About Summit Conference

We are pleased to announce the third annual BYU Leadership Conference: The Summit.

All distinguished Brigham Young University alumni have one thing in common—they started their legacy at this incredible institution of learning. This two-day conference allows BYU alumni to share their inspiring journeys and teach students how to make an impact in the world.

Join us on Friday and Saturday February 2 and 3 to learn how to make the most of your BYU experience and gain leadership skills that will equip you to make a difference in the world.


How it Works

Day 1: Come to the Wilkinson Center to hear successful BYU Alumni give TED-style talks, enjoy dinner catered by BYU Dining Services, and be entertained by a BYU Alum. Dress is business casual.

Students will have the chance to participate in small competitions to win prizes throughout the evening.

Day 2: Meet at the Hinckley Center for a light breakfast during a Face to Face style panel discussion with influential BYU faculty and administrators. Following the discussion, students can attend three different breakout sessions presented by the panel speakers that focus on developing leadership skills.


Friday registration: $20

Saturday registration: $10

Two-day registration: $25



Student Testimonials


Lauren Thomas

"The Summit is my favorite BYU event of the year! Hearing from forward-thinking alumni inspires me to think more deeply, be more fearless, and own my BYU education."

Ryan Liston

"The Summit enhanced my knowledge of managerial skills and how to improve my relationships with others. Overall, it taught me a lot about how I can make an impact in the professional world."





Friday, February 2

  • 5 p.m.–Check-In Starts (please be in your seats by 5:45)
  • 6 p.m.–Overview and Introduction, 1st and 2nd Speakers
  • 7 p.m.–Dinner and Entertainment: Entertainer Jason Lyle Black, "The Backwards Piano Man"
  • 8 p.m.–3rd and 4th Speakers

Throughout the evening there will be fun games with great prizes and prizes awarded for best social media posts.

Saturday, February 3

Saturday includes workshop presentations from distinguished BYU faculty and administration on a variety of leadership topics.

  • 8:30 a.m.–Check-In
  • 9:00 a.m.–Welcome and Panel Discussion with Speakers followed by a light breakfast
  • 10:10 a.m.–Workshop 1
  • 10:50 a.m.–Workshop 2
  • 11:30 a.m.– Workshop 3








Melissa Dalton-Bradford

Melissa Dalton-Bradford lives in Frankfurt, Germany, working as an international consultant on intercultural integration. A founding member of two non-profits, she is also an accomplished author, poet, mother, and devoted Latter-Day Saint.

Chris McChesney

Chris McChesney has worked for Franklin Covey for over a decade and is a Wall Street Journal #1 National Best-Selling Author. He loves water sports, boating, coaching, and trying to keep up with his children.

Ally Isom

As a director of Institutional Messaging for the LDS Church, Ally Isom is responsible for integrated communications and global brand strategy. Her previous portfolio includes women’s outreach, racial folklore, and developing mormonandgay.lds.org. Between work and family, Ally enjoys historical fiction, preferably on a beach, and mole poblano, pretty much anywhere.


Larry Gelwix

Larry Gelwix currently serves as CEO of Columbus Travel in Bountiful, Utah. In addition to his professional career in the airline and travel industry, Gelwix has 20 years of experience as an on-air radio talk-show host. He is best known for his success serving as volunteer Head Coach of the Highland Rugby team for 36 years, as captured in the Hollywood-produced movie, “Forever Strong.”

Jason Lyle Black

Jason Lyle Black, "The Backwards Piano Man®", is an award-winning pianist, composer, entertainer, and speaker, known for his performance on the Ellen Show and for his 30 million music video views worldwide. He is one of the few people in the world who can play the piano while pedaling with his head.




Jeff Bednar

Jeff Bednar is an assistant professor in the Organizational Leadership and Strategy Department at BYU. His research focuses on how individuals and collectives construct and maintain their identities, and how they respond to various identity challenges. He has been published in various books and journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science.

Robbie Bosco

Robbie Bosco graduated from BYU, where he was a starting quarterback. He led the Cougars to a perfect 13-0 season record and win in the Holiday Bowl national championship and was then drafted into the NFL by the Green Bay Packers. He has worked in various coaching and administrative positions at BYU since 1989, and is presently the director of the Varsity Club at BYU.

Mark Magleby

Mark Magleby is currently the Museum Director at the BYU Museum of Art. He specializes in 18th-century art and architecture, 20th-century European art, and contemporary theory and criticism. In 2002, he co-authored with Leslie Norris in the production of the book Kershisnik: Painting from Life.


Craig P. Wilson

Craig Wilson has worked in a variety of settings and is currently an adjunct professor in the Ballard center, teaching “How to Live a Meaningful Life: Using Social Innovation, Positive Psychology, and Life Design to Find Lasting Joy.” He enjoys spending time with his family of seven, as well as teaching and golfing.  

Michalyn Steele

Professor Michalyn Steele worked for six years as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. While at the Department of Justice, her work was honored with the Division’s Special Act Award in 2006 and the Division’s Special Achievement Award in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She currently forms part of the BYU Law School faculty.