October 18, 2013 — Year after year, the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) Leadership Conference sets a new standard — and the 10th anniversary of the event was no exception.
A number of unique components contributed to producing an unforgettable experience for 75 eager student leaders from 14 chiropractic colleges. The students were there to learn leadership skills in their personal and academic lives. Exit surveys indicated that the vast majority of students rated the event as having exceeded their expectations.
The 10th anniversary celebration of the event also marked a decade of Dr. Mike Flynn’s legacy piloting the conference. Standard Process generously hosted the event at their facility, allowing students an opportunity to see the behind the scenes work at the farm and facility that goes into making their products.
It was obvious Standard Process is as generous to their family of employees as they are to the chiropractic profession. It was a special experience for student leaders to hear from Charlie Dubois about the Standard Process family history of excellence. Drs. Georgia and John Nab, part of the Standard Process team, also spoke with the student leaders. Special thanks to Lisa Hackett with Standard Process for her help in organizing the event.
All weekend a reputable list of both accomplished and young doctors interacted with the student leaders giving presentations, participating in breakout sessions as well as a panel Q&A session. It was an opportunity for students to absorb knowledge from some of the profession’s greatest minds, which included Dr. Louis Sportelli, retired USMC Colonel Dr. Mark Losack, and Dr. Molly Robinson who is now in her fifth years at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Recent graduates, who interned at the Walter Reed Military Hospital, Drs. Stephanie Johnson and Lance Cohen spoke about their student leadership experiences and their new practices. Dr. Rick Branson shared his experience working in an integrated setting for over 15 years. Bo Short, author, speaker and leadership expert, who is the son of Duke Short DC, inspired the students as the keynote for the event.
Appreciation for the success of the event is extended to past and current SACA elected national officers, Dr. Michelle Maiers the SACA chair to the ACA, Lori Hall the SACA staff liaison and ACA Chairman of the Board Dr. Mike Simone who addressed the student leaders. The 11th annual student leadership conference is already being planned.
Source: Timothy Klesk, Northwestern Health Sciences University student