The Introduction

Purpose is what defines us, drives us, and empowers us.

What does it mean to be powered by purpose? To be part of a purpose-driven organization? To work with a team of people who understand the meaning in addition to the metrics? To recognize that why you do what you do matters as much or more as what you do. Where defined values drive a strong culture and intentional leadership inspires amazing results.


Come to Leadercast 2017 – where every detail of the experience is purposefully crafted to inspire and engage you in surprising and meaningful ways. Discover the steps you can take to uncover your purpose … to reconnect to your organization’s why … and to truly live, work and play in this world, Powered by Purpose.

Bring Your Team!

Why You Should Attend Leadercast… And Bring Your Team!

Interactive Experiences

Gain live insights from leaders, engage in activities at our simulcast and on your mobile device.

Practical Guidance

Gain a diverse perspective on how to cast a vision, clearly communicate it and deliver it to completion.

Useful Tools

Obtain key actions and tools for you to use following the event to enhance your leadership.

Personal Growth

Dedicate a full day to focus on your personal and professional growth without any other distractions.

Networking Opportunity

Network with other leaders in Arden and virtually through the event app.

Continuing Education

Earn continuing education credits (CEUs) in the fields of nursing and HR. General CEU credits are also available.

2017 Speakers
Daniel Pink photograph

Daniel Pink

Behavioral Science Expert, Best-Selling Author, and Host of Crowd Control

Andy Stanley photograph

Andy Stanley

Leadership Author and Communicator

Molly Fletcher photograph

Molly Fletcher

Former Top Sports Agent & Author

Suzy Welch photograph

Suzy Welch

Author, TV Commentator, and Business Journalist

Dr. Henry Cloud photograph

Dr. Henry Cloud

Acclaimed Leadership Expert, Clinical Psychologist, and Best-Selling Author

Tyler Perry photograph

Tyler Perry

Director, Playwright, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor, Author & Entrepreneur

Jess Ekstron photograph

Jess Ekstrom

CEO of Headbands of Hope

Jim McKelvey photograph

Jim McKelvey

Co-Founder of Square and Founder of LaunchCode

Andy Stanley

Leadership Author and Communicator

Communicator, author and pastor Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries (NPM) in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area, serving more than 60,000 people weekly, as well as a network of 30 churches around the globe. As host of NBC’s Your Move with Andy Stanley — which has reached over 36 million viewers in less than two years on the air —, and author of 20-plus books including Ask It, How to Be Rich, Deep & Wide, Visioneering and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most in uential living pastors in America. Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.

Henry Cloud

Acclaimed Leadership Expert, Clinical Psychologist, and Best-Selling Author

Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert and bestselling author. He draws on his experience in business, leadership consulting and practice as a tclinical psychologist to impart practical and e ective advice for improving leadership skills and workplace performance. Dr. Cloud has written or co-written over twenty books, including the bestseller Boundaries, which sold over 2 million copies. He has an extensive executive coaching background, and experience as an organizational consultant, devoting the majority of his time to improving leadership capabilities of CEOs and their executive teams.

Daniel Pink

Behavioral Science Expert, Best-Selling Author, and Host of Crowd Control

Daniel Pink is an expert on behavioral science and motivation in the work- place. He is the author of ve provocative books about business, work and management – including the long-running New York Times bestsellers A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He is also host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a new TV series about human behavior that airs on the National Geographic Channel. Dan’s articles on business and technology have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Telegraph, Fast Company and Wired. He is often tapped to analyze business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. He also advises Fortune 100 companies and startups on recruiting, innovation, and work practices. Dan resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife and their three children.

Molly Fletcher

Former Top Sports Agent & Author

Molly Fletcher helps organizations develop purposeful cultures and fearless growth. As a top sports agent, she was hailed as “the female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, representing many top athletes and negotiating more than $500 million in contracts in the high stakes world of professional sports. Molly has been featured in ESPN, Fast Company, Forbes, and Sports Illustrated. She is the author of three books, most recently A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done, and is the founder of an e-learning platform that provides coaching for corporations and individuals. A graduate of Michigan State University, Molly resides in Atlanta with her husband, Fred, and their three daughters.

Suzy Welch

Author, TV Commentator, and Business Journalist

Best-selling author, popular television commentator, and noted business journalist Suzy Welch is the author of the New York Times bestseller 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea. Suzy and her husband, Jack Welch, co-authored the international bestsellers Winning, in 2005, and The Real-Life MBA, in 2015, and have written together for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week.

In 2009, the couple launched the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, a unique online MBA and certi cate program aimed at giving professionals the tools to transform their lives and organizations. During her tenure at Harvard Business Review, Suzy was the author of numerous articles on leadership, change, creativity, and organizational behavior, as well as the contributor to several books on management.

Tyler Perry

Director, Playwright, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor, Author, & Entrepreneur

Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler Perry fought to nd the strength, faith and perseverance that formed the founda- tions of his much-acclaimed plays, lms, books and shows.

Tyler’s lms have grossed over two billion dollars at the box o ce and his four television series on OWN continue to break records. He leads more than 400 regular employees at his lm studio in Atlanta, where many major feature lms and television productions are shot.

A philanthropist at heart, Tyler has given millions to a variety of nonpro t organizations and he is committed to helping individuals who have been wronged by social injustices. Tyler practices what he preaches, which has endeared him to millions of fans drawn to his unique blend of hope and humor that continues to shape his inspiring life story and extraordinary body of work.

Jess Ekstrom

CEO of Headbands of Hope

Jess Ekstrom is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a college junior in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America and more. But more importantly, they’ve donated headbands to every children’s hospital in the United States.

Jess is also a speaker, author, and writer for Entrepreneur and The Hu ngton Post. She believes age should never stop anyone from going after their dreams and becoming leaders in their communities. By sharing her experiences, Jess inspires listeners to crush stereotypes, identify their purpose and create their own de nition of success.

Jim McKelvey

Co-Founder of Square and Founder of LaunchCode

Jim McKelvey is an inventor, entrepreneur, artist, author, and licensed pilot. While perhaps best known for co-founding Square, one of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups, Jim is also known as a master glass artist and author, having written the world’s most widely read text on the subject, The Art Of Fire.

Jim’s diverse portfolio of businesses includes founding successful compa- nies in payments, education, scienti c publishing, construction, printing, glassblowing, and software. Referencing personal experiences and local challenges, McKelvey o ers a fresh, Silicon Valley-approach to problem solving.

Jim is also the author of three textbooks, and he teaches at Washington University in St. Louis where he lectures internationally on art and entrepreneurship. McKelvey, and his wife, Anna (a programmer and attorney), have a four-year-old son.