Global Brigades Student Leadership Conference hosted by Northwestern University

Each year, Global Brigades aims to host Student Leadership Conferences that are regionally based across the USA and Canada. Student Leadership Conferences are a great opportunity for students leaders to share best practices, meet with staff to discuss programs and gather with other passionate leaders.

April 4th, 2020 | Evanston, Illinois

A Student Leadership Conference will take place on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at Northwestern University.

This Student Leadership Conference will bring together students, staff and volunteers primarily from the Midwest of the United States to engage in a day filled with leadership training, presentations, breakout sessions and exciting discussions. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to meet fellow leaders, volunteers, GB staff members, and to share best practices and get exciting programming updates.

We are very excited to welcome Global Brigades Director of Impact and Evaluation, Ben Erker.

Registration costs $15 per participant* and the deadline to register for the Northwestern University SLC is Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

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*Please note: Northwestern students and faculty are not required to pay the registration fee.

Conference Details


The Student Leadership Conference will be hosted on the Northwestern University campus. Exact building and room information is TBA.

Transportation & Lodging

Global Brigades is not able to provide transportation or lodging to conference attendees. However, we recommend the following for affordable accommodations: Holiday Inn (1501 Sherman Avenue), Hyatt House (1515 Chicago Avenue), Hilton Orrington (1710 Orrington Avenue), and Hilton Garden Inn (1818 Maple Avenue).


Global Brigades will provide a light breakfast and a full lunch for conference attendees. For attendees with allergies or special dietary restrictions, please let us know during registration and we will try our best to accommodate.

Dress Code

Conference dress code is casual.


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8:00am Check-In & Light Breakfast
Check-in to receive your name tag and t-shirt if you ordered one.
9:00am Conference Welcome & Ice-Breaker
Meet Global Brigades Staff, conference hosts, and fellow leaders and review conference objectives.
9:30am Presentation: GB Past, Present and Future
10:00am Presentation: Holistic Model, Empowered 100, UN Sustainable Development Goals
Learn more about our organizational model and the three core pillars that drive the Empowered 100 initiative (health, WASH & economic development).
10:30am Presentation: Measuring & Evaluating GB’s Impact
11:00am Breakout: Ethical Volunteering
Talk about what it means to make a sustainable impact, shape responsible volunteers and how to use social media to empower.
12:00pm Lunch & Networking
Lunch provided by Global Brigades.
1:00pm Presentation: Global Brigades Updates
2:00pm Breakouts: Campus Impact
During these breakout sessions, we will discuss scaling Campus impact, addressing common critiques, and campus best practices.
3:00pm Guest Speaker (TBD)
4:00pm Breakouts: Finding your Why
4:45pm Closing Remarks

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