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Features Leadership conference coming to Franklin Featuring nine internationally known speakers

Leadership is defined as the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow. Leaders are an essential part of life. In sports, in business, in life in general, leaders make it possible to dream a little bigger, work a little harder, and achieve all things great.

For the third year, SiteDart Hosting in Franklin is hosting a broadcast of the Leadercast event originally held in Atlanta. This year’s event will be held at the Ruby Cinemas on the Georgia Road and will feature talks from nine internationally known speakers including Andy Stanley, Dr. Henry Cloud, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Laura Schroff, former first lady Laura Bush, Malcolm Gladwell, Randall Wallace, Bill McDermott, and Simon Sinek.

As each of the speakers take the stage, they are tasked with building on this year’s theme of “Beyond You.” The idea of “Beyond You” Leadership is the concept that words alone cannot create inspiration from leaders, but instead, fearless and selfless actions lead to empowering the world around us.

Sitedart’s Leadercast event not only provides attendees the opportunity to hear from some of the most influential leaders of this generation, but also have the chance to network with regional business leaders from all across Western North Carolina.

Depending on your professional field, Continuing Education Credits are offered for attending the event as well.

A limited number of tickets are available for the event which will take place on Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and includes access to the one-day Leadercast event, a catered meal, and snacks and refreshments during breakout networking sessions. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the Dnet office located at 189 East Palmer Street in Franklin. For more information, call Sitedart at 1-877-790-7263.

Bios for the nine acclaimed speakers who will be presenting via Sitedart’s Leadercast 2014 simulcast:

– Andy Stanley is a sought-after leadership communicator, author, pastor, and the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Stanley's books include "The Next Generation Leader," "Visioneering," "Enemies of the Heart," and "The Principle of the Path."

– Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996. His 1999 profile of Ron Popeil won a National Magazine Award, and in 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

– Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a worldrenowned human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Beginning with his opposition to apartheid in South Africa, he has worked tirelessly to spread peace, justice and democracy, and to end racial divisions throughout the world.

– Randall Wallace is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and songwriter, who came to prominence by writing the screenplay for the 1995 film "Braveheart." His work on the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and a Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay Adapted Directly for the Screen.

– Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, is the author of "Winning," a No. 1 Wall Street Journal and international bestseller. In 2001, he wrote his No. 1 New York Times and also international best-selling autobiography, "Jack: Straight from the Gut."

– Laura Schroff's book, "An Invisible Thread," brings to life the inspiring true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and their unlikely meeting with destiny in 1986. Since its launch in November 2011, "An Invisible Thread" has been on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of 36 weeks and is the recipient of many awards, including a Christopher Award, DreamCatcher Award, and the Local Hometown Hero Award presented by New York Congressman Steve Israel.

– Dr. Henry Cloud is a leadership consultant and coach, and his background as a clinical psychologist and business consultant bridges the gap between what a business needs and what leaders have to do to get results.

– Simon Sinek believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. A trained ethnographer and author of "Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action," he has held a life-long curiosity for why people and organizations do the things they do.

– Laura Bush, one of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. She has traveled to more than 76 countries, including two historic solo trips to Afghanistan, and has launched groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad.

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