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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 Closed

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

2023 Conference Speakers

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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Jane Miller
Jane Miller

President and Chief Operating Officer (retired)

Self-Assurance | Individualization | Belief | Focus | Maximizer

Jane Miller is the retired president and chief operating officer of Gallup. In her role, she oversaw worldwide operations, ensuring all systems, resources and – most importantly – people were in place and aligned to achieve the goals of the organization across all client servicing and market direct functions.

Jane is committed to creating strong communities that begin with strong businesses and workplaces. Her community leadership includes the following director and trustee roles: the Peter Kiewit Foundation, the TeamMates Mentoring board of directors, the Kiewit Luminarium board of directors, the Omaha Zoological Society, the Board of Directors Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Foundation. Jane is the recipient of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Women in Leadership Award and has been inducted into the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame.

Past community leadership positions have included the following roles: Commercial Federal Bank board of directors and compensation chair, Creighton University board of directors, Children’s Hospital board of directors and board vice-chair, Business Ethics Alliance board of directors and board chair, and the Knights of Aksarben board of directors and board chair.

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Richard Moberly
Richard Moberly

Dean and Richard & Catherine Schmoker Professor of Law, University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law

Achiever | Focus | Relator | Consistency | Harmony

Richard Moberly is the dean and Richard & Catherine Schmoker Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he has taught since 2004. Before being appointed dean in 2017, he served as interim dean and associate dean for faculty. He also served as the interim executive vice chancellor for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from 2019 to 2020.

In 2014, the College of Law Alumni Council presented him with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Upper-class law students voted Dean Moberly the Professor of the Year twice and he also won the College Award for Distinguished Teaching. The Nebraska State Bar Association awarded him the 2016 President’s Professionalism Award for his work to promote the practice of law in rural areas of the State. In 2019, Moberly received the Warren K. Urbom Mentor Award from the Robert Van Pelt Inns of Court for his contributions to the ideals of ethics, civility, professionalism, and legal skills.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

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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