UBC’s Student Leadership Conference 2014

by Nene Azu, Nishat Tasnim and Alviss Luu | February 19, 2014

Nene Azu International Scholar 

Name: Nene Azu
Home: Cape Coast, Ghana
Program: Bachelor of Science, Major in Economics

Nene Azu is an energetic and enthusiastic first-year International Scholar on UBC’s Okanagan campus. He recently had the opportunity to travel to UBC’s Vancouver campus to attend the Student Leadership Conference, UBC’s largest student-run conference, inspiring and empowering delegates to take ownership of their experience at UBC. Here’s what Nene had to say about the conference and how the experience shaped his worldview and career aspirations.

“The Student Leadership Conference was inspiring”: Nene Azu

“The event started off with a performance by the hip-hop band Class Act, who astounded the audience with rap and freestyles on any topic the crowd pleased. This was one of my favourite aspects of the day. It reminded me that UBC is a place that fosters passionate individuals and supports all their creative endeavours. The MCs then officially welcomed us followed closely by the opening remarks, an honest speech from the former CEO of Jones Soda, Peter van Stolk, about taking initiatives despite repeated failures. He was down to earth and passionate about making it in today’s competitive economy despite hitting rock bottom several times then resurfacing each time thanks to his his “look-up” theory. His speech was by far the best and most inspiring of the day.

During the day I journeyed from session to session and was awestruck by the breadth of the Vancouver campus. In these sessions, I gained a lot of insight into entrepreneurial experience and leadership. For instance, I learned from the maker of SIP soda about the challenges of marketing soft drinks while making them nutritionally healthier. That is my idea of a true a win-win scenario: resolving a societal problem and earning revenue from that. The Strength-Finder program, held during lunch, helped me realize my dominant abilities and how I can focus on developing them. I attended other sessions on the use of social media to create positive social change and reflected on the best skills to learn in university. At the end of the day, the closing ceremony was crowned with a speech from the Olympic athlete Waneek Horn-Miller. She spoke at length about inclusivity and equality for Aboriginal Canadians.

Overall, the SLC was an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend it to all who can make it. I cant wait for #UBCSLC2015!”

It sounds like Nene’s experience at the Vancouver SLC was phenomenal. It has inspired him to make his UBC experience unique, rich, and meaningful.