Chamber, PCL bringing back ‘Leadercast’ event
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
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In any thriving community, there is a group of people who make it their business to take advantage of all opportunities afforded them to help make lives better for the people who work and live around them.

In doing so, they become leaders.

People for Care and Learning, along with the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, is once again hosting “Leadercast,” an all-day event bringing inspirational and motivational speakers of renown together for a live conference discussing the topic of being productive and constructive leaders.

The program will be held May 9 at 9 a.m., at First Baptist Church of Cleveland.

Last year’s inaugural event here brought in more than 400 local leaders and business professionals — a number which inspired the co-sponsors to do it again.

“People for Care and Learning is all about leadership development,” said Nancy Neal, Chamber vice president of communications. “The Chamber is certainly pro leadership development.”

Neil said the Chamber currently hosts Leadership Bradley County and Youth Leadership as a way to develop community leaders.

“We partnered with PCL last year because it was a good fit and very successful,” Neal said.

She said the national organization was “flabbergasted” the Cleveland event had the response it did for the first time.

“We had triple the number the Chattanooga site had attending,” Neal said. “It was huge and they were very, very impressed with that for a first effort.”

She said sales for corporate tables began last December and are practically sold out. However, stadium-style seating does remain available.

“The speakers list this year is incredible and phenomenal,” said PCL Executive Director Fred Garmon.

“It’s one day of human resource management and resource development. I think it’s one of the best days of the year anywhere. I think it’s an event of excellence.”

This year’s program will feature speakers from a broad spectrum.

They include:

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

- Malcolm Gladwell, award-winning journalist and best-selling author;

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate and human rights activist;

- Randall Wallace, screenwriter, director, producer and songwriter;

- Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP AG, a multinational software corporation;

- Laura Schroff, former advertising sales executive and best-selling author;

- Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist and leadership consultant;

- Simon Sinek, leadership expert and best-selling author; and

- Laura Bush, former first lady of the United States.

Co-hosts will be Giuliana Rancic of “E! News” and Tripp Crosby, comedian, producer and entrepreneur.

The speakers will be brought to Cleveland by way of a closed-circuit broadcast from the main event in Atlanta.

Sponsors of the program point out attending here allows local participants to avoid traffic and parking problems, as well as the travel, while getting the same benefits of the conference.

“First Baptist is a gracious host and are so gracious to do it again,” Neal said. “It’s a wonderful place to go and have this event.”

Neal credits Garmon for bringing the event to Cleveland.

“It was his idea, and that is what he does in his ministry. He teaches leadership,” Neal said. “The partnership is between PCL and the Chamber, but Fred is really the lead on this and he is very passionate about what he does.”

“I think he sees this as a way to give back to the community because there is no way we could get these speakers in one room for a day,” she said. “By us bringing this together — with Fred’s passion and the Chamber’s interest — it’s a way to give to our community.”

Phil Cook from Lee University will once again serve as the local master of ceremonies.

She added each attendee will get “a really nice bag and fill it with things we are able to give along with their program materials.”

Chick-fil-A will provide the lunches for participants.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to hear speakers such as this all on the same day,” Neal said. “It’s a very good day.”

More information on Leadercast is available at

Contact can also be made by calling People for Care and Learning at 423-478-7071 or the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce at 423-472-6587.