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2019 RNL National ConferenceHear inspiration and insights from nationally renowned keynote speakers

Register by May 17 by June 21 after June 21
1 to 5 from an institution $715 each $735 each $785 each
6 to 15 from an institution $695 each $715 each $785 each


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The 2019 RNL National Conference keynote speakers will share their stories, strategies, research, and experiences to inspire and inform you. They will leave you energized and ready to return to campus to make an even greater difference in the work you do every day.

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What attendees have said

“This was my first RNL conference, but it won’t be my last. Awesome keynotes and amazing sessions.”

“Enlightening, inviting, and inspiring!”

Loved the keynote speakers!

“This was an inspiring conference. I gathered a lot of ideas to take back to campus.”

Wes Moore

New York Times Bestselling Author

Speaker Wes Moore is by any measure a success: Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, best-selling author, businessman, and military veteran. But growing up in a single-parent household in Baltimore, Mr. Moore was drawn to trouble, until his mother sent him to military school, a decision that forever changed his life for the better. In this session, Mr. Moore will tell the tale of the other Wes Moore—a man with the same name, of the same age, and from the same neighborhood who is currently serving a life sentence for murder. Mr. Moore will inspire you with his discussion of how small choices can make a big difference in life.

Michael SorrellMichael J. Sorrell, EdD

President, Paul Quinn College (Texas)

Ranked with the likes of Tim Cook and Bill and Melinda Gates on Fortune’s 2018 list of the world’s greatest leaders, Dr. Michael Sorrell transformed struggling Paul Quinn College in Dallas into one of the most innovative colleges in America. An attorney and former White House staffer, Dr. Sorrell brought a bold new vision to Paul Quinn, focusing on academic rigor, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship. He also pioneered what he named the “urban work college model,” based on Paul Quinn’s dramatic success. During his session, Dr. Sorrell will share how his approach took Paul Quinn College from years of enrollment decline to a shining model of urban education.

Kim LearKimberly Lear

Founder, Inlay Insights

Kim Lear is a writer and researcher focused on generational patterns and demographic shifts. As the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Ms. Lear is at the forefront of cutting-edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. She is a sought-after expert and has been featured on NPR as well as national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, USA Today, TIME, and more. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor, and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations. Previously, she was the content director at a research firm dedicated to generational and Millennials trends. During her session, Ms. Lear will share insights from her research and how colleges and universities can best prepare students for the future workplace.

RNL NC 2019: The Water CoolersThe Water Coolers

Comedy troupe

Join The Water Coolers, the award-winning music and comedy act E Entertainment TV calls “the sleeper hit of the season” for a laugh-out-loud closing session of song and sketch comedy celebrating the crazy, funny, yet somehow comforting insanity of everyday life. Infuriatingly cheerful help lines, unintelligible I.T. Cowboys, Thin Mint-wielding Scholastic Sales Parents, it’s all there, all hilarious, all performed by top New York talent. Written by real people with regular jobs, The Water Coolers musically answers the question “does this stuff happen to anyone else?”


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