sound like an easy thing to do but that is not always the case. Let’s have a discussion about the differences, challenges and lessons that will help you!

Stone Ethical Leadership Challenge

Dr. Timothy Reed, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1989
Jamie Bouldin, Stephen F. Austin State University, 2004

Every circle should have a signature leadership program. The Stone Ethical Leadership Challenge offers O∆K circles the opportunity to present a leadership program that has been developed and tested by O∆K leadership educators. The program can be presented as a 90-minute, half-day or full-day event, featuring ethical scenarios designed for collegiate leaders. O∆K can also provide funding support to implement the program. This session will allow attendees to experience the Stone Ethical Leadership Challenge.

Leadership and Life Planning

Herb Rubenstein, Washington and Lee University, 1974

This interactive workshop will help attendees formulate and be successful in reaching specific personal and professional goals for each of the next five decades of their lives.

JEDI Mind Tricks: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Universe of "Honor and Leadership" Societies

Leah Adinolfi, East Tennessee State University, 2018
Joy Fulkerson, East Tennessee State University, 1997 

This session will explore the dark side of merit and the role that honor and leadership societies (not such) a long, long time ago in a galaxy (not that) far, far away played in matters of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Affirming ODK’s core values and circle alliance, participants will identify and commit to circle actions for inclusivity and justice. In other words . . . use the force for good, participants will.

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Professional Development

*Psychological Safety and Servant Leadership

Pierce Ippolito, United States Military Academy, 2015
Joshua Kay, United States Military Academy, 2022

This seminar presents a conceptual model of servant leadership, psychological safety, work engagement, and individual commitment. The authors position psychological safety as a causal factor that provides answers addressing why servant leaders have positive effects on individual commitment and work engagement. The depicted model operates under the consideration that commitment and engagement serve two distinct roles based on the study conducted by Hirschfeld and Feild (2000). Therefore, each is treated as an independent construct. Theory-based propositions are developed linking servant leadership and psychological safety to individual commitment and work engagement. Finally, the authors provide a framework for future research.

Scared Speechless?

Steve Rohr, Concordia College, 1991

Scared Speechless? Whether you shrink at the thought of public speaking or want to improve your skills, this workshop will help you embrace your nerves and deliver compelling presentations every time.

*Failure: The Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me!

Dr. Fred Tugas, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020
Kim McMahon, University of South Carolina, 1992

Failure. We’ve all been there and it is not a fun place to be. Sometimes, not meeting goals or being overlooked for a role or position is exactly what we need to grow personally and professionally. Evaluating the failure of our leaders and of our own initiatives and programs, we will discover how to re-frame these experiences in order to proceed and succeed.

*Successful Interviewing In Your Circle

Kyle Dortch, East Carolina University, 2021

This session will help Circle Officers and our business professionals conduct interviews that will gather the best information in the most timely fashion. Come ready to learn how to best conduct interviews to find the right people for your job or organization!

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Membership Development

Creating Momentum in DEI Initiatives on Campus

Faith Laskie, Morningside University, 2020
Emma Hannasch, Morningside University, 2021
Marisa Beintema, Morningside University, 2020

This session explains our circle’s initiative to connect the general student body, the community, and the DEI committees on campus and the Board of Directors.This year-long initiative had O∆K executives reading Ijeoma Oluo’s book, “So You Want to Talk About Race,” then creating interactive activities for the O∆K circle. O∆K then organized a planning committee (O∆K, campus DEI, student group) to invite members from the NAACP, the Inclusive [City] Advisory Committee, community leaders, and board members to be part of a Q&A panel to discuss and enhance understanding of the complexities and opportunities surrounding DEI initiatives in our area.

Leading Dedicated Leaders: From Buy-In to Burn-Out

Joel Hermann, Maryville University, 2007
Dyllan Haggard, Fontbonne University, 2019

Leadership within a circle of Omicron Delta Kappa is continuously changing at quite a rapid pace. Advising a society that highlights sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students means that we may only work with an individual student for maybe two years, and the only constant a circle may have would be the Faculty Advisor and Circle Coordinator. Through this round-table discussion, advisors and coordinators are invited to establish their position within a network of colleagues that are fighting the same challenges on their campuses, whatever size they may be.

Inspiring Collaboration through Pillar Programming

Anna Laine, Fontbonne University, 2021
Selena Dulic, Fontbonne University, 2021
Rayne Ebersold, Fontbonne University, 2022
MiKaela Edgar, Fontbonne University, 2022
Luca Roma, Fontbonne University, 2022

The five pillars within O∆K are key to campus collaboration and student engagement. Inspiring members to engage in extensive collaboration will foster a more inclusive environment that will allow for creative ideas. Since leadership is always shifting, it is important to incorporate these opinions into all phases of event planning. Members will have the opportunity to collaborate with others, just how they can collaborate with leaders from different areas of their own campus life. They will also have conversations that will spark new ideas on how to bring inclusion into pillars.

