Region's college students to gather at MCLA for 15th Annual Student Leadership Conference


NORTH ADAMS, MA - More than 160 college students from across the region this Saturday will gather at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) to gain leadership skills at the campus' 15th Annual Student Leadership Conference, "Leadership. Oh, the Places you'll Go!" in the Amsler Campus Center's Venable Gymnasium, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All college students who are student leaders or who are interested in pursuing a leadership role are encouraged to attend. The conference is free to MCLA students and $25 for those from other campuses. The cost includes breakfast, lunch and a snack.

"It's a great networking opportunity. Those who attend will interact with MCLA students, as well as with peers from other college campuses. Students from Williams, Berkshire Community, Anna Maria and Southern Vermont colleges plan to join us," said the event's organizer, Celia Norcross, director of student development and activities at MCLA.

Delivering the conference's keynote presentation will be certified lifestyle and success coach, Michael Bruny, founder of Run the Point Enterprises of North Grafton, Mass. Bruny will lead the group through a process of exploring leadership and discussing the doors that involvement can open.

In addition, students will chose from more than 21 workshops to attend, including "PR: Outside of the Box," "The Role of the Team Captain," "Campus Conversations on Race," "Relationships and Mentorship Matter: Building an Intentional Leadership Plan that Works for you" and "Conflict and Communication."

"We pick a variety of workshop topics that will help current leaders advance into stronger leaders and to help students who are looking to become leaders gain more knowledge about leadership opportunities and involvement on campus. Overall, students gain valuable life skills through this conference that they can use in and out of the classroom, and in their personal lives," Norcross said.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Bruny earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Hartwick College and his master's degree in sports management from UMass-Amherst. He has held corporate positions at Syracuse University in N.Y., the University of Connecticut, New Balance Shoes and Intel.

For more information, go to studentdevelopment/leadershipconference . To sign up for the conference, contact Norcross at 413-662-5120.