Leadercast coming to Tyler for 2nd year

Published on Saturday, 26 April 2014 23:19 - Written by Casey Murphy cmurphy@tylerpaper.com

Executives, consultants, authors and other experts will join former first lady Laura Bush on May 9 to speak about leadership to audiences in Tyler and across the world via telecast.

Leadercast is a one-day event broadcast live to hundreds of locations around the globe. The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Tyler are partnering for the second year to bring Leadercast to Tyler. It will be held at Green Acres Baptist Church CrossWalk Conference Center, 1607 Troup Highway.

Broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga., this year’s theme, “Beyond You,” challenges leaders to focus outward rather than inward.

Rosemary Jones, chairwoman of the Tyler Chamber, helped bring the event to Tyler for the first time last year. She said after attending Leadercast out of town, she was so impressed that she wanted to bring it here.

She said Leadercast’s “focus is on bringing morals and values into your everyday leadership programs in your business.”

Last year’s sold-out event drew about 600 people, and they have increased the number of tickets available this year to 800. On Thursday, 175 tickets remained. They can be purchased at eventbrite.com until they sell out — or May 9.

Leadercast will have an excellent lineup of speakers — from chief executive officers of national companies, to speakers, authors, religious leaders and a psychologist — and they come from a wide scope of professions, Ms. Jones said, adding that she is especially looking forward to hearing former first lady Laura Bush.

Speakers also will include Andy Stanley, author and communicator; Malcolm Gladwell, journalist and author; Archbishop Desmond Tutu, human rights activist; Randall Wallace, director, screenwriter, producer and songwriter; Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric; Laura Schroff, author and former Time executive; Dr. Henry Cloud, psychologist and leadership consultant; and Simon Sinek, author and leadership expert. Hosts are Cat Deeley and Tripp Crosby.

“It’s a great event for Tyler and the surrounding areas,” Ms. Jones said, adding that people come from across East Texas to see the nationwide event telecast here. “It’s a great event for leadership training at a reasonable cost.”

She said they plan to continue bringing Leadercast to Tyler every year, “as long as they keep providing the great quality programs they are now.”

The event serves as a fundraiser for the Tyler Chamber and Leadership Tyler.

“Leadercast is a top-quality learning opportunity and will benefit all who want to improve themselves and have a positive impact on others,” Carroll Roge`, president of Leadership Tyler, said in a statement. “This program hopes to change the way the world thinks about leadership. Companies can bring employees for a day of energizing leadership training without having to travel.”

Members of the Tyler Chamber and Leadership Tyler can purchase tickets for $75. Non-members can buy tickets for $80. And tickets for eight or more people can be bought for $70.

The program will begin with registration at 7 a.m. The first session will start at 8 a.m. and will conclude by 3:30 p.m. Snacks and lunch will be provided and door prizes will be given. Books also will be available for purchase from the speakers, and each participant will receive a workbook with information about the topics.

Presenting sponsors include Brookshire Grocery Co., Core Insights, Express Employment Professionals, Tyler Morning Telegraph, KYTX CBS19 and KLTV.

For four years, Chick-fil-A was the title sponsor but GiAnt Impact, the owner and producer of the event, announced it is broadening its global reach this year. They are partnering with additional sponsors who can help grow the platform. Chick-fil-A continues to be a supporting partner but will no longer be the event’s title sponsor.

For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com . For more, contact Colleen Colby at 903-535-9242 or visit www.leadershiptyler.org .