2014 ISLC Theme & Speakers
This year's theme is: “Know your story. Lead with Passion.”
How can you inspire others to join your cause if they do not know who you are and what you believe in?
So, what are you passionate about? What inspires you? What is your story?
Think of your strengths and what drives you or motivates you. Your passion is how you leave your mark in life. It’s how you become remembered. It’s how you become a leader.
Passions, like stories, are meant to be shared. They are meant to inform others what you live for, what motivates you to be driven and committed toward a particular issue or cause. Furthermore, as a result of sharing them, you will find other individuals with similar passions as yours. Your story and passion are what will compel others to follow you.
Don’t worry if you cannot identify your passion, or you feel like you have too many passions, as we will explore these concepts further in small and larger group activities. During the many fun and interactive workshops, offered throughout the conference, you will be given the opportunity to listen to others’ passions, as well as share your story and become a more passionate and inspiring leader. The conference will only be the beginning of your story telling journey across cultures as you will be able to develop these new skills back on your campus or wherever life takes you next.
Due to the nature of the activities we urge everyone to be present on both Friday night and Saturday.
This year’s keynote speaker, Sahil Dhingra, comes to us from Canada. He is a Law Graduate from the University of British Columbia, and is currently living his dream of being a Professional Speaker. Sahil is a trained and award-winning public speaker through Toastmasters International. He recently presented his first TED talk earlier this summer, and has presented his interactive workshops and keynotes at over 40 events across Canada since September 2012.
Sahil has a wealth of leadership and community development experiences, including: participating in the NextUp youth leadership program co-hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, doing international development work in the Himalayas of Northern India, building a successful English Conversation Program at the University of Toronto International Student Centre, sitting on the UBC Olympics Steering committee and coordinating student engagement in Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Games
Sahil is very much looking forward to ISLC to create a welcoming space for participants to vision and create, speak vulnerably, reflect, and support one another to feel empowered going forward.
To learn more about Sahil and how "ordinary people can do extraordinary things," make sure to explore his website: the Potentialists
Salorne McDonald has agreed to serve as advisor to the ISLC Committee, and as the moderator of the Conference. Many of you remember Salorne as the 2006 keynote speaker from Trinidad and Tobago who was kind enough to return in 2007 to lead Friday night activities and a workshop. With Salorne acting as advisor and moderator, we anticipate increased conference cohesion and energy.
Salorne was born in the rural eastern part of the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. During his formative years Salorne was involved in youth clubs, debating competitions, and school student councils, which provided rich training for his current work, and helped to develop his gift of gab. Ardent work with the youth of his own nation and others around the world has given him an uncommon understanding of the life and development issues that young people face globally. Becoming involved in HIV and AIDS peer education sparked a special passion with Salorne, whose current position is the Regional Behavior Change Communication Manager with PSI/SFH in Trinidad. Salorne also works with the local YMCA and Trinidad Youth Council, providing education and leadership training to youth in his nation and abroad. A specialist in working with particularly vulnerable populations, he continues to aid in policy development as well as project planning and execution.