At the Symposium you will:

• Invigorate your staff.
• Meet other innovative educators.
• Learn best practices from educator-
led breakout sessions.
• Gain fresh ideas from school and
classroom visits.
• Draw inspiration from thought
leaders that include Tommy Spaulding,
Muriel Summers, Ron Clark, Erin
Gruwell, Simon Bailey, Drew Dudley,
Geoffrey Canada, Rafe Esquith,
and more.

The Leader in Me® Symposium Series 2015

Each year educators from across North America have the unique opportunity to gather at The Leader in Me Symposium Series to connect as a community of innovators, celebrate the advancements schools are making using The Leader in Me, and create new paths that will bring leadership and 21st-century life skills to the classroom.

↓    North America Events
UT, Salt Lake City — January 27-28, 2015 Learn More Sold Out

FL, Port Charlotte — January 28‐29, 2015 Learn More

TX, San Antonio — January 29‐30, 2015 Learn More Sold Out

OK, Broken Arrow — January 29‐30, 2015 Learn More

MO, St. Louis — February 3-4, 2015 Learn More Sold Out

LA, Lafayette — February 5-6, 2015 Learn More

AL, Athens — February 5-6, 2015 Learn More Sold Out

GA, Atlanta — February 26‐27, 2015 Learn More Register Now

SC, Charleston — February 26‐27, 2015 Learn More

AZ, Phoenix — March 3-4, 2015 Learn More

KY, Bowling Green — March 4‐5, 2015

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WA, Seattle — March 5‐6, 2015 Learn More

NY, Brooklyn — March 6‐7, 2015 Learn More

MI, Livonia — March 12‐13, 2015 Learn More

CA, Rosemead — March 24‐25, 2015 Learn More Sold Out

OH, Columbus — March 24‐25, 2015 Learn More Sold Out

IA, Waterloo — April 23‐24, 2015 Download Flyer Learn More Sold Out

Alberta, Edmonton — April 28‐29, 2015 Download Flyer Learn More Register Now

↓    International Events
Netherlands — March 23‐24, 2015 Download Flyer Learn More Register Now

Australia — June 11‐12, 2015 Learn More Register Now

Brazil — August 28, 2015 Details Coming Soon!

↓    Tuition

The Leader in Me Symposium:

During the two-day conference, attendees at all levels of involvement with The Leader in Me meet to connect with other innovative educators focused on creating a professional network built around teaching 21st Century life skills and leadership through The 7 Habits. Guests experience inspiring student leadership demonstrations, thought-provoking keynote sessions, school tours, educator-led breakout sessions, and more.

Participants receive breakfast and lunch each day, as well as the Symposium Series manual.

Symposium Tuition:

$319 November 1-December 22, 2014 for Utah, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, and South Carolina
$319 November 1, 2014-January 23, 2015 for Arizona, Kentucky, Washington, New York, Michigan, Ohio, California, Iowa, and Alberta
$349 after December 22, 2014 for Utah, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, and South Carolina
$349 after January 23, 2015 for Arizona, Kentucky, Washington, New York, Michigan, Ohio, California, and Iowa.
$289 USD for Alberta.
after January 23, 2015 for Arizona, Kentucky, Washington, New York, Michigan, Ohio, California, and Iowa. 10% Discount on groups of 10 or more (group members must all register together for discount to apply)

Pre-Conference 7 Habits Preview:

The pre-conference sessions provides a foundation in The 7 Habits for staff members at Leader in Me schools and educators new to The Leader in Me. During this intensive on-day course attendees will receive a preview of FranklinCovey’s valuable 7 Habit Signature training.

Participants receive breakfast and lunch, as well as The 7 Habits Signature manual. Pre-conference sessions are held onsite the day before the Symposium.

Pre-Conference Tuition:


↓    Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to have the following thought leaders join us throughout the Symposium Series!

Simon Bailey

At: UT, AZ

Simon Bailey, Author of Shift Your Brilliance—Harness the Power of You, Inc.

Simon T. Bailey is a leadership imagineer and author whose expertise equips emerging leaders and organizations with tips, tools and techniques on how to unleash their potential. He is the former sales director of the world-renowned Disney Institute and founder of Brilliance Institute, Inc.

