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An event designed to bring nationally recognized leadership training to Southern Illinois is set for Friday, Oct. 6.

Live2Lead is a worldwide leadership simulcast event coordinated by the Marion Chamber of Commerce, presented at the John A. Logan College auditorium. Russell Williams, certified leadership and personal growth coach, speaker, and teacher, will serve as host for the event which begins at 8 a.m.

“The Marion Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business and professional people working together to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life in our community and this simulcast event fits perfectly with our mission,” said Dalus Ben Avi, executive director of the Marion Chamber of Commerce. “Our Membership Committee has worked with Russell Williams to put together a truly unique event for our region. Not only will it feature the amazing speakers from the live event in Georgia, but we will also have him leading the afternoon discussion to further enhance participants leadership.”

Simulcast speakers include:

• John C. Maxwell, leadership expert, bestselling author and coach. John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker, and was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. in 2014.

• Dave Ramsey, personal money-management expert, best-selling author. America’s trusted voice on money and business, Dave Ramsey is a personal money-management expert and extremely popular national radio personality. His seven best-selling books — Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership, The Complete Guide to Money, Smart Money Smart Kids and The Legacy Journey — have sold more than 10 million copies combined.

• Cheryl Bachelder, Former CEO, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. A passionate restaurant industry executive who most recently served as the CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., Cheryl is known for her crisp strategic thinking, franchisee-focused approach, development of outstanding leaders and teams and superior financial performance. Cheryl most recently ranked #1 by Inc. Magazine in a Top Ten List of the World’s Best CEOs.

• Warrick Dunn, former NFL Running Back, Partner of the Atlanta Falcons. After a 12-year career in the NFL, Dunn retired and in 2009 was approved by the NFL owners to become a limited partner of the Atlanta Falcons. Through Homes for the Holidays, Dunn honors his mother, Better Smothers. Betty was a Baton Rouge police officer who, as a single-mother of six, strived for the American dream of homeownership. While working, she was killed and was never able to realize that dream. The program has assisted over 152 single parents and 409 dependents nationwide with achieving first-time homeownership. In 2002, Dunn founded Warrick Dunn Charities to improve lives through innovative programming inspired by his journey.

“The entire day is designed to deliver the very best leadership content to inspire and motivate you and your team. Plus, you can connect with other influencers in your community and expand your business network with relationships that produce tangible results,” Williams explained. “Live2Lead is an extremely informative leadership event that features the best of the best speakers on leadership development. Simulcast live annually to over 300 host sites around the world, this is the first Live2Lead event in the Southern Illinois region. Live2Lead: Southern Illinois will provide its attendees with an array of new perspectives on how to lead your team toward the growth and development of a successful business, not-for-profit, and community organization. Live2Lead will provide its audience with many practical tools and key takeaways.

“This event lends itself to both learning and application, as people walk away prepared to implement a new action plan, so they can start leading when they get back to the office with renewed passion and commitment,” Williams said. “Live2Lead is also a opportunity to network with industry leaders in business, not-for-profit, and government from our great region.”

Early bird tickets are $89 per person, plus group discount tickets are available and can be purchased online at or by calling the Marion Chamber of Commerce at 618-997-6311.


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