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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.