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Leadership conference encourages teen leaders to take their imaginations seriously

More than 200 teen leaders from throughout Northwest Ohio will participate in a leadership conference that encourages them to take their imaginations seriously.

The Third Annual Lifeplan for Teen Leaders & Achievers Conference will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 in Savage Arena at The University of Toledo.

Lifeplan Toledo, in collaboration with Root Learning and UT, will welcome keynote speaker Janet Echelman, American artist from who reshapes urban airspace with monumental, fluidly moving sculptures that respond to environmental forces including wind, water and sunlight. The keynote session will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be open to the public, a first for the leadership conference.

“For me, engaging change is more than just a concept, it’s embracing challenges that open doors into the world where great discoveries are born,” said John Livingston, Lifeplan conference host and founder of Whirlwind U Motivational Institute, about touching the lives of a ‘future generation of dreamers’ through the leadership conference.

The day’s events will include learning modules and exercises that allow teens to understand the value of the creative energy of others around them, developing unique and imaginative solutions to problems, discovering how visualizing ideas can drive clarity of meaning and learning the skills it takes to become a corporate executive.

Lawrence J. Burns, UT vice president of external affairs, will give a presentation on “The Power of You” about image and reputation followed by two UT students discussing the power of social media and personal branding.

Toledo’s Root Learning will provide a leadership competition for both students and executives to promote imagination and creativity in leadership.

“I believe self-discovery is a continual learning experience that not everyone embraces,” Livingston said. “Each year, our goal is to engage teens, education administrators and corporate executive in a unique learning experience by engaging change and entering the world of possibilities.”

Lifeplan Toledo was launched in 2010 by Livingston from the interactive, discovery-based learning program created by The Lifeplan Institute, which helps participants navigate the path of life, avoid its most common pitfalls, and become successful, thriving adults.

For more information on Lifeplan Toledo, follow them on Twitter at and Facebook at, or contact Livingston directly at

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