Leadership Conference

Student group gathered at opening session 
Student gathered at small group session 
Winners of student leadership awards 
Student winner of athletic leadership award 
Recognition of 2019 leadership chair 
Trojan Center Ballrooms at Leadership Conference  

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 and the  SD James Evangelistic Association.

The 2020 Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month will be held January 31 - February 1 , 2020. This year's conference theme is Effective Leadership: Civically, Economically and Socially. We hope you will be able to join us for the 2020 conference. Our keynote speakers will be Dr. Mary Frances Berry and Mrs. Peggy Wallace Kennedy.

Lewis speaking at conference

In addition to valuable break-out sessions for both university students and community participants, the keynote speakers for the 2019 conference were Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock and Dr. Quintion Ross . Past speakers have included Congressman John Lewis, Congresswoman Terri Sewell Rickey Smile, 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,  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.

Shelia Jackson with John Lewis

Each year the committee selects a new chairman. Mr. John Parker is serving as the 2020 conference chair. 

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.