Leadership Conference


The 2019 Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month will be held February 1-2, 2019. We hope you will be able to join us for the 2019 conference. The 2019 conference theme is "Leaders Embracing New Relationships, Destinations, and Opportunities".

Mission Statement:


Bring individuals together to promote dialogue that fosters multicultural collaboration to strengthen relationships and empower diverse leaders with the tools to better serve their organization and community.

Troy University’s Leadership Conference


Troy University’s Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month is held annually on the main campus of Troy University. This conference provides valuable information to enhance the quality of leadership and civic participation of community leaders, area residents, and university students. Major Sponsors of the conference since its inception have been the City of Troy, SD James Evangelistic Association.

In addition to valuable break-out sessions for both university students and community participants, the keynote speakers for the 2018 conference were Congressman John Lewis and Congresswoman Terri Sewell. Past speakers have included Rickey Smiley and Bishop James Davis, Juanita Jones Abernathy, Jasmine Guy, Hill Harper, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Fernandez “Frank” Ponds, Rev. Bernice King, Judge Penny Brown Reynolds Dr. Randal Pinkett, Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie, Dr. Calvin Mackie, Ms. Lyn Vaughn and Mr. Tim Reid, Judge Greg Mathis, Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Joseph Lowery, Dr. Belle Wheelan, Mr Thomas N. Todd, the Honorable Lois Deberry, Columnist Cynthia Tucker, former Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington and Reverend Jamal-Harrison Bryant. Each year the committee selects a new chairman. Shelia Jackson is serving as the 2019 conference chair.