Current Forum

Strategies for Effective Leadership — What’s Your Game Plan?

The 16th Annual Shelton Leadership Forum is scheduled for Friday, November 3, 2017 at the McKimmon Conference Center at NC State University. Early registration now available for a fee of $169. After October 31, the registration fee will be $199.

Early registration will open in July 2017.




Mallory Weggemann
2012 Paralympic Gold Medalist

Keynote – “Baby Steps: An Intimate Discussion on the Basic Forms of Leadership”

Mallory Weggemann breaks down the pillars of leadership into a more simplistic form—baby steps. As she insists that the only way to take a daunting task, a looming challenge, a seemingly unsurmountable obstacle and conquer it is through baby steps themselves. In October 2008, Mallory found her own personal life was focused on change. Through her journey and self-reflection, she discovered that one of the greatest qualities leaders can present is the ability to adapt to change. Mallory’s story appeals to anyone seeking a genuine and, at times, raw examination of one young woman’s journey through grief to the top of the Paralympic medal platform, from being confined to a chair to learning to walk again. Even though her spine will never heal, her spirit is active, captivating and unstoppable.



Thurl Bailey
Retired professional basketball player whose NBA career spanned from 1983 to 1999 with the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Keynote – “What Matters Most”

What are the elements of power? of satisfaction? On the court, in the boardroom, or in the family room the issues are the same. The keys to incredible effectiveness lie in underrated values: fair play, honesty, trust, integrity, and respect. Learn and laugh with Thurl’s short tales and tall truths and discover what matters most to you.


Rocky Bleier
Vietnam Vet and 4-Time NFL Super Bowl Champion

Keynote – “Leadership Through Teamwork, Perseverance & Hope”

Why do some organizations dominate and some lose? What are the ingredients of “real” success? Rocky Bleier’s presentation focuses on winning through perseverance, hope, commitment and trust. Framed through parallels to football and Bleier’s personal journey as both a war veteran and four-time Super bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bleier will explore both structural and emotional aspects for individuals and organizations to reach their greatest potential. Learn how successful teams and organizations share four characteristics:  leadership, people, vision and a shared belief system.