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The annual conference, open to all SDSU students, focuses on diversity appreciation and leadership training. The annual conference, open to all SDSU students, focuses on diversity appreciation and leadership training.

Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders

Influential leaders speak about their road to success at the SDSU Leadership Summit on Feb. 16.
By Natalia Van Stralen

A call to action – that is the fundamental theme of this year’s Leadership Summit presented by the Office of Student Life & Leadership at San Diego State University.

The one-day, on-campus leadership conference titled “Why Wait? Lead Now!” provides students with the tools and knowledge to effectively instill change and have a positive impact on today's society.

“The Leadership Summit is SDSU's signature leadership development event each year,” said Dr. Timothy Quinnan, associate vice president for campus life and founder of the conference.

“It provides a singular opportunity for students to gain in one day the insight, tools, and inspiration they will need to make an impact on the world.”

Presenters will speak on a range of topics including how to become a leader in today’s global world, risks and rewards of finding a path to the top and how to gain a competitive edge.

There will also be “breakout” sessions where leaders from SDSU and the community will present on topics including how social media can provoke social change and how to translate leadership experiences into a successful career.

Speaking from experience

The keynote speakers this year are Kaushal Patel, an anchor at KGTV Channel 10 News in San Diego and Scott Manning, an SDSU alumnus who has led large corporations in 17 different countries.

Patel, a former CNN International anchor, is an example of how hard work and focus can turn an internship into a career. She worked her way up the ranks and gained hands-on professional experience. She has been a news anchor around the world including Arizona, Georgia, Hong Kong and San Diego.

After serving 20 years in various vice president positions for Alcon Inc., the world’s largest eye care company, Manning recently retired. During his 23 years at Alcon, he led operations in both developed and emerging countries and was able to turnaround businesses in crisis, accelerate emerging markets growth and lead in challenging multicultural situations. Manning is also an SDSU alumnus.

Student success

The annual conference focuses on diversity appreciation and leadership training. Summit organizers hope participants recognize the value in working together with fellow students who share similar goals.

“The workshops prepare students for the realities of the work force,” said Lauren Sparacino, a summit organizer from Student Life & Leadership. “They experience and realize the importance of networking, increase diversity awareness and ultimately gain skills to be great leaders.”

The conference is open to all SDSU Students. Pre-registration is required. For more information visit the SDSU Leadership Summit web site.