Renowned speakers will highlight the 2013 Leadership Conference

Posted: Friday, 18 January 2013

TROY – Two renowned keynote speakers will highlight the Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month at Troy University Feb. 1-2.

Hosted by the University and City of Troy, the annual conference provides information to enhance the quality of leadership and civic participation of community leaders, area residents and university students.

“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.”

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

Providing the closing luncheon address at 11:45 a.m. Saturday will be Sheri Riley, founder and chief partnership strategist of her own personal development company in Atlanta. A certified personal development coach and life strategist, Riley coaches, mentors, and provides spiritual advice, life strategy and personal advice to celebrities, athletes, corporate executives and high achievers. A featured columnist for, she is a founding member of John C. Maxwell’s Coaching, Speaking, Training Team and is a graduate of the University of Louisville.

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, or call the University’s Institute for Leadership Development at 334-670-3389