Students: Attend leadership conference Feb. 11

February 6, 2017 | UToday
By Staff

Frank Kitchen, “the life and leadership connoisseur,” will visit The University of Toledo to give the keynote talk at a conference titled “Next Generation Leadership” Saturday, Feb. 11.

The free event for UT students will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Field House.



“I educate, elevate and empower everyone to live fresh by challenging people to be difference-makers and life-changers who create positive and productive environments others want to be a part of,” Kitchen said.

He does this by sharing his own story, that of a husband, father, entrepreneur, professional speaker and author. Over the years, Kitchen has held several jobs: children’s birthday party entertainer; toy store manager; actor; model; comedian; author; exhibit guide, trail host and train driver at the Phoenix Zoo; and student activities assistant director, diversity director and orientation director at Lakeland Community College in Florida.

“Every occupation provided me with the leadership opportunities that impacted my life and the lives of the people I worked with in positive ways,” he said.

Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, encouraged students to attend the conference to hear Kitchen.

“Frank Kitchen’s presentations are inspirational and uplifting,” Cockrell said. “He motivates everyone to be the best he or she can be, and that’s something we want for all students at the University. Our ultimate goal is to provide our students with leadership training that will aid them in their personal and professional endeavors.”

The conference also will feature speakers from the University and community. Topics will include cultural competency and leadership, and leveraging leadership on LinkedIn.

Students can register on OrgSync: Space is limited.

For more information, contact or call 419.530.4944.

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