Community forum to feature guest speaker on Oct. 3

Published on Saturday, 21 September 2013 23:27 - Written by By Casey Murphy

Leadership and customer relations expert Joel Manby will present “Leading with Love,” an educational and motivational community forum in Tyler on Oct. 3.

Manby’s presentation will be part of “Leadership LIVE,” put on by Leadership Tyler, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harvey Convention Center.

“We are very proud to be able to bring a leader of Joel’s caliber to speak to our community,” Carroll Rogé, president of Leadership Tyler, said in a prepared statement. “His message will help organizations of all kinds empower their teams, break down barriers and foster long-term success by leading with actions that convey love.”

He said they hope to have more than 500 people attend the event.

The reason for “Leadership LIVE” goes back to the mission of Leadership Tyler: equipping leaders to enrich the community, Rogé said.

Bringing in a top-flight speaker such as Manby is one way to help people in the Tyler area grow, learn and develop. Manby’s philosophy of “leading with love” is simple, yet profound, he said. It’s in some ways counter-intuitive, yet no one could argue that it’s not the right thing to do.

Leadership Tyler believes that his message is at the heart of why great leaders and their organizations succeed, he added.

In Manby’s book, “Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders,” he outlines his belief that the most effective leadership is based on treating organizational stakeholders with love.

Manby’s model is controversial and counterintuitive, yet has proven extremely successful. Manby’s revolutionary approach was recounted on the first season of the CBS series, “Undercover Boss.”

A Harvard MBA graduate, Manby has served as a corporate executive at Saturn, then as SAAB North America’s CEO, and currently as president and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, the largest family owned theme park corporation in the United States.

“Joel Manby’s career and his significant accomplishments give proof that love works,” Rogé said. “It’s a philosophy of leadership that Joel has developed over 25 years of business success, and it’s a unique approach that everyone can benefit from.”

His presentation will distill the insights he has learned into actionable lessons, Rogé said. Manby challenges leaders to move beyond talking about values to actually incorporating the principles of love into everyday practice.

Presenting sponsors of “Leadership LIVE” include Express Professional Services and Express Leadership University.

Rogé said Friday that about 250 tickets had sold. Tickets are $45 through Friday and $55 after that, and includes lunch from Sadlers. They can be purchased until 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3. Discounts are available for Leadership Tyler Alumni Association members. Visit to register or get more information.

For more about Manby, visit