​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Leadership Development Opportunities ​

Offices Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development offers leadership training opportunities throughout the academic year. 

Fall Leadersh​ip Retre​at

Commitment Form available h​ere​​​

Annually, upperclassmen returning for the fall semester are invited to pre-register & participate in the annual fall leadership retreat. The incoming first-year students are recruited during summer registrations. There is limited availability and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. The retreat is sponsored by the Offices of Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development & co-funded by Student Government Association (SGA) & Student Activities Board (SAB).

The retreat offers students opportunities to network, enhance existing leadership skills & develop new skills that will catalyze current & future leadership roles. 

There is no fee to participate. Pre-registration is required. Please have a valid UF I.D. available when registering for the retreat. 
The Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development offices are located in the Alumni Memorial Union #8A.
Fall Leadership Presenter Tom Krieglstein

Retreat Details



September 9-11, 2022


TBA (Yes we have a location)


Weekend (out of state!!) away from campus, working with experts who have designed a leadership program tailored to UF's campus community.

Presentation​: Dance Floor Theory©​: Leadership Lessons for Today's World


Since 2004, Tom has trained over half a million leaders around the US and the world including England, South Korea, Indonesia, and Bermuda on how to build a Culture of Connection within their organization.​Tom has trained leaders at some of the largest companies in the world such as Coca Cola, Pfizer, and University of Wisconsin. Through his speaking, he holds an unprecedented 7 National Speaking Titles from APCA. He is a TEDx speaker, Guinness World Record holder, and he sat on the board of the NYC Entrepreneurs’ Organization for 5 years.​ In his “free time” Tom trains and leads Forums for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, is an Executive Accountability Coach for business owners, and he co-authored the Amazon.com Award winning book, “First Year Student To First Year Success.”And on a personal note, Tom lives in New York City, is an avid runner, was named after a cat, and loves peanut butter.​


Your student activity fee covers cost of participation.

  • All meals/snacks
  • Venue rental space
  • All breakout conference sessions 
  • Keynote speaker's fees
  • All conference materials
  • Hotel
**There is a cancellation fee if one registers & then cancels. 

How to Commit: 

Commitment Forms may be picked up in the Office of Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development Hallway or AMU 8A summer 2022.

A printable PDF of the form is also available here​​. Please complete and return to the office. 

Registration Deadline: 

Thursday, May 5, 2022


I'm a non-traditional student. Should I go? YES!

Any student who pays the UF student activity fee may go on the retreat. There are opportunities to network & engage with other students both new and those who are actively involved on campus.


I'm a new student. Why should I attend?

This is a PERFECT OPPORTUNITY for you to meet students who WANT to MEET YOU!!! The returning students attending this retreat are invested and active students on campus. They will be able to answer your questions, introduce you to other students on the retreat and around campus. When you finish the weekend you will have new friends, contacts and connections!


I'm an international student. Should I go? YES!

In the past, international students who have attended have provided feedback that the retreat has helped in building their language confidence and has better connected them to the campus community through networking opportunities. 


I've been before, why should I attend again? YES!

Every year is different with new faces, new experiences, and a different theme tied to leadership & new opportunities for growth​.

T.O.O.L. Leadership Development Series


Training Oilers & Organizatios in Leadership Development is a workshop series that Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development, in collaboration with Student Government Association & Student Activities Board, co-host each academic year. 

The Purpose of T.O.O.L. Development Workshop Series:

  • Provide networking opportunities between peers & national/international speakers
  • Provide opportunities for students to expand their leadership skillsets
  • ​Empower students to develop an understanding of what is expected of leaders 

How T.O.O.L. Development Workshop Series Works:

  • All UF students, faculty & staff are invited to attend
  • There is no fee nor pre-registration required
  • A different leadership topic will be covered each session
  • Students attending all T.O.O.L. programs will receive a certificate for portfolios that demonstrates the individual's commitment to personal leadership growth & empowerment beyond the required classes to graduate
2022-2023 Schedule

Eric Smith​

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
WTS-TLB Auditorium 7:30 p.m.
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Eric Smith is a nationally acclaimed financial literacy presenter with the expertise needed to teach you how to succeed financially. Eric’s resume is unlike anyone else you will meet. Eric was the first ever financial literacy speaker on the NCAA’s national Speaker Registry. Eric has shared his financial education programs with over 200,000 college students and over 20,000 middle and high school students since 2011. He has also been an invited presenter at 27 NFL rookie camps, has been hired twice by the NBA to teach money skills to all of their G League players and presented at the NBA Draft Program. Eric currently has the highest reviewed in person financial education program ever created for college students. Eric's passion is helping to empower, educate and inspire everyone he meets how to make the most of their financial opportunities.

Patty Accorso 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
WTS-TLB Auditorium 7:30 p.m.
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Patty Accorso is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology specialist, motivational speaker, team building coordinator, training facilitator, and producer. She incorporates her entertainment production and performing skills with extensive knowledge of personal and corporate health in her consultations, workshops, and lectures. Her focus is on leadership development, training and improving the overall health of an organization as well as improving one’s personal physical and mental health to stabilize a healthy work/life balance.

Patty’s Master's degree aligns perfectly with her experience in team building, the world of professional entertainment, her passion for positivity, health, and exploring ways to open new pathways for diversity and inclusion.

Patty has had the honor of working for several large corporations: Walt Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios in the capacities of: entertainer, stage manager, trainer, consultant, and coordinator.

Patty is also a licensed healthcare practitioner who has worked in cooperation with chiropractors, doctors, nutritionists, and several other integrated health organizations.

As a multi-award-winning producer, director, choreographer, speaker, and actress for live events, workshops, training programs, and video productions, Patty enjoys working with her clients in an interactive way that encourages, celebrates and catalyzes her clients as they explore, discover and grow their talents in the classroom, on stage and in the work place.

Heather Miller

Tuesday, February 7, 2022
WTS-TLB Auditorium 7:30 p.m.
From growing up in an abusive, drug dealing home on welfare to serving impoverished children in Africa, touring the country as an indie-pop duo, or partnering with her husband, director of Brave Enough Artist Agency, Heather has embraced a healed heart, and teaches others the tools to move beyond their own limitations.  Heather is not only a vulnerable, compelling speaker, but she creates a safe place for your students to interact and reflect, identify and take action steps to improve their lives. She helps students jump on the fast track for emotional intelligence, empowering them to become healthy and confident leaders who can in turn foster a powerful and exciting campus culture.​ 

Joshua Fredenburg

Tuesday, March 28, 2022
WTS-TLB Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

Questions? Comments? 
Call: 419-434-4606 (ext.4606 on campus) 
Email: [email protected] ​
Visit us in Office 8A located in t​he Alumni Memorial Union​​