The Forum at SEU 2018

Southeastern University will once again host our annual leadership forum on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, 2018. The Forum at SEU will include Daymond John of “Shark Tank,” reporter Charles Duhigg of the “New York Times” season one winner of “The Apprentice” Bill Rancic, immigration rights and education advocate Julissa Arce, “Fox News” co-host Brian Kilmeade, sports broadcaster Kristen Ledlow, non-profit founder Alex Sheen, and founders of email service theSkimm Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin. Additional speakers will be announced soon.

While the event is similar to the National Leadership Forum that was offered by SEU in past years, with emphasis on leadership development from premier thought leaders, the 2018 event will be different in several ways.

Event Highlights

The conference will span two days and all events will be held throughout our Lakeland campus. In addition to main stage speakers, several special breakout sessions will be offered throughout the day on Friday, enabling participants to customize their Forum experience and choose sessions that align with their interests.

There will also be an emphasis on the on-site experience, with plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces available to provide a unique and inviting environment for networking opportunities.

A scholarship gala is also being planned in conjunction with the Forum for the evening of Friday, March 16. The speaker for the gala will be announced soon.


Ticket prices will also be significantly less, with both a General Admission ticket offering and an All-Access Admission ticket. General Admission tickets will be offered at an Early Bird Rate of $99 through December 31. Beginning January 1, the General Admission ticket price will increase to $149. General Admission includes all Forum general sessions, Forum breakout sessions, speaker book signing opportunities, on-site experiences and networking opportunities.

All-Access Admission tickets are priced at $299 and include reserved parking, fast pass (for check-in/book signing lines), early admission into sessions, reserved seating in Forum general sessions and breakout sessions, dining card, select speaker access, book signing opportunities, on-site experiences, networking opportunities, and Thursday VIP breakfast (first 25 registrants).

Tickets for the Forum at SEU are now on sale. For more information, please visit seuforum.com or call 877-FORUM-2018 to reserve your spot.


Daymond John
From his successful role on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” to his distinguished status as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, Daymond John has become globally recognized for his relentless commitment to promoting and supporting entrepreneurs. John initially made his mark as the entrepreneur and branding expert behind the lifestyle brand FUBU, which eclipsed more than $6 billion in global retail sales. Originally from the streets of Hollis, Queens, John started a global movement from the basement of his mother’s house by capitalizing on the then-fledgling hip-hop culture. Today, the streetwear market that FUBU pioneered is a $20 billion industry.   

Charles Duhigg
Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine. Duhigg is also a former writer for The New York Times business section and has authored or contributed to multiple series.“The Reckoning” (2008) studied the causes and outcomes of the financial crisis. “The iEconomy,” which examined the global economy through the lens of Apple, won the 2013 Pulitzer prize in explanatory journalism. He has also won the George Polk Award in 2007, the Gerald Loeb Award in 2008, the National Journalism Award in 2009 and many other honors.

Bill Rancic
As an entrepreneur, Bill Rancic started several small businesses early in his career. He later went on to develop real estate, and opened and managed three restaurants in Chicago and Washington D.C. Rancic got his first big break in 2004 when he won the first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice.” After winning the show, Rancic was hired by The Trump Organization and took charge of the construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago. Rancic went on to become a successful entrepreneur when he founded Cigars Around The World, a monthly online subscription-based retailer that became a multi-million dollar enterprise.

Julissa Arce
Julissa Arce is a writer, immigration rights and education advocate, and a CNBC contributor. She is the cofounder and chairman of the Ascend Educational Fund, a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students. Arce is also a board member for the National Immigration Law Center and College Spring. She is the former director of public affairs at Define American, a media organization that uses the power of story to change the culture surrounding immigration and citizenship. Arce’s memoir, “My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive, was published in September of 2016.

Brian Kilmeade
Speaker, best-selling author, TV and radio personality Brian Kilmeade currently serves as co-host of Fox News Channel’s (FNC) “FOX & Friends” alongside Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt. He also serves as host of “Kilmeade and Friends,” a nationally-syndicated, three-hour radio show on Fox News Radio. Every weekday morning, Kilmeade provides viewers with current headlines in news, sports, politics and entertainment.

Kristen Ledlow
Kristen Ledlow is a sports broadcaster based in Atlanta and currently serves as a host and sideline reporter on NBA TV and TNT. Ledlow joins former NBA All-Star Grant Hill on “Inside Stuff,” and provides full-time contributions as a Turner sports personality. Ledlow’s on-air assignments have included NBA TV’s “GameTime” and “NBA Style,” and TNT’s “Inside the NBA. She also serves as a sports anchor on CNN and HLN. She is also a graduate of Southeastern University.

Alex Sheen
Alex Sheen is the founder of because I said I would, an international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father, Sheen began sending promise cards at no cost to anyone who requested them. Some of his promises included driving through the night to deliver disaster relief aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy and promising Disneyland trips to children with cancer. Since his father’s passing on September 4, 2012, because I said I would has sent over 6.64 million promise cards to over 150 countries.

Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin
Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin are the founders of theSkimm. As friends, roommates and colleagues, they walked away from their jobs as NBC News producers in their 20s to architect one of the most celebrated startups in millennial culture: theSkimm. theSkimm is a daily email that skims the news on behalf of its readers, allowing millions of subscribers to access current events easily and efficiently.

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