MTSU alumnus, now in NFL, headlines Feb. 7 leaders...

MTSU alumnus, now in NFL, headlines Feb. 7 leadership summit

MTSU students can learn how to help fill America’s leadership void at a university-sponsored summit set for Saturday, Feb. 7.

BR Leadership Summit 2015 poster webThe Blue Raider Leadership Summit, with the theme “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!”, is slated for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Student Union ballroom.

Organizers say this educational opportunity will help students grasp the principles and techniques of effective leadership and network with other students.

The registration fee is $15, which includes all meals and conference materials. You can register here.

Phillip Tanner

Phillip Tanner

“It will be very interactive for everyone involved,” said Jackie Victory, director of student organizations and service.

“Students attending the summit will have a mix of educational sessions and group activities.”

This year, students will be able to select specific educational tracks for women or emerging leaders.

The keynote speaker will be San Francisco 49ers running back and MTSU alumnus Phillip Tanner.

Following his collegiate football career at MTSU, Tanner signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2011 before eventually landing with the 49ers. His pro career also has included brief stints with the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills.

Jackie Victory

Jackie Victory

In an Aug. 21 game against the San Diego Chargers, Tanner lost his helmet on a play in which he scored a touchdown. The National Football League then enacted a new safety rule declaring that the play will be dead when a ball carrier’s helmet comes off and hits the field.

At the leadership summit, Tanner “will speak with our students about staying motivated when life gives you curve balls,” Victory said.

The Blue Raider Leadership Summit is sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Service and co-sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center, the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students and Fraternity and Sorority Life.

For more information, call the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at 615-898-5812, or email Victory at

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