Leadercast set Friday at First Baptist, 8 a.m.
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
May 07, 2014 | 1280 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Corporations and nonprofits alike will rub shoulders Friday in the second Leadercast simulcast offered through People for Care and Learning and the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.

Registrations starts bright and early at 8 a.m.

According to PCL executive director Fred Garmon, the one-day conference answers the question, “Are leaders born, or are they made?”

“The answer is ‘Yes,’” he said. “There are leaders who are born with natural endowments, but I think we all know leadership can be learned. We can help a lot of people become better in their community, better in their family and better in their individual lives.”

Continued Garmon, “They can reach that potential if we provide them with some type of hope, some type of encouragement, some type of training.”

The nonprofit executive director heard about Leadercast and decided to bring the conference to Cleveland and Bradley County last year. Four hours after securing the simulcast, he received a call from the Chamber of Commerce. The two agreed to partner on the project.

The response last year was larger than the two organizations expected.

People for Care and Learning director of events and logistics said this year’s response is already larger than the first.

“It is low cost for such a highly effective leadership conference. It is only one day, so you are not taking your employees away from work for two to three days,” she said. “It is appealing for those reasons, along with the fact that it is an opportunity to mingle and get to know people in this community.” 

Corporate tables cost $500 and can be purchased through an email to Lawrence at ilawrence@peopleforcare.org. Individual tickets for stadium seating can be purchased online for $59 by clicking on the upcoming events tab at www.peopleforcare.org. Tickets will also be available at the door for $79 the day of the event.

Lawrence explained the event is separated into four sessions, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Leadercast has prepared for a number of diverse speakers to enlighten and inform conference members. These include: Andy Stanley, Malcolm Gladwell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Randall Wallace, Bill McDermott, Laura Schroff, Dr. Henry Cloud, Simon Sinek and Laura Bush.

Co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Tripp Crosby will keep the event moving on the screen, while local Phil Cook of Lee University will act as emcee for the simulcast event.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and greet fellow attendees between the presentations.

“Sometimes people get the wrong perception,” Lawrence said. “You are watching sessions on TV, but there are also a lot of interactive elements for our actual Leadercast.”

She listed networking games, a long lunch break and opportunities for people to win prizes as examples. An emphasis has been placed on keeping up the action-packed pace of last year’s simulcast, while allowing for more opportunities to social network.

Garmon stressed both the Chamber and PCL have worked closely to provide an opportunity for local organizations, offices and corporations to receive quality information while building relationships for tomorrow’s projects.

“We want people — from the time they get out of the car at First Baptist, which is so gracious to let us use their facility — we want it to be much more than content,” he said. “We want it to be much more than just what you see in the videos and hear. We want it to be a connecting event where people can make relationships.”

Garmon said life is about relationships.

“If we can connect nonprofits and corporations and people all in this one room in our community, then we have done something. There is magic that takes place when you get everyone in the same room,” he said. “Especially everyone who wants to grow, who wants to learn.”