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National leadership program returns to Longview

By Special to the News-Journal
April 21, 2012 at 10 p.m.


East Texans interested in expanding and enhancing their leadership skills will have an opportunity to tap into tips offered by some of the nation's top leaders May 4, when the Chick-fil-A Leadercast program returns to Mobberly Baptist Church.

The nationally telecast program is a one-day event broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga., to hundreds of sites throughout the nation. Speakers for this year's event include:

Soledad O'Brien, anchor and special correspondent for CNN;

Tim Tebow, NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and best-selling author;

Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author and president of the Table Group;

John Maxwell, leadership expert and best-selling author of "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership;"

Marcus Buckingham, strengths strategist and best-selling author and researcher;

Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry;

Roland Fryer, professor of economics at Harvard University and CEO of the Education Innovation Laboratory;

Urban Meyer, head football coach at Ohio State University;

Andy Stanley, best-selling leadership author and communicator; and

Sheena Iyengar, author of "The Art of Choosing."

This past year, 85,000 leaders from 17 countries attended the event. It is expected to reach its largest audience this year, organizers said.

"It is one of the single most consolidated sources of leadership that I know of," said Dean Waskowiak, president of Longview's Encore Multimedia. "But it goes beyond that. I think this conference, although very focused on leadership, transcends the topic and really shows you how to lead in life."

Encore Multimedia is in its fourth year as a sponsor.

This year's program will focus on the power of choice. The speakers will share insights to help people empower and equip others at work, at home and in the community through their choices, Waskowiak said.

People attending the Leadercast event are eligible for up to 5.5 hours of continuing education credits in professional leadership development.

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