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October 19-20, 2015
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JLDC Partner Spotlight: GO BUILD Alabama

“The Future is in Your Hands.” This is the belief of GO BUILD Alabama as it aims to prepare future skilled workers to learn a skill and master a trade.

Currently, only one tradesman is entering the workforce for every four that leave. This creates strong job interest and potential for competitive pay at a young age –something that everyone can enjoy!


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JLDC Partner Spotlight: Manufacture Alabama

Did you know Alabama is home to more than 5,200 manufacturing, assembly, and processing establishments? And did you know these establishments employ more than 312,000 people and export $8.3 billion in products and services. In total, manufacturing contributes $27 billion to the Alabama economy.


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Thousands Gathered in Birmingham for Leadership Conference

More than 4,500 Alabama students gathered in Birmingham this week for leadership conference

By Marie Leech

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – More than 4,500 students were in Birmingham the last two days for the 2013 Joint Leadership Development Conference, aimed at preparing youngsters for career and college success.

High school students from across the state who are involved with Alabama’s JROTC programs, Career Technical Student Organizations [DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, and TSA], JROTC and the Jobs for Alabama’s Graduates programs were invited to the two-day event, held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Complex.

Students were able to participate in more than 30 leadership workshops and interactive activities and visit with nearly 100 state and national industries, as well as the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Manufacture Alabama, and CARCAM.

Bill Taylor, president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, said the leadership training going on at the conferenced is “critical” to developing a well-rounded student.

“Just look around at the hands-on experience and knowledge these students are gaining,” he said. “Then on the other side of that, these companies can show their wares. It’s education outside of the classroom.”

To be successful in the future, many national experts now believe that America’s students must have a more diverse educational experience – including business, financial literacy, and career development.

Dejah Crossfield, a freshman at Birmingham’s Ramsay High School, is involved in Future Business Leaders of America and came to the conference to broaden her network.

“I do a lot of activities in school and join a lot of organizations, and one of the workshops I attended here taught me about balancing all of those activities so I won’t crack,” she said.

Dejah said she also attended a team-building workshop and has enjoyed meeting new people.

“The more people you have in your network, the greater opportunities will be available to you,” she said.

Race Putman, a junior at Skyline High School in North Alabama, said the conference enhanced what he already knows about being a leader.

“I’ve learned you can’t be shy,” he said. “You’ve got to get up and do something; you can’t sit back and watch it happen.”

Matthew Hyatt, a sophomore at West Limestone High School in North Alabama, said he particularly enjoyed the classes on how to be responsible in a workplace.

“I’ve learned that dedication, commitment, opportunities, how to hold a future job, and training can lead to a better future,” he said. “And I’ve learned how to have leadership in the classroom and outside the classroom.”

This article originally appeared on on September 24, 2013 and has been reposted on the JLDC web site.

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Sam Glenn


If anyone knows how to recharge positivity, recognize employee efforts, and ignite innovation and fun, it’s Sam Glenn. Sam is a nationally-known speaker, author, and winner of multiple awards like Best Speaker of the Year and Most Outstanding Motivational Training Video. But Sam insists that he is just a regular guy who understands the importance of recognizing, rewarding, and recharging people for personal and professional success.

Sam is also no stranger to adversity. Having lost a very successful business due to fire, Sam became negative, broke, depressed, jobless, and homeless. Sam’s negative and toxic attitude poisoned his employment, relationships, and health—until he got what he calls "A Kick in the Attitude." Now, more than 16 years later, Sam still has the same fire and passion on the topic of attitude. Sam has a simple philosophy: “When people get better, the organization will get better—and it all starts with attitude."

Kevin Wanzer


At 8 years old Kevin Wanzer’s lemonade stand, passersby were treated to two types of refreshment: a cold cup of lemonade and hilarious, dead-on stand-up renditions of Steve Martin and Bill Cosby comedy routines. Decades later, his lemonade stand is still open but the lemonade is long gone, as are the Martin and Cosby routines. The refreshment, however, is still to be had. Speaking to young people in refreshing ways is all Kevin has ever known.

Kevin Wanzer is known for empowering audiences one laugh at a time. His ability to make people laugh served him well when he worked on the staff of The David Letterman Show. His message encourages audiences to discover their hidden passions, embrace diversity, and celebrate the laughter in us all.

Army Material Command Band


The Army Materiel Command Band, located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is a versatile blend of musical talent that proudly serves the Soldiers and civilians of the U.S. Army Materiel Command and its communities. The AMC band, with its 10 Musical Performance Teams, supports the command at 30 installations, 26 major tenants, seven Army Field Support Brigades, 10 subordinate commands, and four separate reporting activities within the AMC enterprise.

JLDC is delighted to have the Sonic Fusion Performance Team with us at JLDC as the opening night entertainment! Sonic Fusion is the newest R&B and pop fusion group of the AMC Band. This is a versatile team, playing a mix of top 40, R&B, Hip Hop and jazz with a sound and groove that showcases the infinite possibilities of music.

Julie Carrier


Featured on NBC News’ TODAY, Fox, MTV and in The New York Times, Julie Marie Carrier is a go-to speaker and award-winning author for students on leadership, character, and confidence. An Emmy-nominee, Julie also brings these messages to millions of homes on national TV as a student success coach for “MADE”—MTV’s #1 Emmy-Award-winning positive goal achievement show for students.

Julie left her prestigious career as a Senior Management Consultant in Leadership Development for the Pentagon—where she leveraged her background in “brain-based learning” and developed innovative leadership programs for senior executives for four years— in order to serve as a national advocate, mentor, and leadership speaker for students.

Byron V. Garrett


One of the most compelling voices of our time, Byron V. Garrett is Chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance (NFEA); a nonprofit dedicated to transforming education through meaningful family engagement. Byron serves as the Director of Educational Leadership & Policy for Microsoft and consulting author for Scholastic.

Byron has committed his life to helping improve the lives of today’s youth. He is a former K-8 charter school principal, was appointed by The White House as co-convener of the Helping America’s Youth initiative, served as a lead strategist and planner for NBC News’ Education Nation, and produced the 1st Annual Building a GradNation Summit for the America’s Promise Alliance. He was recently named to The Root 100, which recognizes emerging and established African- American leaders under 45 who are making extraordinary contributions.

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