Bailey has been cited by Meetings and Conventions magazine as “one of the best keynote speakers ever heard or used,” putting him in the same category as Bill Gates, General Colin Powell, and Tony Robbins. Speaker Magazine cited him as one of the top 25 “hot speakers” shaping the profession, and in 2013, Bailey was Meetings Net Editors’ pick for favorite speaker of the year.

Bailey’s new book, Shift Your Brilliance–Harness the Power of You, Inc. (Sound Wisdom, May 2014), is a call to action that invites readers to shift their thinking, creating a disruption from the norm that ignites innovation, increasing accountability and profitability in life and business. He’s the author of seven books including Release Your Brilliance: The 4 Steps to Transforming Your Life and Revealing Your Genius to the World (HarperCollins), which was ranked number 17 of the Top 100 books being read by Corporate America, according to

He is a weekly columnist for American City Business Journal and has been quoted in Entrepreneur Magazine. He has spoken in front of worldwide audiences and impacted over a million people working with brands like Verizon, Chevron, McDonald’s, Nationwide, Wells Fargo and Subway.

Geoffrey Canada

At: IA

Geoffrey Canada, Author and Children's Advocate

In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., Geoffrey Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform.

Since 1990, Canada has been the President and Chief Executive Officer for Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), which The New York Times Magazine called “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time.” In October 2005, Canada was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by US News and World Report.

The work of Canada and HCZ has become a national model and has been the subject of many profiles in the media. Their work has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CBS This Morning, The Charlie Rose Show, and NPR’s “On Point,” as well in articles in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, USA Today, and Newsday. Most recently, Canada can be seen prominently featured in the Davis Guggenheim documentary Waiting for Superman.

Canada grew up in the South Bronx in a poor, sometimes violent neighborhood. Despite his troubled surroundings, he was able to succeed academically, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a master’s in education from the Harvard School of Education. After graduating from Harvard, Canada decided to work to help children who, like himself, were disadvantaged by their lives in poor, embattled neighborhoods.

Erin Gruwell

At: FL

Erin Gruwell, Educator and Catalyst for Social Change

Erin Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education. Her impact as a change agent runs deep. So deep, in fact, that her story attracted Hollywood’s attention. In January 2007, Paramount Pictures released Freedom Writers, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as Gruwell. The film is based on The Freedom Writers Diary, The New York Times bestseller that chronicled Gruwell’s extraordinary journey with 150 high school students who had been written off by the education system. 

By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, she transformed her students’ lives. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider daily decisions, and ultimately re-chart their futures. With Gruwell’s support, they chose to forego teenage pregnancy, drugs, and violence to become aspiring college students, published writers, and citizens for change. They dubbed themselves the Freedom Writers in homage to civil rights activists The Freedom Riders. 

Inspired by Anne Frank, Gruwell and her students captured their collective journey in The Freedom Writers Diary. Through poignant student entries and Gruwell’s narrative text, the book records their ― eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. In early 2007, Teach with Your Heart, Gruwell’s powerful memoir and call to arms was published. 

While Gruwell has been credited with giving her students a second chance, it was perhaps she who changed the most during her tenure at Wilson High School. She decided to channel her classroom experiences toward a broader cause, and today her impact as a teacher extends well beyond Room 203. She founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches teachers around the country how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. Recently, Gruwell’s teaching methods from her time in Room 203 have been published in the Freedom Writers Diary Teacher’s Guide. Proceeds from the sale of all books directly fund the Freedom Writers Foundation. 

Gruwell and her students have appeared on numerous television shows, including Oprah, Prime Time Live with Connie Chung, The View, and Good Morning America, to name a few. Their story has earned them dozens of awards, including the Spirit of Anne Frank Award. 

Gruwell is a graduate of the University of California Irvine, where she received the Lauds and Laurels Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned her Master’s Degree and teaching credentials from California State University Long Beach, where she was honored as Distinguished Alumna by the School of Education. 

