We are proudly representing Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Nashville, Tennessee at the National Leadership Conference! We arrived at the Gaylord Opryland Conference Center today and attended the Opening Session together. This exciting first event included a parade of officers, awards on behalf of the March of Dimes, campaign speeches for national officer positions, and an inspiring keynote speaker named Johan Khalilian. Johan is an actor and speaker who has appeared on the Today Show, Fox News in the Morning, etc. He challenged us not to let our circumstances or where we come from define us. With more than just a simple pep-talk or a speech full of shallow tag-lines regarding this year’s theme of “excellence,” Johan’s words for us were intended to motivate us to be the people we want to be, regardless of outside pressures or the circumstances from which we come. I’ve had a good time at the conference so far and can’t wait to see what else is in store for me.