About

Plot Twist

- April 2015, Urbana-Champaign

The Vision

We strive to host an inspiring conference that encourages individuals to embrace the unexpected opportunities that can stimulate personal and professional growth and empower them to become passionate leaders.

Theme

Plot Twist (noun): an unexpected development in a book, film, television program, etc. When there is an unexpected turn in events that changes the direction of the story, the protagonist must adapt quickly in order to reach their goal. With Plot Twist as the theme, the conference will push attendees to think about their own plot twists in their life-- choices, obstacles, or uncontrollable factors that deter one from their goal--and how they grow from obstacles.

Workshops

Based off a story format, the workshops offered in this conference will be split into 3 chapters: Preface, Exposition, and Rising Action. They respectively represent identity and culture, passions and involvement, and growth and transformation through embracing the unexpected in the attendee’s story.

Speakers

Learn From These Great Folks

Schedule

First Day

Social (Ends at 8pm)

Check-In (Ends at 10pm)

Second Day

Check-In (Ends at 9am)

Breakfast

"Preface"

Workshop Series 1

Dynamic Small Groups

Keynote Speaker

Lunch

"Exposition"

Workshop Series 2

Dynamic Small Groups

"Rising Action"

Workshop Series 3

Dynamic Small Groups

Banquet

Afterparty

Third Day

Optional Sunday Service

Optional Brunch & Meet and Greet

Venue

Conference Will Be Held At

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Getting Here

Air Travel

There are three options for destination to get to the conference: O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), or University of Illinois Willard Airport (CMI). University of Illinois Willard Airport is the closest airport to campus. If you chose to take O’Hare or Midway, there are a number of buses and shuttles to take to get to campus. You may book tickets from Peoria Charter Coach Company or Suburban Express. You should choose whichever airport you are coming from as your departure city and for your destination, you may pick any ​ except ​ for Amtrak Illinois Terminal. Amtrak Illinois Terminal is considered off campus and to get on campus, you would need to take a bus which will require paying $1. Any other destinations that reads UIUC or Champaign will get you on campus.

By Car

If coming from the North: From your departure city, please find a highway that will lead to Interstate 57 and head south towards Memphis. Exit on 237A

If coming from the South: From your departure city, please find a highway that will lead to Interstate 57 and head south towards Chicago. Exit on 237A

Bus/Amtrak

You can take the Greyhound or Amtrak to get Champaign. However when you arrive, you will be at Amtrak Illinois Terminal and will need to pay $1 for bus fare to get on campus.

Hotels Nearby

Illini Union Hotel

1401 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-1241
When reserving, ask for ITASA room block and you will get the UIUC rates. If you do not ask for ITASA room block, you won’t get the discount. Make sure to reserve before March 2 to get the discount

Comfort Suites

2001 North Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone: (217) 328-3500
When reserving, ask for ITASA room block and you will get the UIUC rates. If you do not ask for ITASA room block, you won’t get the discount. Make sure to reserve before March 2 to get the discount