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Rising Tide Leadership Summit

About the Summit

Join us for our virtual three-day leadership conference, February 23-25, designed for emerging and current student leaders and will feature sessions on a wide variety of topics related to Tulane University’s Leadership Framework. The Summit will provide Tulane students with the opportunity to learn from the vast expertise of our faculty and campus administrators to enhance student learning, growth, and success. On our last night, February 25 at 7 p.m., we are honored to host Ibtihaj Muhammad as our closing keynote. An entrepreneur, activist, speaker and Olympic medalist in fencing, Ibtihaj became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab. The first 150 students who RSVP on WaveSync will receive an RTLS Swag Box! The event is free; however registration is required.


Registration for the 2021 Rising Tide Leadership Summit is now open!

Registering for Summit sessions, attendees will be provided an RTLS Swag Box that includes:

  • Schedule of Events
  • Shirt, hat, enamel pin, pen, and more!
  • University Resources

*Boxes are guaranteed to the first 150 registrations.*

RSVP on WaveSync for an RTLS Swag Box:

Day 1: Sessions Tuesday Schedule

Day 2: Sessions Wednesday Schedule

Day 3: Sessions Thursday Schedule

Student Registration: Please use your Tulane Email when registering.

Student Pass - Sessions, Expo, Keynotes 

Faculty, Staff, Community Members Registration: Select Keynote Only

Keynote: Ibtihaj Muhammad 


We will have a variety of Program Sessions at this years Rising Tide Leadership Summit, please view them here in early February.

2021 Rising Tide Leadership Summit: Session Schedule

2021's Keynote Speaker: Ibtihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj Muhammad is an entrepreneur, activist, speaker and Olympic medalist in fencing. A 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist and World Champion, in 2016, Ibtihaj became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab.

Ibtihaj was a 3-time All American at Duke University where she graduated with a dual major in International Relations and African Studies. In 2014, Ibtihaj launched her own clothing company, Louella, which aims to bring modest, fashionable and affordable clothing to the United States market. 

In 2017, Mattel announced their first hijabi Barbie, modeled in Ibtihaj’s likeness, as part of Barbie’s “Shero” line of dolls. The Barbie became available for purchase in July 2018. Ibtihaj released her debut memoir in July 2018, PROUD: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream. Ibtihaj’s third book, New York Times’ Bestseller children’s picture book, The Proudest Blue, released September 2019 with glowing reviews. 

Ibtihaj is a sports ambassador with the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative, and works closely with organizations like Athletes for Impact and the Special Olympics. Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list, Ibtihaj is an important figure in a larger global discussion on equality and the importance of sport. Her voice continues to unite both the sports and non-sports world.

Visit her site for more information.

Past Keynote Speakers

2020 - Angelica Ross

Award-winning Pose actress and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises

"From the board room, to film/TV sets and even the Obama White House, Angelica Ross is a leading figure of success and strength in the movement for transgender and racial equality and a current star in Ryan Murphy’s hit FX series; Pose and American Horror Story." 

2019 - Bethanee Epifani J. Bryant

Author of My Quarter-of-a-Century Life Lessons

Bethanee Epifani [ee -pif -uh-nee] , a 2010 graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, is the ultimate communicator, with a great interest in inspiring today’s young people to discover their gifts and live their best lives. She works as a Motivational Speaker, Poet, and Youth Mentor. She invigorates her audiences as she shares vital life principles of self-love, self-determination, and self-actualization. Bethanee’s desire to share and uplift comes from her own past emotional and mental struggles. Now, having overcome those obstacles, Bethanee is passionate about sharing what she has learned with others in an effort to empower and equip them to overcome and/or completely by-pass potential stumbling blocks.

2018 - Darryl Bellamy Jr.

How would your life, organization, and campus be better if you were more fearless? Darryl Bellamy Jr. guides students with the knowledge and techniques they need to identify and overcome some of their biggest fears.

Darryl has collected, read, and shared thousands of students fears on campuses all over the country. He prides himself in reading every fear, which keeps him connected with what students are feeling and at times, hiding. His energy is infectious, along with providing actionable strategies to move your student’s from Fearful to Fearless. Thousands of student’s wear “The Fearless Bracelet,” given to every student inspiring them to push through fear long after Darryl leaves the campus. 


We strive to offer universally accessible programs.  If you anticipate needing any type of reasonable accommodation or have questions about campus accessibility, please contact our office at 504-865-5180 or at orientation@tulane.edu.