Learn more about Ms. Gruwell by visiting her website:

Muriel Summers

Muriel Summers, Principal of A.B. Combs

As principal of A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School, Muriel Summers and her staff created the first leadership elementary school in the nation using FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as a foundation. A.B. Combs is a diverse elementary school, boasting children from 64 countries. By recognizing that each student possesses unique gifts and talents, and building on students’ strengths rather than their weaknesses, Muriel and the other faculty guide students at A.B. Combs to continually achieve high levels of academic performance year after year.

Muriel’s school has been featured on several national television programs including PBS, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. A.B. Combs is also featured in Dr. Stephen Covey’s books The 8th Habit and The Leader in Me. During her tenure at A.B. Combs, Muriel has earned numerous awards for her school, including the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the Number One National Magnet School in America, twice, the National Title 1 Distinguished School, the National Elementary School of the Year, the North Carolina Honor School of Excellence, the North Carolina Governor’s Entrepreneurial Award, and the National School of Character Award.

Muriel started her career in the field of education 33 years ago. During that time she has served as a classroom teacher, demonstration teacher, instructional resource teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She has received numerous awards in the field of education from Teacher of the Year to Principal of the Year. In 2009, she was named as one of the North Carolina Women to Watch. Muriel presents at national, state, and local conferences and consults with school districts nationally and internationally. Most recently her influence has been felt in Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, China, Thailand, Denmark, Puerto Rico, and India.

Candace Singh

At: CA

Candace Singh, Superintendent of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District

Candace Singh is the Superintendent of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, the first school district in the United States on track to be recognized a Leader in Me Lighthouse School District.

As an educator in San Diego County for close to 30 years, Candy is well-known and respected for her work as a turnaround principal and superintendent, blending courage, action, and exceptionally high expectations with grace, respect, and kindness to create schools and working environments that inspire greatness in students and adults. Her proven track record of transforming public schools has contributed to her reputation as one of the most highly valued coaches, speakers, and leadership consultants at the state and national level.

Candy began her career in public education in 1985, serving as an elementary and middle level teacher, assistant principal, principal, district curriculum leader, and now, superintendent of schools. As the superintendent of FUESD, she has led the district to the highest growth in student achievement in the district’s history, and in 2013, FUESD had the highest gain in achievement among 40 school districts in San Diego County. Candy has also served with distinction for over 10 years as an adjunct faculty member at California State University San Marcos, inspiring and preparing future school leaders to develop cultures and systems that contribute to higher levels of achievement for all students.

As the first college graduate in her family, Candy holds a Bachelor’s degree in K-8 Education from San Diego State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne, studying superintendent leadership practices that contribute to principal effectiveness. While their leadership accomplishments are many, Candy and her husband, Billy, a school district HR leader in San Diego County, are proudest of their 26-year marriage and their two successful college age children.

Tommy Spaulding

Tommy Spaulding

Tommy Spaulding is president of the Spaulding Companies Corporation, a national leadership development, speaking, training, consulting, and executive coaching organization. A world-renowned speaker on leadership, Spaulding has spoken to hundreds of organizations, associations, educational institutions, and corporations around the globe. His first book, It’s Not Just Who You Know (Transform Your Life and Your Organization by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships), published by Random House in 2010, is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today national bestseller. 

Spaulding rose to become the youngest president and CEO of the world-renowned leadership organization, Up with People (2005-2008). In 2000, Tommy Spaulding founded Leader’s Challenge, which grew to become the largest high school civic and leadership program in the state of Colorado. He is also the founder & president of the National Leadership Academy, a leading national non-profit leadership development organization. 

Previously, Spaulding was the Business Partner Sales Manager at IBM/Lotus Development and a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. 

Spaulding received a BA in Political Science from East Carolina University (1992); an MBA from Bond University in Australia (1998), where he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar; and an MA in Non-Profit Management from Regis University (2005). In 2007, Spaulding received an Honorary PhD in Humanities from the Art Institute of Colorado. In 2002, he received the Denver Business Journal’s “Forty under 40 Award.” 

In 2006, Spaulding was awarded East Carolina University’s “Outstanding Alumni Award,” the highest distinction awarded to an alumnus of the university. In 2009, he was appointed the university’s first “Leader in Residence."

Jamie Vollmer

Jamie Vollmer, Author of Schools Cannot Do It Alone

Jamie Vollmer is president of Vollmer, Inc., a public education advocacy firm working to increase student success by raising public support for America’s schools. 

