Annual forum brings together civilian, military leaders

Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, spoke at the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum 2016 at the Columbus, Georgia Convention & Trade Center Sept. 13.

Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, spoke at the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum 2016 at the Columbus, Georgia Convention & Trade Center Sept. 13. The forum is an annual event hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University.

Since its creation in 2006, the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum has been successful in fulfilling the vision of bringing the best and brightest minds in the world to Columbus. From its beginnings as an on-campus event with four speakers, the forum has grown into the single largest gathering of business and civic leaders in Georgia. In addition to Perkins, this year’s forum included NFL star Peyton Manning, former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, sportscaster Jim Nantz, Mastercard president and CEO Ajaypal Singh Banga and many more.

Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, spoke at the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum 2016 at the Columbus, Georgia Convention & Trade Center Sept. 13.

Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence introduces Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, at the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center Sept. 13.

(Photos by Patrick A. Albright / MCoE PAO)

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Learn more about the forum and find next year’s information at https://jblf.columbusstate.edu/.

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