Hudson and Holland Scholars Program LEAD conference to feature IU alumni and former NFL player Shawn Harper

The Hudson and Holland Scholars Program (HHSP) will present its fourth annual LEAD Conference for student professional and personal development on Sat., Feb. 2 (LEAD Conference agenda).  This year’s conference will be held at the Bloomington Convention Center and will begin at 10 a.m., with a choice of more than 16 workshops for HHSP scholars.  The conference keynote speaker is Aaron Shawn Harper ’93, a motivational speaker and former offensive tackle in the NFL.

Despite growing up with the daunting challenges of learning disabilities and socioeconomic disadvantages, Shawn Harper overcame these obstacles to play on several NFL teams including the Indianapolis Colts, serve as CEO of his own business, and appear as a life coach on the MTV program MadeHarper’s keynote speech, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 12:15 p.m. in the Great Room of the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave. in Bloomington. However, an RSVP to is requested.

A special feature of the 2013 LEAD conference for HHSP students is the new “Education Track” program, designed for education majors to create their own “personal track” to success.  The Opportunity Fair, a conference highlight, will offer students a chance to meet with recruiters from numerous organizations, including Target, Cook Pharmica, and Altria.  HHSP and the Office of Mentoring Services & Leadership Development will also host a special networking and recruiting event for Target on Fri., Feb. 1, from 6-8 p.m.

HHSP provides financial and educational support to more than 700 academically talented undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented minority populations at IU Bloomington.  Its mission is to recruit, retain, and graduate students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to academic success and social justice.  For more information on the LEAD Conference or the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program, contact or visit:


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