Jamie is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Schools Cannot Do It Alone, proclaimed by the American School Board Journal as one of the “top ten books of the year.” In 2012, he was named the Friend of Texas Public Schools, and the Friend of Ohio Public Education. He is the 2010 recipient of the Learning and Libertyaward presented by the National School Public Relations Association for his efforts to build trust and support for public schools. 

With a background in law and manufacturing, Mr. Vollmer entered the education arena in 1988 as a founding member of the Iowa Business Roundtable. He was, at the time, president of the Great Midwestern Ice Cream Company, named by Peoplemagazine as the “Best Ice Cream in America!” In 1990, he changed careers to become the Roundtable’s Executive Director. 

Once a harsh critic, he is now an articulate champion of America’s public schools. Over the last twenty years he has worked with educators, parents, and community leaders to remove the obstacles to student success. 

In addition to his book and numerous articles, Mr. Vollmer has written and produced the videos, The Ever Increasing Burden on America’s Public schools, Why Our Schools Need to Change, and Teachers are Heroes

Vollmer holds a Juris Doctor from Catholic University, and a B.A. from Penn State. He is married to his college sweetheart, the former baton twirling majorette, Jeanne Hecker. They have three grown children, all gainfully employed.

Drew Dudley

Drew Dudley

Drew Dudley helps us understand leadership in a more nuanced, practical, and entirely hopeful way. We've made leadership into something bigger than us, Dudley says, something beyond us. We've shrouded it in arrogance — turned it into something few of us will publicly admit to possessing. Leadership, he says, is now about changing the world and nothing less. But Dudley, who has spoken at TEDxToronto and other high profile venues, has other ideas. As the founder and director of one of the largest leadership development programs in North America, he embraces the idea that leadership can't really be taught, only learned — an idea that has resonated with thousands of people over the years.

Ron Clark

At: WA, OH

Ron Clark, Author of The Essential 55

Known to many as “America’s Educator,” Ron Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a New York Times Bestselling author, the subject of a television movie and the founder of The Ron Clark Academy. Ron is regularly featured on network and cable television (The Today Show, CNN and Oprah,) and was dubbed by Ms. Winfrey as her first “Phenomenal Man.” Ron Clark brings charisma, energy and devotion to the education profession.

Ron pioneered innovative projects in rural North Carolina working with minority students in a low wealth area. His highly effective programs garnered national attention and led to a White House invitation to be honored by the President of the United States.

In 2003, Ron Clark released the New York Times Bestselling book The Essential 55 which includes his 55 expectations of students - as well as all individuals - young and old. Ron’s second book, The Excellent 11 was released in August 2004 and further captured the attention of parents, educators and students alike.

Most recently, Ron Clark has founded The Ron Clark Academy, an inner-city school serving students from across metro Atlanta. The privately-funded institution is unique for its innovative teaching methods and curriculum based on worldwide travel. Each year the students, grades 5 through 8, apply their in-class lessons to international adventures. And, by the time of graduation, each child will have visited six of the seven continents. Teachers from around the world visit the Academy to observe the innovative and “out-of-the-box” methods for achieving student success.

Rafe Esquith

At: KY

Rafe Esquith, Founder of The Hobart Shakespeareans

Rafe Esquith is an award-winning American teacher at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School, in Los Angeles, where he has taught since 1984. Many of his students, who are all from a community of poor and immigrant families, start class very early, leave late, and typically achieve high scores in standardized tests. Esquith has authored books about teaching and his annual class Shakespeare productions was featured in the 2005 documentary, The Hobart Shakespeareans. His teaching honors include the 1992 Disney National Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, a Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship from Johns Hopkins University, Oprah Winfrey’s $100,000 "Use Your Life Award", Parents Magazine’s "As You Grow Award", National Medal of Arts, and Esquith was made an honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire. A 1981 graduate of UCLA, Esquith began teaching in 1982 at Ivanhoe Elementary School. Two years later, he moved to Hobart, the second-largest elementary school in the United States.

