Campus Life

Leadership Lunches

During the 2013-2014 academic year, all students are invited to participate in a Leadership Lunch series sponsored by the Department of Student Leadership and Community Engagement. Each month a different faculty, staff, or community member will facilitate discussion on a topic related to leadership. Free lunch will be provided for the first 50 students who register in advance.

Spring 2014 Leadership Lunches:

2/26/14, 12:00-1:00pm: "Leadership and Character" presented by Drayton Nabers, Director of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership (Location: Howard Room)

3/20/14, 1:00-2:00pm: "Excuse me, is this seat available?" presented by Cameron Thomas, Student Government Association President (Location: Howard Room)

4/23/14, 12:00-1:00pm: "Casting a Vision: The art of motivational leadership" presented by Beth Roller, Director of Student Activities & Events (Location: Howard Room)

If you have questions about the Leadership Lunch series, please contact Janna Pennington at

To register, submit the online registration form available here. 

Previous Leadership Lunches:

11/20/13, 12:00-12:50pm: "Leadership in a Broken World" presented by Renie Moss, Assistant Dean for Campus Life (Location: Divinity South 111)

10/22/13, 1:00-2:00pm: "Teach for America the Alabama Way: Joining a community's movement for change" presented by J.W. Carpenter, Executive Director, Teach for America-Alabama (Location: Divinity South 111)
Co-sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa

9/25/13, 12:00-12:50pm: "On Not Losing Your Head as a Leader" presented by Dr. Brad Creed, Provost and Executive Vice President (Location: Divinity South 111)
Co-sponsored by the Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership

4/17/13, 12:00pm: Embracing Diversity and Bridging Differences on Campus (presented by Dr. Denise Gregory, Assistant Professor in Howard College of Arts and Sciences)-Divinity South 111

3/26/13, 1:00pm: Successful Networking and Making Your First Impression Count (presented by Mary Beth Barnes and Benjamin Bailey, Career Development Center)-Divinity South 111

2/20/13, 12:00pm: Finding Your Vision (presented by Martin Newton, Director of Athletics)-Divinity South 111

11/15/12: The Future of Moral Progress in Alabama (presented by Stephen Black, President of Impact Alabama and Director of Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at University of Alabama)

10/25/12: The Personality of a Good Leader (presented by Rev. April Robinson, Minister to Students)

9/26/12: Passion, Not Position: Student Leadership at Samford (presented by Janna Pennington, Director of Student Leadership and Community Engagement)

4/25/12: Transitioning from Campus Leadership to Community Leadership (presented by Dr. Betsy Holloway, Associate Professor/Chair in Brock School of Business)

3/28/12: Change is a 4-Letter Word (presented by Dr. Sarah Latham, Vice President for Operations and Planning)

2/29/12: 1 Goal. 14 Months. 140 Characters: Social Change through Social Media (presented by Deon Gordon, Digital Consultant at The Microfit Group)

11/16/11: Becoming an Invitational Leader (presented by Dr. John Knapp, Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership)

10/19/11: Tornado Relief: Making a Sustainable Impact in Alabama (presented by Kristina Scott, Executive Director of Alabama Possible)

9/29/11: Leadership Lessons from Dr. Westmoreland (presented by Dr. Andrew Westmoreland, Samford President)