T.J. Sullivan

Student Leadership Blog

Oatmeal raisin cookies

Find me the one college leadership conference in the nation where the oatmeal raisin cookies disappear before the chocolate chip at lunch. It doesn't exist. No one has ever said, "Oh, forget about chocolate chip. Let's just have a huge tray of those delicious oatmeal raisin cookies!" It's time to fight the power. CONTINUE READING ›

The start of the year hangover

The first weeks of the new academic year are intoxicating. But, it's important for smart student leaders to plan for the inevitable hangover – when people start making intentional choices about the levels of engagement they can reasonably commit to your organization. Think ahead. What can you do now, in the midst of the honeymoon, to make sure your thirds are still coming around in October? CONTINUE READING ›

Recovering from loss doesn’t happen quickly

When dealing with a loss, it's so easy to turn to STERB's – "short term energy releasing behaviors." I learned a long time ago from the writers of The Grief Recovery Handbook that it's not about feeling better in the short term. It's about taking intelligent steps to recover from grief over the long term. CONTINUE READING ›

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Who is T.J. Sullivan?


He's a guy who has spoken to more than 2-million college students since 1992 on topics including: alcohol, sex, confrontation, and innovative leadership. He's a writer, a blogger, an overly-committed fraternity man and a thought leader on college student leadership. He's a dad, a husband, and a Broncos fan. He's honored you're here, and hopes you find something useful.