CONQUER Student Leadership Conference Announced

Published on Mon, August 07, 2017

The University’s Student Activities and Leadership Development office will hold its first CONQUER Student Leadership Conference on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 2 p.m. Going forward, organizers plan to hold this event annually. In preparation for the inaugural conference, proposals are being accepted from now until Friday, August 25, 2017, for those who want to present at the conference. Faculty and staff from Marywood University and other local colleges and universities, as well as individuals in leadership positions within the community, are encouraged to submit proposals and present at the conference.

The 50-minute presentations can cover a wide range of topics. Students in attendance will be of various ages and experience levels from Marywood University and other local institutions. If you are interested in presenting, please contact the Student Activities and Leadership Development office, at, or call (570) 340-6016. If selected, presenters will be notified of their presentation time by Friday, September 8, 2017.

The keynote speaker at the CONQUER Student Leadership Conference at the University is Eric McElvenny. According to Mr. McElvenny’s website, he is described as a Christian, husband, father, Marine, speaker, amputee, endurance athlete, ironman, mentor, and coach. Mr. McElvenny resides in San Diego, Calif., with his wife and three children. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from the United States Naval Academy while preparing for his service as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer. He deployed three times as a Marine, and, on his final tour, he was wounded after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED). Faced with a physical challenge and an uncertain future, Eric made a promise to himself to run an Ironman Triathlon. During this journey, he realized that the challenge and adversity he was up against, as well as the technique he used to reach the finish line, could be used against the challenges that we all have.