197 Days until LEAD2016! First Three Speakers Announced

LEAD2016 is a platform to inspire the world. Touted as the “Oscars” of leadership, this event will bring leaders from across business, industry and education together to exchange with one another and witness life-changing inspirational speakers. On February 3rd, 2016, 13 speakers will be broadcast live from this event via high definition web stream technology. February 4th will be a full day of leadership and HR-specific speakers, roundtables and workshops.

With LEAD2016 quickly approaching, HR.com has announced the first three speakers, inspiring the audience on February 3rd, 2016 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Three of the inspirational speakers named are:

1. Compassion: Sister Helen Prejean
Famously known for her role in the movie Dead Man Walking, Sister Prejean is the leading American advocate for the abolishment of the death penalty. Sister Prejean works alongside death row victims to help secure peace before execution. At the 68th Academy Awards, Dead Man Walking was nominated in four different categories:
– Susan Sarandon won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role.
– Sean Penn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
– Tim Robbins was nominated for Best Director.
– The main track, “Dead Man Walkin” by Bruce Springsteen, was nominated for his song.

2. Resiliency: Theo Fleury
Originally born in Saskatchewan, Canada, “Theo” Fleury was a Stanley Cup winning NHL player, clothing entrepreneur, proud father and award-winning author. Despite his accomplishments, Theo also suffered drug, alcohol, gambling, sex, and rage addictions before and throughout his professional hockey career. Fleury’s renowned book, Playing With Fire, gives an in-depth story about the sexual abuse he encountered as a young child from his former hockey coach. Don’t Quit Before the Miracle is a message everyone needs to hear at some point in their life. It’s about hope, about moving forward, about never giving up, even when the obstacles you face appear overwhelming and unbearable. From the greatest heights to the lowest depths, both professionally and personally, Theo shares a message about winning it all, losing it all, and reinventing it all over again.

3. Empowerment: Tacy Byham
Did you know that there are more CEOs named John than female CEOs? Tacy Byham is passionate about empowering women leaders to declare their true worth and ignite impact in the workplace. Tacy is CEO of DDI, a global award-winning leadership consultancy that helps the world’s most successful companies transform the way they select, develop, and accelerate leaders. Tacy shares her personal journey and the collective wisdom from DDI’s experience across 26 countries to explore what it means to #LeadLikeAGirl and unleash the confidence and potential of women. Tacy’s writing has been featured in Fast Company magazine, Inc. The Conference Board Review, CLO magazine, T+D Magazine, and the ASTD Leadership Handbook; her new book, Your First Leadership Job, coauthored with Rich Wellins, was released in 2015 to excellent reviews. Tacy has also shared insights on how to #LeadLikeAGirl to several audiences and received this review: “I was relieved that #LeadLikeAGirl was neither an ultimatum nor an option for women! Instead, I realized the leader was already within and I just needed courage and conviction to ignite my own impact.”

LEAD is an annual leadership platform that is hosted live and broadcasted in real time to remote sites around the world. LEAD2016 will include a full day of thirteen influential speakers, a full day of leadership and HR-specific speakers, roundtables and workshops; in addition, the conference will host the 2016 Leadership 500 Awards dinner and ceremony.

Anyone interested may also see the list of speakers from last year and get excited for the same top quality line-up for 2016!

For more information about attending, hosting, or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.lead2016.com or call 877-472-6648.

For more information, contact:
Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO