Graduate-Professional Student Leadership Conference 2020

Graduate-Professional Student Leadership Conference 2020

February 13-14, Gatton Student Center

"Leading your Community: Creating and Maintaining Community through Networking, Research and Collaboration"


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, Gatton Student Center Room 330AB

  • 8:15 am - 9:00 am        Welcome and Breakfast​
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am        “Exploring and Implementing Leadership Styles”
    • Emma Holland, UKY Chemistry GSA President
    • Description: This session will illustrate different leadership styles that can contribute to your group’s dynamics and goals. Participants will be involved in a group activity to explore and exercise their own leadership style.    
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am    “Navigating Networking”

    • Beth Austin, Stuckert Career Center

    • Description: Topics covered in this session will be: why networking?, preparing for and making the most of a networking event, taking the next steps after a networking event, creating an elevator pitch and interviewing guidelines.         

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH, Gatton Student Center Room 330E

  • 8:15 am - 9:00 am        Welcome and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am        “Unleashing the Power of Research Collaborations”
    • Dr. Nathan Vanderford,  UK College of Medicine
    • Description: This session will highlight how collaborations can enhance research activities and outputs. Participants will work together to identify ways in which they can become more involved in collaborative research.  
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am    "Building Community Through Relational Meetings"
    • James Lincoln, Graduate Student Community Enhancement Coordinator. UK Graduate School
    • Description: Community organizing is the process by which community members coordinate cooperative efforts to promote the interests of their community. While there are a number of best practices for achieving this end, this workshop introduces individuals to a practice called ‘Relational Meetings’. The goal of these meetings is to develop public relationships that can be called upon for mutual support. In this workshop, the facilitator introduces ‘relational meetings’, discusses their potential for including people in community building, and prepares individuals to practice this methodology in a genuinely caring manner.



Information from the 2019 conference: 

Being a leader in today’s society requires more than just being knowledgeable in your field. The Future Graduate Student Leaders Conference (FGSLC) is geared towards helping graduate students learn what it takes to be a leader on campus and understanding how being a leader now helps prepare you for the future. FGSLC is hosted by the Graduate Student Congress (GSC).

The conference will be held on January 25th in the Gatton Student Center. You can use the following link to register for the conference:


Click Here to view the program


Speakers for the UK Leaders Panel are currently being finalized and will be posted soon.


Concurrent sessions will focus on key skills needed to be an effective leader: advocating for graduate students, understanding the translatable skills gained as a leader, and others. Once all speakers and topics are finalized, the time of each session will be added to this page.