Save the Date: Mark Leadership Conference

Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Mark Leadership Conference hosted by the department of Leadership & Experiential Learning is here to inspire action among students and encourage them to think critically about the “mark” they will leave on the world around them. This unique full-day conference experience will showcase 20+ diverse speakers that have made their mark on society and inspire attendees to take action in this TED—styled event. This year we have designed an intense, exhilarating, and influential conference curriculum just for you! Stay connected and follow us with the handle @markconference and the hashtag #MyMark.

Conference Time:
9:00AM (Registration)
9:45AM (Doors Open)
10:00AM – 6:30PM (Conference)

Ticket Information

Tickets for the 2019 Mark Conference will go on sale January 28, 2019. Visiting schools can email robyn.ginese@rutgers.edu for group booking rates.


Tickets for the 2019 Mark Conference will go on sale January 28, 2019.

Please click here for ticket sales. 

Any and all questions can be directed to the Leadership & Experiential Learning team at lead@echo.rutgers.edu.


The Mark Conference Planning team is dedicated to creating an open environment for all attendees and providing the necessary accommodations to individuals with disabilities and others special needs during the event. If you need any accommodations, please feel free to reach out to us at lead@echo.rutgers.edu.

Students seeking financial assistance to attend the Mark Leadership Conference are asked to fill out this form. If you are in need of financial assistance and have any questions, email lead@echo.rutgers.edu with the subject line: Mark Conference Financial Assistance.

Ticket Prices

The tickets to this conference are limited to approximately 500 total attendees to ensure that the conference experience is intimate and allows for networking with both speakers and fellow students. Please review the various ticket options below.

  If you are a regional institution interested in group ticket sales or a student in need of financial assistance, please contact the Department of Leadership & Experiential Learning at lead@echo.rutgers.edu.

Have a dietary restriction? We have crafted a lunch menu that meets any dietary restrictions; however, if you have any questions or concerns please contact us at lead@echo.rutgers.edu.

We are asking attendees to dress ‘casual chic’ for Saturday’s conference. No need to be formal, but be who you are, be comfortable and be confident.


Rutgers Students

Current Rutgers/Full-Time Students

Networking Opportunities
Speaker Sessions
Interactive Energizer Sessions
Raffle Ticket for Speaker Meet & Greet


Regional Institutions

Institution Student Leaders/Advisors

Networking Opportunities
Speaker Sessions
Interactive Energizer Sessions
Raffle Ticket for Speaker Meet & Greet


Visiting Students

Visiting Students

Networking Opportunities
Speaker Sessions
Interactive Energizer Sessions
Raffle Ticket for Speaker Meet & Greet

Interested in group ticket sales? We offer group ticket packages at $60 for 1-5 tickets,
$55 for 6-11 tickets, and $50 for 12+ tickets for regional institutions and visiting students.


Bryan Terrell Clark

Bryan Terrell Clark

Bryan Terrell Clark shares life-changing lessons from his career on Broadway and work in arts education and philanthropy to empower young people to leave their mark on the world more…

Toshia Shaw

Toshia Shaw was like an ordinary girl, until one night, her life completely changed. She was stopped in a parking lot outside of a club and later forced into sex slavery. more…

Jim Keady

Jim Keady

Jim Keady, theologian, activist, educator, and elected official, is the founding director of Educating for Justice, Inc. Jim has spoken across the United States more…

Chris Temple

From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple is an award-winning humanitarian more…

Jeremiah Josey

Jeremiah Josey

Pastry chef and published author of “Here’s What I Want You to Know”, Jeremiah Josey has accomplished great things at only nineteen years old. Undefeated by autism more…

Jim Donovan

Jim Donovan M.Ed., Leader of the band Sun King Warriors, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University, is an inspirational performer and educator more…

Kristina Wong

Kristina Wong was recently featured in the New York Times’ Off Color series “highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.” more…

Ken E. Nwadike, Jr.

Ken E. Nwadike, Jr., is a peace activist, motivational speaker, and video journalist known as the Free Hugs Guy online. Nwadike Jr is the founder of the Free Hugs Project more…

John Noltner

John Noltner has been telling stories with words and images for twenty years for national magazines, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, more…

John Bunn

John was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by his single mother. At age 14, John was charged with the murder and attempted murder of two NYC Correction Officers in Brooklyn in 1991. more…

Akbar Cook

Akbar Cook

Principal at West Side High School in Newark, NJ, Akbar Cook has worked to increase attendance and end violence within his community. more…

Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeneyis a Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor and founding partner of The Sweeney Group. As a top industry professional, more…

Monti Washington

Author and
Motivational Speaker

Patrice Banks

Former Auto Airhead and Founder of Girls Auto Clinic

Ms. Iana J. Daniels

US Army Active Duty Major


Kimberly A. Brown

Founder of ManifestYourself.com

Dan Parris & David Peterka

Traveling Documentarians

Clint Smith

Acclaimed Spoken Word Poet
Award-winning Educator

Griffin Matthews & Matt Gould

Creators of Invisible Thread

Stephanie Klemons

Award-Winning Broadway Performer &
Choreographer from Hamilton

Nyle DiMarco

Winner of America’s Next Top Model &
Disability Rights Activist

Lexi & Alyse Scaffidi

Creators of BiteSizedFitness & The Body Confident
VS Fashion Show

Rowaida Abdelaziz

Journalist at Huffpost

Josh Rossi

Commercial Photographer and Viral Philanthropist

Fraidy Reiss

Founder and Executive Director of
Unchained at Last

Tamika D. Mallory

National Co-chair for the Women’s March

Angelo Pinto

Senior Attorney

Ignite Speakers

Interested in being a 2019 Ignite Speaker?
Follow Mark Leadership Conference on social media for updates!

Laura Zottarelli

Laura Zottarelli

Nainika Paul

Thalia Contreras


Husein Jauhari

Angelica Flores-Valencia

Allysa Kemraj


Alex Rosado-Torres

Farah Elattar


Christie Schweighardt


 Mark Insights

Mark Captains: Planning Team

Emily Woods


Gali Zaborowski

Public Relations

Kate O’Keeffe

Digital Public Relations

Bridget Zarych

Conference Experience

Alyssa Rivers

Speaker Logistics

Stefan Luong

Conference Logistics

Steven Hayes


Jenna Kim

Conference Experience

Monique Klitbo

Human Resources & Sponsorships

If you are interested in partnering with the 2019 Mark Leadership Conference as a sponsor, email Lead@echo.rutgers.edu for more information.



Livingston Student Center
84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway NJ 08854

If you are a visitor who needs to park (and do not have a Rutgers permit), we have reserved lots 105, 112, Green & Yellow near the Livingston Student Center (LSC), for the event.

Non-Rutgers attendees and speakers can park in this lot on the day of the conference without a permit. Please note, current Rutgers students must park in their permitted lot. View the weekend bus schedule here.

Contact Us

This conference is an initiative of the Leadership and Experiential Learning Department of the division of Student Affairs. Contact the department at (848) 932-4093, lead@echo.rutgers.edu.