Ashanti Branch is Confirmed as a Speaker for Leadership Excellence and Development Forum (LEAD2018) in Salt Lake City has announced that Ashanti Branch, Founder and Executive Director, The Ever Forward Club, will join the roster of speakers at LEAD2018 in Salt Lake City on February 7th.

In 2004, as a first year teacher, Ashanti started The Ever Forward Club to provide a support group for African American and Latino males, who were not achieving to the level of their potential. Since then, Ashanti has spurred The Ever Forward Club to grow to serve both young men and women and become a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Ever Forward Club has helped 100% of its members graduate high school and 93% of them have gone on to attend college.

“As featured in the documentary, ‘The Mask You Live In,’ which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, The Ever Forward Club has been changing the way students interact with their education and the way schools interact with students,” stated Debbie McGrath, CEO and Chief Instigator, “He will be sure to inspire you to get out from behind the mask and achieve your full potential.”

In addition to Ashanti Branch, the following speakers are confirmed for LEAD2018:
– Robyn Benincasa, World Champion Adventure Racer
– Michel Chikwanine, former child soldier and activist
– Andy Fastow, former CFO of Enron
– Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Business Educator and Executive Coach
– Mandy Harvey, Award winning singer/songwriter, America’s Got Talent contestant
– Whitney Johnson, Co-founder of Disruptive Innovation Fund, Author
– Ilona Jurkiewicz, VP Training & Development, Early Careers, Thomson Reuters
– Frank O’Dea, co-founder of Second Cup Canada
– Amanda Pacitti, VP Learning and Development Time Inc
– Dan Schawbel, Research Director at Future Workplace
– Shannon Scott, LBGTQ and Human Rights Activist

Speaker Profiles Here

All 13 speakers will be broadcasted live from the LEAD2018 event in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Grand America Hotel via high definition web stream technology. Corporate Leaders can attend the live event as well as broadcast these world-class speakers into their workplace, community, educational institute or corporation. Find more information here:

About LEAD2018
The Leadership Excellence & Development Forum (LEAD) is an annual 2-day inspirational leadership event dedicated to helping organization create AN INNOVATIVE, HIGH POTENTIAL AND PASSIONATE WORKFORCE. Both days (February 7th & 8th, 2018) are action packed with Leadership and HR-specific roundtables, workshops, networking opportunities and speakers. Participants learn how to take the world’s best corporate leadership practices and concepts and put them into practice, applying them to their organizations. 13 keynotes share their stories and are broadcasted to hundreds of host sites across the world, providing the chance to share this life changing event with their teams and communities.

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For more information, contact:
Debbie McGrath
Chief Instigator and CEO