Black Student Leadership Conference

Friday, March 9, 2018
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Ballrooms, University Union

Conference Overview and Theme

The 2018 Black Student Leadership Conference will be held on Friday, March 9 from 10 am to 4:30 pm. This year’s conference theme is Black Excellence and will focus on the celebration of our community success, building resiliency and empowering current and aspiring student leaders of color to use their talents and abilities to serve their communities. Registration is free and open to all current and aspiring student leaders, but all participants must register online.

Conference Registration

Online registration is open now and ends Friday, March 2. Register for the conference. The first 100 registered participants will receive a free gift.

Call for Presentations

Presentation proposals are currently being accepted for breakout sessions. The submission deadline for proposals is Friday, February 16 and chosen presenters will be notified by Friday, February 23.

This year’s conference theme is Black Excellence. We are asking applicants to submit proposals that critically examine the tools in which students who identify at Black/African American should use as they navigate their academic and professional career. The conference will focus on and will focus on how students of color can begin thinking about their impact on the world around them. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Career planning (resume writing, salary negotiation,etc.)
  • Overcoming (perceived) cultural bias
  • Civic engagement
  • Community activism
  • Developing a personal brand
  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial literacy
  • Leadership development
  • Networking outside of your identity group
  • Resiliency and overcoming adversity
  • Community resources

The length of each breakout session will be 45 minutes. Submit a proposal. For questions or more information, please contact Anee Korme at  or 410-704-2051.

Keynote Speaker: Luke Cooper

Luke Cooper is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most talented entrepreneurs. He started his career as a lawyer at DLA Piper and State Farm before becoming the Founder & CEO of Fixt — one of the fastest growing tech companies in the country. His company is “like Uber” for smartphone and tablet repair, and supports companies like Coca-Cola and Stanford University. The company has been featured in Forbes Magazine, American Airlines magazine, and USA Today and has raised nearly $4 million in venture funding from Silicon Valley, New York, and Baltimore investment firms. In 2007, Luke helped build and sell his first tech company CTS, for $60M to multi-billion-dollar defense contractor CACI.

After attending Adelphi University on a basketball scholarship, Luke earned his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University (2001) and his MBA in Finance from Babson College (2011). Luke has served in numerous non-profit advisory positions and has received many honors and awards including 2014 Baltimore Business Journal “40 Under 40”, 2013 Baltimore Business Journal “Rising Star Award (Under 40)” and was the New England Patriots’ Myra Kraft MVP Nominee (2013).

Conference Schedule

Check In, Registration and Vendor Fair

10:00 am —10:45 am
University Union, 3rd Floor Lobby

Welcome and Introduction of Keynote

10:45 — 11 a.m. 
Chesapeake I, University Union

Keynote Speaker

11 a.m. - Noon 
Chesapeake I, University Union


Noon - 1 p.m. 
Chesapeake I, University Union

Breakout Sessions: Round 1

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions: Round 2

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Closing Session

3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Chesapeake I

**VIRTUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: (Please note, for students who are unable to attend the Black Student Leadership Conference 2018, we will be offering an abbreviated web version of the conference, please select the Virtual Conference option on the application for more information.)**

Visitor Parking and Directions

The closest parking facility is the University Union Garage. Off campus visitors must park in a designated visitor area located on the Ground Level of this garage. Visitor permits can be purchased at a pay station and must be clearly displayed on the vehicle dashboard. Parking pay stations are located on the ground level of each of the garages. For additional parking locations, instructions on how to use pay stations, and rates can be found at Parking and Transportation Services

Directions and campus maps 

Sponsors and Partners

The Black Student Leadership Conference is a collaboration between the Career Center and the African American Student Development Program in the Center for Student Diversity.

For questions or additional information, contact Anee Korme at   or 410-704-2051.

African American Student Development
University Union, Room 313
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 410-704-2051
Fax: 410-704-4229

Anee Korme
Associate Director, Student Diversity and Development
Center for Student Diversity
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252