Spring 2014


Dear Conferees,

On behalf of the Center for Innovative Leadership Development (School of Education) and the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship (Godbold School of Business), we welcome you to our 2014 Summer Leadership Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Leadership in Action….A Formula for Success. According to Jim Collins, a bestselling author and former faculty member at Stanford University, leadership is the great differentiator in achieving greatness (excellence) in any organization whether it be small or large, private or public, for profit or not for profit. Bill Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education, stated that “leadership at all levels is the cornerstone in building successful organizations from schools to corporations”. Our conference this year will focus on leadership as it relates to driving performance in schools, businesses and organizations in general. This conference will also include addressing the roles of the executive (CEO, Vice-Presidents, Superintendents and Principals) in promoting, leading, developing and communicating creative approaches to today’s challenges in business and education. As you will note, the conference agenda is organized around three strands: Teacher Efficacy, Organizational Leadership, and Research Presentations. Each is comprised of contemporary topics seasoned with experiential knowledge and proven best practices.

This year’s conference keynote speaker will be Dr. Mark Edwards, Superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District. Dr. Edwards is the 2013 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year and the national Superintendent of the Year.

Additionally, there will be experts from education and business who will be speaking on topics such as creating a culture of excellence through level 5 leadership, entrepreneurial leadership, teacherpreneurship: the role of the leader-teacher, business in the classroom and social media marketing to list a few of the topics. We are excited about our lineup again this year. We hope that you will join us this year, our 5th year of bringing together experts in their fields, best practices, and successful practitioners to share their invaluable experiences with us. We are confident that you will find these two days insightful, stimulating and, most importantly, beneficial.

Online Registration will be available beginning March 25, 2014. More information, including the registration web address can be found on the website www.gardner-webb.edu/leadership-conference.


We Look forward to seeing you on July 28th.


Wishing each of you continued success,


Dr. A. Douglas Eury Dean, School of Education


Dr. Anthony Negbenebor Dean, Godbold School of Business



Register Now!


Groups of 10 to 25

$45.00 each

Groups of 26 or More

$40.00 each

Local Accommodations

Holiday Inn-Shelby
2012 East Marion Street
Shelby, NC 280150

Comfort Inn-Shelby
2001 East Dixon Boulevard, Highway 74
Shelby, NC 28152

AmericInn Lodge & Suites-Boiling Springs
428 E. College Avenue
Boiling Springs, NC 28017



This is what attendees at the 2011 conference said:


"One of the best conferences I have ever attended."

"The Conference was like a revival. I left energized."

"I felt like I was drinking from a fire hydrant. There was so much valuable information offered up."

"I plan to attend every year."

"Great speakers."

"The presentations were a nice blend of theory, best practices and practical application."