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Go Through the Door The Right Way: DeVon Franklin on Faith Leadership

Go Through the Door The Right Way: DeVon Franklin on Faith Leadership

Go Through the Door The Right Way: DeVon Franklin on Faith Leadership

Entertainment executive DeVon Franklin spoke on how to lead with integrity and stay true to your call as the keynote speaker at the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement’s fourth annual Faith Leaders Institute Summit and Graduation.

About Keynote Speaker DeVon Franklin

“DeVon Franklin…is a bonafide dynamo…a different kind of spiritual teacher for our times.” – Oprah

Oprah Winfrey words are a testament as to why the Rev. DeVon Franklin was chosen for the FLI Summit. The 2015 graduating class intent is on being different as faith-based and nonprofit leaders who are striving to impact their communities through social change radically, disruptively and innovatively.

Franklin is president/CEO of Franklin Entertainment. A USC alumni and a former Senior Vice President of Columbia TriStar Pictures, he worked on a number of the studio’s most successful films, including The Karate Kid, The Pursuit of Happyness and Jumping the Broom. Recently, Franklin oversaw the sleeper hit Heaven is For Real. Produced on a modest $12 million budget, Heaven is For Real outpaced all industry estimates and grossed more than $100 million worldwide at the box office.

In addition to his entertainment-industry pursuits, Franklin is a growing force in media, he’s made appearances on CNN, FOX News, OWN’s Super Soul Sunday Show, Oprah’s LifeClass, OWN’s Help Desk Show and the Dr. Phil Show. He’s a published author, preacher and highly sought after motivational speaker who wrote Produced By Faith, a best-selling how-to guide about pursuing your career without compromising your faith.

Ebony Magazine has named him one of the top 100 influential African-Americans in America and Beliefnet named him one of “Most Influential Christians Under 40.” He began his career as an intern for Will Smith and James Lassiter at Overbrook Entertainment. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California.

He lives in Los Angeles and is married to the love of his life, Meagan.