Welcome to the Circle of Change Leadership Experience

The Circle of Change Leadership Experience is a 501c(3) organization that specializes in creating transformational leadership and career experiences for traditional, non-traditional, and first-generation students across the country.

Our award-winning and nationally recognized leadership development conference for traditional, non-traditional, and first-generation students takes place each Fall in Southern California while our First-Generation Student Career Conference takes place in the Spring in Miami, Florida.

Mixed in with these two amazing experiences are master-classes, virtual meetups with top organizations and companies, dynamic career resources, a virtual career development program, and e-learning courses for students and young professionals.

More information about this year’s 14th Annual Circle of Change Leadership Experience taking place this November 17-19, 2023 in Southern California has been provided below for both students and professionals to explore.

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Ten benefits for attending the 2023 circle of change leadership experience

  • Three Days of Valuable Leadership and Professional Development Training for Student Leaders and Professionals
  • Networking Opportunities with Highly Successful Professionals from Top Tier Organizations and Companies
  • Specially Crafted Professional and Leadership Development Sessions with Dynamic Speakers and Facilitators
  • Free Leadership Conference Handbook, Professional Headshot, Pen, and Bag
  • Relationship Building Opportunities with Hundreds of Student Leaders From Across the Country
  • Lifetime Membership in the Circle of Change Emerging Leaders Alumni Group
  • Access to Recorded Sessions After the Conference Concludes
  • Financial Scholarships & Giveaways Throughout Entire Conference
  • Opportunity to Join Virtual Career Development Program with Mentors, Guest Speakers, and Facilitators After Conference Completion
  • Allocated time to experience the amazing attractions around Southern California



The COC Leadership Conference made an incredible impact on our students! Conference speakers and session facilitators were thought – provoking, skilled and provided practical strategies and resources for all attendees. Since our initial partnership with Dr. Fredenburg and his team, our students have enthusiastically shared their COC experiences with others and continue to excel on campus.


Circle of Change has impacted thousands of first-generation students around the world, and within my years in higher education at CSUSB, CSULA, SJSU, CSUF, and USC, the students come back transformed and with a new mindset focused on making an impact in their communities.


Circle of Change gave an opportunity for our first gen students to see and hear from leaders who looked like them and had shared experiences as them. COCLC inspired our students that anything is possible and that they have the power within themselves, now, to achieve great things for themselves and for their community to advance positive change.


Working at a California Community College, I see first-hand the powerful and life-changing difference Circle of Change makes in the lives of my students…especially first-generation college students. These students return empowered, self-confident, and with a plan of action to achieve their career goals. COC is a difference-maker!


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This truly was a life changing experience. I am normally skeptic so I do not say these things lightly. I feel an internal change of heart and it has made me remember how invigorating it is to be positive. I will make sure to spread the word around campus and give this conference the credit it deserves. Thank you so much for loving all of your attendees and meaning it with all your heart. I will make sure not to let you down and be great!

Zynyl Castor, University of District Columbia

Thank you to Circle of Change for reigniting my passions and reminding me what my focus is and why I want to do what I want! This was such a great opportunity! I’m so thankful for these amazing connections I have made! Although some of us will not see each other for a long while, I know we all have impacted one another! I now feel empowered and more open to my goals and dreams.

Kayno Vang, California State University, Monterey Bay

I cannot put into words how much Circle of Change has changed my life. I’ve learned endless knowledge that I probably would’ve never unlocked if it weren’t for this opportunity. I am not only thankful for the speakers, but I am thankful for the fellow students as well!

Anayxia Rodriguez, Northern Virginia Community College

I want to be able to take what I’ve learned here and bring this energy back to campus with me. To: create events that help others find who they are, advocate for those whose voices aren’t heard, and to create a culture centered around community and personal development.

Roman Best, Penn State University



For those that are planning to attend the Circle of Change Career Leadership Experience in person at the California State University, Dominguez Hills, we have partnered with the Double Tree Hotel to attain a discounted rate for all participants during the weekend of the conference.

The Double Tree Hotel is not only about 10-15 minutes from the California State University, Dominguez Hills, but there are many restaurants and site-seeing opportunities nearby. Also, if your group desires transportation service to and from the conference location, you can attain that for $5.00 per person roundtrip.

To reserve rooms at the Double Tree Hotel with the discounted rate, you can call the hotel and mention the Circle of Change Leadership Conference.The rate and information for the hotel has been provided below.

Double Tree Hotel | 2 Civic Plaza Dr, Carson, CA 90745

Phone: (310) 830-9200 | Discounted Rate – $179.99 per night for Double Beds

Reserve Your Room

The 14th Annual Circle of Change Leadership Conference will be held at the California State University, Dominguez Hills from Friday, November 17, 2023 through Sunday, November 19, 2023.

To register for this life-changing leadership experience in Southern California, click on the registration button above.