Omicron Delta Kappa sponsors a variety of leadership development conference and workshops. Throughout our organization’s history, we have held biennial conventions. The move to annual conferences was to begin in 2020; however, in light of the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 National Leadership Conference has been canceled. When conferences are held, collegiate and other members from across country join for three days of meetings, presentations from major speakers, circle workshops, and social activities.
The 2018 convention, the 50th in O∆K’s history, was held in Nashville, Tennessee on the campus of Belmont University. The speakers for the 2018 convention included Tom Bowen (back by popular demand from the 2016 convention; University of Memphis Circle and Athletics Director), Nancy Hunter Denney (Grand Valley State University Circle and Executive Director of Lead365), Janis Hirsch (Rollins College Circle and television comedy writer and producer), Kevin Kruger (University of Maryland, College Park Circle and President of NASPA), Eric Motley (Samford University Circle and Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute), Corey Seemiller (Wright State University Circle and author of Generation Z Goes to College), and Jamie Washington (University of Maryland, Baltimore County Circle and CEO of the Washington Consulting Group).
The videos of the 2016 featured speakers including Tom Bowen, motivational speaker Ann Marie Klotz (Grand Valley State University Circle), and Miss South Carolina 2011 Bree Boyce (Francis Marion University Circle) are still available as is the video of then Hope College’s President John Knapp’s (Samford University Circle) presentation on “Thinking in the Round” and Derreck Kayongo’s (East Carolina University Circle) inspirational opening keynote address. The videos of the 2014 comments from Congressman John Yarmuth (University of Louisville Circle), Author Steven Fulmer, Coach Mike London (University of Richmond Circle), Teach For America’s Chante Chambers, and The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Mike Riley (Wake Forest University Circle) are also still available.