Conference Details & Schedule

The 98-year tradition continues. A group of prominent business people representing notable corporations in the Southeast has joined forces with Auburn University College of Business and Engineering Outreach to provide an exceptional Management Leadership Development experience for private and public sector principals, employees and representatives. The program promises to be challenging, motivational and inspirational.


October 4-6, 2017

YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Pre-Conference Workshop & Breakfast
 *This is a separate fee from the normal conference registration
Danny Butler, Auburn University, Thomas Walter Chair of Technology Management and Marketing

Personal Strengths Application

 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Opening Keynote:

Eric McElvenny, National Speaker, Veteran, Ironman, and amputee

Embracing Challenge and Change

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

See Speaker Information for session speakers and topics


4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Happy Hour, Networking Social with Whitewater Blue Grass Band

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM



7:00 PM




Thursday, October 5, 2017

7:00 AM

Morning Health & Wellness


7:30 AM – 8:30 AM



8:30 AM – 10:30 AM


Jerry Caldwell, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Bristol Motor Speedway

The Fan Experience at Bristol Motor Speedway: Q&A with the CEO 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

See Speaker Information for session speakers and topics

12:00 PM– 1:00 PM



1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Breakout, Seminar, and Workshop Sessions (Concurrent)

See Speaker Information for session speakers and topics


4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Afternoon Activities

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Evening Entertainment



Friday, October 6, 2017

7:00 AM

Morning Health and Wellness


7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Breakfast/Check Out


8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Roundtable Sessions

Led by Breakout Session Speakers 

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Closing Keynote: 

Perry Stuckey, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer, Eastman Chemical Company

Leadership that Stands the Test of Times

11:00 AM

Conference Ends

















Enrichment Center