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Leadercast aims to build new generation of leaders

May 10th, 2014 5:43 pm by Hank Hayes

Leadercast aims to build new generation of leaders

Leadercast was hosted live Friday in the Atlanta area and simulcast at venues all over the planet, including the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center. Photo by David Grace.

KINGSPORT — Take a global lineup of leaders who have been there and done that, add a satellite and stir in more than 100,00 people seeking leadership skills and you get the core elements of Leadercast, an impact event hosted live in the Atlanta area and simulcast at venues all over the planet.

An estimated 1,500 prospective leaders crowded the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center and Eastman Lodge on Friday to hear everyone from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel laureate and human rights activist, to former First Lady Laura Bush talk about their leadership experiences.

Also on the speakers' list were author Malcolm Gladwell, screenwriter Randal Wallace, and SAP Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott.

"Part of the thought behind Leadercast is to create a diverse speaking platform to speak to a wide audience," said Matt Overby, executive director of the Johnson City-based Summit Leadership Foundation (SLF), which organized the Tri-Cities simulcast of the worldwide event. "We are building leaders worth following, not reserved for those with a 'C' in their title, but who want to become intentional about raising their standards of leadership."

Event tickets' face value was $99 apiece, and more than a dozen regional sponsors committed to buy a certain number of tickets. Overby said Eastman, for instance, secured 500 tickets, but sponsorships also came from places like East Tennessee State University, Milligan College and Northeast State Community College.

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