News Release: Events, Religion and Ethics

Sep. 18,  2008

Innovative Leadership Models Explored at Conference

Headliners Include Marian Wright Edelman, Eboo Patel, Richard Cizik

News Article ImageFeatured speakers include Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund, who will open the conference at a public lecture and book signing.

Activists, ministers and educators will gather with participants of all ages at Emory University's Candler School of Theology for "Re-envisioning Leadership for a Hope-filled Future," a two-day national conference aimed at exploring new ideas about what effective leadership will look like in the future.

Featured speakers include Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund, who will open the conference at a public lecture and book signing beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. Also open to the public is a talk by Eboo Patel, executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Emory Conference Center Hotel.

"We have created the 'Re-envisioning' conference because Candler's core strengths and aspirations are in educating the next generation of leaders," says conference organizer Elizabeth Corrie, director of the school's Youth Theological Initiative, now in its 16th year at Candler. "We recognize that leadership development requires continuing education, both early and later in life."

The purpose of the conference is "to help refashion the training of leaders so that they can work more effectively and collaboratively across sectors — including religious communities, government, business and non-profit — as well as across generations and diverse ethnic and religious communities," Corrie adds.

"The need for a new approach to religious and civic leadership is clear," says Corrie.  "Our communities are increasingly complex, multicultural and international. Effective social partnership requires cross-sector coalitions. Today's students and young people are eager for new pragmatic ways to improve their communities."

Conference events include a series of concurrent workshop sessions on a wide range of topics, from "Values-Based Decision Making" and "Leading Complex Change" to "Leading in Defeat or Failure." Richard Cizik, vice president for government affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals, will speak on environmental justice issues at a dinner session Oct. 13.

Full conference registration is $220, with lesser fees for single-day attendees. A limited number of scholarships are available.

View a complete schedule and registration details online or call 404-727-9142.

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