World’s Largest One-day Leadership Conference to be Simulcast in Texarkana on May 10th

Contributed by Ruth Ellen Whitt, Executive Director 


Community and business leaders have the invaluable opportunity to equip their teams with leadership knowledge and experience that yields the competitive advantage that every business, organization and team desires when Leadership Texarkana hosts Leadercast® 2019 on May 10, from 8 AM-2:30 PM, as part of LIFT: the Leadership Initiative for Texarkana.

Leadercast is the world’s largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast annually LIVE from Atlanta and simulcast to over 60,000 leaders around the globe, in hundreds of locations.  Leadercast 2019 will be held at Truman Arnold Center on the Texarkana College partnership with Texarkana College and Texarkana, TX ISD, and with promotional partner the Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce.  Registration for Leadercast 2019 in Texarkana is available at

In its nineteenth year, the Leadercast program mission is to develop leaders worth following. The theme of Leadercast 2019 is “Leading Healthy Teams.”  Featured speakers bringing their world-class experience and wisdom to Texarkana leaders for Leadercast 2019 include:


  • Patrick Lencioni – Founder, The Table Group

                Dedicated to helping organizations improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement. Author of The Advantage,

the capstone book on organizational health; The Five Dysfunctions of a Team remains a national best-seller.

  • Ginger Hardage – Former Senior Vice President of Culture and Communications, Southwest Airlines

Recently retired after 25 years, her team constructed and sustained the organization’s legendary culture,

leading to Fortune’s “Top 10 Most Admired Companies in the World” for 22 years.

  • Andy Stanley – Leadership Communicator and Best-Selling Author

Why self-leadership matters and how it makes a huge impact on your team.

  • Gayle King – Co-Host, CBS This Morning and Editor-at-Large, O, the Oprah Magazine

                Recently named one of the 100 most influential leaders in America today, a media titan for more than 25 years.

  • Carla Harris – Vice Chairman and Managing Director Morgan Stanley

            Past-chair of the National Women’s Business Council, responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration

to enhance revenue generation for her firm; author of Strategize to Win and Expect to Win

  • Craig Springer – Executive Director, AlphaUSA

Oversees operations in more than 6000 churches and 450 prisons throughout the US, helps mobilize more than 50,000

                Volunteers and 350,000 participants in the US and more than 1.5 million globally, with a lesson of listening.

  • Dr. Caroline Leaf – Communication Pathologist and Cognitive Neuroscientist

Specializes in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology underlying the mind-brain connection, the

nature of mental health and the formation of memory.

  • Marcus Samuelsson – Award-Winning Chef, Restauranteur, Author and TV Personality

            Acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide, earning multiple James Beard Foundation Awards for his many

accomplishments. A committed philanthropist, co-produces an annual festival celebrating food, art and culture of Harlem.  

  • Juliet Funt – CEO, Whitespace at Work

Head of a training and consulting firm that helps organizations, their leaders and their employees flip the norms of

                business in order to reclaim their creativity, productivity, and engagement, through personal process improvement.



LT has hosted Leadercast for five years, a day-long program attended annually by teams from every sector of the Texarkana area, attracting groups of 2-50 from industry big and small businesses, healthcare, city government, public and higher education, churches and non-profits.  (including, among many others: Domtar, Cooper Tire, Christus St. Michael Health System, Farmers Bank and Trust, Texarkana College, TISD, PGISD, DeKalb ISD, TAMU-T, Wadley Regional Medical System, City of Texarkana, TX, Texarkana Funeral Homes, Randy Sams Outreach Shelter, Riverbend Wter Resources District, the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, Opportunities, Inc., and so many more!)

Leadership Texarkana Executive Director Ruth Ellen Whitt says, “Our goal is to provide participants with a first-class event–an outstanding day of instruction, inspiration, and impact for each individual attending.  I leave each year with tablets full of enduring wisdom that without doubt has ongoing effect on my leadership habits.  Although many individuals register and attend as individuals, numerous local leaders recognize the value of bringing their entire teams each year, taking advantage of Leadercast’s affordability and return on their investment. TISD superintendent Paul Norton has said, “The piece of Leadercast that I value the most is having the opportunity to bring colleagues to this event and discuss how each speaker is speaking to us…to share the same vision is invaluable.”

SEATING IS LIMITED.  Registration is $79 and includes lunch, light breakfast, snacks and Leadercast materials.  Group and Leadership Texarkana member discounts are available.  General and SHRM CEUs are available, as are CNEs.   To register to attend Leadercast 2019 in Texarkana, go to


Leadership Texarkana is in an independent non-profit organization dedicated to engaging and equipping citizens from throughout the community to step up as leaders, working together for community excellence, pride and progress.  For more about the organization, go to



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