First-Year Leadership Conference

What is it?

  • The First-Year Leadership Conference is a half day conference for first-year students to explore their interest in and skill development in leadership, as well as build meaningful community with their peers around leadership topics. 
  • The conference includes a keynote speaker, breakout presentations, and facilitated dialogue centered around the theme "Leading with Curiosity". 
  • Topics focus on growing as individual leaders, expanding skills in working with others, and exploring how to build connections with a mission or purpose. 

Who is it for?

  • First-Year students 
  • Attendance will be limited to 100 students
  • Whether you consider yourself someone who leads out loud, leads quietly from the sidelines, or is working toward finding their leadership voice this conference is for you!

When is it?

  • Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

How to register?

  • Register through this google form
  • Register by Sunday, September 23 at 11:59 pm EST.
Conference Schedule

Sunday September 30, 2018

  • 9:15am - Check In
  • 9:30am - Welcome
  • 9:45am - Breakout Session 1
  • 11:00am - Keynote Speaker
  • 12:30pm - Lunch with Group Dialogue
  • 1:15pm - Breakout Session 2
  • 2:15pm - Closing with Group Dialogue


Keynote Speaker
Artist-turned-medical-educator Alexa Miller is a leading voice for observation and inquiry practices in medicine, and for their cultivation in arts experiences. An original co-creator of Harvard Medical School’s Training the Eye: Improving the Art of Physical Diagnosis, a course that produced researched outcomes on the impact of arts experiences on medical student learning, Miller has worked with medical learners and faculty in arts settings since 2003. Miller’s consultancy, Arts Practica, creates experiential learning opportunities that allow leaders, practitioners, and teachers in healthcare to be more effective and mindful in uncertainty. Driven by a strong personal interest in misdiagnosis and the intelligences that contribute to diagnostic safety, she serves on the Education Committee for the Society for the Improvement of Diagnosis in Medicine, where she will also serve as a 2018- 2019 fellow. Formerly Curator of Education at the Davis Museum, Alexa has taught undergraduate courses in Education at both Brandeis University and at Wellesley College, and facilitated a weekly Lab Group in the Interpersonal and Group Dynamics course at Yale School of Management. She received her BA from Swarthmore College and her MA from the Wimbledon School of Art.