John Maxwell addresses thousands at Cobb Leadership Summit

John C. Maxwell‚ an internationally recognized leadership expert‚ speaker and best−selling author‚ spoke to more than 3‚000 educators‚ business‚ civic and church leaders during the Cobb Leadership Summit June 4. The inaugural one−day event was held in the Convocation Center on the campus of Kennesaw State University.Maxwell‚ who has sold 13 million books across the globe‚ talked about “The Leadership Effect: How to Achieve REAL Success‚” during his keynote address. He said that when defining success‚ you will get different definitions from each person you ask‚ but it takes three key factors to achieve it: knowing your purpose‚ growing to your maximum potential and sowing seeds that benefit others. He also emphasized the importance of relationships‚ equipping‚ attitude and leadership. (For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Jun 4, 2007) — John C. Maxwell‚ an internationally recognized leadership expert‚ speaker and best−selling author‚ spoke to more than 3‚000 educators‚ business‚ civic and church leaders during the Cobb Leadership Summit June 4. The inaugural one−day event was held in the Convocation Center on the campus of Kennesaw State University.

Maxwell‚ who has sold 13 million books across the globe‚ talked about “The Leadership Effect: How to Achieve REAL Success‚” during his keynote address. He said that when defining success‚ you will get different definitions from each person you ask‚ but it takes three key factors to achieve it: knowing your purpose‚ growing to your maximum potential and sowing seeds that benefit others. He also emphasized the importance of relationships‚ equipping‚ attitude and leadership.

Maxwell commended Cobb County School Superintendent Fred Sanderson and other leaders‚ including U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R−Ga.) for coordinating the unique event.

“I am so pleased to see this emphasis in education‚” Maxwell said. “Growth and learning – they never stop. I stand in honor of what this school district is trying to do.”

During the panel discussion of the program‚ Isakson served as an honorary moderator with Sanderson. Panel members included Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens‚ Marietta Daily Journal publisher Otis Brumby Jr.‚ Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp‚ Southern Polytechnic State University President Lisa Rossbacher‚ Don Johnson of State Farm Insurance and Jeri Barr‚ CEO of the Center for Family Resources.

Isakson reflected on how the “most feared” teacher at his high school became one of the most influential people in his life. He said he even used to visit her once a month.

“Teachers make a big difference‚” said Isakson.

A longtime national leader in education‚ Isakson is one of the original authors of the No Child Left Behind Act‚ and he currently serves on the Senate Committee on Health‚ Education‚ Labor and Pensions. He has served Georgia and the nation in leadership roles for more than 25 years.

The purpose of the Cobb Leadership Summit was to bring together business‚ government‚ educational and nonprofit organizations throughout metro Atlanta to explore ways to move the community forward.

A variety of corporate sponsors and community partners supported the summit‚ including the Cobb County School District‚ the Cobb Schools Foundation‚ Kennesaw State University‚ Papa John’s Pizza‚ Dell Computers‚ AT&T‚ Georgia Power‚ OfficeMax−ImPress‚ WellStar Health System‚ AIG Valic‚ the Marietta Daily Journal‚ the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers.

All proceeds benefit the Cobb Schools Foundation‚ which administers scholarship programs for Cobb County students and grants for Cobb teachers. More information is available at the Cobb Leadership Summit Web site‚ www.unitingcobb.org.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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