Reminder: Session Proposals for 2016 Leadership Summit

AISES is seeking presentation proposals for sessions during the 2016 Leadership Summit.  The deadline for submission of proposals is Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

About the Leadership Summit

The 2016 AISES Leadership Summit will focus on building the skill and knowledge of AISES members in the realm of professional and career development – to better prepare AISES members to attain jobs and careers in the fields of STEM. This comprehensive learning experience will address building the leadership skills of approximately 125 AISES college and graduate student members and 75 professional members, including regional and national student representatives. In addition to informational sessions, there will be peer-to-peer networking, regional conference planning, a traditional closing circle, and a closing banquet. 

The 2016 AISES Leadership Summit will be the first of its kind! In partnership with IBM and the Mayo Clinic, AISES will host the Leadership Summit at the IBM and Mayo Clinic campuses in Rochester, MN.

For more information and to register for the 2016 Leadership Summit visit:

Program Tracks & Sessions

There will be two tracks, each offering 5-6 CONCURRENT sessions:
  1. Higher Education track for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM;
  2. Professional track for AISES members with careers in STEM (includes entry-, mid-career, and seasoned professionals).

Suggested Topic Areas

The following is a list of suggested topics, proposed by AISES members, partners, and staff. However, AISES welcomes ideas and encourages the submission of new and innovative session ideas not listed below that are appropriate for leadership development. While the following session topics are listed under specific tracks, session proposals in any of the listed areas may apply to both student and professional audiences.

Topics in the Higher Education Track:
  • Traditional indigenous leadership styles
  • Communication skills
  • Leveraging native values in STEM careers
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Interviewing skills
  • Balancing family and studies
  • Proposal writing
  • Utilizing LinkedIn, Social media, and an online presence
  • Organizing and planning community service/service learning projects
  • Event planning
  • Public speaking
Topics in the Professional Track:
  • Leadership styles
  • Change management
  • Team building
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Self-advocacy
  • Bridging traditional native values within STEM
  • Project management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Strategic planning
  • Outreach & Recruitment for Professional Chapters
  • Proposal writing
  • Entrepreneurship

Timeline and General Information

  • Deadline for submission of proposals:  Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (email to:
  • Notification of acceptance: Wednesday, February 17, 2016.
  • Presenter confirmation: Monday, February 22,2016
  • Sessions are generally slated to be 50 minutes in duration. Sessions of longer duration or multiple parts may be considered upon request.
  • Presenters are invited to submit proposals that cater to both tracks.
  • Sessions may be developed as speaker presentations or interactive workshops. Note: interactive sessions will be given preference.

For Questions Contact

Kathy DeerInWater at or call (720) 552-6123.