Key Club 2021 Summer Leadership Conference

Key Club Summer Leadership Conference schedule for virtual attendees 

All times are Eastern Daylight Time 

Thursday, July 8 

7:30 p.m. – Opening Session with Alex Sheen, keynote speaker 

Friday, July 9    

9:30 a.m. – Caucusing (All candidates and all registrants may join remotely) 

2 p.m. Workshop Block #1 (Choose One)

  • Culture of Care Part 1: Out of Bounds: Understanding Healthy Boundaries

    • We have all seen the sign that reads, “Danger. Do not go beyond this point.” It sends a clear message that if you violate that boundary and cross the line, there will be a consequence. This type of boundary is easy to understand because you can see the sign and the line not to cross. Other types of boundaries can be harder to define because the lines are invisible, can change and vary person to person. Join us as we begin to understand healthy boundaries. Learn why boundaries are so important and how to successfully implement them in your own relationships.   
  • Introduction to Erika’s Lighthouse 

    • Erika’s Lighthouse is proud to bring mental health resources to clubs around the world as an official partner of Key Club International. After a difficult year, millions of students are struggling with mental health challenges. We offer dozens of turn-key activities and two exciting campaigns to begin and end the school year with good mental health. Learn how Erika’s Lighthouse can help your club promote inclusive school cultures and a culture of care around adolescent mental health through advocacy, positivity, education and more. 
  • How Does Key Club Help with Real Life

    • What’s a more useful skill set in life: being a great test taker or being a great Key Club member? In this workshop you’ll learn about how Ronald used his key club skills to go from a first generation college student with terrible high school grades at a local college before getting into an Ivy League MBA program, starting a $10 million NASA-backed healthcare startup, and being a product management leader at a Fortune 60 healthcare company today. Ronald has previously lived in over 17 cities as a management consultant advising international companies like Walmart, PepsiCo, and Johnson & Johnson. He is an early investor in Tesla (2013), Bitcoin ($4000), and several startups as a venture capitalist. Get ready for a transparent, engaging, and open back-and-forth dialogue. Q&A encouraged! () 
  • Finding Happily Ever After. Goal Setting & Vision Boards 

    • A dream is a wish your heart makes. Bring that wish to reality in this workshop by learning how to effectively set goals using vision boards! 

3 p.m.  Workshop Block #2 (Choose One)

  • Culture of Care Part 2: You Talking to Me? Effective Peer Communication 

    • Can’t we all just get along? That question is often on people’s minds as they attempt to navigate challenging interactions or conflict amongst peers. Effective peer-to-peer communication can go a long way toward establishing mutually respectful relationships. Join this session to learn and develop effective strategies to appropriately engage in two-way conversations. Walk away with the tools needed to respond aptly to sensitive or potentially harmful information that has been shared with you.
  • Youth Protection, Melissa McMann

    • When we work with and mentor youth during projects and activities, their care and welfare are entrusted to us. Kiwanis members must know how to protect the youth with whom we interact and understand the dangers facing youth. When we share this commitment, we also protect ourselves and the organization we value. Develop a deeper understanding of the Kiwanis Youth Protection program, including who’s looking at what information during a background check. Who should attend: SLP Leaders, advisors and members who want to develop a deeper understanding of Kiwanis Youth Protection policies, best practices, prevalence of dangers facing youth and how Kiwanis is working to protect the children entrusted to our care.
  • Whistle While You Work. Key Club Service Projects

    • Service is all about helping others. But why not whistle while you work? Join this workshop to learn about service projects you can bring back to your club and community.
  • How to Get a Date

    • Are you looking for love? Feeling lonely? Join International Vice President Caroline Bushnell and Trustee Glory Kalu to learn how to get a date. See how Key Club skills and values extend past the realm of professionalism and into personal life skills. 

4 p.m.  Workshop Block #3  (Choose One)

  • Adaptability is the New Change, George Carroll, keynote speaker

    • During the recent pandemic, everyone was impacted and forced to adapt. Why do we resist change? What differentiates those who thrive in change and uncertainty and those who struggle? How do we respond resourcefully in times of change? How do we minimize stress and anxiety in a sea of unknowns? This engaging presentation answers those questions and more. We can’t avoid change. We can’t control change. But we can become adaptable to it. 
  • Introduction to Erika’s Lighthouse 

    • Erika’s Lighthouse is proud to bring mental health resources to clubs around the world as an official partner of Key Club International. After a difficult year, millions of students are struggling with mental health challenges. We offer dozens of turn-key activities and two exciting campaigns to begin and end the school year with good mental health. Learn how Erika’s Lighthouse can help your club promote inclusive school cultures and a culture of care around adolescent mental health through advocacy, positivity, education and more. 
  • It’s a Whole New World. How International is Key Club International?

