Chamber set to host annual Leadercast event

ALPENA – Leadercast is a one day live broadcast event that features a group of renowned speakers sharing their message with people at host locations around the globe. On May 9 Alpena will be one of the host sites and sharing the speakers’ messages locally.

Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jackie Krawczak said Alpena has been hosting the event, which is live from Atlanta Ga., for several years. She said each year there is a different theme focusing on how people can make a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. Krawczak said there have been influential speakers in the past and will be again this year.

“This year’s theme is titled ‘Beyond You – Be a Leader Worth Following,'” Krawczak said. “The message and lesson is to be a leader for others, as well as yourself. There are several speakers who will talk about leadership. Last year Tim Tebow spoke and this year there are a lot great speakers.”

Scheduled to speak are author Andy Stanley, award-winning journalist Malcolm Gladwell, human rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Randall Wallace, Bill McDermott, former first lady Laura Bush; Tripp Crosby will be the host. Krawczak said there is a need for leadership in Alpena and in Northeast Michigan. She said as today’s leaders age, the younger generation is going to be needed to step up and lead the way into the future.

“Promoting leadership is very important because we need to do a better job of developing leaders from within the community,” Krawczak said. “Everyone can’t be a leader, we need followers. That is just the way the world works. Developing leaders from within is important because they will be our future.

“We need to start developing leaders at a young age because someday they will hold leadership positions in our communities and we want them to be good leaders.”

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in the Granum Theater at Alpena Community College and the speakers begin at 9 a.m. cost of the event is $69 for chamber members and $99 for non-members. Krawczak said besides the knowledge that will be obtained from the lectures, there will be much more included in the cost of entry.

“There will be a type of breakfast and refreshments, lunch and you get a program and a workbook,” Krawczak said. “There will be prizes and of course networking. It is a great time, very educational and people really seem to like it.

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