Leadercast 2014 features a lineup of world-renowned leaders, speaking straight to your community, team or organization. Check back often for speakers as they are added.
Andy Stanley is a sought-after leadership communicator, author, pastor, and the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Since its inception in 1995, North Point Ministries has grown from one church to five in the Atlanta area and has helped plant over thirty strategic partner churches globally. Each Sunday, more than thirty thousand attend worship services at one of NPM'S five churches. In addition, every month, well over a million people from nearly every country in the world choose to tune in, download, and stream Stanley's teaching content via TV, radio, podcasts, and live streaming. Stanley's books include The Next Generation Leader, Visioneering, Enemies of the Heart, and The Principle of the Path.
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996. His 1999 profile of Ron Popeil won a National Magazine Award, and in 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), and Outliers: The Story of Success (2008) all of which were number one New York Times bestsellers. His book What the Dog Saw (2009) is a compilation of stories published in The New Yorker and his new book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants will be published in October.
From 1987 to 1996, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business, science, and then served as the newspaper's New York City bureau chief. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. He was born in England, grew up in rural Ontario, and now lives in New York City.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a world-renowned human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Beginning with his opposition to apartheid in South Africa, he has worked tirelessly to spread peace, justice, and democracy and to end racial divisions throughout the world.
His faith in and commitment to the peaceful destiny of South Africa earned Archbishop Tutu the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize. He served for years as his country's voice of conscience during its long struggle against apartheid. When that battle was finally won, Archbishop Tutu took the lead in ministering to the nation's wounds. His findings as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission marked a significant step in South Africa's healing process, as well as an international reminder of the commitment to the pursuit of freedom and justice. He is also chairman of The Elders, a nonpartisan group of influential global statesmen, which speaks out against ongoing injustice and works for positive change.
In 2009, President Obama awarded Archbishop Tutu the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honor - for his significant contributions to the nation and the world. In 2013, he was awarded the Templeton Prize for his lifelong work in advancing spiritual principles. The Archbishop's great friend Nelson Mandela perfectly sums up his legacy: "Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid, and seldom without humor."
Randall Wallace is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and songwriter, who came to prominence by writing the screenplay for the 1995 film Braveheart. His work on the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and a Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay Adapted Directly for the Screen. His other films, include The Man in the Iron Mask, Pearl Harbor, We Were Soldiers and Secretariat. Randall wrote the lyrics to the song Mansions of the Lord, which is featured in the movie We Were Soldiers and was sung at Ronald Reagan's funeral.
Jack Welch is the author of Winning, a #1 Wall Street Journal and international bestseller. In 2001, he wrote his #1 New York Times and also international best-selling autobiography, Jack: Straight from the Gut.
Since 2005, Jack and his wife Suzy Welch have written business columns for several publications, including Business Week magazine, Thomson Reuters digital platforms, Fortune magazine, and the New York Times syndicate. The Welches have also launched the “Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University,” a unique online MBA and certificate program aimed at giving students around the world and at every career level the tools to transform their lives and the organizations of the future.
Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Jack received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. He began his career with the General Electric Company in 1960, and in 1981 became the Company’s 8th Chairman & CEO. During his 20+ year tenure as CEO, the Company’s market capitalization rose from $13 billion to $400 billion. In 2000, he was named “Manager of the Century” by Fortune magazine.
Laura Schroff's book, An Invisible Thread, brings to life the inspiring true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and their unlikely meeting with destiny in 1986. Since the launch in November 2011, An Invisible Thread has been on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of 36 weeks and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a Christopher Award, DreamCatcher Award, and the Local Hometown Hero Award presented by New York Congressman Steve Israel.
Laura is a former advertising executive who has worked with several major media companies, including Time Inc. and Condé Nast. Born and raised on Long Island, Laura was part of the advertising team that made USA Today a successful national newspaper. Before helping launch three of the most successful start-ups in Time Inc. history: InStyle, Teen PEOPLE, and PEOPLE StyleWatch—she was also the New York Division Manager at PEOPLE magazine. Laura has also been the New York Ad Manager at Ms. magazine and Associate Publisher at Brides. Laura loves spending time at her condo on Long Island and visiting with her family in New York and Florida. She lives in New York City with her feisty poodles, Coco and Emma.
