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2015 Seahawk Leadership Conference

UNCW hosted the third annual Seahawk Leadership Conference on Saturday, October 17, 2015. This conference provides up to 300 UNCW students with a free opportunity to attend a campus-based leadership conference and connect with other students, faculty, staff, and local community members. It is designed to provide leadership development opportunities for UNCW students of all levels, abilities, and interests.Seahawk Leadership Conference LogoTHANK YOU to all the students, presenters, speakers, and moderators who made this event possible!

The content of the conference focuses on the four topical areas of personal leadership, organizational leadership, social justice, and navigating a career path. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants.


Are you a student who is dedicated to leadership and interested in helping the conference committee plan the 4th Annual Seahawk Leadership Conference?

APPLY TODAY to become the SLC Conference Committe Chair! This volunteer position will be filled before the end of the fall semester, and will work during the Spring 2016 semester. Applications are due by 5PM on November 20th to the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, care of Assistant Director Erin Williamson(email).

Download the chair application here!

Contact engage@uncw.edu or call 910.962.3877 with any questions!


Registration for the 2016 Seahawk Leadership Conference will open in Fall 2016. Check back soon!


2015 Keynote: Adrien Lopez, UNCW '02

Adrien Lopez currently works as Project Manager for the Adrien Lopezimplementation of the Access to Information Policy at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C.

Before DC, she served as Program & Communications Officer at the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC). She comes from a long-time Alaskan family and was born and raised in Valdez. She graduated from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington with a BA in Communication Studies and minor in Political Science and Spanish. Her final year at UNCW she was elected Student Body President and served on the Board of Trustees of the University.

Supported by the Rotary Foundation, she received a two-year Ambassadorial Scholarship to complete her Master's Degree in Social Ethics and Human Development at Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago, Chile.

From 2006 to late 2010, she was head of the Corporate Social Responsibility Division at the Ministry of Labor in the Chilean Government and worked on behalf of developing country governments to create the first International Standard on Social Responsibility, ISO 26000. Adrien also facilitated numerous inter-ministerial committees in the Chilean Government and helped to develop the first-ever "Guide for the Integration of Social Responsibility in the Public Sector."

One of the accomplishments for which she is most proud during her time in the Chilean Government is being one of the founders and later coordinators of four consecutive International Workshops on the Role of Government in SR, held in Vienna, Santiago, Quebec City and Copenhagen.

Adrien hosted "The A-LO Show" on I Love Chile Radio in Santiago, Chile, interviewing over 100 different guests in a little over a year. In Juneau she created the Alaska Identity Project - a weekly radio show highlighting Alaskans who are shaping the state’s identity in the areas of economics, culture, politics, sustainability, art, science, and more. http://adriendc.blogspot.com

Seahawk Talks

Rhonda Bellamy

Rhonda BellamyRhonda Bellamy is executive director of the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, a position she has held since reestablishing the agency in December 2011 after it's 10-year absence. Rhonda is also a veteran journalist with 22 years experience in broadcast and print. Former news director for Cumulus Media’s five-station radio cluster in Wilmington, she hosted "On the Waveline with Rhonda Bellamy", a daily talk show from 2001-2010.  She has also served as host of “Byline: Wilmington,” a public affairs show on local CBS affiliate WILM.

A co-founder of the Black Arts Alliance, Inc., Rhonda founded the organization's signature North Carolina Black Film Festival, which recently honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also co-chaired the City of Wilmington's Task Force on the Arts and Cultural Affairs and served on a Mayor’s Convention Center Task Force. Rhonda is a member of the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher Advisory Commission and on the board of directors of Arts North Carolina. She is  a past board member of Cameron Art Museum, New Hanover County Library Foundation, Wilmington Downtown Inc., Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, the Eastern Area Radio Reading Service, Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, the City of Wilmington's African-American Heritage Commission, and the Azalea Festival Multicultural Committee.

Rhonda has garnered numerous commendations for her work from the Associated Press, including Best Newscast and Best Consumer Reporting. Other accolades include the Woman of Achievement Award in Arts from the YWCA and Woman of the Year by the New Hanover County Human Relations Commission. She also served as official Mistress of Ceremonies for the 59th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival.

A native of New York, Rhonda graduated from Wilmington's E.A. Laney High School and North Carolina Central University, where she holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in Media/Journalism and graduate credits in Instructional Media.

Dr. Bill Bolduc

Dr. Bolduc Bill Bolduc, Ph.D. Is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies who teaches courses in field video production, audio production and media literacy. He has passion for teaching and for seeing his students develop and produce creative, informative and dynamic productions. Bill produces, directs and films a variety of projects ranging from study abroad promotional videos to performance ethnography narratives. When possible he involves students in his productions because of his commitment to providing applied learning opportunities. Bill also coordinates and manages the Pier601 Creative with Dr. Jeanne Persuit. For more information and links to projects go to his personal page at http://billbolduc.weebly.com. Bill is also a member of the all-faculty rock band, The Schoolboys.

Dr. Jorge Figueroa

Dr. Jorge FigueroaJorge Figueroa, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Public Health at the UNCW. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Behavioral Medicine, from the University of Georgia; he interned at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, completed a Behavioral Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Brown University School of Medicine and is completing his MPH at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Figueroa has extensive experience in health in the private, public and not for profit sectors which informs both his teaching and research activities. His research is focused is on reducing risk behaviors in various health problems

Dr. Candace Thompson

Candace Thompson Dr. Thompson is an associate professor in UNCW's Watson College of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in the social foundations of education from the University of South Carolina in 2008. Dr. Thompson’s research interests include youth empowerment, culturally responsive education, and educating for critical cultural consciousness through school and community-based collaborations.


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