Conference on Family

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The 2015 Utah Valley University Conference on Family, hosted by the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, will feature keynote speakers, John and Jane Covey and plenary speaker Barbara Leavitt. It will be held Friday, November 6, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center on UVU's main campus.


John and Jane CoveyJohn Covey is director of the Home and Family Division at Franklin Covey Co. He is also co-founder of the Education Division and has served as senior consultant with such businesses as Conoco and the U.S. Army Corps. As director and co-founder of Franklin Covey's Home and Family Division, John was heavily involved with his brother, Stephen R. Covey, in the design, development, and editing of the book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families" and co-author of "The Proactive Family Guide Book" with Stephen. John and his wife Jane have given numerous presentations and seminars on the family throughout the world. John received a Masters degree from Harvard in Business Administration and a Doctorate of Education at Brigham Young University. He and Jane reside in the Rocky Mountains of Utah with their children.

Jane Covey has traveled widely as a public speaker. She has been a professional presenter and teacher in business, education, and family. Jane received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and is currently in a masters program. Jane contributed stories and examples to "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families," and is co-author of the "Proactive Family Guide Book" with her husband. She has published numerous articles on parent/child relationships. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Jane derives her passion for strengthening families from her experience as the mother of seven daughters and three sons.


Barbara LeavittFor the last eight years, Barbara Leavitt has worked with United Way of Utah County in multiple roles including: directing a home visitation program manned with volunteers; implementing the Help Me Grow system statewide in Utah; working with child welfare to bring the Strengthening Families Framework to Utah; and within the early childhood arena to build regional and state systems that support parents.

In her spare time she has been training nationally with the Strengthening Families Framework: Training of Trainers team for the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.  She has continued to also train within Utah and has been instrumental in building a Strengthening Families Framework training system within Utah.


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