Alabama Leadership Conference set for May 12 at Troy University's Montgomery Campus

Posted: Thursday, 14 April 2016

MONTGOMERY - Nationally renowned speakers Deborah Reeser McKinnon, John Riley and Sharon Lovoy will highlight the Alabama Leadership Conference presented by Troy University Continuing Education on May 12 on the University's Montgomery Campus.

The one-day, intensive conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Gold Room on the second floor of Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus.

The conference's theme poses the question "Are You Leadership Ready?" and will assist participants in gaining insight and developing strategies to build leadership pipelines and propel their organizations into the next phase of leadership development.

McKinnon, a partner with Blanchard Companies and CEO of Deborah McKinnon Consulting, will provide the conference's first keynote of the day, helping to set the stage for participants to become leadership ready. A nationally recognized leadership speaker and consultant with 25 years of proven success in managing the productivity of others and leading within large corporate settings, McKinnon has assisted clients such as Southwest Airlines, Chick-fil-A, Premiere Inc. Healthcare, Verizon, Capital One, PepsiAmericas, Bank of America, and more.

Riley, an internationally known leadership and motivational speaker who has delivered more than 13,000 presentations in 26 countries, will deliver the luncheon keynote on "Making Your Leadership Count." Riley, who played football at Auburn University and professionally with the Oakland Raiders, turned to the business world once his football career ended in 1970. Since then, he has been teaching companies how to incorporate honest values into building lasting working relationships with each other, as well as the companies with whom they do business.

Lovoy, who has more than 25 years of experience in the field of human resources management and development, will deliver the conference's closing keynote address. She has managed human resources departments and has run her own consulting practice, Lovoy's Team Works, Inc., since 1991. Lovoy has more than 250 clients, including Mercedes Benz USI, ADTRAN, The Southern Company, American Cast Iron Pipe Company, Alasgasco, among others. The Shelby County resident has also authored the chapter, "You Are Known by the Company You Keep," in the book "Building a Successful Consulting Practice," which is now in its third printing.

In addition to the keynote addresses, participants will benefit from experienced leaders sharing their insights in sessions, including "Communicating the Strategic Vision," "Creating Your Future Leadership Team," and "Leading with Ethical Behavior – Not Just the Rules."

Those registering for the conference by May 1, will receive an early-bird discounted rate of $119. The registration fee after May 1, is $129 per person. Group rates are also available. Groups registering four people on or before May 1, can register a fifth person free of charge.

To register or for additional information, visit If you wish to partner with Troy University Continuing Education, contact Sharleen Smith at