National Leadership Forum at Harding University

Approximately 300 delegates from around the south are gathering for the 55th Annual National Leadership Forum at Harding University June 5-10.

The program, designed for students in grades 9-12, develops leaders and better acquaints youth with the American scene, motivating them to an expression of pride in our nation’s traditions and ideals. Each delegate must demonstrate excellent character and leadership ability. The event is co-sponsored by Arkansas and Tennessee Farm Bureaus, Civitan and other civic clubs, and Harding’s American Studies Institute.

Through labs, lectures, films and discussion, participating students will become more prepared, confident and equipped with the necessary tools to preserve the traditions and ideals upon which America was founded. Speakers will present a wide variety of lectures in the American Heritage Auditorium on campus, allowing for question-and-answer periods and follow-up labs. Scheduled presentations include:

Sunday, June 5

8:45 p.m.

“Taking it to Another Level”

Andrew Baker, Executive Director of The Encouragement Foundation and the Carl and Frankie Mitchell Center for Leadership and Ministry at Harding University

Monday, June 6

9:30 a.m.

“Discover Your Destiny”

Dean Sikes, creator of the Spirit of America Foundation

11:15 a.m.

“Leaders See People”

Andrew Baker, Harding University

3:30 p.m.

“Leadership and the Economy”

Nathan Mellor, president of Strata Leadership LLC and vice president for community engagement at Oklahoma Christian University

Tuesday, June 7

8:30 a.m.

“Life is an Attitude”

John Foppe, motivational speaker

10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

“How You Learn”

Dr. Dee Carson, consultant for Center for Leadership and Ministry at Harding University


“Leaders Communicate”

B. Chris Simpson

7 p.m.

“The Power of One”

Princella Smith, owner of Princella Smith Strategies

Wednesday, June 8

8:30 a.m.

“Lessons From Jonesboro and Columbine: The Impact of Media Violence”

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, director of Killology Research Group

10:30 a.m.

“Walking the Sexual Freedom Road”

Pat Socia, author/lecturer

3:30 p.m.

“Critical Issues Facing the Environment and Agriculture”

Melissa Burniston, Tennessee Farm Bureau

Thursday, June 10

8:30 a.m.

Lt. General Tommy Thomson, U.S. Air Force, Ret., and Andrew Baker, Harding University

“The American Economy”

Dr. Bob Reely, director of the National Leadership Forum and associate executive director of the American Studies Institute at Harding University

Harding had a record enrollment this year of more than 6,800 students from 49 states and 53 foreign countries. It is the largest private university in Arkansas and attracts more National Merit Scholars than any other private university in the state. Harding also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia.