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The 2019 Student Global Leadership Conference Committee is seeking proposals for breakout sessions.



SGLC is a premier educational event and student destination for undergraduate and graduate students from the US, UK, and around the world. The conference will happen on April 5 - 7, 2019 in South Kensington, London.

Building on previous conference themes of social justice, diversity, and inclusivity, our fourth SGLC focuses on leadership and sustainability. 


‘Leadership for a Sustainable Future: It Starts With Us’

Great leaders are not just compelling in the present, but have foresight to account for and guide into an uncharted future. Emerging global leaders must think beyond short-term gains and build sustainable communities, policies, practices, and organizations which support our planet, people, and global prosperity.

FIE’s fourth Student Global Leadership Conference will challenge and empower leaders to find opportunities, make positive impacts, and pursue a leadership practice which considers holistic effectiveness, and in return, build a better tomorrow for everyone. Our actions in the present will lead us to a thriving future. It Starts With Us.


The conference will be open to:

  • UK or European university students
  • FIE students
  • non-FIE study abroad students in London
  • non-FIE study abroad students in Dublin
  • students currently enrolled at US Universities
  • students currently enrolled in international Universities 
  • professionals in the field of higher education
  • professionals in the field of study abroad

Workshops and Breakout Sessions should be designed to target this audience.


Breakout sessions should be hands-on, interactive, passionate, and engaging and enhance understanding of the conference’s theme. We would especially welcome the opportunity to have breakout sessions based on original research and/or paper and to hear unique stories and experiences.

Each session will be allotted 60 minutes, with significant portions of that time dedicated to the interaction between the students and the presenter and ample time for student questions. For example, a session could be broken into 10 minutes for an introduction, two 15-minute presenter-led and/or group activities, 10 minutes for closing comments, and 10 minutes for student questions.

Presenters should plan to include tangible takeaway tools or practical examples as part of the session. For example, a small tool-kit booklet for each participant which the presenters brought with them; a personalized bulleted list each participant developed as part of the session’s activities; a hand-out completed during the session; etc.

Possible topic themes include (but are not limited to):

  • Building sustainable communities / policies / practices
  • Leadership in supporting our planet, people, and global prosperity
  • Leadership and understanding the interconnections of systems
  • Leadership, thinking globally and toward the future
  • Leadership and protecting nature and people
  • Leadership and transforming business as usual
  • Leadership and leading by example in your actions
  • Environmental/sustainable leadership


We are seeking a broad range of presenters who can provide a rich exploration of the conference’s theme through original research, unique stories and experiences. We will consider seasoned student leadership specialists, leadership scholars, and professionals with experience in leadership. We would also like to welcome current and former student leaders who may not yet have had an opportunity to present at a conference before.

As a student, is there any support for developing my session?

Students who are interested in presenting at the conference and would like to further develop their conference presentation skills can apply to our mentorship programme, which will assist students in delivering a successful and meaningful session. Please complete a registration form and mark the appropriate box.



The deadline for the proposal form is Thursday January 31, 2019. We aim to confirm all presenters by February 2019.

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