The Impact Leadership Conference Belongs On Your December Calendar

“The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” ― John C. Maxwell


On December 4th Highlands College will host the Impact Leadership Conference featuring John C. Maxwell, Simon Sinek and Chris Hodges.  This action-packed, half-day event will help provide knowledge, inspiration and motivation.

The Speakers

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books in fifty languages. In 2014 he was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. 

Simon Sinek is the author of multiple best-selling books including Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, Together is Better, and Find Your Why. His new book, The Infinite Game, will be released in 2019. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people

Chris Hodges founded Church of the Highlands. Since it began in 2001, Highlands has grown to have campuses across the state of Alabama, and is known for its life-giving culture and focus on leading people to an intimate relationship with God. Chris has a deep passion for developing leaders and planting life-giving churches. 


What is the history behind the Impact Leadership Conference?
Formerly called John Maxwell Live, Impact Leadership Conference began as an avenue to develop all types of leaders. John C. Maxwell has devoted his time to sharing leadership advice to attendees since the very first conference in 2016, and donates all proceeds to Highlands College. Maxwell is a close friend and mentor to Chris Hodges. They both share the common passion of developing and training leaders to make an eternal impact. Because Highlands College exists to train leaders of character, Maxwell donates his time, energy, and resources into supporting the school.

Is the Impact Leadership Conference part of Highlands College?
All proceeds from the Impact Leadership Conference go to the Highlands College Eternal Impact Campaign. The Eternal Impact Campaign launched November 1, 2017, with a God-given vision to become a fully-funded tuition endowment with a biblically-grounded training institute for young leaders with a calling to vocational ministry. To equip local churches around the world with the best leaders, Highlands College students are prepared academically, trained with hands-on ministry experience, and challenged to grow spiritually in their relationship with God.

Chris Hodges is known as a dynamic speaker: how will these three leadership mentors teach together?
All three speakers have a unique approach to leadership and will individually share during separate sessions. To conclude the conference, John C. Maxwell, Simon Sinek, and Chris Hodges will host a panel where attendees will hear from the voices that are shaping today’s leadership and business culture.

Is this event being Live Streamed? What does one need to make that happen?
This is the first year Impact Leadership Conference has live streaming capabilities. This option is perfect for businesses and churches which are located out-of-state and cannot attend the conference. To learn more about streaming, please visit

Impact Leadership Conference is quickly filling up, so register now. Visit for more information on registration and group rates which are surprisingly affordable.

Questions for Pastor Mark Pettus, President Highlands College

Being the President of a college is all about leadership. What do you hope/expect to take away from this half-day session as President?
Top tier leaders seek top tier advice. At this half-day event, I hope to learn how to become as effective and efficient as possible. Judging from my experience with this event in years past, I can confidently say this event will accomplish more than just that. My leadership strengths will be maximized, and my weaknesses will be exposed. I will be better because of my time spent learning from these experts.

What makes Impact Leadership Conference different than other leadership conferences?

The Impact Conference is unique because attendees are not only impacting their personal growth, but they are impacting the next generation of leaders. All proceeds of the conference directly go to benefit training young leaders at Highlands College. If you want to make a difference in yourself and those around you, Impact Conference is for you.

In your opinion, what makes a great leader? How will this conference help attendees move towards becoming a great leader?
A great leader is first a great follower. Great leaders are continually spotting opportunities to take the initiative and support the vision of those above them. They don’t just get the job done, but they get the job done as efficiently as possible. Great leaders spot weaknesses, assemble teams, fix problems, optimize systems, and repeat the process. Attendees will be given the opportunity to meet and network other great servant-leaders around them and network with them.

How does Impact Conference tie into what is happening at Highlands College?
Highlands College is all about developing and training the next generation of leaders. In a way, the Impact Conference has the same mission, just a different audience. Where Highlands College is developing leaders to supply the Church, the Impact Conference is developing leaders to strengthen organizations, businesses, and companies all around the nation. It doesn’t matter who your audience is; the truth is that we all need great leaders to make progress. We know that by investing in leadership around the nation, our Highlands College students will have a unique opportunity to see first-hand the power of leadership training at a young age. Our students are living proof of the power of intentional development.

Why is leadership an emphasis at Highlands College?
The mission of Highlands College is to supply the Church with leaders of character to fulfill the Great Commission. In Luke 10:2, Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” We know that there are hundreds of people out there who would believe and accept the gospel if someone would simply bring them the message. Our goal is this: We strive to develop leaders so that we may increase the number of workers, and we need leaders because people need the opportunity to receive the gospel.

Mark Hancock, CEO of Hancock Construction, whose company specializes in commercial, industrial, and residential construction attended the Impact conference last year and is taking his management team back this year.  Hancock says this program takes complicated business subjects and breaks them down into simple processes that he can use the next day in his business. Mark used the analogy of taking the cookies off the top shelf and putting them on the bottom shelf. “I’m a one, two, three kind of guy,” Mark said.  “We look at time, process and money and we study how they work together to fit into our company culture. If I can take one or two simple points away from this and get my team to buy into them that creates real value.” Adding concrete value is a theme which runs through this conference. “As good as John Maxwell is,” says Hancock, “and he has sold millions of books, Chris Hodges is the most gifted teacher I have ever seen in terms of taking something complicated and breaking it down into understandable points. Hancock also points out that the Impact Conference creates an environment of energy and helps to unify his company culture. “Watching my team interact together outside the office discussing ways in which we can improve is transformational for us.”


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