Make Plans Now to Attend the Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2012

I attend more leadership conferences than anyone I know, especially now that I am speaking professionally. It is simply amazing how many events leaders have to choose from today.

But the Chick-fil-A Leadercast is still at the top of my list. Perhaps this is because I have hosted the Leadercast Backstage program where I have had the privilege of interviewing all the speakers on video. As a group, they are second to none.

This year, the Chick-fil-A Leadercast will again be held live in Atlanta on May 4, 2012 and simultaneously broadcast to hundreds of locations around the world. In all, more than 125,000 people will attend. In a moment, I will tell you how you can participate.

What makes this event different? Three things:

  1. The diversity and experience of the speakers. This ensures that leaders are exposed to the best ideas from the corporate world and the faith-based world.
  2. Leadership content that deals with both the head and the heart. This insures that leaders are not only taught but engaged and encouraged to put what they learn into practice.
  3. The opportunity to interact with other leaders. There is something powerful about getting together with other like-minded leaders to spend the day focused on how to grow your leadership.

This year’s lineup includes:

  • Soledad O’Brien: Anchor and Special Correspondent for CNN
  • Tim Tebow: NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and bestselling author
  • Andy Stanley: Bestselling leadership author and communicator
  • Patrick Lencioni: Best-selling author and president of The Table Group
  • John Maxwell: Leadership expert and best-selling author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
  • Angela Ahrendts: Chief Executive Officer, Burberry
  • Roland Fryer: Professor of economics at Harvard and CEO of the Education Innovation Laboratory
  • Urban Meyer: ESPN analyst & former head football coach for the University of Florida
  • Sheena Iyengar: Author of The Art of Choosing & world-renowned expert on choice

You can get a feel for the event by reviewing the 2011 “Executive Summaries.”

If you are a pastor, church staff member, or lay leader, this is a great way for your church to reach the business leaders in your community. Specifically, it will enable you to:

  • Invite people into your church that might otherwise never darken the door
  • Build relationships that will create opportunities for significant, spiritual conversations after the event
  • Become the church known for speaking to the needs of the local business community
  • Offer relevant leadership training for business leaders in your city
  • Generate alternative revenue

You can find out more about becoming a host site by clicking here. If you want to attend the event, you can find out more by clicking here or here. Trust me, these kinds of events are even better when you can bring your leadership team with you.

I will once again be hosting the Backstage Leadership program. I can’t wait to interview this roster of speakers. I look forward to seeing you there!

Questions: Have you attended the Chick-fil-A Leadercast in the past? What was your experience? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    I have really enjoyed your backstage interviews in the past, Michael. This is one conference that would be nice to attend live. What I really like is the variety of speakers. This years lineup looks great. I would especially like to hear from Tim Tebow (Who knows how his season will turn out??)

    Hopefully you will doing a backstage event again!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I am hosting the Backstage program again this next year. I am really excited about it! (I also added a note to the post to make it clear that I will be there.)

  • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

    Thanks, Michael! I have not participated before. Sounds like a great opportunity.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    I have not had the chance to participate in a Chick-Fil-A leadercast. I would like to attend one day. The lineup of speakers is amazing. And it would be great to mingle with the leaders that attend.

  • http://twitter.com/lettner Michael Lettner

    I haven’t been the the Leadercast, but I went to the LeaderTour in OKC in September. It was by far the best conference I have been to. My head was spinning from the great insight from Dr. Cloud, Dan Cathy, Gen. Shelton, and others. I hope I can go attend Leadercast. Glad you are doing the backstage for those interviews were great.

  • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

    Michael, I have been to the Chick-Fil-A leadercast before and loved it!  I missed last year only because my father was undergoing bypass surgery that day.  I plan to be there again this year for more learning and inspiration.

    I also attended Catalyst last month (met you briefly after your talk) and thoroughly enjoyed that conference as well.  

    I am curious, though.  From your perspective as a speaker and learner, how would you compare/contrast the two conferences?  I am not looking for a “Which is best?” answer, but how you see them differently.  Do you have any thoughts on this?

    • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

      There is no need to mention the Tripp and Tyler skits!  I already take them into consideration and cannot wait to see what they will come up with next!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great question. Catalyst is more for people who are in full-time Christian ministry. Leadercast is more for people who are working in the marketplace. Both are owned and run by the same company (Giant Impact), so the world views are the same. Thanks.

      • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

        Thanks! I guess it is because I see myself as both (full-time ministry in the marketplace) that I enjoy them so much!

        I know you were not necessarily distinguishing between the two, but I cannot pass up an opportunity to try to adjust people’s thinking!

  • http://twitter.com/KellyCombs Kelly Combs

    This looks like an amazing event! I’d love to hear Tim Tebow, he has certainly been a leader in his faith walk.   I know you must be proud to have a part of such a wonderful organization. Best wishes on your backstage leadership program.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the early heads up on this conference.  I’m hoping to attend.

