2024 Conference

Tuesday, October 29, 2024

The 2024 Michigan Pre-College and Youth Outreach 16th Annual Conference will be taking place in-person and livestreamed on October 29, 2024 at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI!

Welcome to the Conference

The 2024 conference will take place at the University of Michigan Student Union. Please park at the Maynard Parking Structure and follow the PCC signs to the Student Union. The conference will occur on Tuesday, October 29, from 8:00 to 4:30 PM. A hot breakfast will be served at 8:00 AM with welcome remarks. The first session of speakers will begin at 9:00 AM, followed by the Keynote Speaker at 10:10 AM. At the conference, the check-in desk will open at 8:00 AM and remain open throughout the event for any assistance or queries you may have.

The conference Steering Committee comprises 13 different educational institutions and organizations around the state of Michigan, with the University of Michigan serving as this year’s location host.

Keynote Speaker

  • Greg Harden, M.S.W.

    is a life coach, motivational speaker, and executive consultant

     

    GREG HARDEN HAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN MY LIFE. -TOM BRADY, 7-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION QB, 5-TIME SUPER BOWL MVP 

    Greg Harden, M.S.W., is a life coach, motivational speaker, and executive consultant who is best known for his work with 7-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady, Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard, and 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.  Harden began work as a student-athlete counselor in 1986 when Michigan’s legendary football coach Bo Schembechler brought him in after hearing of the work Harden was doing in the local community, helping people deal with the challenges of everyday life and work as a clinical therapist.  He meets with hundreds of athletes yearly, including some of the greatest athletes and coaches of all time in their respective sports, like Jalen Rose, Olympians Emily Brunemann, Jeff Porter, and Olympic legend Michael Phelps. Michael Phelps’ swimming coach, Bob Bowman, credits Harden for helping him to communicate better with Phelps.  Bowman said of Harden:  “He’s a miracle worker. He made me a better coach and a better person.” Besides sports, Harden has provided performance coaching to corporate executives and community leaders.  He has trained hundreds of managers and administrators on ‘managing troubled employees’. Harden has this phrase framed on his office desk: “Control the controllables.”  It’s no use railing against the system or circumstance, Harden says. You can only change what’s within. How you control your emotions, reactions and responses to systems and circumstances is what you must master first. “My real obsession is to convince individuals that they have to determine for themselves what sort of man they are and what sort of woman they want to be. The goal is to make people experts on themselves.”

Become a Sponsor

Make your commitment to enhancing access to higher education well-known. We invite you to sponsor this year’s conference. We will host over 250 leaders from various higher education and community institutions across the state of Michigan and the nation.

To request an invoice to pay for sponsorship, please email Marissa Taylor (mnrivas@umich.edu) to have an invoice generated for you. If you or your organization have any questions, please contact Marissa Taylor (mnrivas@umich.edu) Thank you for your time and consideration.

  • FREE Registrations: six (6) regular
  • Verbal acknowledgment: verbal thank you before the Welcome & Keynote
  • Marketing materials: logo on the conference website, main conference presentation, thank you postcard in conference bags, and emails to attendees
  • FREE Full-page AD in conference roaming slide deck
  • 1 Vendor Table: Table, white linen, and 2 chairs
  • Optional: Send 275 materials and/or small promo items for the conference bags. All materials must be sent to U-M by October 4, 2024.
  • FREE Registrations: four (4) regular
  • Verbal acknowledgment: verbal thank you before the Welcome & Keynote
  • Marketing materials: logo on the conference website, main conference presentation, and emails to attendees
  • FREE Full-page AD in conference roaming slide deck
  • 1 Vendor Table: Table, white linen, and 2 chairs
  • Optional: Send 275 materials and/or small promo items for the conference bags. All materials must be sent to U-M by October 4, 2024.
  • FREE Registrations: four (4) regular and two (2) student 
  • Verbal acknowledgment: verbal thank you before the Welcome & Keynote
  • Marketing materials: logo on the conference website, main conference presentation, and emails to attendees
  • FREE Full-page AD in conference roaming slide deck
  • 1 Vendor Table: Table, white linen, and 2 chairs
  • Optional: Send 275 materials and/or small promo items for the conference bags. All materials must be sent to U-M by October 4, 2024.
  • Vendor Table + 1 FREE Registration (includes breakfast and lunch) – $275 
  • Add business to the conference’s “Things to do in Ann Arbor” web page $50
  • Flyers for Conference Attendee Bag$50
  • Promo Items for Conference Attendee BagFREE

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, October 29, 2024

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am Networking Breakfast
  • 8:45 – 9:00 am Welcome
  • 9:10 – 10:10 am Morning Sessions
  • 10:20 – 11:30 am Keynote Presentation
  • 11:40 – 12:40 pm Mid-Morning Sessions
  • 12:40 – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm Afternoon Sessions
  • 2:40 – 3:40 pm Late Afternoon Sessions
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm Closing Remarks

NOTE: all session blocks include 2 invited speakers and 5-6 proposal presentations as concurrent options for attendees

Monday Networking Reception

Conference admission also includes access to the optional Monday night networking reception on October 28 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. This event will consist of free food, drinks, live music, and networking opportunities with the conference Steering Committee and leaders from the University of Michigan. 

More details will be shared here shortly.

Steering Committee

  • Barry Hall II, Ed.D, Grand Valley State
  • Biyanka Gallo Michigan State
  • Blanca Echeverria U-M Ann Arbor
  • Brenda Castro-Ortiz U-M Ann Arbor
  • De’Janae Douglas, Ph.D. City of Dearborn
  • Doreen M. Odom College Prep Inter
  • Dulmini Barupala U-M Ann Arbor
  • Eli Pfaltzgraff, PhD U-M Ann Arbor
  • Eric Aiken U-M Ann Arbor
  • Erika A Carr Western Michigan
  • Genevieve Reside Grand Valley State
  • Gina Peter T2C Studio
  • Ivoree Griffin U-M Ann Arbor
  • Jay Meeks U-M Ann Arbor
  • Jessica Bilodeau Michigan State
  • Kari Wilson Bowling Green State
  • Kat Hauser Michigan Tech
  • Katrina Johnson Michigan State
  • Kim Lijana U-M Ann Arbor
  • LaMar Thompson-Hightower U-M Ann Arbor
  • Marissa Taylor U-M Ann Arbor
  • Mark Jackson Wayne State
  • Michael Neville U-M Ann Arbor
  • Sandra Lopez U-M Ann Arbor
  • Selena Cade Grand Valley State