Southeastern University will once again host its annual leadership Forum on March 14, 2019. The event will include entrepreneur Bill Rancic, with his television personality wife Giuliana, vice chairman at Morgan Stanley Carla Harris, CEO of Capella Hotel Group Horst Schulze, motivational speaker Jon Gordon and many more.
While the event is similar to last year’s Forum, with an emphasis on leadership training, the 2019 event will be different in several ways. Instead of a two-day event, the conference will be one day to better accommodate the schedule of busy professionals. In addition to main stage speakers, several special breakout sessions will be offered throughout the day focusing on personal, community and team development, enabling participants to customize their Forum experience and choose sessions that align with their interests.
A scholarship gala is also being planned for the evening of Friday, March 15. The speaker for the gala will be announced soon.
General Admission tickets will be offered at an Early Bird Rate of $99 through January 14. Beginning January 15, the General Admission ticket price will increase to $149. General Admission tickets include all Forum general sessions, Forum breakout sessions, speaker book signing opportunities, and networking opportunities.
Premium tickets are priced at $249 and include reserved parking, a fast pass for check-in and book signing lines, reserved seating at both the general and breakout sessions, and a dining card for lunch.
A new ticket option this year is the Investor Pass at $349. This pass includes reserved parking, a private shuttle to the location, breakfast with Jon Gordon, lunch with Bill and Giuliana Rancic, a fast pass for book signings, prime seating, and access to investor spaces.
As an entrepreneur, Bill Rancic started several small businesses early in his career. He later went on to develop real estate, and opened and managed three restaurants in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Rancic got his first big break in 2004 when he won the first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice.” Giuliana Rancic is an entertainment journalist, fashion designer, and television personality. The couple has written a book together, “I Do...Now What?” in addition to having starred in their own reality show, “Giuliana & Bill,” from 2009 to 2014.
Carla Harris is a vice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital market’s effort for the consumer and retail industries, and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. In her 30-year career, Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.
Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams. He is also a popular speaker to Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, and nonprofits. Gordon is the author of The Wall Street Journal best-sellers “The Energy Bus” and “The Power of a Positive Team.”
As a leader in the service world, Horst Schulze is the chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group. His vision has helped reshape concepts of customer service throughout the hospitality and service industries. Schulze has been recognized as “corporate hotelier of the world” by HOTELS magazine and was awarded the Ishikawa Medal for his personal contributions to the quality movement. Prior to founding the Capella Hotel Group, Schulze served as vice chairman of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, after serving as president and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Group for 13 years.
Former Congressman Dennis Ross is a distinguished professor at Southeastern University’s Jannetides College of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership. In October of 2018, the university announced the launch of the American Center for Political Leadership (ACPL) in partnership with Ross. Ross served as a Florida State Representative from 2008–2018. As a fourth-term U.S. Congressman, he served as a Senior Deputy Majority Whip and on the Committee of Financial Services and on the Committee of Oversight and Government Reform.
A champion of innovative educational design, Dr. Kent Ingle serves as the president of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, one of the fastest growing private institutions in the nation. Under his leadership, the university has seen significant growth. Ingle has propelled the university’s enrollment from 2,546 students in 2011 to more than 8,700 students currently, with more than 100 extension sites and 13 regional campuses nationwide.
Dr. Rob McKenna is the founder of WiLD Leaders, Inc., and creator of the WiLD Toolkit. WiLD is an intentional leader development process and set of tools. McKenna is also the executive director of the Center for Leadership Research & Development and chair of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. McKenna was recently named among the top 30 most influential industry and organizational psychologists and was featured in Forbes. His clients have included the Boeing Company, Microsoft, Foster Farms, the United Way, Alaska Airlines, and Children’s Hospital.
Additional speakers will be announced. Tickets for the Forum at SEU are now on sale. For more information, please visit seuforum.com or call 877-FORUM-2018.