Lisa Fenn

Lisa Fenn, Emmy Award Winning Feature Producer

An Edward R. Murrow and six-time Emmy Award winning feature producer with ESPN for 13 years, Lisa Fenn reported on major league sports interviewing every big name in the game before meeting two inspiring young boys in 2009 that changed her life – and theirs – forever. Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton were two disabled, impoverished high school wrestlers when she met them in her hometown of Cleveland, OH. Leroy, who lost his legs in a childhood train accident, was often found on the back of the legally blind and homeless Dartanyon. Together, they helped each other through school—Dartanyon carrying Leroy up the stairs as there was no elevator and Leroy reading the print on Dartanyon’s assignments. Dartanyon’s and Leroy’s cheerful and unparalleled friendship added a bit of light to the dark and dreary halls of the poor, inner-city public school they attended

A native raised on the “other side” of Cleveland, Lisa submerged herself in a world of struggle and poverty that she had been protected from her whole life. Over the course of five months, she became an integral part of the boys’ lives—tagging along to their classes, practices and team bus rides. Leroy and Dartanyon graciously accepted Lisa, and Lisa’s role in their lives grew from reporter to mother. The initial story, Carry On, aired in 2009 to a tremendous response and the support of thousands of viewers offering their help. Following a 2013 piece detailing how much their lives have changed in the ensuing years, USA Today and Sports Illustrated called Carry On the “best story ESPN had ever aired.”

In 2009, Leroy became the first person in his family to graduate from High School and in 2013 he became the first person in his family to graduate from college—receiving a degree in Video Game Design from Collins College in Arizona.

Dartanyon’s life-changing offer came from the United States Olympic Committee in 2010; he was invited to learn the Paralympic sport of judo at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  He trained relentlessly and catapulted past athletes who had been training their whole lives to secure a spot in the on the Paralympic team at the 2012 London games.  He secured the bronze medal.

Fenn, a graduate of Cornell University, continues to produce sports stories and write about the redemptive power of love.  Lisa has since moved from Cleveland and now resides in Boston with her husband and two young children.

Sean Covey

Sean Covey, Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Sean Covey is a New York Times best selling author and has written several books, including The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, which has been translated into 20 languages and sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Sean graduated with honors from BYU with a Bachelor’s degree in English and later earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. As the starting quarterback for BYU, he led his team to two bowl games and was twice selected as the ESPN Most Valuable Player of the Game.

Jonathan Catherman

Jonathan Catherman, Senior Lead Consultant

Jonathan Catherman is a highly sought FranklinCovey Education Delivery Consultant with contagious energy and a passionate speaking style that entertains, educates, and inspires audiences of all ages. His experience in the 7 Habits and proven ability to connect and engage with teens has led him to speak before students and educators from all walks of life.

Jonathan has worked in public and private education for 20 years. His knowledge of today’s emerging youth culture and his real world relevance has given him an edge in developing and delivering innovative resources for teens. Global travels, strategic business partnerships, and his visionary leadership style provides Jonathan with a rich perspective of what mind sets, skill sets, and tool sets lead teens to discover and develop their leadership strengths.

Jonathan, his wife Erica, and their two sons call the beauty of North Carolina home. At the top of his priorities is time spent with family followed by mentoring young leaders, entertaining friends, studying, traveling, humanitarian and environmental philanthropy.

Lonnie Moore

Lonnie Moore, Senior Lead Consultant

Lonnie Moore’s career as a classroom teacher, and inspirational speaker has prepared him to help schools find solutions that result in long-term change. In addition to his talents as a mentor and coach, Lonnie has also authored two books, The High Trust Classroom and The Inspirational Teacher.

Since joining FranklinCovey in 2000, Lonnie’s work has taken him across the world working with schools on both the elementary and secondary levels. His focus has centered around sharing his knowledge of leadership, individual effectiveness, trust, and execution. Over the past five years, Lonnie’s contribution to The Leader in Me Movement has been transformational. During this time, he has partnered with close to 100 schools throughout the United States and Internationally as they have begun their journey. His expertise and experience as a teacher has also served him well as an contributing architect to the implementation process.

Prior to his tenure with FranklinCovey, Lonnie taught middle and high school math. In just his third year in the classroom, he was recognized as Mainstream Teacher of the Year in Pinellas County, Florida. While teaching full-time, Lonnie started the Power in You Company. Through this company he authored and designed a student planner for teens and facilitated trainings to help parents improve communication with their children.

