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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Clifton Strengths Institute
Summer Conference

Stretch Your Strengths Where Strengths Started

Clifton Strengths Institute Summer Learning Series

Strengths Based Development: From Start to Finish

Are you building a strengths-based mindset on your campus? Are you passionate about strengths-based sciences in your workplace or startup? Are you eager to share your story and learn best practices from talented students, faculty and staff? Join us for our Clifton Strengths Institute Summer Conference as you deepen your knowledge, learn from others and advance your strengths practices.

You’re invited to the Clifton Strengths Institute Summer Conference, designed for higher education leaders and champions of strengths-based programming in their community. This conference includes a variety of thought-provoking sessions designed to highlight excellence in strengths-based education on campuses and in the workplace.


July 25, 2023
Registration Coming Soon

Who Should Attend

The Clifton Strengths Institute Summer Conference is best suited for:


Anyone intrigued in unique strengths and talents in others


Higher education admin, looking to bring Strengths to your campus


Young professionals interested in your own career development


Anyone interested in developing your own strengths and potential


Anyone looking for new ways to connect with students or colleagues


Anyone wanting to create engaging and new ways to implement staff development


Anyone looking for tangible takeaways you can apply with your team

2022 Conference Speakers

Watch for the 2023 speakers to be announced!

DeMoine Adams
DeMoine Adams

Chief Executive Officer, TeamMates Mentoring

Achiever | Focus | Discipline | Strategic | Learner

DeMoine Adams was hired as TeamMates Mentoring Chief Operating Officer on August 26th, 2021, and the TeamMates Program as CEO on September 7th, 2021.

No stranger to the TeamMates Program, Adams has served TeamMates for eight of its 30 years, first as Post-Secondary Education Coordinator (2012-2016) and as Program Director (2016-2020). He most recently served as Director of Development for the University of Nebraska Foundation for the College of Business.

Adams is committed to serving the program that Tom and Nancy Osborne established in 1991. “Nothing means more to me and our team than sustaining their legacy. More than 43,0000 youth have benefitted from having a caring relationship through a TeamMates match, because of Nancy and Tom’s vision more than 30 years ago.”

The school-based, strength-based, one-to-one program serves students in 3rd-12th grade and currently serves more than 10,000 matches across 200 chapters. TeamMates plus serves post-secondary students and with TeamMates collegiate partnerships, annually provides $3.1 million to fulfil mentees dreams and ambitions.

“TeamMates provides Hope to our youth, which is so important, especially now as Hope is the greatest indicator of success,” Adams said. “I am committed to following our core values: Commitment to Youth, Safety, Integrity and Trust, and Inclusion, to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.”

Adams received two degrees from the University of Nebraska; his Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science in 2001 and his Master of Art in Educational Psychology in 2006. Adams is a four-year letterwinner for the Cornhuskers, playing rush end in 1999-2002.

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Dean Kathy Farrell
Kathy Farrell

James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean and Professor of Finance

Learner | Analytical | Responsibility | Intellection | Arranger

Dr. Kathy Farrell became the James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business on December 1, 2017, after serving nearly one year as interim dean. As dean, Farrell led an inclusive strategic planning process to help guide the college with a new mission, guiding principles and strategic initiatives. Several mission-focused goals have been accomplished including donor support for six endowed faculty chairs, implementing the Seacrest Teaching Fellows program, launching the Nebraska Family Business Initiative and increasing free tutoring for business students. The college's connection with Nebraska's business community expanded with new online graduate programs to answer workforce demands and continuing education for professionals and custom programs through the Center for Executive and Professional Development. Currently, she spearheads strategic initiatives such as developing a new law and business major, aligning scholarships with enrollment goals, and creating a program to foster a culture of engagement and recognize highly-engaged students.

An experienced academic and business leader, Farrell served as associate dean for four years and chair of the Department of Finance for two years prior to serving as Dean. She also serves on the board of directors of Lincoln-based organizations Nelnet, Inc., Assurity, Inc. and Bryan Health.

After joining the College of Business in 1993, she began teaching corporate finance and banking for over 20 years. She received the Distinguished Teaching Award and the University Distinguished Teaching Award along with achieving tenure in 2001 and full professor in 2009.

