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SOLD Conference to Feature Nationally Recognized Inspirational Speaker


By Mark Kramer

At the University of Houston-Downtown, today’s students are receiving the knowledge and skills to become leaders of the future.

As part of that mission, the UHD Office of Student Activities will host its fifth annual Student Organization Leadership Development (SOLD) Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 7. Nationally recognized inspirational speaker, author, podcast host and entrepreneur Odell Bizzell will serve as the highlighted speaker for the event at 9 a.m. in the Wilhelmina Robertson Cullen Auditorium.

Bizzell has been featured in the USA Today, Yahoo Finance, CNBC.com, and over 200 media outlets. Odell has partnered with more than 200 colleges, youth organizations, and the military to reach tens of thousands of students. He has also presented on the same stages as Super Bowl winning coaches, national politicians, and celebrities like Stephen A. Smith, David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey.

The event will also feature interactive workshops and breakout sessions that focus on enhancing leadership and organizational skills, professional development and additional professional insights from featured speakers. The event is free for students and $20 for guests. Those interested in attending may register here.

“The conference will give students the opportunity to engage in meaningful activities that will assist them in establishing positive, supportive and effective relationships with their advisors, peers, and community partners,” said Tremaine Kwasikpui, director of Student Activities.

A schedule of day’s workshop sessions and events can be found on the conference website.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.