Lonnie is a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. While at Eckerd he earned a B.A. in Human Resources with a specialized tract in Youth Services. Lonnie has been married to Margie since 1988, and has two daughters, Jessica and Lauren. Together they live in Tampa, Florida. His hobbies include running, biking and swimming, where in 1995 he completed the ironman triathlon. Follow Lonnie on Twitter.

Gary McGuey

Gary McGuey, Senior Lead Consultant

Gary McGuey’s career has taken him worldwide to partner with organizations striving to build a principle-centered culture. The common thread throughout his career has been Gary’s passion for helping others reach their full potential. As he is fond of sharing, “Learn it, Live it, Give It.”

Over the past five years, Gary’s contribution to The Leader in Me Movement has been significant. During this time, he has partnered with over 100 schools globally as they have started their journey. His expertise and experience as a teacher has also served him well as a contributing architect to the implementation process.

In addition to his work with The Leader in Me, Gary has been a student of individual and organizational dynamics. This passion led Gary to accept an assignment as an Executive Coach at the White House. In addition, Gary served as director of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Practice for FranklinCovey. During this time, he created curriculum that has impacted thousands of teens around the world.

Through his love of sharing, Gary contributed as the co-author of The Inspirational Teacher. This work chronicles the power of building relationships with students to create lasting impact. While his accomplishments are many, Gary’s proudest achievement includes his time spent as an educator in both the United States and Canada.

William Blackford

William Blackford

William McKinley Blackford IV is a Senior Consultant for FranklinCovey International and Education Division. As a Senior Consultant he empowers educators and administrators to create systems that enable greatness through The Leader In Me Process. The Leader in Me is a school-wide leadership development process for both students and staff members—of which The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a foundational piece. It integrates timeless leadership principles into school culture, driving transformational results.

He has been partnering and consulting with school systems for the past 20 years to inspire and motivate students to achieve. His passion has afforded him the opportunity to train and develop individuals in London, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Canada and all over this the United States. Students and educators describe him as sincere, powerful, energetic and soul stirring. With his expertise, sense of humor and ability to connect, he quickly creates a climate for transformational development.

He holds an earned B.S. in Political Science from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Divinity in Urban Missiology. His honors and awards include: Business First Foremost Young Leaders Under Forty 1999, Leadership Louisville Class of 2000, The High School Hall of Fame 2005 (Bennett High School Buffalo, NY), Certified Leadership Greatness: Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results, Certified 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Facilitator (7 Habits for College Students, 7 Habits for Teens), Who’s Who Black Louisville 2009 and a proud member of The Mighty Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. since 1988.

William lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Nell Knox-Blackford and their four children: Jelani, William V, Nila and Kayden. His interests are hunting, fishing, sports, poetry and reading. He is an avid football fan and a former student-athlete for the University of Louisville where he was a standout player with All-Conference and All-American (honorable mention) honors.


Matt Miller

At: UT, WA

Matt Miller, Principal, Wren Hollow Elementary

Matt is currently principal of Wren Hollow Elementary. Prior to this role, he guided Stanton Elementary, which was designated as the 18th The Leader In Me Lighthouse School. A former special education teacher, Matt has been a principal for 17 years.

Matt brings a solid foundation of what works in schools. He is a regular keynote on the Power of Positive Relationships and was one of the original educators chosen to participate in the PLC at Work™ with Rick DuFour.

Matt is former president of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals and Missouri Association of School Administrators. Matt’s dynamic presentations effectively illustrate how educators can establish trusting relationships within the school system and create a fun work environment for all stakeholders. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Learning Disabilities, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration, and a Specialist Degree in School Superintendency.

↓    FAQ


General Questions:

Q: How can I learn more about The Leader in Me and The Leader in Me Symposium Series prior to my event?

A: There are many avenues for you and your team to learn more, starting with the book The Leader in Me. Here are two popular recommendations:

  1. Start a book study of The Leader in Me with you and your team. Order books by calling (888)-576-1776
  2. Meet with your local FranklinCovey representative

Q: How can I connect with other guests prior to the Symposium?

