I'm more than pleased to announce that Dr. Tim Elmore has accepted our invitation to speak in Fort Wayne next month.Tim, a best-selling author, international speaker-and leading authority on how to understand the next generation and prepare tomorrow's leaders today-will present "Leading Your Kids to Succeed in Life: Twelve Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid" at Concordia Lutheran High School on Thursday, March 19. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., this workshop is free and open to the public.Today, we not only have a new generation of kids on our hands-growing up in a world of mobile devices-we have a new generation of parents. In our desire to protect kids, we often end up preparing the path for the child instead of the child for the path. The result? Young people leave home unready for the world that awaits them as adults.During this unique event for parents, Tim will share his thoughts on avoiding the most common mistake parents make-and offer a game plan to raise healthy, future adults. The workshop will discuss precisely how parents can be responsive to their children while still challenging them to develop self-discipline, ambition, and strong interpersonal skills.This is an opportunity not to be missed by parents who want to learn more about raising their children and developing their children's leadership qualities in an increasingly complex world. For more than three decades, Tim has made it his mission to promote the development of leadership qualities in young people. He believes that every child can be a leader because leadership is about influence. He shows young people how they can lead and serve others at school, work, home, and in the community.During his time in Fort Wayne, Tim, who lives in Atlanta, will lead three additional sessions at CLHS.At 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, Elmore will present "Aftershock: Understanding and Connecting with Generation Y," to school and church teachers and staff. This session will be a look at the most recent research on Generation iY (students born since 1990) and how their style is shaping the school campus as well as corporate America to school and church teachers and staff.At 9 a.m. and at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 20, Elmore will provide two presentations of "Habitudes: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes" to high school and middle school students.More about TimTim has written more than 25 books, including the best-selling "Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes".He's the founder and president of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit that helps develop emerging leaders under the philosophy that each child is born with leadership qualities.Tim and his team provide public and private schools, universities, civic organizations, and corporations with resources that foster the growth of young leaders who can transform society. For more than 30 years, Elmore has taught leadership through the power of images and stories that enables young adults to influence others in a positive way.Since founding Growing Leaders, Tim has spoken to more than 350,000 students and staff on hundreds of campuses across the country, including Stanford University, Duke University, Purdue, Auburn University, University of North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Baylor University. He has also taught courses on leadership and mentoring at nine universities and graduate schools across the United States and provided leadership training and resources for the National FFA Organization and major athletic programs, including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, University of Texas, Virginia Tech, and the San Francisco Giants.Additionally, Tim has taught leadership courses at corporations, such as Chick-fil-A, The Home Depot, American Eagle Outfitters, and Cox Communications. He has also presented in more than 40 countries, including India, Russia, China, and India.Tim's expertise on emerging generations and generational diversity in the workplace has led to media coverage by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Investor's Business Daily, Huffington Post,MSNBC.com, The Washington Post, WorkingMother.com, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, and Portfolio.com. He has also appeared on CNN's Headline News and FOX & Friends, discussing parenting trends and advice.Those are some solid credentials. So don't forget to tell your friends and family about this outstanding event that's being sponsored by the Lutheran Schools Partnership. I know we'll all learn a lot.