Student Leadership Conference
The Student Leadership Conference (SLC) brings together hand-picked engineering and computer science students with industry professionals to develop the next generation of diverse STEM leaders. These MESA leaders are the new face of STEM.
The conference is an opportunity for STEM students to develop “soft skills” necessary to successfully transition from college to professional careers. During the conference students:
Explore career opportunities
Practice their collaboration and problem solving skills
Enhance their oral, written, presentation and communication skills
Develop interviewing skills
Industry partners provide workshops, event speakers, conduct mock interviews and identify candidates for internship and full time STEM positions.
Students are selected by their MESA directors based upon demonstrated potential to be future leaders for their college, the MESA program, their community and ultimately, their professional field. All undergraduate levels are invited; however, priority is given to junior and senior students.
200 selected MESA computer science and engineering undergraduate students
More than 30 MESA center directors from throughout the state
The MESA SLC is attended by:
MESA alumni from throughout the country
Industry and government agency representatives
Various national, state, and local government representatives
Students attend a series of six workshops focused on leadership and its importance. Industry-provided facilitators work with students during 45-minute sessions on a leadership topic of their choice. See the conference agenda for this year’s workshop descriptions and content.
Each student participates in a mock situational interview facilitated by industry representatives who provide feedback and coach the students on successful strategies.
Idea Accelerator Challenge
Teams of MESA students participating in the MESA Idea Accelerator pilot will attend SLC and present their Accelerator pitch before peers, alumni and industry. Live voting will identify semi-finalists who will have the opportunity to receive coaching from key industry volunteers before making a final pitch to an exclusive group of industry representatives at the Industry and Alumni Reception. A winner will be selected and announced at the Saturday Awards Banquet.
Industry & Alumni Reception
An invite-only event for MESA alumni, industry representatives and elected officials to gather for an update on MESA’s partnerships and future plans.
Career Networking Sessions
Designed as a vehicle for industry, graduate schools and government agencies to discuss opportunities with current undergraduates.
MESA Champion Award
Each year, MESA recognizes an industry, government agency or collaborator who exemplifies and advocates the organization’s vision and mission.
The MESA SLC is a great example of an event that helps to develop our next generation of STEM leaders
2019 Conference Schedule (tentative)
Friday October 25
• 12 PM – Registration desk opens
• 2:00 – Conference Kick Off/Idea Accelerator Pitch
• 3:00 – Team Meet Ups/Challenge
• 4:30 – Room Key Distribution
• 6:00 – Welcome Dinner
• 8:00 – Photos
• 9:00 – Social hour & Team Meet Ups
Saturday October 26
• 8:00 AM – Breakfast
• 9:15 – Workshop Rotation I/Mock Interviews
• 10:30 – Workshop Rotation II/Mock Interviews
• 11:45 – Lunch
• 1:20 PM – Workshop Rotation III/Mock Interviews
• 2:35 – Workshop Rotation IV/Mock Interviews
• 3:45 – Career Fair & Networking
• 3:45 – Team Meet Ups/Afternoon Refreshment
• 4:30 – Industry & Alumni Reception
• 6:00 – 50th Anniversary Kickoff Awards Banquet
Note: 2019 Workshops are TBD. Below are last year’s workshops.
- Emotional Intelligence
- Financial Literacy
- Internships & Jobs
- Mock Interviews
- Technical Interviewing
- Job Offers
- Entrepreneurial Panel
Emotional Intelligence: The Other Kind of Smarts
Oftentimes, college students enters the workforce uncertain how to effectively manage themselves among older, more experienced (though potentially less sophisticated peers). Understanding the nuances of Emotional Intelligence better prepares a student for the realities of the workplace.
Financial Literacy: Budgeting and Credit
Beginning your career potentially includes many new things: moving to a new city, securing housing and handling your household finances. This workshop will help you understand budgeting, credit and building credit and other financial basics to set you on the path for success.
Personal Branding: Finding Internships and Jobs
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site with over 500 million members worldwide. It’s a powerful platform used by hiring managers, recruiters and professionals to find candidates, showcase their company, network or gain industry knowledge. LinkedIn is creating new opportunities for students. But, few people are maximizing LinkedIn’s power. Workshop topics will include:
1. Personal Branding
2. Building Your Profile
3. Video Resumes
4. Finding & Applying for Internships/Jobs
Mock Interviews: Sharpen Your Interview Skills
In this individual workshop session students will participate in a mock interview with an industry or program administrator. Interviewers will simulate questions most often asked at actual interviews and provide feedback based on their performance. They’ll earn tips on interviewing etiquette, how to best prepare a resume, and how to improve their confidence in future interviews.
Tips on Professionalism/Successful Interview Techniques
A successful interview is a gateway to your career. How you prepare, execute, and follow-up on your interview will make or break your opportunity at that new job. During this session you will learn specific techniques to help you prepare for your future job opportunities.
Technical Interview Skills Workshop
During this workshop you will learn about different types of technical interviews companies conduct for intern, co-op and new hires. Learn from engineers who will role-play phone, virtual and in-person interviews with you. Walk away with a template and the key steps you need to ace your technical job interview!
Understanding Your Offer: The Bottom Line
Gain a better understanding how an offer letter is composed and all of its elements in order to make the best decision on a job offer & ultimately your career.
Who’s the Boss: Entrepreneurial Panel
Many dream of being their own boss, but what does that entail? Hear from successful entrepreneurs as they share best practices, challenges, failures and successes in the realm of launching a business.
Support the Student Leadership Conference
Sponsorships include myriad opportunities for branding, student impact, talent recruitment and access to the highest caliber MESA students.
- Access the best and brightest MESA students, hand-picked to be the leaders of tomorrow’s diverse STEM workforce
- Demonstrate thought leadership in your industry
- Engage employees through a tangible opportunity for your company to give back
- Make a strategic investment in your company’s talent pipeline by helping to foster the next generation of engineers and technologists
- Catch the creative spark and energy of young scientists
- Inspire and be inspired
For more information, view our SLC 2019 Sponsor Packet.
If you are interested in supporting the Student Leadership Conference, or to find out more information, please contact:
2019 Confirmed Sponsors
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