Participants Will Hear Advice and Techniques to Grow and Develop Expertise
March 11, 2021

Students can learn about developing and cultivating leadership skills by participating in the Dr. Marvalene Hughes Student Leadership Conference, a free virtual event scheduled for Friday, March 26, from 2 to 6 p.m. 

The conference is open to all students from Stanislaus State, Modesto Junior College, Merced College and San Joaquin Delta College. Students can register for the conference online by Monday, March 22. 

Titled “Creating Your Leadership Story,” the conference includes: 

  • Four information-packed topics from which students can choose for their three breakout sessions.
  • A keynote address by Jessica Pettit, author of the book “Good Enough Now.” 
  • Inspirational words from Modesto Junior College professor and Modesto’s former poet laureate Sam Pierstorff. 

“The conference focuses on the many ways students can grow and develop their leadership skills, as well as the many opportunities they have to use those skills for service to the community,” said organizer Stephanie Hubbard, interim director of Student Leadership and Development at Stan State. 

Each of the four breakout sessions will have at least three experts. The topics are:

  • “Discovering the Leader in You”
  • “Leading Through Diversity and Inclusion”
  • “Connecting with Community Leaders”
  • “Leadership Education and Experience Panel: Meet the Experts” 

The annual conference, celebrating its third year, is named for Stan State’s president emerita Dr. Marvalene Hughes who led the University for 11 years and retired in 2005. Hughes and current Stan State President Ellen Junn will deliver welcome addresses. 

All students who attend will receive a free e-copy of Pettit’s book “Good Enough Now” and will earn a leadership certificate. Stan State attendees will be eligible to apply for one of two $500 leadership awards.  

The event will close with insights from Stan State alumnus Marvin Hooker, a successful marketing consultant and licensed Realtor in the Central Valley. 

“We want to end the event by showing students, by example, that they can go out and be successful in their careers after graduation,” Hubbard said.