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2023 Leadership Summit

Event Overview

Civic leaders and educators are fundamental to advancing liberty, prosperity, and beauty in practical ways in our local communities. They are an essential part of our growing network in the Southeast United States, but large conferences and national programs often overlook their meaningful contributions.

Common Sense Society’s inaugural Leadership Summit, taking place August 2-4, provides an opportunity for these local leaders to connect with one another, share experiences, and collaborate on shared priorities. They will engage in structured sessions that address challenges facing our local communities and propose pathways toward strengthening our institutions.

The program will include the presentation of the Common Sense Courage Award.

For more information about this event, please contact Stephen Ridley at stephen@commonsensesociety.org.

Lectures and Keynotes

What has Made America Good and Great?
Dr. Joshua Mitchell, senior fellow at Common Sense Society

The American Character
Mr. Det Bowers, principal at Wilson Kibler

From Fragile to Resilient Neighborhoods
Dr. Seth Kaplan, author and lecturer at Johns Hopkins University

Understanding the Change We Need
Conversation with Dr. Joshua Mitchell and Dr. Seth Kaplan, moderated by Common Sense Society president and C.E.O. Marion Smith

The Future of Public K-12 Education
Mr. Cameron Runyan, superintendent and C.E.O. of the Charter Institute at Erskine

The Battle for Our Institutions
Mr. Douglas Murray, fellow at Common Sense Society

Breakout Sessions

Identifying and Developing Leadership Talent in K-12 Education

Building Effective Partnerships in Higher Education

Civic Engagement is More than Politics

Breaking Through the Talking Points: Media Platforms, Language, and Influencers


Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

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