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Regent University, Virginia Beach, which hosts the Executive Leadership Series.

Executive Leadership Series

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It is our desire to make meaningful leadership training available to our community and beyond in a way that reflects Regent University’s core values of excellence, integrity, and innovation. With this idea in mind, we will be taking a hiatus to re-evaluate our ELS programming and approach.


Honorable John AshcroftDistinguished Professor of Law and Government, Regent University and Former U.S. Attorney General
Bob Aston Jr.Chairman and CEO, TowneBank
Cheryl BachelderCEO, AFC Enterprises/ Franchisor of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Dennis BakkeChairman Emeritus, AES Corporation
Maria BartiromoHost and Managing Editor of Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo and Anchor of Closing Bell
Anne BeilerFounder and CEO, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
Bill BollingLieutenant Governor of Virginia
Jerry A. BridgesExecutive Director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA)
Macon F. Brock Jr.Founder, President and CEO, Dollar Tree Stores Inc.
Herman CainPresident and CEO, T.H.E. New Voice Inc.
Donovan CampbellDecorated Marine Corp Captain (Ret.), Energy Industry Executive and Author
Gretchen CarlsonAnchor & Host, FOX News Channel; Former Miss America
Dan T. CathyPresident and COO, Chick-fil-A Inc.
S. Truett CathyFounder and Chairman, Chick-fil-A Inc.
Admiral Vern Clark, Ret.Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Government, Regent University and Former Chief of Naval Operations
Henry CloudLeadership Expert and Best-Selling Author
Barbara CorcoranFounder, The Corcoran Group and Real Estate Expert
Ken CuccinelliVirginia Attorney General
General Martin E. DempseyCommanding General of the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command
Richard M. DeVosCo-Founder and President, Amway Corporation
Thomas DonohuePresident and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Steve ElliottFounder, President;
Thomas F. Farrell IIPresident and CEO of Dominion Resources
Randy ForbesCongressman, Virginia’s 4th Congressional District
Paul FraimMayor of Norfolk, Virginia
DeVon FranklinPresident & CEO of Franklin Entertainment, Author
Foster FriessChairman, Friess Associates of Delaware Inc.
Sal GiuntaFirst Living Medal of Honor Recipient Since the Vietnam War; Author, Living With Honor
Rudy GiulianiFormer New York City Mayor
Honorable Alberto GonzalesFirst Hispanic U.S. Attorney General
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski IIIPresident, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dr. James Holley IIIMayor of Portsmouth
Mike HuckabeeFormer Governor of Arkansas; Author; Radio & Television Host
T.D. JakesCEO of T.D. Jakes Enterprises
Daymond JohnFounder and CEO of FUBU, Star of ABC’s Shark Tank, World-renowned marketing and branding expert
Linda JohnsonMayor of Suffolk
Rich KarlgaardForbes Magazine Publisher and Columnist and Best-Selling Author of Life 2.0
David KirkpatrickFormer president of Paramount Pictures
Tom KnoxFounder and CEO, Seniorcorp
Alan KrasnoffMayor of Chesapeake, Virginia
Doug LippFormer Head Trainer, Walt Disney University
Tamara LoweMotivational Speaker, Author and Cofounder/Executive Vice President of Get Motivated Seminars Inc.
Frank LuntzPollster and Political Consultant, President and CEO of Luntz Research Companies
John MackeyCo-Founder & Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
Joel ManbyPresident and CEO, Herschend Family Entertainment Corp., Featured on Undercover Boss
John MaxwellInternationally Recognized Leadership Expert, Founder of Injoy Stewardship Services and EQUIP, and Best-Selling Author
Gary McCollumSenior Vice President and General Manager, Cox Communications
Honorable Robert “Bob” McDonnellGovernor of Virginia
James McGregorSenior Director, Stonebridge International LLC and China Advisor, SpencerStuart
Jeffrey McWatersChairman and CEO, Amerigroup
Norman E. MillerChairman, Interstate Batteries
George MerlisFormer Executive Producer of Good Morning AmericaCBS Morning News and Entertainment Tonight; Author; and Founder of Experience Media Consulting Group
James H. MorganExecutive Chairman, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Wick MoormanChairman, President and CEO, Norfolk Southern Corporation
Dick MorrisAmerican Political Consultant
Christopher MosleyPresident and CEO, Chesapeake Health
Judge Andrew P. NapolitanoSenior Judicial Analyst, FOX News
Lt. Col. Oliver NorthCombat-Decorated Marine, Best-Selling Author and Former U.S. Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
Robert O’NeillTeam Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group
P.J. O’RourkeBest-Selling Author and Leading Political Satirist
Gen. Peter PaceUSMC (Ret.), Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2005-2007)
Dr. Rod PaigeFormer U.S. Secretary of Education
Mike PettersPresident and Corporate Vice President, Northrop Grumman, Newport News
C. William PollardChairman, The ServiceMaster Company
C. Larry PopePresident and CEO of Smithfield Foods Inc.
Mary Lou QuinlanCEO and Founder, Just Ask a Woman; Best-Selling Author; Correspondent, CBS’ The Early Show
John ReinhartPresident and CEO, Maersk Line, Limited
Anne RhoadesFounding Executive Vice President of People, JetBlue Airways and President of People Ink
Susan RoAneBest-Selling Author and Networking Expert
Horst SchulzeChairman and CEO, West Paces Hotel Group
William SessomsMayor of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Don SoderquistRetired COO and Senior Vice Chairman of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Bonnie St. JohnExecutive Coach, Speaker and Best-Selling Author
General Carl Stiner, Ret.Retired General, Government Advisor and Best-Selling Author
Delegate Scott TaylorFormer Navy SEAL, Iraq War Veteran and Author
Sean TuohyEntrepreneur, NBA Broadcaster and Subject of The Blind Side
Joy WeaverSpeaker, Author and Nationally Recognized Etiquette & Customer Service Expert
Brian S. WesburyChief Economist, First Trust Advisors L.P.
Art WilliamsSelf-Made Billionaire, Insurance Entrepreneur, Author and Winning High School Coach
Pat WilliamsSenior Vice President of the NBA’s Orlando Magic
Walt WilsonFounder & Chairman of Global Media Outreach; Former Managing Director of U.S. Operations, Apple Computer
Steve WisniewskiFormer NFL Player and Coach
Kenneth WrightMayor of Portsmouth, Virginia
Zig ZiglarPresident, Ziglar Corporation

Past Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities are available at several different levels to meet your budget and goals. All sponsorships (with the exception of Table Sponsors) include a minimum of:

  • Recognition on the ELS website and in the ELS program for each luncheon
  • Access to additional discount tickets (up to eight per luncheon)
  • Invitations to special Regent events.