Conference highlights effective leadership across generations

May 3, 2013

URBANA - The 15th Annual Illinois Leadership Conference will be held Thursday, June 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Decatur Hotel and Conference Center in Decatur. The conference is designed for anyone who is in a leadership position in a community or organization, who is serving on a board of directors, or is working on community projects or with committees, and seeking to manage and lead more effectively.

“The conference theme is Put Your Assets to Work,” said University of Illinois Extension specialist Anne H. Silvis. “I’d say that anyone looking to manage and lead more effectively using existing resources would benefit from the information that will be presented at this conference.”

Silvis said the conference will include interactive workshops, a chance to learn practical skills, and opportunities to network with community leaders and community “do-ers” from across the state.

“The workshop topics will include a community development clinic, basic leadership skills, listening skills and techniques, issues from Illinois elected officials, and a breakout session on strategies to drive local engagement in community projects. We’ll end the day with a discussion addressing the practical applications of the networking and learning,” Silvis said.

The conference keynote speaker is Timothy Moore, an author and speaker with over three decades of experience in marketing, sales, and training. Moore is the owner and principal of DEAG Sales Training and is editor of the online daily magazine Carolina Business Connection in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region.  Moore will share a framework to help understand generational differences and how to find effective leadership strategies that will speak to all generations.

The luncheon speaker is Michael Perry, a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, and radio-show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin.  

Registration is $75, which includes lunch and materials. CEUs are available.

For more information and to register, visit or contact Anne Silvis at 217-333-5126 or


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