Ulife Lead Summer Conference

Ulife Lead Summer Conference

Are you a leader for a student group or society at UTM? Are you looking to enhance your leadership skills, learn more about ways you can elevate your group activities, and meet other student leaders from UTM and St. George? 

The Ulife Lead Summer Conference is open to anyone who holds a leadership position within a student group, academic society, or student society. Review and choose the sessions that interest you the most by completing the forms below. 

To Receive CCR recognition, you must participate in AT LEAST FOUR of the sessions below, including the Keynote Address.


Benefits of Participating:

  • Learn about inclusive ways to build your team
  • Enhance your understanding of leadership and explore various leadership philosophies 
  • Learn about the ways you can facilitate events through virtual platforms
  • Meet other students leaders and build your network
  • Get CCR recognition 
  • Be entered for your chance to win prizes
Session Date Session Name Session Time
Wednesday, July 28 Keynote Address with Dr. Stephanie Muehlethaler* 10:00 am - 11:35 am
Thursday, July 29 Building Your Team 10:00 am -11:30 am
Thursday, July 29 Marketing Your Group 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Wednesday, August 4 Leadership & You 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday, August 5 Ulife Services & Resources 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Thursday, August 5 Developing Online Communities 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

*All participants are highly encouraged to attend the July 28 Keynote Address. 


Wednesday, July 28

10 am - 11:35 am

Keynote Address with Dr. Stephanie Muehlethaler

The Keynote address is our opening event for the Ulife Lead Summer Conference. Special guest, Dr. Stephanie Muehlethaler, will be leading a session.

    Please note: Participation in the Keynote Address is mandatory in order to receive CCR recognition.

    Session Information What you will need & access:

    Curious about how to carve out more happiness in your role as a student leader? Thinking about identifying and living your values? Looking to connect with other club leaders across U of T's tri-campuses? Join club leaders from UTSG, UTM, and UTSC for a morning of inspiration, values and leadership discussions, collaboration, and club community! 

    • Please have something to record your thoughts with.
    • This workshop requires access to the internet for an uninterrupted hour of time although a call-in number will also be provided for a less participatory option.
    • You can request the slides ahead of time (or after) to support your participation and/or learning.
    • The workshop will be presented in English with English and closed captioning available. There is also a translation function for the comments. 


    Thursday, July 29

    10 am - 11:30 am

    Building Your Team

    Session Information Session Goals
    This session will help you navigate the ins-and-outs of team development. Want to learn ways to better connect with your team? Or how to manage a group of your peers? This session will include a lot of information that will not only enhance your team activities but ensure the safety and well-being of your group members.
    • Participants will be able to reference the stages of team development.
    • Students will demonstrate their understanding of the importance of utilizing inclusive and universal design principles, ensuring events and activities are accessible for all abilities, and learning more about program design skills to enhance organization programming.
    • Students will practice conflict mediation techniques like active listening and bringing up a concern, strengthening their ability to effectively manage a team
    • Students will be able to express their appreciation to team members to show gratitude.
    • Students will plan an effective team-building opportunity for their members to engage them with the group activities and enhance the group dynamics


    Thursday, July 29

    11:30 am - 12:15 pm

    Marketing Your Group

    Session Information Session Goals
    The Marketing Your Group session will explore various ways student groups can use social media to promote events and programs. As student group leaders look for ways to attract new members, this session will look at ways to better promote your event to students! Session goals coming soon!


    Wednesday, August 4

    10 am - 11:30 am

    Leadership & You

    Session Information Session Goals
    The Leadership & You session is an opportunity to learn more about different leadership styles, and reflect on what style works best for YOU! You will be able to learn more about the different styles, and see where you fit in. Covering values and leadership philosophies, you will be able to enhance the way you lead your team!
    • Students will understand how they envision leadership and how to connect their leadership style(s) to their philosophy.
    • Students will understand the importance of transformational leadership.
    • Students will understand how their values are unique to them as well as how their experiences, perspectives, and goals are shaped by their values.
    • Students will be able to reflect on their own leadership style and develop ways to enhance their group initiatives by utilizing these skills.



    Thursday, August 5

    10 am - 10:30 am

    Ulife Services & Resources

    Session Information Session Goals
    The Ulife Services & Resources session provides all the basic information necessary to be a successful UTM student group. Some of the goals of the session are listed below:
    • Learn about the services and resources available to your group to ensure a successful year.
    • Learn about the policies, guidelines, procedures, and responsibilities of all student group leaders.
    • Learn about the difference between UTMSU recognition and Ulife recognition, and the services available to your group once you are recognized by both.



    Thursday, August 5

    10:30 am - 12 pm

    Developing Online Communities

    Session Information Session Goals
    With an ever-changing virtual world, there are ways to continue adapting your programming to meet the needs of your students. This session will ensure you are better prepared to facilitate and promote your events using online platforms.
    • Students will be able to navigate the use of three different online programming tools to engage with their members
    • Students will be able to identify ways to promote and develop online outreach activities and events.



    For any questions or if you run into any issues, please contact studentgroups.utm@utoronto.ca