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Leadership Institute

10th Annual Leadership Institute

“Impacting the Next Decade of Leaders”

The annual Leadership Institute is a half day conference for all undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff. Students will have the opportunity to attend presentations that include impactful practices on Leadership Development and Professional Growth.

This year, the Leadership Institute’s keynote will feature Motivational Speaker and Author Brad Butler II presenting on “Legacy Lifestyle.”

Friday, April 29
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Check-In Begins at 8:15 a.m.)
University Hall, 7th Floor Conference Center


  • 8:15-8:55 a.m. | Check-In and Breakfast
  • 9-9:10 a.m. | Welcome and Overview of the Day
  • 9:10-10:10 a.m. | Keynote & Motivational Speaker Brad Butler II
  • 10:10-10:30 a.m. | Book Signing with Brad Butler & Break
  • 10:30-11:20 a.m. | Breakout Session 1
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. | Breakout Session 2
  • 12:20-12:45 p.m. | Closing, Raffle and Program Evaluation


  • Free for all students, faculty, staff and alumni.
  • Registration Required.
  • Attendance: Students who have class are able to come and go in order to accommodate class schedules.
  • Giveaways and breakfast included.
  • A raffle will take place during the closing session.
  • All students will be required to present a Montclair State University ID at check in.

Certificate of Completion

Students who attend the entire conference and submit their completed stamp card will receive a Certificate of Completion. More details will be provided at check-in.

About the Keynote Speaker: Brad Butler II

Brad Butler II is the CEO and founder of Brad Butler II & Associates, LLC. Brad is a highly sought after multi award winning international youth and school motivational speaker, 3x author and educational consultant. He helps students connect their dreams with their education and educators connect with their students. His purpose in life is to motivate, inspire and empower the youth all around the world to live their dreams and put forth their best effort in everything they do.

Brad is a certified speaker under Dr. Eric Thomas (ET the hip hop preacher) and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Kean University despite being placed in special education classes. He has spent the last seven plus years traveling from school to school providing presentations, professional development workshops and coaching mentee’s on public speaking.

Living by his motto: “make your next day your best day.”


Breakout Sessions: 10:30am – 11:20 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Speak Up!

Location: Main Ballroom, University Hall, 7th Floor Conference Center
Presenter: Dr. Laura Valente, The Graduate School
Details: Whether you are already a leader or you are on your way, public speaking will be a fact of life for you. From sharing ideas in meetings to giving formal presentations in front of large audiences, effectively communicating a vision, ideas, facts and data is a required element of leadership. This session will give you concrete tips for creating effective and engaging presentations.

Improving Mindfulness

Location: Breakout Room A, University Hall, 7th Floor Conference Center
Presenter: Dr. Donnette Green, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS).
Details: Life constantly demands our attention, but when we become fixated on the past or worried about the future, we often miss vital information in our present situations. Cultivating a state where you are constantly aware of your present moment is not impossible but it takes practice.

Establishing Your Personal Brand

Location: Breakout Room B, University Hall, 7th Floor Conference Center
Presenter: Alexandra Thelin, College of Education and Human Services (CEHS)
Details: In your personal and professional life, your beliefs and actions help define who you are. With this, your personal brand is how you promote yourself, along with your acquired skills, experience and personality. This presentation discussed key points to help define and maximize your own personal brand including social media pointers to help you take control of your personal branding.

Internalizing Leadership (10:30 a.m. ONLY)

Location: Breakout Room C, University Hall, 7th Floor Conference Center
Presenter: Stephanie Mayer, Budget and Planning
Details: Leadership is usually measured based on some type of output, but in order to get an output, some form of an input is required. This presentation will focus on internalizing leadership to the individual. It will provide ways one can become a stronger leader by leading themselves first.

Why Mentoring Matters and How to Bring our Best Self to the Mentoring Table

Location: President’s Dining Room, University Hall, 7th Floor Conference Center
Presenter: Supreet Bains-Sharma, Feliciano School of Business (SBUS).
Details: Much is said about the importance of mentoring today and yet, people hesitate and ask – is this for me? Can I mentor? Or Should I ask to be a mentee? This session explores mentoring and offers a window into the connection which can be created through mentoring. Discussion includes why mentoring is important and how we can all contribute to and support the process. It will cover what is mentoring, how can mentoring help and how to prepare to be a mentor or mentee.

Hosted by the Center for Leadership and Engagement. Questions can be directed to