Leadership Conference Set for College Students

    The University of Scranton Center for Student Engagement’s IGNITE Student Leadership Conference is open students attending area colleges. The conference begins at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 22. Planning the conference are, from left, Center for Student Engagement interns Carly Kreitzer, an accounting major from Sewell, New Jersey, and Deanna Leicht, a strategic communication major from Ephrata.
    February 14, 2020

     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. Alex Weber, an award-winning performer, international speaker and competitor on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, will present “Failing Forward to Success” as this year’s keynote address at the conference on Saturday, Feb. 22.

    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.

    As a competitor in the World Championships of Lacrosse and American Ninja Warrior, Weber knows what it means to face fears, embrace challenges and overcome failures with passion, commitment, focus and perseverance. More so, he knows how you can use failures to propel forward and hit your goals. In his powerful, passionate and hilarious keynote, Weber will share his blueprint method, tangible tools and actionable strategies for facing fears, overcoming challenges and embracing failing forward to achieve success.

    A 5x TEDx Speaker and one of the youngest coaches ever to be awarded U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year, Weber has worked with major companies, such as NBC, LinkedIn, University of Pennsylvania, Los Angeles Lakers, AirBnB and ESPN. He has also guest lectured at the Stanford's Graduate School of Business on the power of humor for leadership.

    The conference will be held at the DeNaples Center and the Loyola Science Center from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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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