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Chick-Fil-A serves leadership advice to 300 business professionals

The Calvin Center for Innovation in Business (CCIB) hosted more than 300 West Michigan-based business professionals on Friday, May 6, during the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast, a simulcast event featuring well-known authors and business leaders Chick Fil Afrom around the nation. Speakers, including John Maxwell, a leadership expert and best-selling author, Seth Godin, a marketing expert, Sir Ken Robinson, a leader in the cultivation of creativity and innovation, and Muhtar  Kent, chairman of the board and CEO of the Coca-Cola Co., addressed leadership opportunities and challenges, and encouraged guests to become a “voice of change” within their companies and communities.

“This simulcast allowed our students, faculty, and staff to further engage the West Michigan business community, many of whom had not been to Calvin’s campus before,” said Bob Eames, executive director of the CCIB. “We were blessed to welcome them --- with great weather, great people, and really great, challenging content.”

Executives and staff from Gordon Food Service, Elzinga Volkers, Amway, Bissell, Herman Miller, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and other area businesses and organizations attended the event.

Chick Fil A 2“This event reminded and reaffirmed that ‘Leadership is Influence,’” said Matt VanDerWende, global group marketing manager of Stryker Interventional Spine. “You do that by being a servant to those who follow you. It’s a very Biblical way of leadership. Lead and live authentically; be joyous; live out what you believe.”  

 “The Leadercast was an outstanding success,” said Tom Nobel, president and CEO of Leisure Living Management and former host of the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast at Ada Christian Reformed Church. “The great coordination of all Calvin staff made for an enjoyable and educational day, with speakers providing challenging content in a unique and interesting way.”

The CCIB has committed to hosting the event again next year. “Already we have received numerous comments from our guests and staff, noting the success of this event and their plans to attend again in 2012,” said Eames. “We will certainly look forward to welcoming them back on May 4, 2012, for the next Leadercast.”