Laker Leadership Conference - May 23 & 24

Come together with your peers to discover how to develop connections, new skills and career-building blocks to move forward as a leader.

The Young Professionals Association (YPA) Laker Leadership Conference is a NEW two-day in-person conference on May 23-24, 2022.

With young alumni as presenters, discover and connect to program sessions and signature group events that will prepare and bolster fellow young professional leaders in their professional and personal success.



  • Customized program selection for personalized professional development.
  • Keynote speaker on "How to Become LinkedIn Famous" and opening signature event "Belief Sparks Action."
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging training.
  • Wellness group activity, service element and a fun, social experience. 
  • Access to professional headshot photography.
  • Resource Expo featuring employers, alumni benefit partners and University representatives.
This is for young alumni professionals, by young alumni professionals!





Learn more about our wonderful keynote, trainer and program session speakers.



The Resource Expo will be on display throughout the conference for the chance to link you, our emerging leaders, with amazing connections. You can network with:

  • Employers showcasing career opportunities.
  • Chicagoland chambers and associations about exclusive opportunities
  • Career readiness services with University and alumni benefit partners
  • Other partnerships for our young professionals.

Pay it forward for the next generation of careerists with poise and confidence. Donate gently used professional work attire to the RU Career Closet for our current students. Alumni who graduated in the last year can also access the RU Career Closet during the conference. Donors will also receive an in-kind donation receipt for their donation. Please consult the website for items that can and cannot be donated.

Monday, May 23

8 - 9 a.m.  Welcome Breakfast and Registration | Ida B. Wells
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Resource Expo | Fainman Lounge
9 a.m. - 10:15 am Opening Speaker Signature Event | Ida B. Wells and Streaming
10:30 am-
11:45 am Conference Elective Session A | Wabash classrooms
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch | Ida B. Wells
2 - 3:15 p.m.  Conference Election Session B| Wabash classrooms
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Conference Elective Session C | Wabash classrooms
5 - 7 p.m. Cocktails and Comedy | Ganz Hall

Tuesday, May 24

8:30 - 9:15 am  Breakfast and Yoga Wellness Event | Ida B. Wells
9 am - 2 pm Resource Expo | Fainman Lounge
9:30 - 10:45 am
Keynote Speaker |
Ida B. Wells and Streaming
11 am-Noon Conference Elective Session D | Wabash classrooms
12:15 - 1:15 pm Conference Elective Session E | Wabash classrooms
1:15 - 2:45 pm Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training and Lunch | Ida B. Wells and Streaming
3 - 4 pm Talkback Panel and Closing | Ida B. Wells

Schedule subject to change.


Invest in your ongoing commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The University of South Florida Muma College of Business offers a free seven-week certificate program, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Jabil, that focuses on ways organizations can create a more diverse workplace as well as address equity issues and foster inclusivity.  

The program consists of seven two-hour modules, all pre-recorded from the spring session. Modules may be viewed at any time before December 31, 2022. While the content is available free of charge, a $99 fee is required to earn the Credly certificate and badge, which will be awarded after participants pass all seven quizzes. 

More Information and Enrollment


Hilton Chicago is pleased to offer an 18% discount on bookings. Planning to come back to Chicago? Use this link through 2023.
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Alumni or Friend - $25.00

Class of 2022/Current Student - Complimentary

Faculty/Staff (Volunteer) - Complimentary


Wear your Roosevelt or Robert Morris gear with pride!  Stop by the Chicago bookstore or order Roosevelt gear online

Bookstore Hours:
Monday, 10 am - 3 pm
Tuesday, 10 am - 3 pm

$1,001 - $5,000

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Your sponsorship makes this conference affordable. Sponsorship levels range from expo fair participation to being an exclusive host of our signature event experience. In-kind donations are also great for swag bags! If you are interested in sponsoring and/or being present for the resource expo, please see our sponsorship packet for more details. 



Jessica Mueller, Associate Director of Alumni Engagement

The conference will be held at 430 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.


In response to COVID-19 all GUESTS, including alumni, will be required to show proof of vaccination to access Roosevelt facilities.

Guests visiting the Auditorium Building, Wabash Building or the Schaumburg Campus must show their proof of vaccination, a valid state ID and fill out the daily self-assessment survey at the campus safety kiosks to access Roosevelt facilities. This requirement also applies to guests attending performances in the O’Malley Theatre, the Miller studio theatre, Ganz Hall, or other CCPA facilities.

Guests can also fill out the self-assessment form on their mobile device by visiting


We will continue to monitor and evaluate events and gathering guidance and will make adjustments for the health and safety of our campus community as needed.