Student Leadership Conference 2013


Date: February 9, 2013

Location: The Schine Student Center, Syracuse University & The Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center

Theme: "Real Talk. Real Action."

Conference Keynote Speakers: Morris Morrison & DMA (Donna Michelle Anderson)


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Introducing the 2013 Keynote Speakers


Morris Morrison believes that every person has an amazing story. He believes that everyone has the necessary gifts and abilities to make an authentic impact in the world. After all, his own personal story is one that reads like a script that was written in Hollywood. After being born in New York City, Morris was orphaned by the death of his parents. As a teen, he found himself on his own once again after the loss of his adoptive parents. But Morris Morrison only has one word that he uses to describe the "tough circumstances" that life can throw at us - Blessings! Morris made it his mission to use these perfect storm of events to unlease a new form of energe into his life - Motivation!

After being on his own as an early teen, Morris was able to remain motivated & engaged after being blessed with many opportunities that enhanced his self-awarenss and helped him grow. he received his Bachelors degree from Fairmont State College and his Masters degree from West Virginia University. Morris continued his learning and development as he successfully navigated the ranks of some of the world's top corporations. Prior to starting his own company, Morris was exposed to significant development opportunities in his roles with large corporations such as Equitable Resources, BB&T Bank, and Pfizer Inc.

Today, as a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and owner of The Morris Morrison Development Group, LLC, his high-energy motivational keynote programs have quickly positioned him as one of the fastest growing speakers in the market. Morris Morrison is not just "driven to succeed". Morris Morrison is drive by a mission to impact and inspire you to believe that, "YOUR story matters...and YOU really can make a difference in this world using your talents and abilities.

Get ready for a program that will energize, motivate, and inspire you with a great message and also leave you with actual steps that you can take to truly THRIVE and "Position yourself for success".


For nearly two decades, DMA (Donna Michelle Anderson) has been writing, producing and running top-rated television series for CBS, Bravo, BET, A&E, TLC and more. In 2007, she expanded into online and mobile, launching Columbia College Hollywood's new media department and creating the first online production financials software (Show Starter Scheduling & Budgeting Plus was named one of MovieMaker magazine's "Top 40 Indie Film Friendly Companies").

She is the author of "The Show Starter Reality TV Made Simple System," called the "bible" of the biz and taught at film schools nationwide, and the author of "The 1-3-5 Story Structure Made Simple System," the first and only story structure system integrated into Final Draft's industry-leading screenwriting software.

Now a non-fiction television development executive, DMA is a graduate, with distinction, of Stanford University and is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America and Showbiz Mensans.  

Also a 25-year advocate of college access and success, DMA is the founder of The CLIC Network, her company’s second software that matches students to schools, scholarships and community opportunities nationwide (her applications have four patents pending).  For more information, please visit

Area(s) of Focus

Professional Development programs are intended to help attendees recognize and begin the process of developing successful and ethical professional behavior and skills. Learning how to network effectively and make use of technology to bolster one's professional appearance are examples of topics in this area.

Health & Wellness programs are expected to help attendees understand how health issues affect society and communities as well as stressing the importance of personal health. Personal health may include topics related to mental, physical, emotional, and sexual health as well as personal and spiritual growth. Creatively identifying and addressing community health issues and self-care and leadership are examples of topics in this area.

Community & Diversity programs are intended to help attendees to learn how to become engaged citizens and strengthen service work in their communities. Additionally, these programs should focus on the importance of inclusivity - appreciating groups, ideas and identities - as well help attendees to develop the skills to lead in an inclusive way. These programs should also stress the importance of engaging diverse communities - including groups with multiple and marginalized identities - to the leader and to leadership.

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Conference Schedule

8 AM – 9 AM: Registration/Breakfast

9 AM – 10 AM: Opening Speaker

10 AM – 10:50 AM: Session 1

11 AM – 11:50 AM: Session 2

12 PM – 1 PM: Lunch

1 PM – 2:00: Student:Employer Mixer

2 PM – 2:50 PM: Session 3

3 PM – 3:50 PM: Session 4

4 PM – 5 PM: Closing Speaker

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If you are interested in being a sponsor for the Student Leadership Conference, please contact Associate Director of Student Activities, Kerry W Foxx at

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