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First leadership conference planned

After two years of planning , the Leadership Centre of Central Alberta will host its first leadership conference.

Presenters from near and far will be on hand for the May 9-10 event to offer wisdom, insight and inspiration to the attendees, who will gather at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel.

The conference’s first day will feature two American authors and leadership developers, James Kouzes and James Robbins, along with a number of breakout session presenters.

On May 10, Sylvan Lake Olympian bobsledder Lyndon Rush will present live, before a satellite broadcast featuring Jack Welch, Condoleezza Rice and others.

“(Lyndon) is going to be talking about what he’s learned in a leadership role as a (bobsleigh) driver and learning from the ups and downs of his career.

As he says, the greatest learning opportunities come on the downs, learning what to do to get back on those highs,” said Linda Wilson, executive director of the Leadership Centre.

The program for the evening of May 9 is open to the public and promises to be “action packed.”

Beginning at 6 p.m., nonprofit groups of Central Alberta will be in the spotlight, with the opportunity to showcase what they do to attendees and let people know what skills they are seeking from volunteers.

A silent auction will be held concurrently, with unique experiences to be bid on.

However, it will not be money being bid, but rather bidders will be bidding hours that they will commit to volunteering for a local non-profit.

“It’s just the chance to cue people on the needs of the non-profit sector here in Central Alberta,” explained Wilson.

The evening will continue with the awarding of the Pillar of the Community Award to a local unsung hero.

Application forms for the award, available at, must be submitted by March 15.

After dinner, the Alberta Sings competition will take place, which will pit three local businesses against each other in a song and dance contest raising funds for non-profits of the groups’ choice.

One spot remains open for the competition.

The cost to attend the Thursday night festivities is $75.

Early bird registration for the conference runs until Friday.

Fees vary, with the basic fee being $399/$449 (early bird/regular) for individuals and $199/$179 (early bird/regular) for registrants from non-profits. Discounts are available for alumni of past Leadership Centre programs.

To register or for more information, visit or call 403-340-0324.



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