A: There are three ways we are connecting this year through social media:

  1. You can view and contact participants that have chosen to be included on the "Guest" tab on the registration website. From here, you can email attendees directly.
  2. Engage with The Leader in Me Facebook community.
  3. Participate in the conversation on Twitter by using the hash tag #TLIM.

Q: How do I apply to present at the Symposium?

A: We are seeking presenters in the following four capacities. Submit your application at the links below:

  1. Student Leadership
  2. School Tours
  3. Breakout & Table Topics
  4. Voluteer

Q: Who is presenting on the student leadership, school tours, breakout sessions, and table topics?

A: About a week before each local Symposium, registered attendees will receive an email with a copy of the 2014 participant manual outlining in more detail the specifics of the event. This is in addition to the hard copy received the morning of the Symposium.

Registration and Payment Questions:

Q: Can I register a group all at once?

A: Yes, after registering your first participant, you will have the option to "Add Person" on the registration summary page.

Q: Where do I send my PO?

A: Please mail your check/purchase order to the address listed below:

c/o The Leader in Me Symposium
2200 W. Parkway Boulevard
Salt Lake City, UT 84119

Note: If paying by check or purchase order, you must include the name of each attendee and his/her school/organization. All PO's must be received prior to the start of the Symposium.

Q: How do I receive a copy of my invoice?

A: Visit the Symposium registration site for your event, and click on the "Already Registered" button. Once there, enter in the participants name and confirmation number. You will then click on the "Confirmation" tab where you can either print the invoice or have it emailed.

Q: Can I edit my registration?

A: Yes. Visit the Symposium registration site for your event, and click on the "Already Registered" button. Once there, enter in the participant's name and confirmation number. You will then click on the "Modify Registration"

Q: Can I substitute my registration?

A: Yes, substitutions are allowed up until seven days before the start of the Symposium. Please connect with the event planner and provide the name and email address of both the current registration and the person you need to substitute. You can contact the event planner directly by visiting the "Contact Us" tab at the registration site.

Q: What if I am registering in Canada?

A: Canadian attendees will be charged in U.S. dollars and may be subject to conversion fees.

↓    School Participation
Student Leaders

Student Leadership

At each Symposium, attendees will witness Leader in Me students in an empowered environment filling numerous leadership roles. Each participating student demonstrates their leadership mind-set and skill-set through public speaking, directing breakout sessions, talent presentations, and a many other roles.

Student Leadership Sponsors will receive:

  • Listing in the formal agenda
  • Complimentary seats at the Symposium

Apply Here

School Tours

School Tours

On the first day of each Symposium, attendees board charter buses and visit two separate Leader in Me schools in the community.  A highlight of every event, these tours provide the opportunity for schools to showcase how they are building the next generation of leaders.  Attendees see first-hand how leadership is infused into the modeling, environment, curriculum, instruction, and traditions at each campus.

Site Schools will receive:

  • An opportunity to provide your students with leadership opportunities
  • A gift for the school
  • Two complimentary seats at the Symposium

Apply Here

Breakout Sessions

Breakouts & Table Topics

Superintendents, principals, teachers, students, parents, and community members take center stage on the second day of the Symposium during practitioner-led breakout sessions.  These hour-long sessions allow educators that are part of this movement to transfer knowledge on a wide array of topics.  Each attendee has the opportunity to attend three different sessions with applicable content for all levels.

Breakout and Table Topic Presenters will receive:

  • Listing in the formal agenda
  • Complimentary seats at the Symposium
  • A gift for participation

Apply Here



Each year, attendees to the Symposium rave about their time spent interacting with student leaders, visiting schools, learning from fellow educators, and building new relationships.  Without the help of dedicated volunteers, none of this would be possible. This year, we are calling on volunteers to assist in the set-up and the execution of each gathering. As a benefit, volunteers are still allowed to engage in all sessions at the Symposium.

To volunteer, please fill out the following application by November 26, 2014. Selected volunteers will be notified by December 12, 2014.

Volunteers will receive:

  • Complimentary seat at the Symposium and participation in all activities
  • An opportunity to build new relationships with Leader in Me practitioners

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For additional questions, please contact your local FranklinCovey representative.


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