Perlmutter Leadership Conference

The Perlmutter Leadership Conference is an annual, Strengths-based leadership conference for up to 150 Miami students. Prior to attending, all participants take the Strengths Finder™ assessment and bring their results with them to the conference. During the conference, students are introduced to strengths-based leadership and participate in many hands-on, discussion-based activities to explore their natural talents and strengths as identified by the Strengths Finder™ assessment.

Please contact Steven & Madeline at wilksleadership@MiamiOH.edu with any questions.


The Perlmutter Leadership Conference is named after Diane Perlmutter, a Miami graduate. Ms. Perlmutter valued her Miami Experience so highly that she established this conference as a way of giving back to her alma mater. A highlight of the conference is the opportunity for students to take the Strengths Finder™ assessment and participate in an in-depth workshop to explore and learn how to apply their top five Strengths Finder™ “signature themes” to their classes, involvement pursuits, and everyday life at Miami University.


Here are some quotes from past Perlmutter Leadership Conference participants:

  • ”I learned a lot more about myself, how to best use my gifts, and more about leadership in general and I think that will be very helpful as I go forward in life.”
  • “Everyone has their own unique perspective on life. Sometimes it's easy to forget that and just assume that life is only how we experience it. Attending the Perlmutter Leadership conference helped to remind me of this important fact.”
  • “So engaging and really helpful. Some of the ideas that were brought up are ones that I will constantly reflect on and I think it will make a big impact in my daily life as well as leadership experiences”
  • ”Great enthusiasm, energy, and genuine approach."