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Distinguished Speaker to Present at Inaugural 2021 Southeast Georgia Leadership Forum
Michael Thurmond
Michael L. Thurmond

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Morris Multimedia is proud to announce Georgia leader Michael Thurmond will be the opening speaker at the inaugural Southeast Georgia Leadership Forum coming to Savannah Sunday, September 12 - Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at the Kehoe Iron Works at Trustees’ Garden.  

Since 2017, Thurmond has served as chief executive officer of Dekalb County, one of the largest and most diverse counties in the Southeast.  As CEO, Thurmond’s primary mission has been in restoring trust in county government. 

Michael Thurmond is widely regarded as a “turnaround expert” after fundamentally transforming the culture and enhancing operations of complex organizations such as the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, the Georgia Department of Labor and the Dekalb County School District.  The three-term past Georgia Labor Commissioner is an accomplished author with his latest book being Freedom: Georgia’s Antislavery Heritage, 1733-1865, which received the Georgia Historical Society’s Lilla Hawes Award. Thurmond plans to speak at the Forum on how unity jumpstarts a community.  

Other speakers for the forum announced to date include world-class presenters Steadman Graham, Horst Schulze, and Erica Dhawan.  In addition to these renowned presenters, participants can expect to learn thought-provoking content from statewide CEOs, business futurists, and regional community leaders, as well as have the opportunity to connect with the more than 400 participants expected to attend. 

Sponsoring this inaugural event with Morris Multimedia are Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Power, Georgia Southern University and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. The Forum fee is $395/person. Limited scholarships are available for community leaders who may need financial assistance to attend the Forum.

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