Penn State World Campus Student Leadership Conference

Logo for the 5th Annual Student Leadership Conference. The event takes place September 28-30, 2022

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 attending the conference in person at University Park, please note that masking may be required dependent on current guidelines. For more information about Penn State's health and safety plans, please visit virusinfo.psu.edu

Plan to extend your stay in Happy Valley! The All-University Day football game has been scheduled for Saturday, October 1, at Beaver Stadium in 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. Information for purchasing tickets to this game will be provided once available. Lodging, transportation, and football ticket costs are not included in the conference registration fee. 


Registration options

  • Full conference in-person attendance: $100 
  • Virtual attendance: $50 

The registration fee covers all conference materials, speakers, and activties.

Registration for the Student Leadership Conference will be available August 1–September 18, 2022.

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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. 


Lodging

Room blocks are available for hotel reservations September 28–30, with an option to extend your stay to include September 30–October 1 for those planning to attend the All-University Day football game. Please note in your planning the listed reservation deadlines and that a limited number of room blocks are available. 

Hyatt Place State College

Dates: September 28 & 29, 2022
Location: 219 West Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801; approx. 1/2-mile walk to the HUB-Robeson Center (HUB) on campus
Conference Block Rate: $109 per night plus taxes; additional daily fee for parking; includes free breakfast 
Cancellation Policy: Please ask at time of reservation

To Make Reservations: 
Reservations must be made by September 14, 2022

  • Call: 1-888-492-8847
    • Mention Group Name: PSU World Campus Student Affairs
    • Use Group Code: G-WCSA 
  • Online: https://statecollege.place.hyatt.com
    • select "Corporate or Group Code" from dropdown menu
    • Use Group Code: G-WCSA 

Fairfield Inn

Dates: September 28 & 29, 2022
Location: 2215 N. Atherton St., State College, PA 16803; approx. 4 miles from the HUB-Robeson Center (HUB) on campus
Conference Block Rate: $109 per night plus taxes; includes free breakfast 
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance 

To Make Reservations:
Reservations must be made by August 28, 2022

  • Call: 814-238-3871
    • Use Group Code: PSWC
  • Online: use the Penn State World Campus Leadership Conference Link
    If the above link does not work, copy and paste into your browser: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1655740806084&key=GRP&app=resvlink

OPTIONAL EXTENSION at the Fairfield Inn for attending the All-University Day Game

Dates: September 30 and/or October 1 
Conference Block Rate: $664 per night plus taxes; includes free breakfast 
Deposit: Full amount is paid upon booking
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 30 days in advance 

To Make Extended Reservations:
Reservations must be made by August 28, 2022

  • Call: 814-238-3871
    • Use Group Code: PSUS
  • Online: use the Penn State World Campus Football Weekend Link
      If above link does not work, copy and paste into your browser: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1655740650860&key=GRP&app=resvlink

As an additional resource, the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau provides an extensive directory listing of hotels and motels in and around State College.


Tentative Conference Agenda

Wednesday, September 28
2:00 p.m.: Pre-Conference Activities
6:00 p.m.: Registration Opens
6:30–8:00 p.m.: Welcome Reception & Opening Address

Thursday, September 29
8:00–9:30 a.m.: Welcome & Keynote Speaker
9:45–10:45 a.m.: Concurrent Breakout Sessions I
11:00 a.m.–Noon: Concurrent Breakout Sessions II
12:15–1:15 p.m.: Lunch & Alumni Panel
1:30–2:30 p.m.: Concurrent Breakout Sessions III
2:45–3:30 p.m.: Free Time or Optional Campus Tour
4:00–5:30 p.m.: Networking Reception with Faculty & Staff
Dinner on Your Own

Friday, September 30
9:00–10:00 a.m.: Concurrent Breakout Sessions IV
10:15–11:15 a.m.: Concurrent Breakout Sessions V
11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.: Lunch & Closing Keynote


If you have questions, please contact [email protected]