For the second year, WorkMatters, a Marietta not-for-profit organization formed in 2010, will present the simulcast via HD-TV satellite feed in the main ballroom of the Marietta Conference Center.
Tickets are $60 for the daylong event, and guests may register at www.mariettawork
matters.org. Local businesses are sponsoring the simulcast, said Brad Respess, WorkMatters co-founder and chief operating officer of Marietta-based Tip Top Poultry.
The conference, which will be at the World Congress Center, will feature 10 nationally recognized leadership and business speakers including CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien; NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow; best-selling authors Patrick Lencioni and John Maxwell; and metro Atlanta author and pastor Andy Stanley.
The simulcast will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the main ballroom of the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center at 500 Powder Springs St. in Marietta.
There are 520 seats available, though 490 tickets have already been sold.
WorkMatters and its sponsors are arranging the simulcast for a couple of reasons, including convenience, the lower ticket price, and the opportunity to network with local business leaders.
Last year, about 340 people attended the simulcast in Cobb. Among those was Jon Vaughan, of Brand-Vaughan Lumber Co.
“I went after I won a ticket at a MariettaWorks breakfast and didn’t plan to stay for the whole event,” Vaughan said. “I ended up canceling all of my afternoon meetings to stay the entire day. It was an amazing event and it definitely made an impression on me. Afterward, I bought the DVD series and had my managers listen to at least one.”
Sponsors of the simulcast include Brock Clay Calhoun and Rogers law firm; C.W. Matthews construction company; the Cobb Chamber of Commerce; Fireside Natural Gas; retailer Glory Haus; insurance brokerage Little & Smith; Marietta Power and Water, Regions Bank; Ronald Blue & Co. financial advisors; Sterling Risk Advisors, Tip Top Poultry; and Walton Communities.
“Our sponsors have empowered us to challenge business people to consider the decisions they make and the impact that they will have,” Respess said. “The Leadercast brings world-renowned thought leaders to inspire us to take a new look at the choices we make and to choose to look beyond yourself and toward others.”
WorkMatters was formed by Marietta businessmen Scott Gregory, Brandon Hutchins, Respess, Dr. Bryan Robinson and John Wills, with the goal of ensuring Marietta’s future as a great place for their children to raise their families.
“There are countless ways to be engaged — families, politics, education, community service, civic organizations, churches — and they are all important. But we felt like business people could and should have the most impact on a community. They are able to go and provide leadership in all the other areas of community life,” Respess said. “The five of us had the opportunity to watch more seasoned business leaders grow their character, and out of that character provide positive influence on scores of people and families in our community.”