Farrell’s research interests include executive compensation, executive turnover and succession and other corporate governance issues. Her publications have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Business, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, National Tax Journal, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Research and others.

Prior to earning her Ph.D. in finance from the University of Georgia, Farrell was an auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick in Baltimore and Atlanta and earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant (inactive). She received her bachelor's degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

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Jim Harter
Jim Harter

Chief Scientist, Workplace Management & Wellbeing

Achiever | Focus | Learner | Relator | Futuristic

Jim Harter, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist for Gallup's workplace management and wellbeing practices. He is coauthor of Wall Street Journal bestseller Wellbeing at Work, released in 2021, a book that explores how to build resilient and thriving teams in organizations. He is also coauthor of the No. 1 Wall Street Journal and Washington Post bestseller, It’s the Manager, released in 2019, as well as the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, an exploration of the 12 crucial elements for creating and harnessing employee engagement.

Dr. Harter's book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, is based on a global study of what differentiates people who are thriving from those who are not. His research is featured in First, Break All the Rules, and he contributed the foreword to Gallup's updated edition of this groundbreaking bestseller.

Dr. Harter is the primary researcher and author of the first large-scale, multi-organization study to investigate the relationships between work-unit employee engagement and business results. Updated periodically, this study currently covers 112,000 business units and includes 2.7 million employees in 276 organizations, across 54 industries and in 96 countries. His work has appeared in many publications, including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Time Magazine and in academic articles and book chapters.

Dr. Harter received his doctorate in psychological and cultural studies in quantitative and qualitative methods from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Morgan Holen
Morgan Holen

Miss Nebraska 2021

Achiever | Responsibility | Significance | Harmony | Belief

Morgan Holen is a 2020 graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While at UNL she double majored in broadcast journalism and advertising/public relations with minors in leadership and communication. Morgan was actively involved on campus as a member of Chi Omega Sorority, a mentor in NHRI Leadership Mentoring and captain of the Husker Scarlets Dance Team. Morgan is continuing her education as an MBA student. In June of 2021, Morgan was selected to serve as Miss Nebraska and went on to receive a Women In Business award at Miss America. As Miss Nebraska, she spends the year traveling to a different area of the state every two days speaking to schools, businesses and nonprofits about mentoring and the power of CliftonStrengths. A proud TeamMates ambassador and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, she has a passion for investing in the next generation.

Tom Osborne
Tom Osborne

Former Husker Football Head Coach and Athletic Director

Belief | Achiever | Self-Assurance | Relator | Responsibility

Dr. Tom Osborne earned his bachelor’s degree at Hastings College in Nebraska and enjoyed a brief playing career in the NFL. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in educational psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was named head coach of the Nebraska Football team in 1973 after serving as an assistant coach under Bob Devaney. Over the next 25 years, Osborne established himself as one of the best coaches in college football history, including 13 conference titles and three national championships. Along with the wins on the field, he helped Nebraska claim the most Academic All-Americans in the nation. Nebraska Athletics and strengths share history as Tom Osborne studied with Don O. Clifton, ’48, ’49, ’59 & ’90, known as the father of strengths, many years ago and often shared how he applied what he learned throughout his coaching and leadership.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999 and taught graduate courses at Nebraska for two years before he was elected to represent Nebraska’s third district in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2007, he returned to the university to serve as athletic director, leading Husker athletics into the Big Ten Conference.

Osborne continues a lifelong commitment to education. He and his wife, Nancy, created the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991, in which 22 of his football players met with middle school students in Lincoln Public Schools. Over the past 30 years, the program has since grown to serve 10,000 students annually in 180 school districts across the region, offering the youth caring adult mentors, post-secondary scholarships and hope.

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There will be opportunities for breakout sessions on topics related to personal growth, student development and staff development.

Conference Location

Howard L. Hawks Hall
College of Business
730 N 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this conference offered in a virtual format?

No, this will be an in-person event.

Am I required to take the CliftonStrengths assessment before?

No, taking the CliftonStrengths assessment is not a requirement for this conference.


Clifton Strengths Institute Conference Team
HLH 115
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405