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2012 Leadership Conference set for Feb. 3-4

The 2012 African-American History Month Leadership Conference is set for Feb. 3 and 4 on the campus of Troy University and will feature keynote speakers, Dr. Randel Pinkett and Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock.

The conference is sponsored annually by Troy University and the City of Troy. Pike County Commissioner Homer Wright is serving as chair of this year’s conference.

The annual leadership conference is open to the community and beyond and includes a variety of work sessions with opening and closing sessions as bookends.

“The Leadership Conference provides information to enhance the quality of leadership and civic participation of community leaders, area residents and university students,” said Sheila Jackson, Conference public relations chair. “The Leadership Conference continues to grow each year and that is due to the outstanding motivational speakers that are featured and the opportunities to hone the skills that enable the participants to go back to their communities as better tooled leaders.”

The Leadership Conference will open at 6:30 on Feb. 3 at the Trojan Center Theater with Pinkett as the keynote speaker.

“Dr. Pinkett was the winner of season four of “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump,” Jackson said. “That alone validates him as an outstanding leader. He is an inspiring speaker and we are excited to have him open the conference.”

The Leadership Conference will continue on Feb. 4 at the Trojan Center with work sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 11 a.m. The Leadership Conference will close with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Trojan Center Ballrooms with Warnock as the featured speaker.

“Dr. Warnock is pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, which is the home church of Dr. Martin Luther King,” Jackson said. “The Leadership Conference always has outstanding keynote speakers and, this year, the speakers are dynamic, motivational speakers.

“They will inspire the participants to become more involved in their communities.

“The leadership skills they have identified and fine tuned in the work sessions and the confidence they have gained will make them eager to do what they can to make their communities better places to live and work.”

Registration for the 2012 Leadership Conference at Troy University is $30 for adults and $15 for university students and includes the Saturday luncheon.

To register for the conference, visit http://troy.troy.edu/leadershipconference/ or contact Barbara Patterson at 334-670-3204 or Jackson at 334-670-2283.