News: Unprecedented Leadership Event Speaker Lineup Shaping Up for LEAD2016 in Nashville in February has officially released the confirmation that Christine Ha, New York Times best seller, is scheduled to speak at the annual Leadership Excellence and Development Forum (LEAD2016) next February. Ha, a world renowned inspirational speaker is the first ever blind contestant and season 3 winner of the competitive amateur cooking television show, “MasterChef” U.S. on FOX. She defeated over 30,000 home cooks across America to secure the coveted MasterChef title, a $250,000 cash prize, and a cookbook deal.

Christine’s first cookbook, Recipes From My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food (Rodale, 2013), was a New York Times best seller. She has been featured on NPR and the BBC, and travels around the globe to give inspiring keynote addresses and cooking demonstrations. She is a co-host on a Canadian cooking show called “Four Senses” on AMI, a judge on “MasterChef” Vietnam on VTV3, and a recipient of the 2014 Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind.

“At, we are looking forward to the next forum in February 2016 where attendees will be inspired by hand selected world thought leaders like Christine Ha, who inspire and motivate others to also choose leadership as their destiny. We invite everyone to check out the amazing roster of speakers who will share powerful leadership stories at LEAD2016 in Nashville”, stated Debbie McGrath, CEO and Chief Instigator,

LEAD2016 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, thirteen speakers will be broadcast live from the event via high definition web stream technology. The second day, February 4th, will be a productive day of Leadership and HR-specific roundtables and workshops.

In addition to Christine Ha, other LEAD2016 confirmed speakers thus far are:
– Arthur Bloom, Founder and Director of MusiCorps
– Tacy M. Byham, CEO and thought-leader
– Stephen M. R. Covey, leadership icon and CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide
– Theo Fleury, former NHL All-Star and inspirational speaker
– Eileen McDargh, master facilitator and author
– Ken Medema, entertainer and inspirational storyteller
– Sister Helen Prejean, author and humanitarian
– Bonnie St. John, Fortune 500 business consultant and former Paralympian

Interested individuals can attend the live event or be instrumental in simulcasting these world-class speakers into their workplace, community or corporate event. Find more information here:

About LEAD2016

LEAD2016 is a 2-day leadership forum designed to inspire leadership in people from all walks of life, live simulcast to hundred of remote host sites internationally. The event will bring top thought leaders and the world’s best leadership practices into any organization and is scheduled for February 3rd and 4th, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This intimate venue will host the speakers who will be broadcast out to hundreds of host sites across the continent. The world renowned event will provide attendees with the tools and resources they need to create top leaders throughout their entire organization. The Leadership Excellence & Development Forum targets all levels of leadership and personal corporation goals by helping attendees create a company-wide leadership program.

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