September 22, 23 & 24 | 2020 Virtual Student Leadership Retreat


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What to expect

Open to all Maricopa students, the 2020 Virtual Student Leadership Retreat, featuring keynote speaker Abby Wambach, will be filled with dynamic content. This free event will have an exciting array of sessions and workshops to hone your leadership skills and help you network with your peers and experts in leadership.

Hosted by Maricopa Community Colleges, Central Arizona College, and Coconino Community College, this year’s event runs September 22 - 24 and will explore vital topics like:

  • Leadership
  • Change
  • Social Justice
  • Civic Engagement


World Cup Hero and Activist Abby Wambach to Keynote

Are you ready to learn the secrets of effective leadership? The upcoming Virtual Student Leadership Retreat is adapting to the times and going virtual but will be as dynamic and insightful as ever. This year features an exciting keynote speaker, activist and former U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach! Abby was one of the national team’s key leaders on its road to international success.

A World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Abbey has proven herself to be an effective leader and will share her insights on leadership, equality, and inclusion.

About the keynote speaker

Abby Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup Champion. She is second all-time in goals scored in International competition and her ability to lead her American teammates was a key to the USA’s success for over a decade. She was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. An activist for equality and inclusion, Abby is the author of the New York Times bestsellers; Forward: A Memoir and WOLFPACK, released in April 2019. She is co-founder of Wolfpack Endeavor, a company that is partnering with organizations to champion women in the workplace and the world.




Tuesday, September 22, 2020

9:45 AM - Kickoff & Introductions | Jen Sydow and Mike Greene

10:00 AM - Screening: The Personal Statement Film - This Emmy nominated documentary will help you prepare for the afternoon’s workshop on how to write your personal statement.

2:00 PM - Where Do You Belong? | Dr. Belinda Ramos and Dr. Yvonne Reineke | Learn how to draft a strong personal statement to send it out as a part of your scholarship applications. Let strangers know you’re amazing and that YOU BELONG!

4:00 PM  - Guest Leader Panel #1

Call to Action/Service

Reflection Activity (Flipgrid)



Wednesday, September 23, 2020

2:00 PM - Social Justice and Sustainability | Rowdy Duncan

Get a sense of where you want to make a difference with your service and activism and look at social justice as a form of social sustainability! It’s time to make a difference by embracing change that does no harm or violence to Life, our Earth, local ecosystems, or our environment.


Thursday, September 24, 2020

9:00 AM - Civic Engagement: What Is It & Why Should I Care? | Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo

People think that Civic Engagement is all about voting, but it encompasses a wide range of activities and interests. Join this discussion about how you can reach your full civic engagement potential and positively impact your community!

2:00 PM - Workshop

4:00 PM - Abby Wambach, Keynote

Not Live: Call to Action/Service

Reflection Activity (Flipgrid)


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