Student Leadership Retreat 2017

Join NWF student leaders at the Student Leadership Retreat 2017 for a slammed pack day of leadership development.

Attendees will participate in interactive workshops and engage in thoughtful discussions with other student leaders. Students will develop various essential leadership skills such as communication, team building, problem-solving, self-awareness, and critical thinking.



Lunch will be Provided | This Event is FREE and OPEN to all NWF Students


Professional Portraits

Students will have the opportunity to take a professional portrait courtesy of the Advanced Technology and Design Department. Participants will need to arrive at LRC 128 no later than 9:00 AM and dress appropriately. This activity will coincide with the Social Media session. View dress code tips for your business photo.


09:00 AM

Professional Portraits

09:30 AM

Opening Session
Professional Portraits

10:00 AM Social Media, The Good, The Bad and the Unemployed
11:00 AM How to Act Like A Leader Even When You’re Not the Boss
12:00 PM Lunch (Provided)
01:00 PM Building Your Portfolio
02:00 PM Leadership Activities
03:00 PM Closing

Session Details

Social Media, The Good, The Bad and the Unemployed

Presenter: Nicole Pemberton

Description: Social Media, The Good, The Bad and the Unemployed is an interactive workshop that challenges the participant to think before they post and illustrates to build a personal brand. It is one in a series of workshops on how to prepare to achieve professional employment

How to Act Like A Leader Even When You’re Not the Boss

Presenter: Nicole Pemberton

Description: How to Act Like a Leader is an interactive workshop that engages the participant and encourages them to think about their path to leadership and professional legacy.

Building Your Portfolio

Presenter: Pamela Walters

Description: Your professional portfolio highlights and showcases examples of your best work, life experiences, values, and achievements. This session will provide tips and strategies on building a strong portfolio that best accentuates what you have to offer.

Presentor Bios

Nicole Pemberton

With experience in recruiting in the retail telecommunications industry, Nicole Pemberton has formed her career in both recruiting and adult learning and training. She is passionate about training and development of others and freely shares her expertise and has been identified as a coach and mentor.


In her current role as a corporate retail recruiter at Verizon, she works to match the most qualified scalable talent to Verizon retail stores in the Gulf Coast area. Since joining Verizon in 2006, she has successfully obtained her Masters in Human Resource Management and her PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. Nicole is always looking to strategize her next move and believes that if you want more, you should ask for more and then be willing to do more. Her quest for knowledge in self-improvement lead her to her often shared ideology “all you can do is ask, and all they can do is tell you no, which is really just a slow yes.”  With that said, her opinions are solely her own and do not reflect the opinions of her employer.

Pamela Walters

Pamela Walters is Coordinator of Career Services and an adjunct professor in the Business Division here at NWFSC. Her Associate’s degree was awarded from Okaloosa-Walton Junior College.  She has a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of West Florida and a Master of Science in Management from Troy University. She has been working with returning students and helping individuals discover their passions and research careers for over 22 years.

She is a graduate of Leadership Okaloosa and recently wrote and received a new grant to assist returning students and many in our community with obtaining career and employability skills, life skills and job placement. She has been a loaned executive with United Way for 13 years and also volunteers on their Funds Distribution Committee.  She has a great affection for the college and the community and loves any opportunity to help others learn.

Volunteer at SLR:

Would you like to volunteer at the SLR? Your assistance can go towards your service/volunteer hours! Volunteers will also be able to participate at the SLR. Please indicate when you RSVP or contact Student Life at (850) 729-5348.