June 4, 2018

Hosted by the University of Rochester

The New York Leadership Educators Conference (NYLEC) provides college professionals a chance to gather together to learn and share effective practices, improve personal skills and organizational strategies, discover opportunities and resources, exchange stories, and to be inspired to enhance student leadership education on their home campuses.

Most attendees work in student activities, residential life, career development, multicultural affairs, community service, athletics and various other areas that offer leadership development to students. This conference is open to all college and university professionals in the Mid-Atlantic area who are interested in an affordable professional development option.

Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns to Stacey Fisher, NYLEC Conference Chair, at nylec@cspanys.org.

Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, June 3rd 

  • 5:30pm-9:00pm - Pre-Conference Social

Monday, June 4th 

  • 7:30am-9:00am - Registration 
  • 9:00am - Opening remarks 
  • 9:45am - Education Session One
  • 11:00am - Keynote
  • 12:00pm - Lunch 
  • 1:00pm - Education Session Two
  • 2:10pm - Education Session Three
  • 3:15pm - Closing


Our keynote will be Dr. Tony Andenoro, Assistant Professor at University of Florida and Director of Challenge 2050 Project. 

Dr. Tony Andenoro is an Assistant Professor of Leadership Education in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) at the University of Florida. A self-described “recovering Student Affairs Professional,” Dr. Andenoro earned his MS in Student Affairs Administration at Texas A&M and invested much of his career in Residence Life and Judicial Affairs. He is a prolific researcher and educator in the field of leadership development, best known for his TED talk on the Challenge 2050 Project, for which he serves as a faculty member.  The Challenge 2050 Project is a program that aims to develop human capacity to meet the needs associated with a population projected to exceed 9.725 billion by the year 2050 through innovative dialogue, research and coursework.

In his many roles, Dr. Andenoro focuses on the power of Adaptive Leadership to create innovative learning processes for ourselves and the student leaders we develop. His work with students at the University of Florida is rooted in strengthening their human capacity to deconstruct complex global issues. Specifically, he centers his efforts on the development of creativity and intelligence in leadership, using storytelling as a vehicle for the development of self-awareness, the development of emotionally intelligent instruction and instructors, and the globalization leadership curricula. He is also Project Lead for the National Leadership Education Research Agenda.


Online Registration is now open! Please register here. You will be prompted to pay by credit card. However, you may register online and pay by check. Payment by check should be completed as follows:

1.) All checks should be made out to the College Student Personnel Association of New York State.

2.) All checks should be mailed in advance of NYLEC to:
c/o Ericka Smith-Schubart
58 Wake Robin Ter
West Henrietta, NY 14586

If you have any questions, please contact the Registration Chair, Erin Murphy at erin.murphy@rochester.edu

Hotel Information

A block of rooms have been held at the Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/University Medical Center for Sunday, June 3 at a rate of $129/night. Book your room using this link or call and indicate that you are with NYLEC. The block of rooms will be held until May 25, 2018. At that time, you are no longer guaranteed the conference rate. 


This year's theme is Exploring Innovations and Identities in Leadership. Each year, NYLEC strives to offer knowledge, expertise, and best practices in student leadership to develop meaningful leadership programming for students at public and private colleges and universities throughout New York State.  The 2018 conference will provide leadership educators professional development through the sharing of student leadership ideas and resources, empowering and educational sessions, and networking opportunities. 

Please note presenters are expected to register for the conference.  No fees, honorariums, or expenses are paid to presenters of conference educational sessions.

Session Block 1

  • Avoiding Colorblindness in Leadership Education
  • A Gamer's Guide to the Intersectionality of Leadership and Followership
  • Leading Change as a New Professional
  • Building Collaborative Relationships to Support Student Career Readiness
  • Success after Summer: Innovation in Student Mentor Leadership Training

Session Block 2

  • Intentional Engagement: Maximizing Service Opportunities as a Professional in Leadership Education
  • Exploring the vortex of student leadership models: Linking theory to reality
  • Understanding Perspectives and Overcoming Obstacles: Developing Leadership in First-Generation Students
  • Collaborating with Campus Partners on Inclusive Late-Night Programming Efforts
  • Is Queer a Bad Word? Empowering Higher Education  Professionals Through Inclusive Language


Session Block 3

  • Engaging Gen Z on Campus
  • Storytelling as a Leadership Practice
  • A Comedy Medley: Applying Leadership Lessons from Comedy to Your Work and the Students You Work With
  • Gaining Momentum: Empowering students to lead others to make change in the community

University of Rochester

252 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY


2018 NYLEC Planning Team

Have Questions about NYLEC? Contact any of the members of the Conference Planning Team. Interested in getting involved? Contact the NYLEC Conference Chair at nylec@cspanys.org.




Erin Murphy 
Registration Chair, University of Rochester
Jessica Guzman-Rea
Committee Member,University of Rochester
Brian Magee
Logistics Chair, University of Rochester

Stacey Fisher
Conference Chair, University of Rochester
Paul Gorelik
Committee Member, SUNY Potsdam
Teah Terrance
Committee Member, St. John Fisher College
Anne Piorkowski
Educational Sessions & Keynote Chair, Trocaire College