Strong communities need strong leaders. Our community needs YOU to be a strong leader. This is why The Catawba Valley Leadership Foundation (aka "The Foundation") has partnered with local businesses and organizations to host the Annual Leadership Conference — a half-day experience designed to inform, inspire, and raise your leadership.
The goal of The Foundation is to make life better for every person in the Catawba Valley by improving leadership. Why? Because every life in the Catawba Valley is touched by multiple businesses, organizations, institutions and movements -- all of which are made better or worse by their leaders. We want the best leaders because we want the very best quality of life.
The conference is designed to touch on the challenges and opportunities for leaders in every arena, including business, civic and community, healthcare, education, and non-profit.
Join other leaders from the area as we gain wisdom and encouragement for the important task of leading.
This Year's Theme: Virtues of a Strong Leader
vir·tue /ˈvərCHo͞o/ a quality considered morally good or desirable in a person.
Leaders need to be marked by virtue if they are to not only live well, but also lead well. That's why this year's conference will highlight the key virtues that every leader needs to demonstrate (and grow!) in order to bring their very best to the leadership journey.
This Year's Speakers
Our speakers represent the quality of leadership in the Catawba Valley and each one has a passion for bringing out the leadership potential of others.
Director of HR
The Annual Conference is a fast-paced, half-day packed with stories, motivation, and information -- in that order. We find that people are most moved by stories and examples, not by points, keys, principles and power point slides. You'll get some insights on how to lead more effectively, but you'll also gain the motivation to put those insights into practice immediately and in ways that make a real difference.
8:30 AM: Registration, coffee, donuts, and time to network
8:45 AM: Shad Stringfellow will discuss the virtue of courage and how it's important for strong leaders to take risks.
9:30 AM: Cassia Dowdy will discuss the virtue of temperance and how strong leaders need to have balance in their life.
10:00 AM: Break
10:15 AM: Leadership Impact Award will be presented!
10:20 AM: Mission and Vision of The Catawba Valley Leadership Foundation
10:30 AM: Interview with Brock Long discussing the virtue of justice and how it's important for strong leaders to do the right thing.
11:00 AM: Vicki Murray will talk on the virtue of humility and how overcoming your ego is key in being a strong leader that makes the most impact.
11:30 AM: A quick word from one of The Catawba Valley Leadership Foundations board of directors.
11:45 AM: Final remarks and announcement about our upcoming Legacy Leader Dinner on November 3rd.
12:00 PM: Conclusion
IChurch Hickory Campus
1740 Tate Boulevard Southeast Hickory, NC 28601
Many thanks to the businesses and individuals helping to promote a stronger, flourishing Catawba Valley:
The Annual Conference sponsorships offer a valuable opportunity to support strong leadership in the Catawba Valley. Sponsorships range from $500 to $10K and every sponsorship includes a block of tickets to the conference.