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LAKELAND, Fla. — Southeastern University (SEU) recently hosted their annual Forum leadership event with guest speakers Cathie Wood, founder and CEO at Ark Investment Management, and Kayleigh McEnany, former White House Press Secretary. 

The event was held on October 6 and 7, and also featured keynote sessions with top industry leaders. Keynote speakers included Chief Economist Brian Wesbury, entrepreneur Chris Heaslip and Chief Solutions Officer Scott Williams.

The SEU Forum was originally born out of the principle that the best leaders are those who steward their lives through the discipline of learning. This year, the Forum’s sessions centered on how to construct foundational leadership and serve with dignity through uncertain and challenging times.

Wood registered her company, ARK Investment Management LLC (ARK) as an investment advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in January of 2014. Focused solely on disruptive innovation, ARK aims to identify large-scale investment opportunities in the public markets resulting from technological innovations centered around genome sequencing, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy storage and blockchain technology. Prior to ARK, Wood spent twelve years at AllianceBernstein as Chief Investment Officer of Global Thematic Strategies where she managed over $5 billion. 

McEnany served as the White House Press Secretary in the final year of former president Donald Trump’s administration. Prior to working in the White House, McEnany worked as the National Press Secretary for the Trump Campaign and formerly the National Spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. Before joining the RNC, McEnany worked as a political commentator at CNN and across cable news. In addition, she is a recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Public Service Award. 

Wesbury is the Chief Economist at First Trust Advisors L.P. He was a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago from 1999 to 2007 and has been a regular attendee of the Economist Roundtable Luncheon at the Chicago Fed since 2007.

Heaslip is a dedicated entrepreneur with more than 15 startups under his belt, the latest being the highly successful Pushpay, which grew rapidly from $1 million in revenue to $100 million in revenue in just four years.

Williams is a best-selling author, speaker, strategist, international consultant and Chief Solutions Officer of his strategy firm, Nxt Level Solutions. 

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