The University of Lynchburg School of Business and Economics (SOBE) will host a simulcast of one of the world’s premier leadership conferences on March 30 and 31. The conference will give LC students, as well as members of the Central Virginia community, an opportunity to learn about leadership from internationally known speakers.
LEAD2015 is a two-day leadership conference featuring stories and talks by 22 world thought leaders from government, business ventures, and nonprofit organizations. Produced by HR.com, the program is designed to inspire leadership in people from all walks of life and encourage education, collaboration and ethical leadership. The event will be held in Dallas, but it will be streamed live to locations around the world—including LC.
“We want to expose as many students as possible to leadership,” said Dr. Joseph Turek, dean of the SOBE. “This conference will allow members of our community to learn from a variety of leaders and discover new ways of becoming leaders themselves.”
The culmination of the conference is the 2015 Leadership Excellence Awards Ceremony where the latest Leadership Excellence rankings will be unveiled. Although the awards ceremony will not be simulcast, the LC community looks forward to learning about the rankings soon thereafter; the SOBE was ranked number 10 in the Educational Institution category in 2014, and has been placed in the top 30 since 2011.
Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address for LEAD2015. Other speakers include Craig Kileburger, founder of the nonprofit Free the Children; Erin Gruwell, founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation; and Ken Blanchard, a business consultant and coauthor of the bestselling One Minute Manager. Visit www.lead2015.com for the complete list of speakers.
The conference includes time scheduled for a live, local talk. Dr. Ira Kaufman, assistant professor of marketing, will present “Leadership in the Digital Age” at 9 a.m. March 31. Kaufman is the president of the marketing firm Entwine Digital and author of the book Digital Marketing: Integrating Strategy and Tactics with Values.
To register for the conference, purchase tickets on the LC simulcast EventBrite page, using the password lead2015lynchburg. Tickets may be purchased for both days of the conference or only one day.