Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

Seahawk Leadership Conference: October 22nd

2016 Seahawk Leadership Conference

The fourth annual Seahawk Leadership Conference will take place from 9am-5pm on Saturday, October 22, 2016. SLC provides up to 200 UNCW students with a free opportunity to attend a campus-based leadership conference and connect with other students, faculty, staff, and local community members.

Conference Registration is open!

Registration for the 2016 Seahawk Leadership Conference opened September 22nd, 2016. Registration will be open to the first 200 students. Interested students will then be placed on a waitlist and notified once a spot opens. Waitlisted participants will be notified in order in which they registered.


SLC 2016: Go Beneath The Surface

Add Depth to your leadership.

All students, regardless of class year, abilities, or experience level are welcome. Content of this year's conference will focus on "adding depth" to your existing leadership experiences. Expect development across these areas:

  • Personal Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Social Justice
  • Navigating a Career Path

*NEW* Leadership Tracks

Participants can self-enroll in a Leadership Track within the conference. Completing a Leadership Track requires attending sessions designated as a part of that track. This year's Leadership Track is the Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Track. All of our Fraternity and Sorority community is invited to participate in this track to enhance their conference experience. Participants can self-enroll on the conference registration form.

Conference Speakers

Dr. Stephen C. Harper is the Progress Energy/Betty Cameron Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Cameron School of Business and recipient of the 2016 J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award. Since joining the UNCW faculty in 1976, he has authored several books and received numerous awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. Dr. Harper has served as president of four organizations, as a member of the board of directors of numerous corporations and non-profits, and as a visiting professor in Duke University's Executive MBA program.

Dr. Julie-Ann Scott is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at UNCW with expertise in Storytelling and Qualitative Methodology. She has over 20 publications in competitive academic journals that explore the role of oral personal storytelling in the formation of self and culture. She is the director of the UNCW Storytellers, Just Us Performance Troupe and the Hawk Tale Players. Her performance work and writing have been recognized as: Ethnographic Publication of the Year for 2016 by the National Communication Association, Wilma Magazine's Woman to Watch in Education for 2015, and the recipient of UNCW's Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award for 2015.

Dr. Kate Brody Nooner is a licensed clinical psychologist, scientist, and Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at UNCW, where she also directs the Trauma and Resilience Laboratory. She holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine and is a member of the National Consortium on Alcohol Neurodevelopment in Adolescence. Dr. Nooner is an active member in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and a practicing clinician at the Chrysalis Center for Counseling. Her research involves developing models for understanding resilience to substance use disorders following adverse childhood events.

Jock Brandis is the founder and Director of Research and Design at the Full Belly Project. Throughout his life, he has been an actor, author, film director, humanitarian and inventor. In 2003, Brandis teamed up with returned Peace Corps volunteers from Wilmington, NC to create the Full Belly Project, a nonprofit dedicated to designing and distributing appropriate technology to empower rural communities to improve their own economic situation. Full Belly is now present in over 55 countries and Brandis has received the ‘08 Purpose Prize and been recognized as a CNN Hero, by MIT and Popular Mechanics.

Sean Palmer serves as the Director of the Upperman African American Cultural Center. He joined UNCW earlier this year in his new role. The Upperman Center is one of only 40 university-based African American cultural centers in the country. He previously served as the Assistant Director of the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture at Duke University. While at Duke, Palmer advised several student organizations, managed and advised the National PanHellenic Council, planned academic lectures and events, and was a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students. He also served as Director of Student Activities and Residence Life at Paine College in Augusta, GA.