Carnegie Mellon University

Tartan Leader Conference (TLC)

The Tartan Leader Conference (TLC) is a unique experience that balances networking opportunities with more focused discussions aimed at helping students thrive as organization leaders and CMU community members.  With multiple sessions hosted throughout the Cohon Center during each time block, students will have the opportunity to build an experience that caters to their needs as individuals and best supports the unique needs of their organizations.  The TLC is open to ALL student leaders at Carnegie Mellon.  Student government recognized student organizations and Greek chapters attend the TLC in order to be considered in good standing with the SLICE Office, and grant individuals Authorized Signer designation if they will be the approved spender from their organization’s accounts. Attendance at the conference will allow organizations to be considered in good standing with the SLICE Office, and will allow individuals to receive an Authorized Signer designation if they will be the approved spender from their organization’s accounts. 

The TLC is offered at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.  Beginning in Spring 2019, organizations can choose which conference they wish to be their primary based on when elections are held within the organization, however, any new leaders seeking professional development and any students seeking to become authorized signers outside of an election cycle may opt to attend whichever TLC is upcoming, even if it is not their org’s primary. 

Conference Logistics

Dates & Time
  • Friday August 30th – 4:45-8 PM
  • Sunday September 8th – 11 AM-2:15 PM
  • Saturday September 14th – 11 AM-2:15 PM


Cohon Center, Welcome in Rangos Ballroom

Sample Conference Schedule

11-11:30 AM: Opening (includes meal)
11:40-12:25 PM: First Session
12:35-1:20 PM: Second Session
1:30-2:15 PM: Third Session

2019 Conference Track Sessions Info

Fall 2019 Registration is now open!


Attendance at the conference, on one of the dates, will allow student government recognized organizations to be considered in good standing, and allow individuals in student orgs or Greek chapters to receive an Authorized Signer designation if they will be the approved spender from their organization’s accounts.

Once a year, organizations are required to have two students attend the TLC, but can send as many student leaders as they would like. SLICE strongly recommends that all organization presidents attend the conference. You may attend on behalf of more than one organization as long as you hold an active leadership position in each organization and indicate this request during registration.

First time Authorized Signers are required to attend two financial sessions throughout the conference, returning Authorized Signers are only required to attend Finance 101 or Finance 102 in order to continue in their role. In the remaining time block, these students may choose from any other session(s) of interest.

2019 Conference TRACK Sessions

All conference attendees will be provided all conference session materials via a Google Drive link to facilitate note taking and information sharing post-conference.  All sessions will be 45 min in length.

If you are new to SLICE finances or looking for a refresher, then this is the session for you! Learn the basics of spending, earning, and moving your organization’s money.

Put your SLICE finance acumen to the test with this advanced session designed for returning Authorized Signers and organizations with more complex spending habits. Get a quick refresher before learning the ins and outs of contracts and building on your financial management knowledge.

You’re an Authorized Signer – now what? In this interactive session, you’ll learn how to maximize your organization’s available resources by utilizing avenues including fundraising, ticket sales, sponsorships, donations, crowdfunding and more.


Driving to Virginia for a tournament, flying for a service trip, or looking to rent the SLICE van? This session will tell you everything you need to know from booking your first travel appointment to pulling back into campus and everything in between.

This session, guided by the student government VP of Finance, is your opportunity to learn more about the timeline for the yearly funding process, get questions answered about how the JFC works, and learn how to access your budgets on the budget module and your balances in The Bridge.

Leading a student organization can be overwhelming at times, as there is a lot to keep track of and manage, but SLICE is here to help you navigate through the inevitable bumps in the road. This session will go over the top 10 most common mistakes that student organization leaders tend to make throughout the year and how we can overcome them in order to make you an outstanding student organization leader. From fully utilizing your organization’s page on The Bridge or making space reservations to creative advertising ideas or transitioning officers, we’ll go over the resources available to you to help you lead a successful organization.

Do you want to be more effective at making positive changes on campus or in the broader community? Want to understand how to better leverage different aspects of civic engagement to effectively impact issues you care about? Learn how to move your organization to the next level of impact through individual reflection and discussion at this session.


Understanding and implementing the event planning cycle can increase your efficiency and produce better quality events. Join us in this session to break down the four elements of the event planning cycle (Ideate -> Plan -> Execute -> Assess) and delve into elements of delegation, risk management, and measuring event impact. You will be able to apply the cycle to one of your organization’s events throughout a session activity, so come with an event or idea in mind!

Controversy is a both a healthy and unhealthy behavior of teams. Research shows that groups who consider the opinions and experiences of diverse groups and individuals and thus engage in controversial dialogue produce better work. Come to this session to explore methods promote healthy growth in your groups through differing opinions and find ways to avoid and mitigate conflict that damage team morale and negatively impact work.

Teamwork is central to student organization success but can be difficult to navigate. This workshop will teach you how to create a teamwork infrastructure that will help you avoid the most common team problems. You will learn strategies for structuring your collaboration and effective strategies for talking with your teammates when problems do occur.

Join the CPDC’s Career Peer Mentors for an interactive workshop during which you will: (1) learn what professional competencies employers are currently seeking; (2) actively reflect on your role--as well as your jobs, internships, and/or volunteer experiences--to identify professional competencies you currently possess; (3) create  an action plan for improving your competencies; and (4) learn how to best showcase your leadership experience on your resume and at upcoming Job Fairs.

Websites, social media, posters, videos, hashtags, emails, apps … and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to marketing. During this session, we will cover topics that will help to calm the sometimes chaotic nature of marketing and streamline the process of your organization’s or group’s marketing endeavors. We will also have discussion around the ways we all contribute to our university’s brand and how our own marketing reflects who we are as a community.


This session is a guide on how to tackle every responsibility you face with care and success. Through information, activities and discussion, you will leave with a better sense of how to navigate the stress culture. College life and your org may pull you in many different directions, but it is possible to get everything set on the same path; we will help you find a way.

Awareness of one’s community and role within a system is integral to individual, group, and community-wide success. Attend this interactive and activity-based session to apply Systems Thinking to various types of projects, problems, and environments.

Learn how best to keep your members positively involved with your organization after graduation. A solid institutional memory, alumni-sponsored funds, and career networking are just a few of the many benefits to an active alumni community. Come to find out more about forming Alumni Interest Networks (AINs), hear from alumni who have formed AINs, and discuss how to manage some delicate situations involving alumni. This session is run by SCS alum and member of the Alumni Association Board, Meg Richards.