    • Join us on a magic carpet ride, exploring the furthest corners of Key Club International. You’ll see KCI as a whole new world when you realize how international this organization really is. Attend this workshop to learn about districts abroad, global service and Key Club members all around the world!
  • Public Speaking, Pacific Northwest Gov. Alice Lee (Salon 2)

    • According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 73% of the population experience public speaking anxiety. Though speaking in public can be frightening, it can also be extremely rewarding. Whether you’re delivering a presentation before an audience or confidently conversing with your peers, public speaking skills are essential. Join Pacific Northwest District Governor Alice Lee to learn a few strategies on how you can build your confidence with public speaking.

7:30 p.m.  Award Session with George Carroll, keynote  

  • Developing a Positive Mindset in Challenging Time – As we look around, it’s easy to be pessimistic and negative about how the world seems to be trending. The truth is, we as individuals have ultimate influence on our mindset, attitude and action. We can’t control external circumstances, but we can control how we respond to them. We live in a world that shines light on crisis, chaos and negativity, but those who stay positive in challenging times understand the five keys taught in this high energy keynote.

Saturday, July 10  

9:30 a.m.  Nominating Conference (International Council members only) 

10 a.m.  International Council Meeting (All registrants may join remotely.) 

Noon  Lunch and Learn  

2 p.m.  Workshop Block #3  

  • Culture of Care Part 3: Removing the Blindfold — Bystander Intervention 101

    • Bystander intervention is the act of feeling empowered and equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively assist in the prevention of violence or harmful situations. This approach provides specific roles that can be used in preventing violence or harm. It also provides individuals with the skills to be supportive after violence or harm has taken place. Come learn effective and appropriate ways to engage in bystander intervention. Role play various scenarios to learn how easy it can be for you to make a difference and be a true change maker!
  • Facing Your Villains: How to Deal with Difficult People

    • We love to hate villains, but what happens when you face your real-life nemesis? Join this workshop to learn how to deal with difficult people and become the hero of your story.
  • Key Club International Board Panel

      • Three current Key Club International trustees look at their time on the board. Join them as they go on a journey down memory lane to reflect on their experiences. 

3 p.m.  Workshop Block #4  

  • Culture of Care part 4: Becoming a CCC Champion: Training the Trainer 

    • The purpose of this session is to provide student leaders with competencies that will enable them to effectively facilitate and mentor peers in the Culture of Care curriculum. This session is the culmination of the previous three sessions. 
  • Growth & Homecoming, Michelle Study-Campbell

    • We are planning a major Homecoming event for September 2021, and you are on the VIP list. Join us to get a firsthand look at the plans and resources that will be available to you and all of our Key Clubs as we welcome home our clubs and members who took a break during the pandemic. 
  • How a Sausage Patty Inspired This Vegetarian’s Life, Jenna Gilbreath

    • Come hang for the workshop ride of your life as I share how a piece of sausage changed my world, from inspiring me to take literal leaps of faith 13,000 feet in the air to getting tattoos, and everything in between. I began to trust in myself in ways that I never thought possible, and I will show you how you can do the same.
  • Applying to College, International President Alex Drahos & International Trustee Eddie Wei

    • Are you applying to college soon but don’t know where to start? Looking for inside tips and tricks from recent college applicants? Join Eddie Wei and Key Club International President Alex Drahos for a look into how to best succeed during the college admission process. 

4 p.m.  Workshop Block #5  

  • Inclusion & Communication, Stacie Colston Patterson

    • It’s amazing how one question can let people know that you are an inclusive leader. Asking this question (or better yet, sending a meeting agenda a day before the meeting) allows your members who learn, read, see and hear in diverse ways to fully engage in your meeting. And all you have to do is send one email. Learn this and other tips on how to be an inclusive leader from a former Key Club member turned equity entrepreneur. 
  • Global Leadership Certificate, Florida district governor Arianna Longo & Michelle Study-Campbell

    • This year we piloted a brandnew leadership training certificate, the Global Leadership Certificate. Now that 2,500 Key Club members helped us test the pilot, it’s time to get ready to launch. The Florida District had the most members complete the pilot program. Join us to hear about the GLC experience firsthand from students who have taken the courses (including two of those Florida District members) and get the inside scoop from the team that created the program. Learn everything you need to know about the GLC, including the full curriculum, data from the pilot and what’s next. 
  • Thirst Project: Legacy, Impact, Change, Evan Wesley 

    • You have one life to live. Learn how to leave a legacy, impact the world, and change humanity for the better. This 45-minute session won’t just change your life; it will change the world. We will be guided by the words of the great philosopher Drake, with his hit phrase YOLO. Warning, this workshop will probably contain a little too much fun. 
  • UNICEF, Michael Grudzinski

    • Key Club members have saved and protected so many lives through the 27-year partnership with UNICEF. Come to hear about the impact that you have made, what UNICEF is doing to end this COVID-19 pandemic, and how you can continue to make a difference in the lives of children around the world.

7:30 p.m.  Closing Session