Simulcast for leaders, networking on May 10

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Businesses across the Greater Lehigh Valley have the opportunity to send their rising stars to the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast event May 10 at DeSales University that will be beamed live from Atlanta.

“There are several purposes for this event,” said Kayte Connelly of Best Principled Solutions, West Chester, an organizer of the simulcast. “The main purpose is to support emerging and existing leaders by lifting them up.”

Among the speakers simulcasting from Atlanta to more than 1,000 locations worldwide are Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric; Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University basketball coach; and Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State.

Locally, the simulcast is organized by the Greater Lehigh Valley Leadership Consortium, a research and development group created to discern and analyze leadership skills and needs, Connelly said.

According to Connelly, a major benefit of such an event is the gathering of “people of like minds who will listen to others” who have been successful. The theme is Simply Lead: Strengthen your Leadership by Simplifying your Life.

Before, during and after the simulcast, there will be training to highlight skills for leaders to motivate themselves and to support others in a variety of industries, Connelly said.

“We are having targeted networking,” Connelly said. “People will be able to recognize [others] in their industry by the design of their name badge.”

Dana Zamolyi, a nonverbal specialist, life coach, discovery facilitator and motivational speaker in Bethlehem, attended a similar event in Mechanicsburg in 2008.

“It’s an event with a lot of energy,” Zamolyi said. “It has well-known popular speakers – athletes, authors, educators and coaches – all offering a positive message of inspired change. You have everything from improving communications to leadership techniques.

“The key is there’s something for everyone,” she said. “You leave feeling that you can conquer anything. It’s geared to be personally and professionally uplifting.

“You get to be a participant – it’s a live event,” Zamolyi added. “There’s energy, and there are folks really looking to get something out of the day.”

Also scheduled are a leadership skills assessment, social media café, live keynote speaker at DeSales, facilitated conversations and a job board.

The comprehensive leadership skills assessment will be used to collect information on area business leaders.

“We hope to collect [data] for the first time in the Lehigh Valley – across demographics and across industries,” Connelly said.

The information will be used to fine-tune skills that may be needed by one group and not necessarily by another.

“For example, the skills necessary for 25- to 35-year-olds in health care might be different from 55- to 70-year-olds in manufacturing,” she said.

The aim is to have input from the participants to decide what programs should be offered and for whom.

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