Urban League hosts 2nd A.C.E. Leadership Conference

(l-r top row) Dr. Randall Pinkett,  ACE keynote speaker, Dr. Shindana Feagins, ACE panelistAmanda Johns Vaden (l-r bottom row) Chris Winton, and Dr. Shindana Feagins, ACE panelist.

(l-r top row) Dr. Randall Pinkett, ACE keynote speaker, Dr. Shindana Feagins, ACE panelistAmanda Johns Vaden (l-r bottom row) Chris Winton, and Dr. Shindana Feagins, ACE panelist.

The Urban League Young Professionals of Middle Tennessee (ULYPMT) is hosting their A.C.E. Leadership Conference at the Nelson Andrews Leadership Lodge on June 21. The second annual Advocate, Connect, Empower (A.C.E.) Leadership Conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Randal Pinkett, Season 4 Winner of NBC’s The Apprentice, co-founder/chairman/CEO of BCT Partners. The conference will provide young professionals the tools necessary to Advocate for advancement in leadership positions; Connect innovative ideas though effective communication; and leave attendees Empowered with the solutions to make a lasting impact.

“This year’s conference will be full of excitement and offer attendees the ability to achieve greatness and communicate effectively in the workplace,” said ULYP President Darius Montgomery. “They will learn to be formidable employees, managers, and business owners.”

Speakers include Anna Kimble-Roberson, Dr. Alicia Hall, Dr. Shindana Feagins, Amanda Johns Vaden, Chris Winton, Joey Brown, Dell Oliver, and Lindsey Parks. Keynote speaker Pinkett will empower participants with strategies to achieve greatness in their career and community service endeavors.

“The development of young professional leaders is essential to the future prosperity of middle Tennessee,” Montgomery said. “Therefore, the purpose of the conference is to prepare young professionals to be on the cutting edge of education, economic development, civic engagement, and leadership. It is the desire of ULYPMT to create a spirit of innovation among young professionals that will serve as continued inspiration in the movement towards an improved Nashville/middle Tennessee, nation and world.

The A.C.E. conference begins with a ‘healthy living breakfast’ at 8 am; followed by a ‘breakout session’ at 10 am; an ‘empowerment luncheon’ at 11:30 am, with special guest Mayor Karl Dean and keynote speaker Randal Pinkett; a second ‘breakout session’ at 1:50 pm; a ‘leadership and success panel discussion’ at 2:50 pm; and a ‘closing reception’ at 4 pm on Saturday.

“I want ULYPMT to start the campaign for young professionals to grow with the city,” Montgomery said, “because we are its future. This year’s conference will teach the participant’s to obtain greatness and communicate effectively in the workplace. We expect that the attendees this year will leave empowered to advance their professional prowess. You won’t want to miss it.”

The Urban League Young Professionals of Middle Tennessee (ULYPMT) is an auxiliary volunteer group of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee that targets young professionals ages 21-40 to empower their communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement. Their mission is to support the Urban League Movement through their volunteerism, philanthropy and membership development. Visit <http://theulypmt. org/>.

The A.C.E. Leadership Conference attracts professionals from diverse backgrounds, industries and levels of experience; registration is required.

Conference registration includes Friday night’s private VIP reception (5:30 pm-8 pm) with conference guest speakers, attendees and city officials; leadership development training workshops; conference gift bags and prizes; and making connections, sharing advice and tips, and discussing best practices in the workplace opportunities. The host hotel is the Marriott at the Airport, and the conference room rates are $125 per night, plus taxes.

The Nelson Andrews Leadership Lodge is located at 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, Tenn. 37013.