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CSU’s Leadership Institute Announces Format for The Forum 2021, August 31

June 2, 2021

Leadership Forum 2021

For the 16th year, The Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, will bring a lineup of the best and brightest minds in the world to Columbus August 31. This year’s event, themed "Leadership Reinvented," will feature four speakers and a Dine Around Uptown Columbus during lunch.

The one-day event, held at the Columbus Iron Works and Trade Center, will begin at 9 a.m., Tuesday, August 31. The event will feature Kat Cole, investor, former chief operating officer and president of Focus Brands. Cole’s journey from restaurant hostess at 17, executive by 26, president by 32, and investor by 35 is often shared as an example of the American and entrepreneurial dream. The final speaking spots will be announced soon.

For the first time, attendees can choose from an in-person event ticket for $279 or a virtual event ticket for $99. Virtual attendees will have access to view all four speakers in real-time the day of the event.

Also new this year, in-person attendees will Dine Around various restaurants throughout Uptown Columbus during lunch. Through a partnership with VisitColumbusGA and Uptown Columbus, and agreements with local restaurant owners, attendees will present meal vouchers at one of the partner locations. Certain restaurants will require a reservation while others will be available for walk-ups.

For the eighth year, faculty, staff and students currently enrolled with a valid CSU or Columbus Tech ID can watch the event live via simulcast from the University Hall Auditorium.

Virtual event tickets, in-person tickets and tables, and sponsorships are now available. For more information, visit


About Leadership Institute at Columbus State University

The Leadership Institute at Columbus State University is a university-based consulting group that provides expertise and training in leadership development, team building, assessments, executive coaching and strategic planning. Founded in 2005, the Leadership Institute has worked with more than 200 organizations and helped develop thousands of leaders. For more information on how we can help your business or organization, visit

About The Forum

Founded in 2005, The Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, is the premier leadership event in the region and offers an intimate setting with some of the best and brightest minds in the world. Held annually in August, the event draws more than 1,000 attendees. For more information, visit

*Revised to update contracted speakers. June 30, 2021