2015 Student Leadership Confab: Sign up today!

    The EOU Student Leadership Confab, “A Leadership Odyssey: Today's Students, Tomorrow's Leaders," is on its way and we can’t wait for you to join us! We'd love to give you the low-down on what to expect when we meet at the Art Center on Sat., Apr. 25, 2015.


    We’re very excited about it and hope you are too. The day will be filled with discussion on topics that will challenge us to consider how we can do our work better and how to innovate as students and professionals regardless of your field, expertise or interest.

    Not registered? Sign up today! Register by Wed., Apr. 22. Participants will be entered to win one of two $100 bookstore gift cards. Must be present to win.


    During her junior year of college, Jess Ekstrom started her own company, Headbands of Hope, to help brighten the lives of children battling cancer. For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. Jess works full-time as the CEO of the company, regularly visits hospitals around the country to deliver headbands to girls and visits campuses nationwide to share her story of how she turned a summer internship into an organization that changes the world. Jess decided to put all of her tips and tricks (and mistakes) into a guide to help others who are about to embark on their college journey. Her book, The Freshman Fabulous: The Girl’s Guide to College, is available on Amazon.

    Jess is a 2013 graduate of North Carolina State University.


    The Confab will be in the Art Center at the Old Library (1006 Penn Avenue, La Grande, OR). We'll have a sign to indicate the location as you drive up. Come on in, kick back in our coffeehouse-inspired atmosphere with chairs, beanbags and enjoy the music. Shuttle service will be provided from EOU to the Art Center.


    Put on something comfortable. Pull out the t-shirts, jeans, shorts and your favorite pair of Converse All-Stars for example! 


    If you have a question about anything Confab-related, contact us at (541)962-3704.



    Confab derives from the term confabulation. Which means Informal, n. A causal talk. The SLC is bite-sized and interactive conversations about leadership. Comfy spots to relax. Laughter. Inspiration waiting to serve us all. We're talking old-school conversations. Cafe-style seating. some nosh and music. Join other students on campus as we get together, get real and talk. 

    The Confab is a student-run annual opportunity that serves as the cornerstone of leadership experience and training for college students across the EOU campus. Each year, students come together to talk about leadership and learn about service, social justice, and more! The Confab offers students a change to learn, understand, participate in, engage in, and reflect on skills and knowledge that can be applicable in student organizations, campuses, job settings, families and their communities.

    Each year, the Confab has a keynote speaker focused on the designated theme for the year. Previous speakers have included Tyson Wooters and Kristen Hadeed.


    The Confab was originally initiated as a Student Leadership Conference in 2008 and designated to allow students the opportunity to participate in an inclusive environment that enhances personal and professional growth, encourages greater multicultural competence, while also sharpening their leadership skills and building confidence needed to become strong leaders. After completion of the 5th conference in 2012, the student committee took a different approach and modeled their confab after a student affairs professional confab at Boise State University.  Now, the Confab helps put the topics back in the hands of the students as they discuss topics important to EOU every year.

    In 2011 & 2012, additional speakers were invited to speak as a kickoff to the Student Leadership Conference included Mike Manning (MTV's Real World D.C. & Disney's Original Movie "Cloud 9") and Steve Wallace (former San Francisco 49er). In 2013, the committee transitioned the speaker to be incorporated in the Confab itself, as the speaker engages with students with a keynote at the beginning of the day, joins in discussion throughout the morning and wraps up the Confab with reflection.


    Contact the Center for Student Involvement at (541)962-3704 for more information.