Leadership conference boasts renowned speakers

Published 11:00 pm Monday, January 21, 2013

Troy University has scheduled three renowned speakers for the school’s Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month.

The conference is set for Feb. 1-2 and hosted by the university and City of Troy.

Philadelphia native Dr. Marc Lamont Hill will be opening the conference at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. Hill is a commentator for National Public Radio, The Washington Post, Essence Magazine, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and the Fox News Channel. He is also an associate professor of education at Columbia University and on the faculty of Columbia’s Institute for Research in African American Studies.

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Sheri Riley will provide the closing luncheon address at 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 2. She is founder and chief partnership strategist of her own personal development company based in Atlanta. Riley is a certified personal development coach and life strategist who mentors and provides spiritual and personal advice to celebrities, athletes and corporate executives. She is a featured columnist for BlakEnterprise.com.

“We are excited about the prospects offered by the 12th annual conference,” said conference chair Wanda H. Moultry. “It is a wonderful opportunity for participants to focus their thoughts on making a difference in their own community, and for student participants to hear role models challenge them to become leaders in their own communities.”

The annual conference provides information to enhance the quality of leadership and civic participation for area residents, leaders and university students.

Other featured speakers include Dr. Deborah E. Barnhart, chief executive officer and executive director of the United States Space and Rocket Center; Bishop Teresa Snorton, the Christian Methodist Episcopal denomination’s first female bishop; and Bishop S.D. James, founder of S.D. James Evangelistic Association and the Evangelistic Pentecostal Churches (Worldwide), Inc.

To learn more about the Leadership Conference, or to register to attend, visit http://trojan.troy.edu/leadershipconference/, or call the University’s Institute for Leadership Development at 334-670-3389.