Leadercast Fort Smith

Leadercast 2015

Save the Date: May 08, 2015



May 08, 2015 | Grand Avenue Baptist Church

Fort Smith, Arkansas | 7:30 AM - 4 PM | Ticket Price: $75 | Download APP


Become a Leader Worth Following

2015 Leadercast Speakers


The Brave Ones
An essential behavior for any leader is the act of bravery. Bravery is not a moniker that can be bought… it cannot be self-appointed. Bravery is not attributed to everyone, but is reserved for those whose innovation in their industry cause them to stand out from the crowd, whose unyielding effort and error push their organizations into new territories, and whose boldness compels them to stand up for those less fortunate. These are The Brave Ones.

The Brave Ones have existed throughout history. Some are unforgettable icons, others names will never be remembered. They exist across all industries, societies, and at every level of leadership. Join us at Leadercast Live in 2015 as we explore The Brave Ones, and learn what it means to lead in such a way that create bold cultures, builds faithful employees, and produces high achievement.


Aja Brown | Mayor, City of Compton


Elected in a landslide, 31-year-old Aja Brown is the popular and promising young mayor of Compton, Calif. She took office July 2 after beating Compton's self-proclaimed "gangster mayor," Omar Bradley, by more than 70 percentage points. In the press she's been hailed as a new look for Compton -- an ambitious, stylish and polished political figure. Recently Brown was featured in Vogue magazine, and she is the youngest African-American mayor Compton has ever had. After a successful career in municipal economic development, she has taken on Compton both as her home and as an urban planning project, seeking an end to Compton's days of corruption and stagnant politics. 

Andy Stanley | Leadership Author and Communicator


Charles Andrew "Andy" Stanley (born May 16, 1958) is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, Browns Bridge Community Church, Gwinnett Church and Watermarke Church. He also founded North Point Ministries, which is a worldwide Christian organization. Biography: Andy Stanley was born on May 16, 1958. He currently lives in Georgia, and has a love for music. His father is Dr. Charles F. Stanley, the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta and founder of InTouch Ministries. Stanley received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Georgia State University and later earned a masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Bill McDermott | CEO of SAP AG


The Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Executive Board of SAP, the world’s business software market leader with more than 282,000 customers in 188 countries. He leads the company’s 74,400 employees and more than two-million-person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to make the world run better and improve people’s lives.

Under Bill’s leadership, in 2014 SAP unveiled a strategy to help businesses of all sizes simplify everything. The company has placed an unrivaled focus on delivering a beautiful user experience and has built the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of solutions in the SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA.

Ed Catmull | President of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios


In 2009, Catmull was awarded the Gordon E. Sawyer award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his lifetime contributions to computer graphics used in the motion picture industry. Previously, in 2000, Catmull, with Rob Cook and Loren Carpenter, was awarded an Academy Award® of Merit for their work on the RenderMan® rendering system. He has also received two Scientific and Engineering Awards: in 1992 as part of the team for the development of the RenderMan system, and again in 1995 as part of a team for pioneering inventions in digital image compositing. Catmull also shared a Technical Achievement Award in 2005.

Malala Yousafzai | Nobel Laureate; Founder, The Malala Fund
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Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school pupil and spokesperson for women’s right to education. In retaliation for her high profile campaign for education and criticism of the Taliban, she was shot in the head at close range by a Taliban gunman. She survived the gunshot wound and has become a leading spokesperson for human rights, education and women’s rights. She has received numerous peace awards, and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist.

CMDR Rorke Denver | Navy SEAL Commander & Author


Commander Rorke T. Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and other international hot spots. He starred in the hit film “Act of Valor,” which is based on true SEAL adventures. His New York Times bestseller, “Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior,” takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he oversaw.

After completing the SEALs’ legendary Basic Underwater Demolition program in 1999 (BUD/S Class 224), Denver began an action-filled 13-year career as a platoon commander and training leader with America’s premier special-operations force.

Rudy Giuliani | 107th Mayor of New York City (1993-2001)


Rudolph Giuliani, born on May 28, 1944, in Brooklyn, New York, worked as a private attorney and with the U.S. Department of Justice. He later won the New York City mayoral race as the Republican candidate in 1993. He stayed in office for two terms, taking a tough view on crime while becoming a divisive figure, and later unsuccessfully campaigned for his party’s presidential nomination in 2008.

Seth Godin | Innovative Thinker & Best-Selling Author


SETH GODIN is the author of 17 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth is founder of squidoo.com, a fast growing, easy to use website. His blog (which you can find by typing "seth" into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. Before his work as a writer and blogger, Godin was Vice President of Direct Marketing at Yahoo!, a job he got after selling them his pioneering 1990s online startup, Yoyodyne.

Bill & Giuliana Rancic | Award-Winning Personalities & Co-Hosts of Leadercast


Bill Rancic burst onto the national scene when he was hired by Donald Trump’s as the winner of the first season of NBC’s breakthrough program “The Apprentice”.

Currently, Bill is speaking to businesses and organizations around the world on motivational and business topics, developing real estate in Chicago, and producing and appearing in several television programs. Viewers can now tune in to the sixth season of the E! Entertainment reality series “Giuliana and Bill” on Tuesday nights as well as watch Bill host “Kitchen Casino” premiering on the food Network Monday April 7 at 9/8 Central Time.


Giuliana DePandi was born in Naples, Italy in 1975. Her family moved to the United States, namely Washington D.C., during her childhood. Fluent only in Italian, Giuliana prides herself on the fact that she taught herself English by watching day-time soaps and other television shows.

After graduating from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland in 1992, Giuliana enrolled into the University of Maryland and received a B.A. in journalism from the Philip Merrill School of Journalism in 1996 and, later, a Masters degree in the same subject from the American University in D.C.