Just as our bodies are shaped by what we eat, our character grows by the goodness of the people around us. Fear has a lot to do with feeling alone. Hope is fueled by love and encouragement of people who care. If you are looking to grow: who is on your breakfast plate?
Good Leadership Breakfast: 2015
The process of selecting speakers for the Good Leadership Breakfast Series is joyful work. All year long, our team is looking and listening for people who can help shape our character. It’s an invigorating challenge to identify and invite a four-person slate of speakers for you.
The art form is in creating an intriguing mix: men and women, first half and second half careers, people of color, corporate and private business, for profit and non-profit. Good leaders are everywhere, but the best speakers are the people who are willing to share the messiness at the intersection of their personal and professional journey. That’s what makes them magnetic, and human!
The Good Leadership Breakfast started by accident in 2010. Coming out of the Great Recession, a group of community leaders gathered at my invitation for a buy-your-own-breakfast event to help soothe our aching souls. We intentionally discussed the topic: “Where do we see goodness alive and well in our communities today?” 41 meetings later, we’ve grown to be one of the hottest tickets in town – with the last 15 meetings sold out. We are grateful! And thankful for the generous support of Cargill as the presenting sponsor.
Lynn Casey will kick off the new season on February 20. She is my favorite “boss” ever, and a returning speaker from 2012. Lynn is a Minnesota Business Hall of Famer who is the third generation leader of Padilla CRT. I invited her back because of her charm, courage and grace in the face of a cancer battle which made her stronger and wiser.
Michael Anschel is a courageous and irreverent private business owner and global activist championing the green building movement. He and I know each other through The Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club, and we are co-hosting the wild and crazy “Knicker Open” golf tournament together in June. He is your speaker on March 20.
Kelly Chatman is a transformational community builder whose leadership at Redeemer Lutheran Church is changing the scene in North Minneapolis. He’s served distinguished congregations in Washington D.C, Portland and Minneapolis – tirelessly working towards creating social and racial justice. Kelly is your speaker on April 23.
Justin Hanratty rounds out the season with a passionate, faith-based leadership message. He is a Millennial leader charting a bold new course for his family’s business – creating record growth in the insurance industry, and vaulting his company to the top of the Great Places to Work list. Justin is your speaker on May 29.
Good leaders fill their lives with people who will shape their character. And they use their calendar effectively over breakfast to nourish their souls.
So, who is on your breakfast plate for 2015? Follow this link to purchase season tickets – you know by now that most of the Good Leadership Breakfast meetings sell out.