Student Leadership Summit

The Annual FIU Student Leadership Summit is held each February on the Biscayne Bay Campus. The Summit is a one-day conference for current student leaders. The Summit offers our students the opportunity to learn from the vast expertise of our faculty and administrators, to share their leadership experiences with each other and to establish a network of support and cooperation within the university.

To enhance student learning at the Summit, we have identified learning outcomes around competencies that student leaders should develop for performance excellence. Faculty, staff, advisors and graduate students will be facilitating a series of workshops and presentations that directly tackle these competencies. Read More About FIU Student Leadership Competencies, which provides more information on the following competencies:

  • Learning and Reasoning
  • Self-Awareness and Development
  • Interpersonal Interaction
  • Group Dynamics
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Communication
  • Strategic Planning
  • Personal Behavior

The 20th Annual Student Leadership Summit will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023. Registration is open via

Event at a glance

Date: February 4, 2023

Location: Wolfe University Center, Biscayne Bay Campus


8:30am: Check-in & light Breakfast - Panther Square

9:30am: Welcome & Keynote Speaker - Mary Ann Wolfe Theater

11:00 am – Noon: Educational Breakout Session 1

  • Keynote Speaker Q & A Session

    Location: WUC 155
    Presenter: Lauren Berger

    This session will provide participants with an opportunity to ask questions of the summit’s keynote speaker following her keynote presentation.
  • Panel- The Millennium Fellowship & the Development of Leadership Competencies

    Location: WUC 221
    Presenters: Ana Prado, Natalie Concepcion, Natalie Martinez, Anastasia Legoute, Venus Dinou

    2022 Millennium Fellows from FIU share how their experiences in the Fellowship helped them develop leadership competencies such as civic responsibility, interpersonal interaction, strategic planning, and self-awareness and development. Each student will share specific ways that planning and enacting the project honed these skills.
  • Build Your Personal Brand!

    Location: WUC 223
    Presenters: Patricia Lopez-Guerrero & Britney Boxton

    How to Personalize Your LinkedIn Profile & Resume This workshop is for all student leaders wanting to start or enhance your LinkedIn profile and resume.
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch - Panther Square
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm: Educational Breakout Session 2
  • LGBTQIA+ Student Leader Panel

    Location: WUC 155
    Presenters: Dr. Erica Friedman, Kaily LaChapelle, David Taveras, Roxanne Sackhaee, Kameron Harrison, Joseph Ale

    A Q&A panel comprised of the Executive Board of the Pride Student Union at FIU. The panelists will share their experiences to help shed light on the trials and tribulations of being an LGBTQIA+ student leader in South Florida.
  • Fighting Against Apathy

    Location: WUC 221
    Presenter: Cathyana Marcel

    An opportunity for students to explore the impact of apathy on leadership and the need for courage.
  • Optimizing Your Reflective Toolbox

    Location: WUC 223
    Presenters: Shara Davis & Shannonlee Rodriguez

    The art of reflective leadership is about being present, aware, and attentive to our experience during the day, while science connects its relevance through growth and change. Reflection is one of the key competencies needed for effective leaders particularly in institutions that constitute complex and multicultural growth. Developing reflective skills in college students, build a strong foundation for their future in leadership. This program reviews the concept of the “reflective leader,” the importance of reflection as a key component in the development of future leaders and strategies for incorporating reflection in leadership education as well as mechanisms for its assessment.

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Closing Session - Mary Ann Wolfe Theater

Presenter: Marly Q Casanova

Marly Q Casanova is “Miami’s Top Kindness Influencer” whose talks and events have inspired thousands of people to Perform Acts of Random Kindness since 2010. This successful first-generation Hispanic American is a proud 2x FIU alumni, founder of the FIU Relay For Life and PARK Project Inc, a nonprofit movement to inspire people to "PARK" (Perform Acts of Random Kindness) worldwide. As a Tedx speaker, leadership trainer and host of Time to be Kind with Marly Q podcast, her mission is to the be spark of kindness, connection, and community!