The 2022 StudentCPT Leadership Conference (SLC) was held in Colorado Springs, CO, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort,
June 6-8, 2022. This year’s conference theme was “Climbing the Mountains of Leadership,” reiterating the importance of the many levels and foundations to leadership. The SLC was held in conjunction with the NASBA Western Regional Meeting, and marked the first in-person conference held since 2019.
A total of 21 schools were represented, with 36 students in attendance. This was the first year the University of Guam was able to attend an in-person SLC and students ranged in age, areas of study and academic classifications, from having a StudentCPT on campus to hearing about what the CPT does with ethics for the first time. It was important to take an opportunity, like the SLC, to hold open discussions on where ethical dilemmas are found, how to overcome them in life and in the work force and, most importantly, how to navigate the new normal that students have to face on campus and remotely.
The CPT was honored to host guest speaker Jennifer Bouchard with Meta, who broke down different leadership styles and discussed what they look like in all aspects of life. Sedrik Newbern, a professor at Western Kentucky and a consultant for the CPT, touched base on leading from any level. Deborah Lederman, CPT Operations Manager lead a networking strategies workshop that prepared students to converse with NASBA members attending the Western Regional Meeting. CPT President Alfonzo Alexander honed in on strengths-based leadership and what that looks in the new world. Jasmine Jenkins, CPT Student Programs Manager lead students in team building and guided students in presenting case studies to judges on their last day.
It was an honor to have NASBA CPT board members Donny Burkett, David Costello and Cynthia Cooper serve as judges for the students’ competitions and give words of encouragement throughout the conference. NASBA Chair Mike Fritz closed the conference with insight on ethical dilemmas he faced early-on in his career.