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Register NOW for the 6th Annual CHARGE INTO LEADERSHIP student conference!

This FREE leadership development conference is open to all GHC students at all GHC locations!

Friday, September 26, 2014, 10am-3pm, at the Cartersville Campus

Featuring multi-award winning speaker Del Suggs!


Free conference t-shirt and lunch are included with your participation! Check with the Office of Student Life at any GHC campus for more information!

Don't miss out on this free and fun opportunity!

Whether this is your first semester or sixth semester ALL GHC students are welcome and encouraged to attend-

Even if you have attended the conference in year's past, new and informative sessions are being offered.


Speaker Del Suggs Bio

The philosopher Kierkegaard wrote that “Life can only be understood back- wards; but it must be lived forwards.”

You might apply that to the career of Del Suggs.

His latest accomplishment is the publication of Truly Leading: Lessons in Leadership. This book is twenty-one chapter course in leadership skills, aimed directly at college and university student leaders. It is receiving high praise from those in the higher ed community.

The award-winning ASCAP songwriter, singer, and guitarist has cut a remark- able path. During his thirty-plus year career, Suggs has produced and re- leased five albums of his own songs. He’s also produced over a dozen re- leases for the independent label The Cascades Recording Company. He’s been named “The Very Best of The Best” in music by Campus Activities magazine.

He’s also earned a Masters’ degree in Instructional Design and Development from Florida State University, and studied with Dr. Robert Gagne and Dr. Les- lie Briggs-- peers of B.F.Skinner. Suggs has taught at FSU in both the College of Education and the College of Music.

To top it off, he was named “Best Campus Speaker of the Year” as voted by the school membership of Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities. And at the top of Campus Activities magazine’s “Hot Speaker Choices.” In addition to his musical and educational career, Suggs has taken a lifetime of volunteering experience and created a number of leadership de- velopment programs which have become a hot ticket at colleges across the country.

By the way, he’s released a new CD named “Almost Christmas,” and is re- storing a 1974 Chrysler Mutineer sailboat. And he shares the cover of a new book titled Roadmap to Success with Deepak Chopra and Dr. Kenneth Blanchard (famed author of The One-Minute Manager).

“I guess I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up,” he said in an recent interview. “The problem is, I want to do everything.”

Suggs is past president of the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, ranked one of the top ten museums in Florida. He received the "2004 Museum Service Award for Outstanding Trustee" from the Florida

Association of Museums. He has been on the board of directors of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), the Florida Flambeau Foundation, Inc., and the Musicians Association of Tallahassee. He's even been named "Volunteer of the Year" by WFSU-FM, the NPR affiliate in his home town. Del is also a Voting Member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Grammy Awards).

Suggs is a contributing author to the 2008 book “Tour:Smart” by Martin Atkins (Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, et al). Other authors include Henry Rollins, Zim Zum (from Marilyn Manson), and more rock royalty.

Suggs was the third inductee into the National Campus Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2001. Performing Songwriter magazine describes Suggs as "Jimmy Buffett jamming with the Indigo Girls and James Taylor." Dirty Linen, the acoustic/folk music magazine, said "his songwriting adeptness is a marvelous blend of depth and perception that never fails to inject serious subject matter with consistently entertaining music."

With his flowing hair and walrus mustache, Del Suggs is easily recognizable on stages all over the country. Whether he’s presenting a lecture on “Truly Leading,” doing training in “Learning Reconsidered,” or singing his own composition “Magic Chair,” the audience is held in rapt attention by his talents.

Del Suggs is an original. He is one of those individuals who comes on stage as a stranger, and leaves it as a friend. That is a rare gift.

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