Octavia Spencer Announced as 2017 JBLF Keynote Speaker

COLUMBUS, Ga. --- Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer has been added to the 2017 The Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum (JBLF) speaker lineup. The two-day event, August 28-29, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, brings the best and brightest minds in the world to Columbus. Spencer will be the keynote speaker for the Monday night dinner.

A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and the silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in DreamWork’s feature film “The Help” won her the 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critic’s Choice Award among numerous other accolades.

The Leadership Institute is now accepting question submissions for Spencer. To submit your question, or for more information, click here.

Other guest speakers include Ron Clark, "America's Educator" and best-selling author; Dan Rose, vice president of Partnerships, Facebook; John O'Leary, inspirational best-selling author; David Perdue, U.S. senator and former Fortune 500 CEO; Chris Conlee, author and lead pastor of Highpoint Church; and Eric Wesley, commanding general of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Registration for the full conference is $529. Tables of eight are available for $4,200. Tickets and tables also are available to CSU departments, faculty and staff at a discounted rate of $499 per ticket and $3,900 per table. Register today.