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Leader in Me Symposium - Columbia, SC


Availability: Registration open

Starting at: $199.00

February 21-23, 2018

Symposium Venue:
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Experience The Leader in Me Symposium
The Leader in Me Symposium is the most influential and inspiring event series for educators in North America. Together, we are transforming paradigms in education by empowering students to model 21st-century leadership skills in order to achieve their full potential.


Join thousands of educators at the 10th-Annual Leader in Me Symposium. The Leader in Me Symposium is the premier networking and educational experience designed to connect, celebrate and create educational leaders across the world.

At the Leader in Me Symposium you will:
1) Hear from education thought leaders
2) Connect & interact with peers
3) Learn best practices in building a leadership culture
4) Develop new skills with Speed of Trust training (Pre-Conference)

Tuition includes:
1) Lunch
2) Participant Materials
3) Transportation to & from Schools (at select locations)
4) Access to Conference App

You'll hear from FranklinCovey thought leaders and featured keynote speakers, Donna Porter and DJ Batiste!

PLEASE NOTE: attendees will have the opportunity to choose the school of their choice for the School Tour portion of the agenda.  The official school tour line-up roster will be unveiled onsite and attendees will sign-up for a school tour during registration check-in. Attendees will visit only one school.

PLEASE NOTE: that you may register up to 5 participants during at one time during the registration process. If you are registering more than 5 participants, you must register in groups of 5 per registration process. Each participant will receive their own individual, separate invoice.

Keynote Speaker
Passionate. Dynamic. Motivational. Donna Porter and DJ Batiste have a story that is sure to inspire all audiences. Porter has dedicated her life to the field of education, and has gained a breadth of wisdom and experience that she now pours into audiences across the nation. Early in his life, DJ Batiste was kicked out of Head Start. Some years later, he was in Juvenile Detention and leading a large violent gang in Mississippi. High School came around and after constant suspensions and trouble with the law, he was introduced to Conscious Discipline in a single moment, by his beloved teacher, Donna Porter. Donna Porter is a certified instructor in the Conscious Discipline method of classroom management, and has been profiled with DJ Batiste on the CBS Evening News and in the book American Teacher. Porter continues to use the concepts of Conscious Discipline in her classroom, and as her former student, DJ has become an integral part of that classroom. Over the years, he learned new skills and strategies to handle conflict in life at home and at school. A true renaissance educator, Porter has served in a wide variety of specialties: special education, early child education, speech pathology, dyslexia education, speech and debate, theater, and secondary education. Batiste leads and teaches from a different point of view and in turn inspires hundreds around the country with the message of Connection instead of Correction. Throughout Porter’s journey, the common thread is a passion for using innovative techniques to unlock the boundless potential of every student. Those innovative techniques have made her one of the Southeast’s foremost experts on classroom management. Her skills transformed Batiste’s life, turning him from gang member and drug abuser to graduating senior. She has been recognized with numerous awards: Mississippi Congressional District IV Teacher of the Year, Thad Cochran Arts Integration Teacher of the Year, Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher of the Year, and the Promethean Organization’s Thank-A-Teacher Competition. Porter holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in speech-language pathology with a concentration in speech education from the University of Southern Mississippi. This “teacher of teachers” will challenge the way you view education and DJ Batiste will inspire you to “shoot for the moon” as you impact the next generation.

Symposium Pre-Conference Agenda

8:00-8:30 | Event Check-In

8:30-12:00 | Speed of Trust Overview- Part 1

12:00-1:00 | Lunch

1:00-4:00 | Speed of Trust Overview- Part 2 /Conclusion

Symposium 2-Day Agenda

Day 1

7:30 | Event Check-In

8:00 | Opening Student Talent

8:10 | Opening Student Speech Leader

8:15 | FranklinCovey MC - School Tour Instructions

8:45 | Load Buses

9:00 | Travel to School Tour

9:30 | School Tour (2 Hour Session)

11:30 | Tours Wrap-Up and Load Buses

11:45 | Return to Venue

12:15 | Lunch

1:00 | Principal/Practitioner Q&A Panel

1:30 | Student Leader Speeches and Q/A Panel

2:00 | FranklinCovey MC - Closing Remarks

Day 2

7:30 | Event Check-In

8:00 | FranklinCovey MC Welcome

8:30 | Breakout Session 1

9:45 | Breakout Session 2

9:30 | Breakout Sessions 1

11:00 | Breakout Sessions 3

12:00 | Lunch

1:15 | Time of Celebration

1:50 | Closing Featured Keynote Speaker

2:50 | FranklinCovey MC - Closing Remarks

School Participation
School Tours
Does your school want to showcase its fantastic leadership culture for the registrants at Symposium? Submit your request today.
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Breakout Sessions
Do you have great ideas that would be useful for other educators like yourself? We'd love to have you present! Please submit your request using the link below.
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Student Leadership
Do you know a student who is a great speaker? Or would your students like to be greeters? We'd love to have them participate in the Symposium! Please submit your request using the link below.
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Are you interested in lending your time to help make the Symposium a fantastic event? Please submit your request using the link below.
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Travel Information

SpringHill Suites 


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Hilton Columbia Center


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Hampton Inn


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Call 803-231-2000 under group block "FranklinCovey" to book your room!

Nearest Airport: 

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) 

Cancellation Policy

Registrants are aware and acknowledge and agree that except for acts of God, material or labor restriction by any governmental authority, civil riot, floods, hurricanes, or other natural disasters, or cancellation by FranklinCovey, Registrant will be 100% liable for all fees owed for the conference and registrant shall in no way or manner be entitled to a refund. For clarity and avoidance of doubt, upon registration, Registrant acknowledges that he or she shall be fully liable for fees owed FranklinCovey.

Registrations cancelled prior to 30 days before the event will incur a $50 cancellation fee. Any registration cancelled within 30 days of the event, will be billed for the full registration amount. Please contact us directly if you would like to substitute a registration.

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