IGNITE Student Leadership Conference Planned for Students

The Center for Student Engagement’s IGNITE Student Leadership Conference is open to University students, as well as students attending other NEPA colleges. The conference begins at 10 a.m. on Feb. 24. Planning the conference are, from left, Michael Ritterbeck, assistant director, Center for Student Engagement; Center for Student Engagement interns Jennifer Riccardi, a counseling and human services major from Little Ferry, New Jersey, and Juliette Porcelli, an accounting major from Jackson, New Jersey; Shannon Murphy Fennie, director, Center for Student Engagement; and Center for Student Engagement intern Bridget Fasciani, a philosophy major from Malverne, New York.
February 9, 2018

The IGNITE Student Leadership Conference, hosted by The University of Scranton’s Center for Student Engagement, is open to University students as well as students attending a college in Northeast Pennsylvania. Justin Jones-Fosu, an award-winning entrepreneur and author, will be this year’s keynote speaker at the conference on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Focused on personal growth and development, the conference holds sessions about a broad range of leadership topics, including communication, problem solving, team building, having difficult conversations, communication across differences and identity development.

Jones-Fosu, who is also a motivational speaker, is the president/chief inspirational officer of Justin Inspires International, LLC. He has spoken in four countries and for more than 250 organizations which include colleges, businesses and youth groups. He is also the founder of Respectivity, a company that helps workplaces to develop better cultures of respect. Jones-Fosu is the author of “Inspiration for Life: Dream Bigger, Do More, Live Fuller” and “Finding Your Glasses: Revealing and Achieving Authentic Success,” which focuses on building a life of success based on each individual’s core values.

A graduate of Morgan State University and Towson University, where he earned a MBA with a specialization in leadership and organizational, Jones-Fosu was named as one of EBONY Magazine’s “30 Young Leaders on the Rise” in 2008.

The conference will be held at the DeNaples Center and the Loyola Science Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration deadline to attend is Feb. 20 and the cost for non-University of Scranton students is $25.00. For additional information, visit the IGNITE Student Leadership Conference website ( or contact the University’s Center for Student Engagement at

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