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 Spring 2017 Conference

For students, by students

Western Michigan University's Designed to Lead conference is a one-day leadership event developed by students, for students. The founders of the conference recognized that there was not a leadership conference aimed at college students. All of the leadership conferences they knew about either focused on information that wasn’t relevant to students, or had a price tag that was well out of a student’s budget. Designed to Lead was born as a way of helping students develop leadership skills while embracing networking opportunities, and learning insightful life-lessons along the way.

Ignite your passion for leadership

We all have a spark within us. It is what gets us out of bed before the sun rises, it is what gets us through long study sessions, and it is what will help us achieve our goals in life. Here at Designed to Lead we recognize that the people we idolize, the people that we are bringing to speak to you this year, are successful because they used that spark to ignite their passion and channel it towards their goals. Our hope is that you will join us on February 24 with your own spark in hand, and that we can help you ignite your life. 

More information

This year's conference will be Friday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Ballroom. The dress code is business casual, so please dress accordingly. Space is limited to the first 250 students to register. Cost: $5 per ticket.

The Ellsworth parking ramp (Lot 80) will be available for attendees to park in for the event regardless of whether they have a parking pass or not.

If you have any questions, contact Cyntia Dawson. Email Cyntia Dawson | (269) 387-5069.


We are excited to welcome our 2017 speakers!


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