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IGNITE your potential at Sheridan’s virtual student leadership conference!

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IGNITE your leadership at Sheridan’s student leadership conference. This one-day conference will offer a unique opportunity for students to learn tips and tricks on how to take the next step in growing their leadership potential. Students will receive advice from industry leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds about their own leadership experiences and build their network by connecting with successful Sheridan alumni and leading professionals.

The goal of this conference is to educate, inspire and motivate Sheridan’s students, to recognize and build their leadership potential and add to their career readiness. Students will learn how individuals with different leadership styles, perspectives and identities can work together effectively and collaboratively.This conference is free and open to all students.Click here to view session descriptions and the full-day schedule.

Join one session, all sessions, or take a break and come back. Join us any time all day! Full Schedule and Speaker bios here.


Our keynote speaker for the day is former professional football player, now a game changer and motivational Speaker, Orlando Bowen.Ten years ago, Bowen thought he was about to die. Pinned to the ground and enduring a savage beating, the then-CFL linebacker had been jumped by two plainclothes police officers, an injustice which was the first of many laid against him at the hands of the police force. “In that moment, knowing my life was about to end, I’m thinking, ‘I didn’t give everything I had to make a difference. There’s more I could’ve done,’” he said. Later completely exonerated of any wrong-doing, Bowen—incredibly—has publicly forgiven his perpetrators and has dedicated his life to inspiring others to pursue excellence in all they do. Click here to read more about Orlando and how he is empowering others to overcome adversity, find their passion, and use their gifts.


Attend two 45 minute “Ted Talk” style sessions by Sheridan alumni and explore topics in leadership related to inclusivity and diversity by Al Ramsay (Business Admin Marketing ’97) and the importance of community leadership by Keith Jones (Graphic Design ‘01). Alumni will share their personal journeys from Sheridan to becoming successful industry leaders, including their accomplishments and challenges they’ve encountered along the way.Click here to view session descriptions, speaker bios and the full-day schedule. Join one session, all sessions, or take a break and come back. Join us any time all day! Sign up below to receive the event link.


Attend a 1-hour breakout session of your choosing. These sessions will be more intimate and interactive as they will be in smaller groups and led by a member of the alumni community. Students will be able to turn on their camera and microphones to interact and engage with the alumni speaker.

Topics include:

  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence by Lori Stephenson (Adult Education ’11)
  • The importance of mental wellbeing in leadership by Aanchal Vash (Digital Communication ’13)
  • Leading with kindness by Gaby Mammone (Retail Management ’95)
  • RBC WorkshopAlumni will also share their personal journey from Sheridan to becoming a successful industry leader and discuss their accomplishments and challenges they’ve encountered along the way.


We wanted to end the conference on a high note, so we are bringing in Jeremy Schifeling and Omar Garriott all the way from California. Jeremy and Omar led education marketing at LinkedIn, so who better to teach us the importance of LinkedIn and how to connect and network with all of the alumni you will meet at the conference! Join us for this interactive session and learn how powerful a tool LinkedIn can be for students and alumni going after the world’s most competitive jobs. Jeremy and Omar have compiled all the most advanced techniques they learned inside LinkedIn to help Sheridan students and alumni do the same in their own careers. From understanding how recruiters use the platform to finding alumni referrals at just about any job in the world. You don’t want to miss this crash course in LinkedIn's essential techniques!


Before you leave for the day, you will be able to explore our Leadership Expo, which will provide students with the ability to connect directly with representatives from various Sheridan community members, internally and externally. During the Leadership Expo, students will have the chance to the learn about leadership opportunities available to them, as well as gain additional resources that will help ignite their own skills. Students will also have the opportunity to network with representatives from our conference sponsor, RBC, to discuss specific positions available and future opportunities.


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