College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

“#BetterCommunication #BetterLeadership”
 Student Leadership Conference Speakers
Misha GloubermanMisha Glouberman (Morning Keynote)
Misha Glouberman is an expert on the subtle arts of negotiation and communication. He takes the principles of good negotiation and better listening, and applies them to a broad set of circumstances to help people solve problems together, reach mutually beneficial agreements, and communicate more effectively—in all walks of life.

Misha Glouberman is passionate about how people connect with each other—at work, at conferences, in cities, anywhere we meet. The New Yorker named his breakthrough book, The Chairs Are Where the People Go, one of the best of 2011. The Harvard Business Review described one event he facilitated as "reinventing the way stakeholders collaborate with decision-makers."

At conferences, Misha Glouberman’s presence is transformative. He has worked with a variety of organizers to spark vital conversations among participants—conversations that clarify or change the entire direction of the event. One+, the Meeting Planners International magazine, recently ran a feature on his work as a conference facilitator. It described him as "humanizing relationships—one event at a time.” The Globe and Mail compares Glouberman to a mash-up of “Peter Mansbridge's smarts and Conan O'Brien's wit”—a man who can “turn a Q&A session into a surprisingly sincere collaboration.”

Misha Glouberman is the host of Trampoline Hall, a lecture series which has sold out every show in its home city of Toronto since its inception, in 2001, and which has toured around North America. ("We love it” -The Village Voice).  In everything he does, Glouberman combines a creative people-centered approach with analytic rigour: he was previously a software developer, and has a philosophy degree from Harvard. 

Glouberman is an expert in conflict resolution, communication, and negotiation skills, and teaches an ongoing series of classes on these topics entitled "How to Talk to People about Things." A collection of his thoughts, The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City, co-authored with Sheila Heti, was called “a triumph of what might be called conversational philosophy…hilarious and humane” by The New Yorker.

Eric StollerEric Stoller (Afternoon Keynote)
Eric Stoller is a higher education thought-leader, consultant, writer, and speaker.  He frequently gives keynotes on how administrators can use social media strategically and is a proponent for teaching students about digital identity development.

With a background in student affairs, academic advising, wellness, technology, and communications, Eric focuses his energies on educating clients and captivating audiences. As the Student Affairs and Technology blogger for Inside Higher Ed (,  he generates conversations, answers questions, and provides insight about a variety of "tech topics."

He received an AA from Indian Hills Community College, a BA in Communications from the University of Northern Iowa, and an Ed.M. in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University.  Eric can be found online at and tweeting at