A Leadership Conference For College Students Passionate About Justice
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Learn from justice movement leaders from all over the country, including IJM President Gary Haugen.
Connect with passionate student leaders during meals and late-night hangouts. Share ideas and unite the work of justice across campuses.
If you are 18-25 and passionate about leading the justice movement in the name of Jesus, NorthStar is for you! Campus ministry leaders and college pastors are also welcome.
Friday, October 3-Saturday, October 4
Belmont Church: 68 Music Square E, Nashville, TN 37203
Sunday, October 5
Belmont University: Massey Performing Arts Center Nashville, TN 37212
Early Bird $119 ends July 31
Advanced Rate $139 ends September 16
*Groups of 3 or more $109/person ends September 16
Friday, October 3
6:00p Registration Opens
7:30p Main Session 1
Saturday, October 4
9:00a Main Session 2
11:15a Workshop 1
2:00p Main Session 3
3:30p Workshop 2
7:30p Main Session 4
Sunday, October 5
9:00a Main Session 5
*subject to change
In the 1800s, American slaves followed the North Star to freedom, inspiring abolitionist Frederick Douglass to create The North Star newspaper, to unify & empower those fighting to end slavery. At IJM’s NorthStar Student Leadership Conference, it is our hope that you will find that same inspiration to lead your generation in our modern-day fight to end slavery. There are approximately 29.8 million slaves in our world today. More than at any other time in history. As college leaders, you are playing a critical role in this fight by waking up your campus to the fact that slavery still exists. By coming together as leaders, we believe that can and will change...for good.
Founder of Storyline
Storyline is an organization that helps people plan their lives using the elements of story. He is the author of multiple New York Times Bestsellers including Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He is also the founder of The Mentoring Project, a non-profit helping to provide mentors for fatherless children. Don currently lives and works in Nashville, TN.
Jeremiah Jones Music
Jeremiah Jones stepped into national view in 2012 when Grammy Award winning recording artists Laura Story released “What a Savior,” a worship song he wrote, to national radio. Written for his local church, “What a Savior” was recorded by Story in 2009 for the Catalyst Music Project and re-cut on her record Blessings, which held the top spot on Billboard’s Christian and Folk charts in the summer of 2012. “What a Savior” reached #5 on Billboard’s Christian songs and continues to be added to worship sets across the country.
Nancy Ortberg served as a teaching pastor for eight years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. During that time she led Network, a ministry that helps people identify their spiritual gifts and find a place of service in the church, and Axis, a weekly gathering for the 18- to 20-something generation. She is a founding partner of TeamWorx2, a business and leadership consulting firm that provides fast-paced, practical, and compelling sessions to leaders and their teams. TeamWorx2 works with businesses, schools, nonprofits, and churches to address issues of organizational effectiveness and teamwork. Currently she is the Director of Leadership Development at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. She and her husband, John, live in the Bay Area and have three children: Laura, Mallory, and Johnny.
Director of College Mobilization
In his role as Director of College Mobilization, Greg's team leads IJM's more than 70,000 college students on hundreds of campuses across the country to engage in the work of justice. His team oversees hundreds of IJM Campus Chapters, the Stand For Freedom campaign, and the NorthStar Conference. His latest book Wasted Prayer released in 2014 from Thomas Nelson.
Vice President of Mobilization
Bill directs IJM's strategy and leads IJM's initiatives to grow the justice movement. Before joining IJM in 2005, Bill held an executive management position with a software solutions company and served as a business consultant to the sales team. Bill also spent six years working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Orange County, California.
Bill received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. Bill currently resides in the Washington, DC area.
Vice President of Government Relations & Advocacy
After a long career working in Congress then joining with Human Rights Watch and Physicians for Human Rights as a leading human rights policy advocate in Washington, Holly Burkhalter joined International Justice Mission as vice president for government relations. Burkhalter has published frequently in The Washington Post and testifies often before Congress. She and her husband, John Fitzpatrick, live in Washington, D.C., and have two teenage daughters.
Senior Vice President of Justice Operations
Sean directs IJM’s global operations in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.
Sean joined IJM in 2000, in Manila, the Philippines, and transitioned to national leadership in 2003 where he was based in Thailand. During his time as IJM’s Director of Operations for Southeast Asia, Sean led investigations that brought freedom to more than 200 women & children and the arrest & prosecution of more than 50 suspected traffickers and rapists.
Prior to IJM, Sean worked as an associate at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, DC, and he served as associate pastor for youth at Christ Church in Roswell, New Mexico. Sean received a B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Sean currently lives in the Washington, DC area, with his wife and three children.
Program Manager of College Student Mobilization
Jacly educates and engages students more deeply with the work of IJM and in the fight to end slavery. Jaclyn joined IJM in December 2008.
Prior to joining IJM, Jaclyn worked at the U.S. Department of Justice as a spokesperson and spent a year in New York City working on a presidential campaign. Jaclyn was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Public Communication from American University. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband.
HOST HOME HOUSING FAQS
For NorthStar Attendees
(you must read these in full if you are student leader utilizing host home housing)
WHAT IF I AM NOT 18-25?
If leading the justice movement among this age range or in the context of a university campus/other institution of higher education is relevant to you, please feel free to join us.
ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
IJM is not able to provide scholarships for NorthStar. Every effort has been made to make ticket prices as affordable as possible, including offering a group rate and the option of free host home housing. Other options for financial support include: utilizing campus chapter funds, requesting local church support or university funding.
WHAT DOES THE COST OF REGISTRATION COVER?
The price includes access to all 3 days of the conference, conference booklet & materials, and host home housing. Meals are not included.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
Tickets are transferable but non-refundable. If you need to transfer your tickets, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the original registrant name/s and new information.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE?
Please reference the details section. Registration opens at 6:00p on Friday, October 3, and the conference closes at noon on Sunday, October 5. Ticket prices cannot be adjusted for conference attendees who cannot attend the conference in full but please make us aware of your abbreviated attendance.
WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION THAT STILL HASN'T BEEN ANSWERED?
Ask us! Please email us at email@example.com. This email is monitored Monday-Friday.