High School Leadership Conference

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The Center for the Advancement of Leadership hosted their annual High School Leadership Conference this last October 18, 2017.

This year's theme was "Leadership On Fire"!

Thank you to all area high school students and administrators who attended! 


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Keynote Speakers:

From UVU's Fire Science Academy and Firefighter Recruit Candidate Academy

Andy Byrnes

Andy Byrnes Speaking On Stage At 2017 Conference

Andy Byrnes retired after 21 years of service as a Special Operations Battalion Chief from the Orem Utah Fire Department. He was also a sworn Law Enforcement Officer for 18 years and a certified Paramedic for 16 years. He is currently an Associate Professor for Utah Valley University (UVU), Emergency Services Department Firefighter Recruit Candidate Academy in Provo, Utah.

He has led development teams in the reorganization and rewriting of Apparatus Driver Operator – Pumper and Aerial courses for the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy. He has also led the development of the Hazardous Materials Awareness, Basic Operations, WMD Operations, Hazmat Technician, Building Construction, and Fire Officer I & II courses. He is an instructor for the Incident Command Training Center (CTC) at the Academy featuring virtual and simulated incident management and command training scenarios. He is an experienced Emergency Services Instructor working for local, state, and National Fire/EMS and Law Enforcement organizations to include the Office of Domestic Preparedness, the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia - just to name a few things!

Eric Russell

Eric Russell Speaking On Stage At 2017 Conference

Eric Russell is an Associate Professor with the Department of Emergency Services at Utah Valley University. Eric is a retired Department of Defense-Air Force Fire and Emergency Services Captain with combined service of active duty military and DoD as a Crash-Rescue-Firefighter.  He is a Department of Defense Rescue Technician, Department of Defense Hazardous Materials Technician, and a Dive Master.

Eric’s research and writings involve servant leadership for the fire and emergency services, servant leadership and organizational behavior, and homeland security education. His books, The Desire to Serve: Servant Leadership for Fire and Emergency Services and In Command of Guardians: Executive Servant Leadership for the Community of Responders are available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobel and other book retailers.

UVU Voiceline

UVU Voiceline Performing Speaking On Stage At 2017 Conference


Founded in 2012 with a little help and guidance from some of NBC’s “The Sing Off” stars (Vocal Point and Noteworthy), VoiceLine has become the newest standard in contemporary a cappella in Utah Valley.

The members of VoiceLine are all current students attending UVU and are required to meet high academic standards as well as personal standards as they represent VoiceLine and Utah Valley University. They are constantly striving to be excellent role models to each other and in the community.

As a 2015 Wolverine Achievement Award winner for Club of the Year, VoiceLine’s performances bring clean, fun entertainment that the whole family will enjoy! With tight harmonies and killer vocal percussion, VoiceLine will leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart!

Breakout Speakers:

Rodger Broomé

Rodger Broomé Speaking At 2017 Conference

Retired fire battalion chief of West Jordan City, Utah, Rodger achieved his doctoral degree in psychology and is an expert in Phenomenological Psychology and Human Science Research as well as other qualitative approaches.

Rodger retired in the position of fire marshal and administrative officer over fire training, medical training, and logistics.

Due to his expertise in fire service education, Rodger began teaching as an adjunct instructor for Utah Valley State College (UVSC) in 2000 and later taught in the psychology department too. He was hired as a full-time lecturer in 2010 by the department of emergency services and later made an assistant professor. He has published research in international journals and presented at international conferences.

CAL Presidency

CAL Presidency Speaking On Stage At 2017 Conference


The 2017-2018 CAL Council comes begins the new school year with a wealth of personal, community and professional leadership

Amanda graduated in 2014 from Viewmont High school where she participated heavily in the arts programs, track and field, and served as a cross country captain. After studying for a year, Amanda left on an LDS service mission to Irvine California for 18 months. Since returning home she has continued her studies in Art Education, specializing in painting, She hopes to be a high school art teacher as well as a representative for the arts in education on educational boards. 

Colton grew up in Francis, Utah. While attending South Summit High School, he played on the football team, ran and on the track and field team, and lifted weights; he also participated in the school’s Future Business Leaders of America program, National Honors Society, and service club. After serving an LDS Mission in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, he began to attend Utah Valley University, where is working toward his Bachelors of Science degree in Personal Financial Planning. He has been a Wolverine Ambassador and a student in CAL.

McCall Madsen was born and raised in Brigham City Utah. She attended Box Elder High School and participated in track, tennis and Student Government. At UVU she has been an Ambassador, manager at UVU’s The Zone and graduated from the CAL leadership program. After completing a year at UVU she served as a missionary for the LDS church in Kobe, Japan. McCall is currently studying Pre-Nursing and working towards receiving her Bachelors of Nursing.

UVU Firefighter Recruit Academy (RCA)

Recruit Fire Academy Students Speaking With High School Students

The Recruit Candidate Academy (RCA) at Utah Valley University is a "para-military" firefighter academy designed to prepare future firefighters for a career in the fire service.

The RCA comprises approximately 400 hours of classroom and "fireground" training, plus and additional 300 hours of college-level pre-requisite course work.

Prospective students are registered through Utah Valley University, and are enrolled in 16 credits of instruction for the academic semester. 


Thank you to all who attended! 


The 2017 UVU High School Leadership Conference has concluded!

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 Videos from our Opening Keynote Speaker (Eric Russell) and closing Keynote speaker (Andy Byrnes) available upon request.

Contact the CAL office at (801) 863-6466 or Program Coordinator Shawn Nielsen at SNielsen@uvu.edu

 Andy Byrnes Keynote (2017 Conference)

Eric Russell Keynote Speaker