COVINGTON -- The Chick-fil-A Leadercast broadcast live from Atlanta has become so popular locally that this year, organizers had to find a larger space for the viewing, which doubles as a fundraiser for Miracle League of Newton County.
Last year the event drew 141 and the banquet room at Turner Lake Complex was packed. The Church at Covington has donated space in its fellowship hall this year that can accommodate up to 250.
For the fifth year, the Newton Plaza Chick-fil-A is partnering with Miracle League of Newton County to host the May 10 event, which gives locals the chance to hear world-renowned leaders speak via live broadcast from the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Miracle League, which is raising money to construct a baseball field for special needs children at City Pond Park.
"I think this being our fifth year hosting the event, it is beginning to get some traction ... plus hopefully folks who attend are telling others, which is helping to push sales. For $75, it's really a good deal to get the caliber of speakers/presenters, plus breakfast and lunch, and no traffic or parking fees to pay," said Miracle League consultant Tamara Richardson.
The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year the program will focus on the idea of "simply leading," and the idea of simplifying life so leadership can thrive. Speaking on this topic will be: Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric; Andy Stanley, best-selling leadership author and communicator; Mike Krzyzewski, head men's basketball coach, Duke University and Team USA; John Maxwell, best-selling author and leadership expert; Dr. Henry Cloud, best-selling author and leadership consultant; LCDR Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie "Act of Valor;" Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, track and field; David Allen, best-selling author of "Getting Things Done" and productivity expert; and Condolezza Rice, former Secretary of State , via video interview.
Last year, more than 100,000 leaders from 14 countries attended the Leadercast, now in its 14th year. This year, it is expected to reach its largest audience to date.
"I would like to personally encourage you to attend the Chick-fil-A Leadercast this May," said Hunter Hall, president of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce. "There are few things in our community that provide an investment in your leadership development like this event. This year the Chamber is sending its entire Leadership Newton County Class to the event because the take-aways are always so abundant."
The Church at Covington is located at 11975 Ga. Hwy. 142 North in Oxford. Tickets are $75 and include breakfast and lunch provided by Newton Plaza Chick-fil-A.
For more information about Leadercast, visit www.chick-fil-aleadercast.com. For local ticketing information, call 770-786-4373, ext. 14 or visit www.newtonrecreation.com.