Authentic leadership is the theme of the 2023 Leadership Forum at Fresno Pacific University.

“Authentic Leadership: Where Courage and Vulnerability Meet” is the title of the keynote address by MaryJo Burchard, Ph.D., founder of Concord Solutions, an organizational leadership consulting company based in Virginia Beach that specializes in helping, leaders, teams and organizations find strength, focus and connection while facing major disruption and tough change. Burchard is a graduate and former staff member at FPU. More at

Doors open at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2023, in the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center (CAC) on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. In addition to the keynote, breakfast will be provided along with breakout sessions in three tracks: authentic leadership, Christian business and community transformation.

Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table of eight. Virtual tickets are available for $15. Register at Leadership Forum | Fresno Pacific University, or get more information by contacting Redekop at or 559-453-3451. Parking is available in the CAC and Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary lots just east of the intersection of Chestnut and Butler avenues.

The Leadership Forum calls Valley leaders to transformational leadership that inspires innovation and collaboration, building a shared vision for the flourishing of our region. Last year about 250 business and non-profit leaders, FPU students and faculty gathered to hear Fresno Deputy Mayor Matthew Grundy.

Many prominent organizations support Leadership Forum 2023 through sponsorships:

  • Leadership Sponsor
    • Wells Fargo
  • Integrity Sponsors
    • Camarena Health
    • Johanson Transportation Service
    • MB Foundation
    • Moore, Grider & Company LLP
  • Influence Sponsor
    • CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Connection)
    • Center for Community Transformation
    • Fresno Pacific University Foundation
    • FPU School of Business



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations