Welcome to the New York City Circle of Change Leadership Experience

The Circle of Change Leadership Experience, a 501 c (3) organization, is a transformational career leadership experience that will be hosting a three-day leadership experience in partnership with St. John’s University on their campus in Queens, New York on March 20-22, 2020 for a diverse group of student leaders from across the country who have a desire to take their personal, career, and leadership skills to the next level.

For three days, student leaders will not only discover the leader from within and develop the leadership and professional skills necessary to attain career leadership success after graduation, but they will learn from dynamic Keynote Speakers, engage in Leadership Development Sessions with Certified Leadership Coaches, participate in a professional development speed networking boot camp event, take part in a service learning project, and will connect and learn from Top Industry Professionals from various professions and areas of expertise.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 – SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020


Friday, March 20, 2020

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Conference Registration
12:00pm – 12:30pm Opening of Conference with Tish Norman
12:30pm –  1:30pm Opening Keynote Session with Dr. Joshua Fredenburg
1:30pm – 2:00pm Networking Experience and Connect with Lead Coaches
2:00pm – 3:20pm Career Boot Camp and  Networking Session with Professional Mentors
Facilitator Group Interactive Session (Ethical Compass) Values Break Out
3:30pm – 4:00pm Leadership Salsa with Stan Pearson (Team Work)
4:00 pm – 4:30pm Pizza and Networking Break
4:30 pm – 5:50 pm Career Boot Camp and  Networking Session with Professional Mentors
Facilitator Group Interactive Session (Ethical Compass) Values Break Out
5:50 pm – 7:00 pm Keynote Session with Tom K  (Swift Kick)


Saturday, March 21, 2020

8:30 am – 10:00 am Opening Keynote Session with Tish Norman
10:00 am – 11:15am Facilitator’s Group Interactive Session (Leadership Identity) Self-Awareness Break-Out Session
11:15 am – 12:30 pm Executive Career Leadership Panel Sessions / Keynote Session with Dave Coleman
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch /Head Shots
1:30 pm –  2:45pm Executive Career Leadership Panel Sessions / Keynote Session with Dave Coleman
2:45 pm – 4:00pm Executive Career Leadership Panel Session / Service Learning and Social Impact Session
4:00pm – 5:15pm Executive Career Leadership Panel Sessions / Service Learning and Social Impact Session
5:15pm – 6:15pm Facilitation Group Interactive Session on Vision and Changing the World and Food Appetizers
6:15pm – 6:30pm Closing Session


Sunday, March 22, 2020

8:30 am – 11:00 am Board Breaking Leadership Experience with Troy Stende
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Facilitator’s Group Interactive Session Goals, Dream Team, and Action
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Circle of Change Leadership Conference Graduation Ceremony


Conference Speakers

Tish Norman

International Speaker and Author

Joshua Fredenburg

International Speaker and Author


Melissa Ruiz

Lead Facilitator, Swift Kick

Kevin Bracy

International Speaker and Author


David Coleman

International Speaker and Author

Lauren Lopez

Vice President of Talent & Inclusion, Condenast


Natasha Bowman

International Speaker and Author



CareerFEST Leadership Mentors/Speakers


Hugo Balta

Senior Producer, MSNBC

Kaishon Holloway

Recruitment Evangelist, Indeed


Brittany Abrams

Human Resource Leader, Johnson & Johnson

Janice Isabel Torres

Award Winning Creative Multicultural Marketer/Event Planner/Talent Producer, The Brand Phoenix


Debbie Douglas

Sr. Recruiter for Creative Brand Talent Acquisition, Viacom

Minue Yoshida

CEO & Founder, Yoshida Consulting


Non-Profit, Community Engagement, and Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Panelists


Jackie Jenkins

Chief Impact & Strategy Officer, United Way of New York City

Natalia Pedrosa

Senior Manager of Diversity/Inclusion, Nestle Waters


Silvana Marmollejos

Director of External Relations, Council of Urban Professionals

Charmion N. Kinder

Communications Director, Discovery Education


Ericka S. Riggs

Inclusion Manager, AD Club of NY



Education, Health, and Political Leadership Panelists


Gabrielle Simpson Gambrell

Vice President and Head of Marketing and Communications, Barnard College of Columbia University

Cristina Melendez

Chief Education Officer/Founder, Beyond Limits Consulting.


Maria Arias

Global Associate Director, WebMD.

Wendy Garcia

Chief Diversity Officer, Office of New York City Controller


Dr. Meika Neblett

Chief Medical Officer, Hoboken University Medical Center



Business, Tech, and Entrepreneurial Leadership Panelists


Rakhi Voria

Director, IBM Digital Sales

LaTasha Owens-Hobdy

Branding and Creative Executive


Eddy Millis

Founder/President, Gamera

Dr. Cherise Bernard

Talent Acquisition Partner, Spotify


Yesenia Bello

US Multicultural Lead Sales, Google



Entertainment and Sports Arena Leadership Panelists


Nefertali Deeb

Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, NBCUniversal

Annabel Padilla

Director of Player Development, Brooklyn Nets


Adrian J. Hopkins

Program Manager, Mentorships & Coaching + Co-Chair, New York Times

Zenitra Barrett

Director of Point of Sale Strategy, HBO


Gerald Yarborough

Art Director, Nickelodeon



Are You Interested in Pursing a Career in Sports/Entertainment?

Are You Interested in Becoming the Tech Industry?

Are You Interested in Becoming an Entrepreneur?

Are You Interested in Pursuing a Career in Entertainment?

Have You Ever Considered Corporate Social Responsibility?


Registration for this transformational leadership conference is $200.00 per student. If your campus has eight or more students attending the conference, you will receive a $25.00 discount off of each student registration and an advisor will be able to attend for free.

Your conference registration for this three-day leadership conference includes complete access to keynote speeches, panel discussions, group activities, leadership break out sessions, networking activities, reflection exercises, career opportunities, and other special events offered at the Circle of Change Leadership Experience at St. John’s University.

To register for the conference, click on the registration button below.


If you are planning to send 10 or more students, please reach out to our leadership at circleofchangeleadconference@gmail.com!


Reyna Harvey, UC Riverside
2015 Circle of Change Alumni

Bo, California State University, Los Angeles
2017 Circle of Change Alumni

Raqueal Toran, Ohio State University
2017 Circle of Change Alumni