CSU’s Leadership Institute Forum 2020 Begins Today

Staff Report

Monday, August 24th, 2020

The Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, will be hosted online from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day the week of Aug. 24-28. Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors, The Forum 2020 will be offered at no cost to registrants.The week-long virtual event will feature the following blend of new addresses and interviews, as well as recorded presentations with “greatest hits” from the past 14 years. 

New for 2020
  • “A Legacy of Leadership: The Forum Through the Years”: Jim Blanchard, Chairman, JBA Capital, LLC and Ed Helton, Chief of Staff, Columbus State University

  • “History, Race and Economics...Where do we go From Here?”: Chris Clark, President and CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Todd Groce, President and CEO, Georgia Historical Society; and Jerald Mitchell, President and CEO, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Greatest Hits

  • “Changing the World one Butt at a Time”: Sara Blakely, 2014, Founder and Owner, Spanx, Inc.

  • “Leadership: Seizing the Opportunity”: Mark Cuban, 2014, Investor, Philanthropist

  • “Values-Driven Leadership”: Lori Lee, 2018, CEO, AT&T International and Global Marketing Officer, AT&T, Inc.

  • “The Art of Leadership”:  General Mark A. Milley, 2018, 20th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

  • “Billy, do You Realize You Have no Friends?”: William Payne, 2010, Former President and CEO, Atlanta Olympic Games

  • “Lean In”: Sheryl Sandberg, 2014, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

Greatest Hits with 2020 Interview

  • “A Conversation With Ajay Banga”: Ajaypal Singh Banga, 2016, President and CEO, MasterCard

  • “Leading Through Crisis”: James J. Dunne III, 2015, Vice Chairman and Senior Managing Principal, Piper Sandler 

  • “The Art of Leadership”: Erwin McManus, 2018, Author, Futurist, Speaker and Innovator

  • “American Can Thrive in the New World Order”: Leah Ward Sears, 2008, Former Chief Justice, Georgia Supreme Court

The free virtual event is funded by the support of Platinum Sponsors Synovus and AT&T; Visionary Sponsor TSYS; Gold Sponsors Georgia CEO and Columbus Ledger-Enquirer; Silver Sponsor Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Champion Sponsors W.C. Bradley, Liberty Utilities, Georgia Power, Brasfield & Gorrie and 2WR; Ambassador Sponsors St. Francis - Emory Healthcare Columbus Technical College, Columbus Water Works and Robinson Grimes; and Collaborators Barge Design Solutions, Columbus Airport, Containers By Reaves, Global Teen Challenge, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers, Moon, Meeks, and Company, OmegaFi, Standard Concrete and Townsend Wealth Management.Though the event is free, registration is required. For more information or to register, visit TheFourm.ColumbusState.edu.