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10th Annual National Leadership Forum

The Southeastern University Foundation will host the 10th annual National Leadership Forum on Friday, March 18, 2016. Speakers for the event include Ron Clark, Byron Pitts, Admiral Vern Clark, Peggy Noonan and James “JB” Brown. A Scholarship Gala will follow the Forum at 6:30 p.m. with special guest speaker Oliver North. A half-day intensive with Mark Esposito, professor at Harvard University, will take place on Thursday, March 17. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Known to many as “America’s Educator,” Ron Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a two-time New York Times best-selling author, the subject of a television movie and the founder of The Ron Clack Academy. Clark is regularly featured on network and cable television (The Today Show, CNN, etc.) and was dubbed by Oprah Winfrey as her first “Phenomenal Man.”

Byron Pitts is a multiple Emmy Award-winning journalist and is a co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline. In 2013, Pitts became an anchor and chief national correspondent for CBS’ Evening News with Katie Couric. He was also CBS’ lead correspondent at Ground Zero immediately following the September 11 attacks and won an Emmy for his coverage.The Southeastern University Foundation will host the 10th annual National Leadership Forum on Friday, March 18, 2016. Speakers for the event include Ron Clark, Byron Pitts, Admiral Vern Clark, Peggy Noonan and James “JB” Brown.

In his 37-year Navy career, Admiral Vern Clark became the second-longest-serving chief of naval operations (CNO) in history. His tenure as CNO was a period of significant change and renewed vision. In 2002, he charted a course for the future by publishing Sea Power 21, a vision for the first part of the 21st century to exploit the advantages of operating from the world’s oceans.

Peggy Noonan is a widely admired columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the best-selling author of eight books on American politics, history and culture, including What I Saw at the Revolution and When Character Was King. Her latest book, The Time of Our Lives, was released in November 2016. In 2010, she was given the Award for Media Excellence by the living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Noonan was a special assistant and speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986.

James “JB” Brown is a five-time Emmy Award-winning host of NFL Today on CBS and the NFL show on Showtime. He also served as the host of Fox NFL Sunday for 12 years before working for CBS. He has been working as a journalist and sportscaster since the late 1970s.

Oliver North is a combat -decorated Marine, No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, small-business founder, inventor with multiple U.S. patents, columnist and host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel. After serving 22 years as a U.S. Marine, he was awarded for his service in combat, including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor and two Purple Hearts for wounds in combat.

Dr. Mark Esposito teaches business, government and society, and economics at Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education and at Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France. He is the founding director of the Lab-Center for Competitiveness, a think tank that studies competitiveness as an approach toward the creation of equality. He has served as a research fellow at the Institute of Competitiveness in India and is the author and co-author of nine books.