Penn State World Campus Student Leadership Conference

September 26–28, 2021

The leadership conference is designed to allow students an opportunity to explore various facets of leadership development while also networking with faculty, staff, and peers. The conference tracks will provide specific emphasis on leadership development as it relates to students, their communities, and the workplace. 

Students attending this conference can:
• enhance essential skills and competencies in the pursuit of leadership excellence with emphasis on creating a culture of leadership in their community and workplace
• understand the importance of embracing a diverse and inclusive community
• learn how their experiences from current leadership roles can enhance their student experience at Penn State and boost future career and life aspirations

Students have the choice to attend the conference virtually or in person. For those participants attending the conference in person at University Park, please note that masking is required. For more information about Penn State's health and safety plans, please visit

Also of special note this year, the annual All University Day football game has been scheduled on Saturday, September 25, at Beaver Stadium, University Park. This annual tradition provides an opportunity for the University community to come together to recognize each of the commonwealth and special mission campuses during half-time activities. 

Registration options

  • Full conference in-person attendance: $75 
  • One-day attendance in-person: $30
  • Virutal Attendance: $20 

The registration fee covers all conference materials, speakers, and activties. Register by Wednesday, September 22, to attend in person or by Friday, September 24, to attend virtually.

The registration fee is non-refundable. 

Travel to University Park

By Car: University Park is about 4 hours from New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., and is about 3 hours from Baltimore and Pittsburgh. University Park is served by three main highways: Interstate 80, Interstate 99, and Route 322.

By Air: State College and University Park are served by the University Park Airport (SCE).

By Bus: Greyhound and Megabus national bus lines serve State College and University Park.

Limited travel grants may be available to help offset conference expenses for students in financial need. Please contact [email protected] for more information. 


A room block was reserved for September 26–28 at the Hyatt Place State College. The block booking rate has expired; however, conference attendees can still make reservations at the Hyatt Place State College, outside of the room block.

Reservations can be made by either calling Central Reservations at 1-888-492-8847 or going online to

As an additional resource, the Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau provides an extensive directory listing of hotels and motels in and around State College.

Tentative Conference Agenda

Sunday, September 26
2:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop or Campus Tours
4:00 p.m. Registration Open
5:00–6:30 p.m. Opening Reception & Welcome
6:30–8:00 p.m. Dinner & Opening Address

Monday, September 27
8:00–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45–9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker
9:45–10:45 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions I
11:00 a.m.–Noon Concurrent Breakout Sessions II
12:15–1:30 p.m. Alumni Panel
1:45–2:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions III
2:45–3:30 p.m. Free Time
4:00–5:30 p.m. Networking Reception with Faculty & Staff
Dinner on Your Own

Tuesday, September 28
8:30–9:30 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions IV
9:45–10:45 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions V
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch & Closing Keynote

View the full conference schedule with breakouts.

If you have questions, please contact [email protected]