Seven Reasons to Attend the 2016 National Leadership Forum

I recognize, your summer is the one chance you get for some down time; where you can push “pause” and relax before the fall rush begins again. So, why not spend part of that relaxation time with us in Atlanta? This June 23-24, we’ll host the best two days of inspiration and content you’ve experienced all year. It’s designed for leaders like you, who serve the “next generation” in higher education, high schools, athletic departments, non-profit organizations, companies or churches.

May I offer SEVEN incredible reasons you should come?


1. We have the best line-up of presenters we’ve ever hosted.

We’ve invited an unbelievable team of speakers, including notable names like:

Dr. Ken Blanchard – Author of Situational Leadership, The One Minute Manager (13 million copies sold) and over 45 other books.

Gene Smith – Vice President and Athletic Director at The Ohio State University. Gene is a leading voice for leading well in higher education.

Dr. Maria Carstarphan – Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, which is transitioning out of the greatest cheating scandal in U.S. history.

Kyle Stark – Assistant General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, voted one of the top cultures in baseball, due to an intentional method for building men.

Dr. Wayne Hammond – President of Resiliency Initiatives. He has worked with at-risk teens and has developed a tool to assess and build resilience.

Austin Moss – Manager of NFL Player Engagement. Austin is a developer of both young professionals and students athletes who sees the big picture.

Dr. Tim Elmore – Author of 32 books, and president of Growing Leaders, created to develop emerging leaders in schools and organizations.

2. It’s truly a forum, for you to interact with those on stage and in the room.

This isn’t your typical conference or retreat. It’s a forum. You’ll get to interact with the leaders on the main stage, as well as the elective breakouts on targeted topics of your choice. And, you will also interact with other attendees, since you’ll be seated at tables for discussion and application. Lots of interaction. Lots of ideas. Lots of inspiration.

3. Table Sponsors enjoy a free VIP luncheon with Ken Blanchard or Gene Smith.

For the first forty table sponsors, you’ll be invited to a free VIP luncheon with either Dr. Ken Blanchard or Gene Smith (see above). In this smaller community, these leaders will answer your questions on leadership, personal growth, handling conflict, empowering teams . . . you name it. Table sponsorships are $2,700, which allows you to bring six team members with you to the Forum.

4. The content will be “pracademic.”

By this I mean the sessions will be researched-based, yet very useful. We work hard to insure our experiences are both practical and academic. It’s a rare blend. Every presenter is not only an engaging communicator, but an effective leader who knows how to mix principles, stories and application steps. We’ve chosen these leaders on purpose. In addition, we’ll offer options for you to text or tweet questions and comments to the speakers on the main stage—for further clarification and application of what they’ve said. We want you to leave on Friday with a game plan for building a culture of leadership.

5. Our breakouts will equip you to grow personally.

This year, we’ve planned a menu of relevant topics and facilitators for two sets of breakouts. You’ll be able to choose two topics (from below) to drill deeper and ask questions of those who lead them, including topics and instructors like:

  • The Hidden Truth About Leadership (Who* Not What) (Tim Spiker)
  • Embracing Your Myers Briggs Type to Improve Emotional Health (Holly Moore)
  • How to Develop Male Leaders (Kyle Stark)
  • How to Lead with Your Strengths (Mary Lynn Realff)
  • Case Study: Changing Organizational Culture (Austin Moss)
  • Case Study: Changing School Culture (Dr. Jason Lane)
  • Teaching At-Risk Students the Importance of Culture (Dr. Judith Pickens)
  • How to Create Training Events People Want to Attend (Billy Boughey)

6. Every breakout and main session will be “edu-taining.”

One of the elements we employ to differentiate our National Leadership Forum from other academic events you might attend is: we are about “edu-tainment.” You’ll learn and you will have fun. We don’t believe these two realities have to be mutually exclusive. The content is excellent. The delivery is engaging and memorable. We try to model what we want educators to be about in the classroom or on the field. Every attendee will learn something new, but we make sure to smile in the process.

7. There is something for everyone this year.

If you can come, you’ll find there is something for you, and anyone else you choose to bring with you. Our presenters are from a variety of backgrounds—from higher education, to K-12 schools, to corporations, to college and pro athletic teams to non-profit organizations. Our breakouts cover a wide range of personal and professional issues. Further, we host this forum in Atlanta, home of the Braves, the World of Coca Cola, Chick Fil A, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Civil and Human Rights Museum, Delta Airlines, world-class restaurants, downtown shopping and theatres to take in. Even if the forum was boring—you’d have fun playing hooky!

So—are you ready to register with a friend for the National Leadership Forum?

Join Fellow Leaders at the 2016 National Leadership Forum



2016 Theme: Leaders At Every Level – The Secrets of Developing a Culture of Leadership
Atlanta, GA
June 23-24, 2016
Registration: $449

Learn More & Register Here

Seven Reasons to Attend the 2016 National Leadership Forum