3,000 Birmingham leaders attended the Impact Leadership Conference on Dec 4. See what they learned.

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Are you a future leader in Birmingham? Photo via Highlands College

On December 4, over 3,000 leaders gathered at Highlands College for the Impact Leadership Conference. The conference was led by a gifted group of guest speakers who shared their expertise in leadership to all in attendance. Plus, check out the lessons from the nation’s top leadership experts, including three tips for change from a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author.

All the best leaders are also learners, right? Some of Birmingham’s brightest attended the event with the goal of enhancing their leadership skills. What better way to gain that knowledge than hearing from some of the nation’s top leadership experts? 

Each speaker hosted a session aimed to uniquely equip guests with motivational and practical leadership advice, as well as provide attendees with the necessary tools to widen their influence and make an eternal impact.

About Highlands College

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There are a number of campuses all over the state, so even if you aren’t in Birmingham you’ve probably heard of Church of the Highlands. In fact, you may have even attended one of their services. What you may not know, however, is that they also have their own college. 

Highlands College is a biblical higher education institute originally founded to supply the church with leaders of character in fulfilling the Great Commission. It has four key areas of focus: 

  • Academic instruction
  • Ministry training
  • Character formation
  • Spiritual development

Meet the Experts

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Engaging the crowd. Photo via Highlands College

The conference brought in quite the impressive lineup of experienced guest speakers, such as:

John C. Maxwell

Maxwell is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker. He was also identified as the No. 1 leader in business by the American Management Association.

During the conference, Maxwell equipped guests with three effective leadership changes that positively enhance organizational and personal growth. 

For those of you who missed the event, here’s a peek at the three changes:

  1. Continually learn, unlearn and relearn
  2. Value yesterday, but live in today
  3. Live in today, but think about tomorrow 

Simon Sinek

Sinek is a British-American author, motivational speaker and organizational consultant.

During his time onstage, he posed the concept of viewing work as an infinite game rather than a finite one. He also detailed five practical steps on how to switch to an infinite framework. 

Chris Hodges

Founder and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands, founder and chancellor of Highlands College, and co-founder of ARC (Association of Related Churches). 

Hodges concluded the Impact Leadership Conference with a Lunch and Learn experience where the topic was, “Good leaders ask great questions.” 

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The audience at the Impact Leadership Conference at Highlands College. Photo via Highlands College

“This conference helped me along in my leadership journey. The three speakers provided me with fantastic advice that will translate to my business, home, and personal life.”

Doug Nesbitt, Birmingham business owner, Impact Leadership Conference

Proceeds from the Impact Leadership Conference

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Do you know about the Eternal Impact Campaign? Photo via Highlands College

One of the main goals of Highlands College is to cover the cost of tuition for every student. Yes, I said every student! This method enables students to focus on their studies and training, with the end goal to leave school without being buried in debt. Attending college and remaining debt free? Sounds pretty incredible to me!

All proceeds from the Impact Leadership Conference were donated to Highland College’s Eternal Impact Campaign—a comprehensive initiative that funds tuition endowment and makes it possible for 1,000 young leaders to be trained every year free of charge.

The Eternal Impact Campaign also provides funding to the renovation of the Grandview campus—the future home of Highlands College. 

Phase I of the Grandview renovations will be completed in Fall 2021. Plans include renovating the first and second floors as well as raise a $75 million endowment for 500 students.

The fundraising goal for Phase I is $100 million. 

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