Dr. Henry Cloud is a leadership consultant and coach who brings a unique perspective to his speaking and writing. His background as a clinical psychologist and business consultant bridges the gap between what a business needs and what leaders have to do to get results. He has extensive experience as a CEO and Executive Team coach, as well as an organizational consultant in a wide range of companies from Fortune 500 to family-held firms and many boards. He specializes in coaching leaders, building teams, and developing organizational cultures.
In addition to consulting, he built a health care company, which operated treatment centers in forty markets in the Western U.S. and directed it for ten years. This perspective of having created and led a company, as well as consulting with many businesses, gives his message a realistic and practical flavor with which people identify.
The author of over twenty books, including Necessary Endings, Integrity, and 9 Things A Leader Must Do, he has been featured and reviewed in many publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe.
Simon Sinek is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together.
A trained ethnographer and author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Sinek has held a life-long curiosity for why people and organizations do the things they do. Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns of how they think, act and communicate. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.
Sinek shares his optimism with all who will listen. He speaks around the globe and has commented for local and national press, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, FastCompany, CMO Magazine, NPR and BusinessWeek. Sinek is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, writes his own blog, simonsinek.com and makes regular guest appearances on MSNBC’s Your Business, among others.
Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and not-for-profit world, working with Education for Employment Foundation to help create opportunities for young men and women in the Middle East region. When not in hotels, he lives in New York, where he teaches graduate level strategic communications at Columbia University.
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One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. She has traveled to more than seventy-six countries, including two historic solo trips to Afghanistan, and has launched groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad. The author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From the Heart, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Today, as the Chair of the Woman’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military.
Born in Midland, Texas to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education and a master’s degree in library science. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian. She was jokingly dubbed “the old maid of Midland” before her 1977 marriage to George W. Bush, “Midland’s most eligible bachelor.” The Bushes are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna.
Reining from Birmingham, England, Cat Deeley is one of the foremost television presenters both in the United States and the UK. In 2005, Cat broke into the world of male-dominated television hosts when she began hosting So You Think You Can Dance, one of America's most popular dance reality shows, which is currently airing its 10th season. Cat has received three Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Reality Host in 2011 and 2012 as well as winning a 2012 Critics' Choice Award for Best Reality Host for her work on the show. Cat was also nominated in 2011 and 2013 for a Critics' Choice Award as well as a Teen Choice Award for her role as host on the show. So You Think You Can Dance has received over 15 Emmy nominations; including two Emmy nominations in the Best Reality Competition category.
Deeley was the first ever Brit to host on Regis & Kelly, was Jay Leno's first regular entertainment correspondent on The Tonight Show, and performed the same duty for Good Morning America. Deeley is a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award winner and has won many other awards for her work on some of the UK's hottest primetime shows, including Stars in Their Eyes, CD:UK Live (on which she appeared weekly for six years), SMTV: Live (which she hosted for three years), Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, the V Festival (2004, 2005), The Brits, Record of the Year, Elton John Live from New York, The Latin Grammy Awards and a one-hour special with U2, When Cat Met U2, for lTV.
Tripp is most widely known as the taller half of Tripp and Tyler - a sketch comedy duo with more than 24 million views on YouTube. Their work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN Headline News, Huffington Post, The Jimmy Fallon Blog, Perez Hilton, the Above Average Network and three times on the homepage of YouTube.
Tripp is also the founder of Green Tricycle Studios - an award-winning commercial, music video and branded entertainment production company.
When not doing stand-up comedy, hosting events, producing videos, leading his company or working on his upcoming book, Tripp spends time at home in Atlanta where he takes care of his dog, Jeff, and serves as a recovery group leader at the Atlanta Mission - an organization aimed at ending homelessness in the city.
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