About 175 up-and-comers filed into the Gerald White Pavilion at DeSales University this morning to hear nuggets of gold from nationally recognized leaders in business and other fields at the annual Chick-fil-A Leadercast.
There was the buzz of friendly networking chatter as they checked in, strolled past the breakfast line and made their way to the conference room with three huge screens to facilitate the event that is being simulcast from Atlanta to more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Besides being broadcast at the DeSales venue, the event regionally also is being simulcast at Faith Church of Allentown.
At DeSales, Kim Pentland and Susan Lee from Good Shepherd Rehabilitation were wearing their blue name tags designating their health care industry and preparing to learn what they could.
"This is my first leadership conference and I'm not quite sure what to expect," Pentland said. "I'm new in my position and looking to learn more."
She particularly was interested in the presentation by Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University basketball coach.
"I've been following him from Duke and am amazed at this leadership skills both on and off the court," Pentland said.
Lee focused on the positive nature of the event and how it will help her in business.
"We [Good Shepherd] have been in existence for 105 years and just opened a new site in Bethlehem," Lee said. "I came to get renewed. I'm looking to improve my leadership skills and in becoming a better leader."
Rick Reinhardt of Mobile Marketing, who was setting up a table at the event, attended more for his own professional development.
"I came to improve my life. I always believe in educating and growing," he said. "Especially getting behind closed doors with Coach K [Krzyzewski] and [motivational speaker] John Maxwell. I learned to always chase knowledge and listen to those who are where I want to be."
Hostess Kayte Connelly of Best Principled Solutions,West Chester, was finishing up some last-minute details, displaying color-coded badges by industry and organizing an autograph scavenger hunt to help the shy feel comfortable to network with others.
"You get 25 points for finding someone who is living with their parents and 50 points for someone who has harvested crops," Connelly said. "It helps them move around and get to meet other people. They only thing they have in common is to be uplifted and to become better leaders."
The event began at 8 a.m. The keynote speech is at 12:15 p.m. with other activities until 4:30 p.m., Connelly said, adding that the admission fee is half-price for the afternoon-only session.