Blueprints for Circle Engagement

Mary Stuart, University of Virginia, 2019
Melissa Cancio, Florida International University, 2016
Alberto Garcia Marrero, Florida International University, 2017
Khadeil Ergas, Aurora University, 2019

This interactive program is designed for circle officers, collegiate members, and circle advisors. During this session, participants will receive step-by-step instructions for activities to engage their home circle members. The blueprints include elements of networking, professional development, service, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in networking with fellow attendees of the conference. If you are looking for ways to increase circle engagement, want new ideas for activities to do with your circle, or want an opportunity to network in a structured environment, this session is for you.

Strategies for Inviting and Engaging Non-Collegiate Members in Circles

Dr. Tara Singer, University of Louisville, 1981

One of the unique aspects of Omicron Delta Kappa is that the Society is intentionally multi-generational. Faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and civic leaders are all eligible for membership. However, sometimes circle officers have questions about how best to invite these non-collegiate leaders to join O∆K and strategies for engaging them in the activities of the circles. This session will explore these topics and provide other information about enhancing the involvement of these members.

Increasing Inclusivity for Students in O∆K Circles

Alexis Matton, Rollins College, 2021
Angelina Khourisader, Rollins College, 2021

In this session, you will learn how the Rollins College O∆K circle has taken steps to make its circle more inclusive of both traditional and nontraditional student populations on its campus. Through interactive discussion, circle members and officers will have the opportunity to not only learn new inclusive practices but brainstorm with other attendees measures you can take on your own campuses to make O∆K more inclusive for all student populations. The ultimate goal is to create the strongest circles possible by incorporating a diverse array of experiences and perspectives.

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Building Leadership Skills and Competencies

Actions not Words: The Intersectional Struggle

Dorien Rogers, Salisbury University, 2021

Even as our very schools, communities, and politics begin to recognize the power of intersectionality, which was coined by a black woman, the continued use of rhetoric used to ease the wounds of generations of oppression is not enough to restore the faith in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Actions not Words: the Intersectional Struggle” works to break the cycles of inaction in an effort to inform, educate, and empower its participants to bring action to their words to restore faith in our sacred values as a nation.

Diversity and Inclusion in Everyday Lives

Kyle Dortch, East Carolina University, 2021

With attention paid to what we think, how we speak, and who we interact with, our lives can either be enriched or hindered. As diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) become more commonplace words in our ordinary lives, we must ensure that we act with integrity and honor to all. This presentation will address the basic foundations of DEI principles and demonstrate how these principles are more a part of our lives than we may know. Participants will learn how to encourage open dialogue in their circle of friends and colleagues and be a leader for many cultures!

*Reaching Your Destination Despite Your Situation

Riebeil Durley-Petty, University of Northern Iowa, 2005

This presentation centers on the 5 Ions- Preparation, Organization, Motivation, Dedication, and Determination to equip participants with the mentality and resolve to transcend obstacles in their reality and externalize their goals, as well as the goals of their employees, colleagues, and peers. Methods will involve explicating my personal experiences in education at the secondary and post-secondary levels, a PowerPoint presentation, group dialogue, attendees identifying personal challenges, and devising strategies to surmount them. Your situation does not have to determine your destination.

Leading Systemic Change

Kaitlin Sommer, Shenandoah University, 2011
Dr. Michelle Luttrell, Shenandoah University, 2011

Rethinking long-in-place practices and structures within an organization can be daunting and often met with resistance. Let’s apply some tried and true practices and strategies to shift cultures, move people, and create meaningful change.

Culturally Competent Leadership

Jessica Clark-Surface, Indiana State University, 2021
William Adu-Mensah, Indiana State University, 2021

The goal of this presentation is to show ways to be a culturally competent leader. The presenters come from different backgrounds, and will discuss how these backgrounds affect the ways they lead. They will be discussing how they lead as an international student, as a student with disabilities, and as an introvert. Attendees will receive leadership questionnaires from Peter G. Northouse’s book Introduction to Leadership, 5th Edition. These questionnaires will show the audience what types of leaders they are so that they can understand their strengths and weaknesses.

Mastering Relationship Building: True Connections

Larry Long, Jr., University of Maryland – College Park, 1999

The quality of our relationships has a major impact on our lives and on our happiness. Your perspective has a direct impact on the strength of those relationships. This interactive workshop will provide attendees with a new and fresh perspective on the power of creating genuine connections that last a lifetime, including communication and rapport-building strategies. Starting with a focus on your relationship with self, and then expanding to both, building new, as well as nurturing existing relationships, expect for your existing perspectives to be challenged in this thought-provoking session.

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