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Leadership Symposium

Shining Through the Storm

September 11, 2021

Leadership Symposium

Hosted by the School of Education

September 11, 2021
​​ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CU Center

Concordia’s School of Education Leadership Symposium provides fresh insights into the most relevant issues concerning educational leadership. Each half-day symposium features distinguished participants, administrators, and influencers in education who will present best practices across a variety of topics. The symposia are free to attend and open to the public.

Attendance Includes:

  • Keynote speaker
  • Services Fair

Keynote Speakers 2021

LIVE Session Presented by:


Dr. John Townsend

John Townsend, Ph.D.

Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times bestselling author, leadership consultant, psychologist and relationship expert. He has written 30 books, selling 10 million copies, including the bestselling Boundaries series and The Entitlement Cure, an ECPA 2015 Book of the Year finalist. For more than twenty years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals around the globe, offering them life-changing solutions to their problems. He is co-host of the nationally-syndicated talk show “New Life Live” which is heard in 180 markets with 3 million listeners. He has been interviewed on venues such as Fox News television and published in magazines such as Personal Excellence and the Leadership Journal. He is the founder of the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine, and is active and instrumental in its growth. Dr. Townsend holds a BA in psychology from North Carolina State University, a Masters in Theology from Dallas Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Biola University.


Dr. Margaret Christmas Thomas

Margaret Christmas Thomas, Ph.D., LMHC, LMFT, NCC

Dr. Christmas led National Counseling/Academic services for the world’s largest human services provider and consulted internationally in the areas of counseling, education and special education services. She has helped host several national conferences for counselors and educators, provided coaching consulting and presented on these topics across the United States, Europe and the Middle East. She continues to consult in these areas to school, organizations and leaders. Dr. Christmas joined Concordia University ten years ago where she is currently the Associate Dean of the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine and a leader in program design and implementation of the institute at CUI, including the new PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision that launched in August, 2021. Dr. Christmas holds a Ph.D. in Leadership, with a specialization in Counseling and is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Counselor.

Services Fair

Join us for a free fair of education services as we head into the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Currently Enrolled MAED Students

Students in the MAED: Educational Administration degree program are required to attend 3 symposia and complete an assignment for each as part of their coursework. The 3 symposia are embedded in the Leadership Academy courses (561, 562, 563). Students will be notified when it is time to register.

Contact Us

For more information about the Leadership Symposium, please direct any questions to:

Kathy Mueller

Kathy Mueller
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
(949) 214-3336
[email protected]

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