Leadership conference set

The Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum is Monday and Tuesday at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. The event is themed “Leading Change” and will feature retired Chairman of the Board and Synovus CEO Jim Blanchard as the host.

Guest speakers are John Abizaid, retired U.S. Army general and former CENTCOM commander; Ken Blanchard, a leading author on leadership and chief spiritual officer for Ken Blanchard Companies; Phil Gramm, former U.S. senator and vice president for UBS Investment Bank; and Mark Rutland, president of Southeastern University.

The event opens 6:30 p.m. Monday with a reception, dinner and 8 p.m. presentation by Abizaid. Tuesday’s schedule starts at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $249 per person. For more information or to register, go to ccld.colstate.edu or call 706-568-5101.