On May 9, three-quarters-of-a-million people will be watching and listening to presentations and talks from 11 successful leaders – broadcast as a live simulcast leadership conference from Atlanta, Ga., to hundreds of locations around the world.
Included are six venues in the Greater Lehigh Valley.
Leadercast is a one-day leadership event, created by best-selling author and leadership expert John Maxwell nearly 15 years ago, that serves as a training, coaching and networking opportunity – all to promote better leadership on all levels, in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
This year’s theme is “Beyond you – challenging leaders to leverage their influence for the sake of others.”
Among the 11 leaders who will speak from the Atlanta simulcast are former first lady Laura Bush; author Andy Stanley; journalist Malcolm Gladwell; screenwriter Randall Wallace; and Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP AG.
Kayte Connelly, the owner of Best Principled Solutions LLC, a leadership coaching firm in Bethlehem, is hosting its Leadercast event at the Best Western Conference Center in Bethlehem. The firm is hosting it in partnership with the Greater Lehigh Valley Leadership Consortium, a research and development group created to sustain leadership development in the region.
“No matter what survey you look at, everyone is looking for leaders,” Connelly said. “Leaders lead and awaken the desire in others.”
Connelly is expecting about 250 people at the consortium’s simulcast event, which begins at 7:30 a.m. with a networking session, followed by various activities, including a luncheon and keynote speaker Kenneth Braswell. He is the author of “When a Tear Won’t Fall” and the executive director of Fathers Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible fatherhood and mentoring.
“You can be a janitor and be a great leader,” Connelly said.
David Olsen is the CEO of Walton Consulting, an executive coaching firm in Allentown, and this year will be his second time hosting the simulcast event.
“It’s all about leadership development,” Olson said. “And how we can help people become better leaders.”
Every host of Leadercast coordinates the day of the event differently, but the content of the simulcast remains the same throughout.
Olsen’s company is serving a continental breakfast and a lunch to go along with the program he is hosting at Faith Church in Allentown, along with guest speakers during the lunch session. He said he expects his attendance to almost double the 150 attendees he had at last year’s event.