At Highlands College, we believe that everyone can make a positive, powerful impact throughout their lives.
That’s why we invite leaders everywhere to elevate their impact and join us for the virtual Impact Leadership Conference. Presented by Founders Advisors and hosted by Highlands College, this enriching event will occur on December 6, 2023.
We’re delighted to offer this invaluable virtual experience at no cost, viewing it as an investment in leaders worldwide. Be empowered and equipped to make a difference in your world, business, church, family, home, school, community and beyond!
1. Inspiring Keynote Speakers.
Get ready to be inspired to make an eternal impact as our carefully curated lineup of leaders share their insights, experiences, and strategies for leading well in turbulent times:
Dr. John C. Maxwell
Dr. John C. Maxwell
Dr. John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books, has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world's most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. Dr. John C. Maxwell has also received the Horatio Alger Award as well as the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation—have trained millions of leaders from every nation globally.
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 bestselling author. Since 2020, she has served as executive producer for the History Channel's mini-series events Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, with more to come! Her seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. A culmination of Goodwin's five-decade career of studying American presidents, focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson, the book provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field and for all of us in our everyday lives.
Chris Hodges is the founding and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands. Since it began in 2001, Highlands has grown to have campuses across Alabama and is known for its life-giving culture and focuses on leading people to an intimate relationship with God.
Pastor Chris has a deep passion for developing leaders and planting life-giving churches. He co-founded ARC (Association of Related Churches) in 2001, which has launched hundreds of churches across the United States. He also founded GrowLeader, specializing in training and resourcing pastors and churches to help them break barriers and reach their growth potential. Pastor Chris is also the founder and Chancellor of Highlands College. This biblical higher education institution trains and launches students into full-time ministry careers.
Chris and his wife Tammy have five children and live in Birmingham, Alabama, where Church of the Highlands began. He speaks at conferences worldwide and is the author of Fresh Air, Four Cups, The Daniel Dilemma, What's Next?, and Out of The Cave.
Dan T. Cathy is chairman of Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta-based fast-food chicken restaurant chain known as a leader in customer services and the home of the Original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich. He was previously the company's chief executive officer, serving as CEO from 2013 until November 1, 2021, when his son Andrew T. Cathy became the third CEO in Chick-fil-A history. The son of Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy, Dan continues to build on his late father's legacy as chairman, helping guide the business and supporting Chick-fil-A's executive leaders. Dan is also involved in leadership development and onboarding new franchise operators and corporate staff. And he serves as a passionate brand ambassador in Chick-fil-A's hometown of Atlanta and other markets.
2. How to Lead Through Turbulent Times.
Join us as we explore this year’s conference theme, “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” drawn from the insight of New York Times #1 bestselling author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Learning from historical leadership, you’ll leave Impact Leadership Conference with an understanding of how to navigate adversity, overcome obstacles, emerge with resilience, and empower others to do the same!
3. Get Connected.
The Impact Leadership Conference is more than an event; it’s a community! Connect with like-minded leaders and business professionals around the world who are passionate about creating a kingdom impact in their sphere of influence.
Are you looking to get more connected? Join Highlands College Community Partners! HC Community Partners is an annualized sponsorship program established to develop and foster relationships with business leaders. The HC Community Partners promote neighborly partnerships between Highlands College and its surrounding community.