GiANT Impact Announces Blockbuster Speaker Lineup for 2011 Chick-fil-A Leadercast at U-Mary


For Immediate Release

Bismarck, ND - They seek to be voices of influence, hope, service, innovation and purpose. Most importantly, they hope to inspire change among people. From entrepreneur and author, to sports anchor and college coach, each of the 11 presenters in this year's Chick-fil-A Leadercast has a story that will help foster the leader in each of us.

Robin Roberts, anchor of ABC's Emmy Award-winning show "Good Morning America"; Mack Brown, head coach of the Texas Longhorns and 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year; Seth Godin, entrepreneur, marketing expert and best-selling author of 12 books including Linchpin; John Maxwell, leadership expert and best-selling author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership; Dave Ramsey, money-management expert, radio personality and best-selling author of The Total Money Makeover; Sir Ken Robinson, best-selling author and leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources; Dan Cathy, president and COO of Chick-fil-A, Inc.; Muhtar Kent, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Coca-Cola Company; Suzy Welch, best- selling author, television commentator and noted business journalist; Erin Gruwell, founder and president of Freedom Writers Foundation; and Frans Johansson, best-selling author of the Medici Effect headline the must-attend 2011 Chick-fil-A Leadercast, to be held in Atlanta, on Friday, May 6, 2011, and broadcast live at the University of Mary, America's Leadership University, in Arno Gustin Hall.

At the 2011 event, the speakers will address leadership topics including:


• Service in life and business

• How to achieve goals through dreams, focus and persistence

• Leading and accomplishing goals without making excuses

• Venturing outside the comfort zone

• Focusing on the solution, not the problem

• How to be indispensable to your organization

• How even small events can fuel transformational change

• How to develop an environment of trust and communication

• How to provide exceptional customer service and create a culture of servanthood

• The keys to finding your passion and unlocking creativity in your workplace

The Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leadership training event broadcast live from the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta to approximately 500 host sites throughout the nation, to include the University of Mary in Bismarck. Host sites use the event to build relationships in their communities and offer leadership training to their own teams. The University of Mary has hosted this event for the past several years.

"I have had the opportunity to attend all of the local Leadercast events held at the University of Mary," commented Dave Leingang, business planner with the North Dakota Department of Transportation. "It is the one annual professional and personal growth event I would not miss."

"The Leadercast event in Bismarck has given me the opportunity to hear from some of the best leaders in the world and take with me valuable skills to help me grow as a leader," says Derek Olson, customer service supervisor with Aetna in Bismarck.

"I thoroughly enjoyed Leadercast 2010 with John Maxwell and the rest of the team!" remarked Sheila Marquart,senior vice president of human resources at Starion Financial. "They all had such great wisdom to share. My greatest take-away from this high-impact day was the many ways I can and should challenge myself to become a better leader! My journey began as I walked out of the auditorium that day and I have consciously challenged myself to be more aware of my impact on those around me, more open to the world in which I live, and more willing to share my story. I thank Tony Dungy for my favorite quote of the day… ‘Praise is man-given. Be thankful. Talent is God-given. Be humble. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.'"

There are limited number of tickets available; so be one of the first to get one when registration begins online March 1, 2011, at www.umary.edu/leadercast. The $50 ticket price ($75, starting April 1, 2011) includes lunch and refreshments. Each attendee will be given a Chick-fil-A Leadercast notezine (workbook) containing the speaker's notes and feature articles relating to the speaker's material, which are part of the seminar's follow-up program. The Arno Gustin doors open at 7 a.m. and the conference runs from

8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

John Maxwell, New York Times best-selling author and speaker, first envisioned the Maximum Impact Simulcast as a way to combine his voice in the community with his desire to reach leaders at the heart level.

What started out 11 years ago as half-day, classroom-format event led by Maxwell has since become a full-day, experiential conference featuring 10 authors, leadership experts and practitioners.

GiANT Impact, based in Atlanta, is a growth company that develops leaders through leadership events, training and resources. With a presence in North and South America, Asia, Europe and Australia, GiANT awakens the leadership potential in people at all levels, ultimately leading to behavioral change.

For more information about the Chick-fil-A Leadercast contact U-Mary Event Coordinator Toni Reinbold at (701) 355-8348.