Laker Leadership Conference 2021

Come together with your peers to discover how to develop connections, new skills, and career-building blocks to help move you forward in your career. 

Torch next to Laker Leadership Conference text; Young Professionals Association and Roosevelt University logo.

The YPA Laker Leadership Conference is a new multiday in-person conference that will feature young alumni as presenters on topics including cognitive flexibility, negotiation and influencing, the power of philanthropy, business writing, emotional intelligence, upskilling/reskilling and community activism.


A notable keynote speaker and an opportunity to better understand diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) will also be featured.




Monday, May 23

8 - 9 am  Welcome Breakfast
8 am - 4 pm Resource fair
9 am - noon Conference sessions
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch
2 - 4:30 pm Conference sessions
5 - 7:30 pm Cocktails and Comedy 


Tuesday, May 24

7 - 8 am  Wellness Event
8 - 9 am  Breakfast 
9:30 - 10:45 am Keynote– live stream
11 am - 1:15 pm Conference sessions
11 am - 2 pm Resource Fair open
1:30 -2:45 pm DEI Training and Lunch– live stream
3 - 4 pm Talkback Panel and Closing

*Schedule subject to change.


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



Interested in becoming a program session speaker? Fill in this interest form.


We are interested in showcasing career openings, networking clubs or associations, chambers or business associations, career readiness services, etc. to our young professionals. A resource fair will be on display throughout the conference for the chance to connect with our emerging leaders. Your sponsorship will make this conference affordable for our conference participants as well.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please see our sponsorship packages.


The opportunity to take headshots will be available throughout the conference. Be sure to select your session time as part of registration.


Take the opportunity to pay it forward to the next generation of careerists! Donate your gently used professional work attire to the RU Career Closet for our current students. The mission of the RU Career Closet is to help students enter the workforce with poise and confidence, knowing that they are making a positive and professional first impression. New grads who graduated in the last year can also access the RU Career Closet during the conference. Donors will also be provided an in-kind donation receipt for their donation. Please consult the webpage for the items that can and cannot be donated.


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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$5,000 - $10,000

USI Affinity 2021-2022 NEAT Grant
$1.000- $4,999



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

Bookstore Hours:
Monday, 10 am - 5 pm
Tuesday, 10 am - 5 pm


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.