Iowa State Memorial Union

Athari Leadership Experience Registration

Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23

Get ready, ISU students! Coming this summer is the Athari Global & International Student Leadership Experience! Join students from all over the world as we come together to learn about countries from across the globe. This three-day adventure includes learning about different cultures, how different countries view leadership, as well as having a great time at a beautiful retreat center.

The Sunstream Retreat Center offers comfortable cabins, a pool, zip-line adventures, rock climbing, and canoeing on the Des Moines river. Meet new people and develop your extended family right here at ISU by joining us on this fun and adventurous retreat!

The Athari Global & International Leadership Experience trains participants to take their ability to lead and work in teams to a whole new level. Athari participants receive live coaching and feedback that is designed to improve confidence, the ability to speak in public, and how to develop a “power mindset."  

Register Here for the Athari Global & International Leadership Experience


The word Athari means, “Impact” in Swahili. We chose this name for the Global & International Leadership Experience to demonstrate that we all have an “impact” on others, so we should more intentionally seek to have a positive impact on others and not leave our impact up to chance. Sometimes our intent does not always equal the impact we intended. The Athari Global & International Leadership Experience is about discovering our true potential to make a positive impact on others and people from around the globe. We hope you join us and discover the true ATHARI you can have on others. Come and be a part of Iowa State's Athari Global & International Leadership Experience.

At the retreat you will:

  • Learn how to create a new and powerful leadership mindset
  • Discover the secrets to motivate yourself and others
  • Unravel the mystery behind increasing your confidence instantly
  • Receive live coaching throughout the weekend
  • Learn about the differing styles of leadership across the globe
  • Meet new friends and develop your extended family

Gather your friends and register for this once-in-a-lifetime leadership experience. Only 24 students will be admitted to this retreat, so register fast! Deadline to register is June 14 by 3pm. 

There is no charge for the retreat. All meals, lodging, and transportation is provided free of charge. 

Register Here for the Athari Global & International Leadership Experience

What should you bring to the retreat?

All pillows, sheets, and blankets are provided for you!

  • Water bottle
  • Cultural music
  • Instruments (guitar, sitar, etc.)
  • Athletic shoes
  • Towel 
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap)
  • Cultural snacks to share
  • Games
  • Flashlight
  • Pen and paper for notes

For questions, please email

I hope you can join us for this fantastic event!

Uncle Steve

“Uncle” Steve Edward Kawika Kamakawi'wo'ole Miller Winfrey is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. He learned how to dance the Hula at a very young age. Uncle Steve is working on his Ph.D at North Dakota State University in Accelerated Learning Techniques for International Students. He has worked in the field of Higher Education and leadership development for the past 24 years. He has developed and implemented multiple leadership development programs for various universities and has consulted for companies such as Best Buy, Target, and Medtronics. Uncle Steve is currently the Director of the Memorial Union at Iowa State. He is a certified hypnotist and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistics and a certified leadership and life coach. At home, Uncle Steve is a professional drummer, martial artist, and a married father of two girls. Uncle Steve can’t wait to meet YOU!


Friday, June 21, 2019

3pm Check in for the retreat in the Cardinal Room (Second Floor of the Memorial Union)

3:30pm Depart for Retreat Center (

5:30pm Arrive

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Workshops and activities

10pm Free time

12am Lights out

Saturday, June 22
9am Breakfast

10am Workshop 1

12pm Lunch; then free time till 3:00pm

3pm Workshop 2

6pm Dinner

7pm Group challenge activity (gym)

9:30pm Campfire & s'mores

12am Lights out

Sunday, June 23

9:30am Breakfast & pack

10:30am Final leadership workshop

11:30am Depart from Sunstream Retreat Center

12:30pm Arrive back at the Memorial Union

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