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October 19-20, 2015
Birmingham, AL


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Registration Guide Available NOW!

Imagine if there was a place where registration was explained in one place; a place where all of your JLDC registration questions were answered. Well, we’ve made this dream a reality! This year we have rolled out a registration guide to better assist advisers with the registration process. From basic conference logistics to forms and lunch options, this guide will take you step by step through the registration process and even answer those questions students are constantly asking.


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Speakers! Speakers! Hear All About Them!

Imagine being in the same room as someone who is a White House appointee, someone who was a coach on MTV’s “Made,” someone who was a staff member for the David Letterman Show, and someone who received the Best Speaker of the Year! Now, Imagine this becoming a reality in October at the Joint Development Leadership Conference. That’s right! Get excited to interact with our incredible speaker line up this year which features Byron Garrett, Julie Carrier, Kevin Wanzer, and Sam Glenn! (more…)

Go Build

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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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 Materiel 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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