NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces it will present the 22nd Annual Leadership Conference, “100 Yards of Leadership,” on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center Gym, when MCLA will welcome AJ Adams, an award-winning speaker, author and entrepreneur, as the keynote speaker.

Registration for this event, open to college and high school students, will remain open through Thursday, Feb. 2. This event is free to all members of the MCLA community, and $40 for those from other campuses. The cost includes breakfast, lunch and a snack.

“This conference is a place where students – whether they are emerging leaders or experienced leaders – all can gain some great leadership skills,” said Jenn Craig, director of student activities at MCLA. “Some might be working on honing their skills by presenting a session, while others will use this experience to find their leadership potential.”

Many of the day’s sessions will be led by MCLA students, faculty and staff, with other sessions being offered by those from other institutions. Topics will range from diversity to communication and careers in student affairs.

Although the conference primarily is for college students, some high school students typically attend. In addition to those from MCLA and elsewhere throughout the Northern Berkshire region, participants will include attendees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y., and Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham, Conn.

Known as “America’s Halfrican American,” AJ Adams was born to an African American father from Texas and a Pacific Islander mother from Guam. Awarded “Best of 2015” and ranked in the top three of motivational speakers in his home city of Phoenix, Ariz., he has inspired the next generation of world changers both nationally and internationally for more than 12 years. Through his personal story, and with a mix of wisdom and laughter, Adams reveals the strategies that took him from a high school dropout to a successful entrepreneur.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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