TROY—Registration is still open for the 11th annual Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month Feb. 3-4 at Troy University.
The conference, which is sponsored by Troy University and the City of Troy, provides 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 ministry of Reverend S. D. James and Wal-Mart. Pike County Commissioner Homer Wright is serving as chair of this year's conference and WSFA-TV anchor Tonya Terry will serve as the emcee.
The conference opening session is scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus. Featured speaker will be Randal Pinkett, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of BCT Partners, a management, technology and consulting firm. A self-described "serial entrepreneur" who began his first business venture while in college, Dr. Pinkett is the author of "Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business." Dr. Pinkett gained national recognition on the popular reality TV show "The Apprentice."
The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, will deliver keynote remarks Saturday, Feb. 4, to close the Conference. Dr. Warnock has been active in defending voting rights and has drawn praise for innovative urban ministries such as "Cutting Thru Crisis," a barbershop ministry, as well as a series of Bible studies held in a local car wash. He has also been active in the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. Dr. Warnock has been listed by Ebony Magazine as one of "Thirty Leaders of the Future," and as one of "Twenty to Watch," by the African American Pulpit Journal.
The Saturday events will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration at the Trojan Center lobby. The morning will feature several plenary sessions on diverse topics such as technology, social skill improvement and compassionate leadership.