GELI 2018


September 16-18, 2018
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel – Atlanta, GA

Trauma-Informed Leadership

David Moody

Monday, September 17, 2018 | 11:15 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  C. David Moody, Jr. is a native of Chicago, Illinois, who spent his childhood years there before relocating with his family to Ann Arbor, Michigan. From there, he matriculated to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with a degree in psychology in 1978. He then attended Howard University, earning a professional degree in architecture in 1981. In 1988, he established C. D. Moody Construction Company, Inc., now one of the largest African-American-owned construction companies in America. Moody also has a keen sense of community service. He founded the C.D. Moody Foundation to provide financial assistance for students with a passion for construction and entrepreneurship, and to date has awarded more than 80 individual scholarships. Besides contributing money, he devotes time to meeting with K-12 students, where he hopes to help students see the endless possibilities that are directly associated with hard work, perseverance, and a positive attitude. Moody is the author of Fighting through the Fear – My Journey of Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse, co-authored with his good friend and former Morehouse College roommate, Charles W. Cherry II. The book describes his harrowing personal journey as a childhood sexual abuse survivor. His personal blog site,, showcases his talents as a photographer, motivator and inspirational resource for healing for other survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: School leaders often play a “first responders” role for students struggling with abuse issues…whether physical or sexual, or both. How school leaders respond and proceed can have life changing affects on the students…whether it be a healing or negative outcome. Dave’s unique perspective as a business and community leader will empower our school leaders with a better understanding of not only how to support students, but staff and colleagues as well. Join Dave during this special keynote luncheon to hear about his journey in dealing with sexual abuse he encountered as a child, and to learn some ways to “think outside the box” when helping our students deal with trauma situations in their lives. You do not want to miss this powerful and inspirational closing session! You will leave the Institute knowing what you do changes lives, and that you are critical to our students’ success!

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, September 16, 2018

1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Registration Open

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Free Pre-Institute Sessions

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

Monday, September 17, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Opening General Session

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

General Session, Lunch, Keynote Speaker – David Moody

12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Session

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Session

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

Featuring music provided by students from Peachtree Ridge High School, Gwinnett County Schools

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Breakout Session

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Special General Session

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Session

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

165 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303


The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel has a conference rate of $145 plus tax. This rate is valid by August 28, 2018, as long as rooms are available in the block.


  • CALL:  (404) 659-6500 or (800) 833-8624. Please be sure to tell the hotel you are with the “NCYI GA Education Leadership Institute (GELI) / Sheraton Atlanta Hotel“.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel website. Click “Book a Room” and enter in your dates.

PARKING:  We have self-parking at the hotel, priced at $18.00 per day. Other parking lots close to the hotel range from $4 to $20 per day.

GELI 2018 Sheraton Hotel

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Click on the images to see the things to do around the beautiful Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

There is so much to do in Atlanta! Visit a museum or take a walk around Centennial Olympic Park. Go shopping at Atlantic Station or watch that movie you have been wanting to see.

We hope this conference will educate and equip you to do your job well, and we also hope you will take advantage of the wonderful ways you can relax and be refreshed!