Rocky Mountain Peer Leadership Conference Agenda



Conference Schedule Overview

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. ­­­­- Registration

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. ­­­­- Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - All-Conference Team-Building Workshop

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  - Living the Life of Your Dreams Keynote 

10:45 a.m. -11:45. a.m. Concurrent Sessions 1

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch

12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.  - Set Up and Poster Session

1:30 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.  - Concurrent Sessions 2 

2:25 p.m.  - 2:35 p.m.  - Break

2:35 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  - Concurrent Sessions 3

3:40 p.m.  - 4:15 p.m.  - All-Conference Action Planning 

4:15 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m.  - Wrap-Up and Traditions

4:30p.m.  - 5:00 p.m.  - All-Conference Action Planning 

Keynote Address____________________________________

Living the Life of Your Dreams Keynote Address

Susan Morrice, Founder and Chairperson of Belize Natural Energy (BNE) ltd and International Natural Energy LLCMs. Morrice is an internationally recognized pioneer in her field and in her contributions to ethical business practices in the energy field. She speaks around the globe on how to set and achieve dreams. In her address, she will discuss finding and realizing your dreams and how to do in a way that models ethical leadership. 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  - Break (Baerresen Lobby- Tivoli 320)

Workshop Topics________________________________________

Conflict Management

Making Your Campus Inclusive for All: Diversity Training and Coalition Building

Resume Writing

Positive Community Interaction and Involvement

Getting More People to Your Events

Fundraising for Student Affairs

Utilizing Social Media as a Peer Leader

The Quarterback Method to Leadership

Creating a Safe Space

Playing to Your Strengths

Building Facilitation Skills

Fostering Positive Outcomes in First Year Students

Guest Speakers____________________________________

Susan Morrice, Founder and Chairperson of Belize Natural Energy (BNE) ltd and International Natural Energy LLC

Susan Morrice is the founder of Belize Natural Energy and International Energy LLC.  She is a native of Belfast, Ireland, and studied at Trinity College in Dublin where she earned both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Geology. Her entrepreneurial spirit then brought her to Colorado and from there to extraordinary success in Natural Energy exploration globally.   

Today, Susan travels the world as a speaker, and global visionary and pioneer in her field.  Susan’s greatest passions revolve around empowering people and uncovering their innate entrepreneurial spirit.  As a champion for the Educo Holistic Business Model, Susan encourages a holistic approach to success and believes it is in this way that BNE found oil in Belize where it was widely believed there was none.

Susan is continually recognized for her contributions in Natural Energy, and has received countless prestigious awards over the years in acknowledgment of her contributions. Among her peers she is considered a gifted explorer and innovator, and BNE has become a global beacon for the movement towards a holistic approach to Natural Energy Exploration.


Kathleen Weinecke, Director of Programs, Smart Girl

Kathleen holds a Master’s Degree in International Administration, with a focus on gender, economics and development. She previously worked with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) in Community Initiatives and Investment helping with their Girls’ Leadership Council, Beyond Our Borders special interest fund, Listening Tour, and grant making. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. During her time as a volunteer she focused much of her work on teens; organizing and executing logistics and training for the national girls’ sports and leadership camps. As a former Big Sister mentor, Ms. Boysen is passionate about youth issues and is delighted to be part of the Smart-Girl team.  Founded in 1998 by four dynamic women, Smart-Girl is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that empowers pre-teen and teen girls to make smart choices and become confident, capable, self-reliant young women.

Marla Whipple, Senior Director of Professional Training and Development, AI; Educational Consultant

Marla earned her Master's degree in psychology. Her current work is in designing and delivering in-person and online professional development to higher education practitioners and administrators. She enjoys the challenge of translating concepts and theories into manageable practices; she is also skilled in curriculum design, recruiting subject matter experts, project management, assessment and evaluation, and managing budgets. Previously, she was the director of assessment at Maryville College.

Jill Schmidt, Program Assistant, The Conflict Center

Jill received a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. She has extensive experience teaching youth classes and supporting the schools program.  She has several years’ experience working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector. She currently works at The Conflict Center. Founded in 1987. The Conflict Center has grown from a dream to a place that enables all those who wish to learn the practical skills of peacemaking.

Jennifer Dale, Department Chair, Psychology Department, Community College of Aurora

Jennifer joined the Psychology Department at CCA as full-time faculty in August, 2008. She is currently working on her Ph.D. and received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Regis University and her B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Women Studies from CSU. She has specialized in Human Sexuality and Psychology of Gender for the last six years and is very passionate about the diverse social issues both subjects address. She also hosts the Take Back the Night rally at CCA which focuses on ending sexual violence.



Poster Presentations____________________________________

 Baylor University New Students Experience, New Students Experience-Peer Leader Program, Baylor University

How Do the Peer Advocate Leaders help Students at CU Denver? Peer Advocate Leaders, University of Colorado-Denver

Be Inspired! NJC Peer Helpers, Northeastern Junior College

Multicultural Center, Peer Leaders, Western State College

LEAD and Orientation, Peer Leaders, Western State College

SWEET LIFE, Peer Leaders, Western State College

Student Government Association, Peer Leaders, Western State College

ICE House, Peer Leaders, Western State College

Residence Life, Peer Leaders, Western State College

Note: Additional posters may be presented by a variety of other schools and programs. Your school and/or program are invited to share your successes with or without a poster!