Superpowers Student Leadership Conference
This leadership development mini-conference takes place early in the winter term and features programming designed to help students understand their key strengths and plan how to apply them for their own benefit as well as that of their communities.
Every student who registers for and attends SUPERPOWERS is entered in a draw to win a leadership advancement grant: a fund of $500 plus the cost of registration to go towards helping the winner attend a Canadian conference that contributes directly to their leadership development. The conference is selected in consultation between the Student Experience Office and the winner. Additional funding to support travel, accommodations and other costs of the conference may be available through the application-based Student Innovation Fund and the Memorial University of Newfoundland Student Union (MUNSU) Individual Merit Fund.
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 Memorial 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.