Cultivating Authentic Leadership

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BGS student members are invited to join us for an immersive conference to explore the idea of being an authentic leader and to ignite your leadership potential.

What to expect:

  • Speakers: Become inspired by industry experts and thought leaders who will empower you to find the authentic leader within you.
  • Panels: Engage in dynamic discussions that dive deep into the heart of authentic leadership.         
  • Workshops: Sharpen your leadership skills through interactive workshops designed to mold you into an authentic leader.

In addition to the programming, we'll have hands-on activities:

  • Leadership Activity: Participate in a practical experience that will bring the concept of Authentic Leadership to life.
  • BGS Gives Back: Give back to the community and make a positive impact.

Keynote Presentation: 
Evolving Authentically Amplifies Your Impact

What does evolution have to do with amplifying your impact through authentic leadership? A lot more than you might think! Dr. Erika Michalski designed this keynote to help you recognize your strengths and explore how to leverage them in new ways as a leader. It's time to shift from the limiting mindset of "Who we want to be like" into the liberating mindset of "Who we want to be" ... and Dr. Erika provides a framework to help you do just that.

Dr. Erika Michalski

Dr. Erika Michalski (she/her) is a passionate authenticity advocate and seasoned consultant with a background in leadership, strategic planning, and professional development, using a holistic approach rooted in neuroscience and positive psychology. Read bio

Conference Speakers

Margie Warrell

Margie Warrell is a renowned leadership consultant, keynote speaker, and author with over 25 years of experience empowering leaders worldwide, specializing in decision-making and purpose-driven leadership. Read bio

Dr. Kanika Jones

Dr. Kanika Jones, Assistant Dean at Howard University School of Business, is an educator and leader, overseeing student affairs, directing the Executive Leadership Honors Program, and teaching courses on leadership. Read bio

Conference Panelists

CAPT Juliette Taylor

CAPT Juliette Taylor, with over 19 years of experience at FDA and CMS, is a seasoned policy expert and clinical leader specializing in international public health, legislation, and stakeholder engagement. Read bio

Ben Ficks

Lee Benedict (Ben) Ficks, Jr., former President of the BGS Washington DC Alumni Chapter, has a background in finance and human capital. He is currently the Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer for Workforce Analysis. Read bio

Dr. Brandy Alfred

Dr. Brandy Alfred, a Health Technology Executive and ESG advocate, brings over 20 years of experience, driving revenue growth and operational transformation in healthcare while shaping global health equity initiatives. Read bio

Christopher Murphy

Chris Murphy is a leader with experience in government relations, community engagement, and organizational management, having worked at the Washington, DC Mayor's Office and the Obama Administration. Read bio

Jamil Wells

 Jamil Wells combines classroom teaching with school leadership and now serves as the Director of Entrepreneurship at Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, delivering financial literacy and workforce development services. Read bio

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