  • http://www.CrazyAboutChurch.com Charles Specht

    Wow, that’s a great lineup, but Atlanta is a bit of a drive from California.  When are you all coming to Fresno, CA?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      They have hundreds of locations (via the simulcast). You can attend right in California!

  • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

    I attended the Maximum Impact Simulcast a few years ago, which I believe was the precursor to the Leadercast.  It was great!  The event was shown at our church, and we had business leaders attend from all over the area.  I would love to go again!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, it was the precursor. Thanks.

  • http://thejeffbrown.me Jeff Brown

    My organization, WAY-FM, will again be spearheading a simulcast of the event in Nashville.  This will be our third year.  It’s and event we believe in a great deal.  Thanks for such a thorough review of what Leadercast is all about.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for doing this in Nashville, Jeff.

  • http://www.mirandaochocki.com Miranda Ochocki

    I attended the 2011 Leadercast for the first time. As a newbie to the business scene and the teachings of John Maxwell (reason I attended), I had a great experience. It is where I was first introduced to this blog and Michael’s teachings and knowledge have invaded my inbox ever since. Thanks for the early notice. My office got the last tickets available in our city.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Miranda. I appreciate your encouragement.

  • Alison

    This year’s event was very worthwhile! My two colleagues and I attended locally for the first time (we work with a non-profit drug prevention coalition) and we learned a lot. I hope we get to attend in 2012, too.
    One of my good friends participated at a site in another state. It was fun to interact with her via Facebook while the day unfolded.

  • Robert B.

    Sounds like a great opportunity…I do have one question…if I cannot make it to Atlanta and cannot make it to a satellite location that is hosting, can I simply attend from the comforts of my own home?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      No, I’m afraid not.

  • Dimitris

    Thank you so much for all the great stuff you are posting. I found new people and new ways of doing things by your posts, so for me this blog is very helpful. Thank you again. 

    I was trying to communicate somehow with you, I know that this is propably very difficult, but if you can, please communicate with me at dkontoudis@gmail:twitter  about the Marcus Buckingham book giveaway. (sorry for doing it through the comments area)God bless you
    Dimitris Kontoudis

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have asked Tricia, my assistant, to contact you. Thanks.

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    Thanks for the info, Michael. Sounds interesting! 

    I have attended John Maxwell’s leadership seminars. But I haven’t been to the-chick-fil-a-leadercast. With an array of powerful speakers, it’s going to be dynamic!

    • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

      Awaiting your Backstage interview videos!

  • Deb Ehret

    2011 was the first Leadercast I attended, but I have marked my calendar for 2012. It was a fabulous event! There were no public sites hosted in Colorado Springs, where we live, so I ventured up the mountain to Woodland Park. What struck me the most was the community building going on because of the conference. A group formed to continue working through the principles discussed that day, and the discussion around the tables was all about how to apply the tools we were given. Fantastic event – I highly recommend it!

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    The link to Executive Summaries was helpful. I didn’t read much but I read enough. Excellent material. I’ll delve into the summaries again when I have more time.

  • Aduguay

    Michael,
    Do you have a post on your top ten leadership conferences. I’m a huge fan on conferences and love learning from great leaders. Any recommendations you have would be greatly appreciated

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m afraid, I don’t, as they fluctuate from year to year. The Chick-fil-A Leadercast and Catalyst are two of my favorites.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    I would love to attend such events; but being from a distant nation, I will not be able to attend these events presently.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds awesome!

  • Tanya Ross-lane

    Portage Lakes Career Center is hosting  CFA  2012. This is are 2nd year we are looking forward again a 3 T event.  High Tech / High Teach / High Touch
    Mike  awesome job with the Backstage interviews.  Ask Gail to give PLCC a shout out as a CFA 2012 host site. She’s following @plcareercenter:disqus

    http://tiny.cc/hp5dbw

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  • AlGetler

    Mike, so glad your role is increased for this year’s Leadercast. This is a day I have looked forward to every year from almost the beginning of its lifespan. Unfortunately this year I will not be hosting a site North of Boston. My focus is on next year and how to bring it back. In the meantime, I will be at a neighboring host site (and some day I will get to the live event.)

    Folks, hosting a site is fairly easy. I will state that the cost is less of a problem then the energy required. To host a Leadercast site, you will need an energetic group of people that are servant-leaders ready to make a difference in your community. In return, you will bring your community a day devoted to leadership like none other. And while churches have been popular site locations from its inception; any business, Chamber of Commerce or group can host the simulcast. My site was hosted by our media company (newspapers, magazine, websites).

    It may be a bit too late to plan a site this year, but consider it for your area for next year. Feel free to contact me with questions. — Al

  • http://www.EverydayGivingBlog.com/ Roger Carr

    Michael – I have not attended the Chick-fil-A Leadercast in the past, but I have heard great things about it. About a week ago I signed up to attend the event in my local area. I look forward to the event and also experiencing your Backstage interview videos!