April 15: Lead Now! Youth Leadership Conference

Event Details

Date: April 14, 2014

Times: 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Elmen Center

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, two-time WNBA champion Olympia Scott, leadership coach Rich Chapman, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, and Click Rain founder Paul Ten Haken will teach hundreds of South Dakota students about the power of positive leadership at the 2014 Lead Now! Youth Leadership Conference on Tuesday, April 15, in the Elmen Center on the Augustana campus. 

"The 2014 Lead Now! Youth Leadership Conference will encourage and equip students across the state so they can become leaders in their classroom and community,” said Rep. Noem. “We have brought together a dynamic lineup of speakers who have compelling stories and are looking to grow those around them. I am hopeful this will be an exciting, uplifting event that will inspire South Dakota’s next generation of leaders to Lead Now.”

The event is exclusively for South Dakota high school students and runs from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

2014 Lead Now! Youth Leadership Conference Speakers

  • United States Representative Aaron Schock
    Congressman Aaron Schock (R) has represented the 18th district of Illinois in the US House of Representatives since 2009. Elected at age 27, Rep. Schock was the youngest member of Congress for the first 4 years of his service in the House. Schock was elected to serve on his local school board at age 19 and, by 23, was elected as an Illinois State Representative.
  • Olympia Scott
    Olympia Scott is the first woman in history to win Women’s National Basketball Association Championships with two different teams, in 2005 with the Sacramento Monarchs and, in 2007, with the Phoenix Mercury. Today, Olympia is the President and CEO of Super Parenting LLC, a motivational speaker, published author, life and fitness coach, wife and proud mother.
  • Rich Chapman
    Rich Chapman, a 1977 graduate of Augustana, has had a remarkably successful career and is now an inspirational teacher for organizational leaders. While at Augustana, he was an NCAA Division II All-American basketball player and, in 2003, was named to the NCAA Silver Anniversary All-America Basketball Team. Chapman recently co-wrote “All-Pro Wisdom: The 7 Choices That Lead to Greatness” with NFL Man of the Year and former Minnesota Viking Matt Birk.
  • United States Representative Tammy Duckworth – via video
    Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D) has represented the 8th district of Illinois in the US House of Representatives since 2012. While Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Duckworth led an initiative to end homelessness among Veterans and also worked to address the unique challenges that Native American and female Veterans face. As a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot who lost her legs in action in Iraq, and one of only two members of Congress to use a wheelchair, she led the U.S. delegation to the Paralympics in March.
  • Paul Ten Haken
    The founder of Click Rain, its President and Chief Online Strategist, Paul Ten Haken is one of the region's leading authorities regarding online and digital marketing strategies, and was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 25 Emerging Entrepreneurs. Ten Haken sits on a number of boards and committees and is the proud founder of the Dispatch Project, an organization dedicated to providing overseas service opportunities to business people. He recently wrote the children's book, "I Can Work on the Internet."