Townsend & Fellows Symposium

Townsend Institute for Leadership & Counseling at Concordia University Irvine


Transforming Lives & Leadership

Kaley Wilson

Hear from students describing their experience at the Townsend Institute Symposium

On March 8, 2017, eight of the top minds in leadership and counseling held a symposium as the culminating event for a four-day, on-campus launch of inaugural classes with Institute founder John Townsend. The half-day symposium, open to the public, drew capacity crowds, where a live broadcast of the session was also made available.

Students and attendees came to hear the latest thoughts and research updates from the Institute Fellows, which included six bestselling authors, on topics ranging from attachment science in action to whether or not transforming American culture is possible.

The symposium was a signature event in the celebration of the launch of two master's degree programs in Organizational Leadership and Counseling, and three new online graduate certificate programs in Executive Coaching, Organizational Leadership, and Counseling. All degree and certificate programs have received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times best-selling author, leadership consultant, psychologist and relationship expert. For more than twenty years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals offering life-changing solutions to common challenges. He brings this depth of experience to the courses offered in the Townsend Institute's programs.

The Symposium included video presentations by:

Ken Blanchard

Ken Blanchard

Management expert, founder and spiritual director of the Blanchard Companies, Founder of Lead Like Jesus, speaker, bestselling author, including One Minute Manager (

John and Julie Gotten

John and Julie Gottman, Ph.D.

Relationship researchers, clinicians and bestselling authors, including The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (

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