SUPERPOWERS Student Leadership Conference

Register now! SUPERPOWERS: Memorial's Strengths-Based Student Leadership Conference is taking place on Saturday, January 11, 12:00pm-5:00pm, and is open to all students.

  • Learn from keynote speaker, Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi, Dermatologist, Author, TEDx Speaker, and Assistant Professor (Medicine)
  • Get inspired by a group of young entrepreneurs and start-up leaders in a dynamic panel/Q&A session, "Learn to Lead like an Entrepreneur"
  • Discover your SUPERPOWERS by completing a StrengthsFinder assessment, and uncovering the power of your strengths through a facilitated StrengthsFinder session (beginner and advanced workshop options)
  • Use your powers for good and discover how you can unlock your unique skills to lead others (in your next team meeting, group project, or club/society meet-up), in "How to Run a Meeting like a Boss!", a workshop by FreeForm Events.

This conference is free for all Memorial students & alumni. Lunch, refreshments, and StrengthsFinder assessment tool provided free for all participants.

This conference has limited capacity. Reserve your spot & register now!

Conference Schedule

11:45amRegistration & Lunch
Check in, grab a nametag & schedule, and enjoy complimentary lunch sponsored by Subway!
Med School Lobby
12:30pmUniversity Welcome & Conference Framing
Dr. Donna Hardy-Cox, Associate Vice-President (Academic) Students
Jen Crowe, Student Leadership Development Coordinator
12:40pm“Leaders are Made Not Born: Taking the Leap into Leadership”
Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi, Dermatologist, Assistant Professor, TEDxStJohns speaker, and Author (New York Times, Huffington Post, Globe and Mail).
1:30pmUncover & Lead with Your Strengths!
Beginner and Advanced StrengthsFinder Sessions
All conference delegates receive a free Clifton StrengthsFinder Code. Those who haven’t previously attended a StrengthsFinder session should attend the “beginner” session.
1M101 (beginner)
2:30pmCoffee break & transition
Grab a coffee & snack, and head to the next session!
Med School Lobby
2:50pm“How to Lead Like an Entrepreneur” Panel
Billy Barnes, CEO, Tutum Digital Marketing
Chelsey MacNeil, Director, Education, Employment and Social Enterprise, Choices for Youth
Nasir Muhammad, Co-founder and CEO, Curry Delight
3:50pm“How to Run a Meeting Like a Boss”
Mica McCurdy and Anna Smith, Co-founders, Freeform Events
4:50pmClosing remarks
Jennifer Browne, Director, Student Life


What are your strengths? How can you best achieve your goals?

SUPERPOWERS is all about understanding and unlocking those unique combinations of talents that make us who we are. Learn more about your special combination of talents and how you might leverage them for success – whatever that looks like for you.

Everyone who attends SUPERPOWERS will get free access to the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment, a (normally paid) self-assessment of your unique strengths. You'll learn more about what those strengths mean and how to use them. You'll also hear from key members of the community on how they think about and use their own strengths to achieve their goals.

2018 Speakers & Sessions

Memorial alum turned St. John’s City Councillors, Ian Froude and Maggie Burton spoke about their diverse backgrounds (engineering and music, respectively) and dynamic careers rooted in community engagement, education and leadership.

Students participated in a workshop on identifying and using their strengths through Gallup StrengthsFinder, a renowned self-assessment that helps users to understand the unique combination of talents that they possess. This assessment normally costs $20 USD, but students participating in SUPERPOWERS receive it for free!

Community leaders and members of the Memorial community present concurrent sessions in the afternoon focusing on different approaches to developing and using strengths. Speakers included Josh Smee, Ailsa Craig, Lynn Walsh and Katie Noseworthy. 

Director of Student Life Jennie Massey facilitated a capstone session  helping participants reflect on what they learned and practiced at SUPERPOWERS and how those lessons will help them lead throughout their academic, professional and personal lives.

SUPERPOWERS is proudly sponsored by:


Student Life

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000