On a Wednesday afternoon in October 2018, I received a text from a friend… “Hey! Want to join me for Leadercast Women on Friday?”

My immediate reaction was to say no. I had a long list of projects to get done for work, and the thought of giving up an entire day in the office made me cringe.

But a voice in my head reminded me I had considered buying a ticket but never did. That same voice reminded me that I can always use more wisdom from professional women about success, life-lessons, and leadership. So I hit reply and said “Yes, count me in for tomorrow.”

I am so glad I said yes!

Leadercast Women Central Florida

Look at all those friendly faces! Can you find me? Front row, yellow shirt.

Leadercast Women is a one-day leadership event that is hosted in Atlanta and broadcast to host sites all over the country. Last year, nine different nationally renowned speakers shared inspirational stories, life lessons, and encouragement. Each of these “leadership experts” had a unique message that I could apply to my own leadership journey, work ethic, and personal life.

I laughed, I listened, I reflected, and I connected with other women. It was a great one-day leadership event and I would love for you to come join me at Leadercast Women 2019 on Friday October 18. 


2019 Theme: Take Courage

From the Leadercast website: “Be inspired by nine, world-renowned women leaders as they share their courageous stories on one powerful stage. Join thousands in this single-day, transformative leadership experience and walk away with the courage to make a difference in your community, the boldness to take control of your career and the confidence to lead and guide others to thriving futures.”

I don’t know about you, but I can always use an extra dose of courage, boldness, and confidence.


2019 Speakers

These are all women who have made a significant difference in their business, community and society. Last year I didn’t recognize anyone other than Barbara & Jenna Bush, but every single one of them was a fantastic speaker with a great message to share. You can learn more about this year’s speakers on the Leadercast website.

  • Glennon Doyle – Best-Selling Author, Activist, Speaker and Founder, Together Rising
  • Kendra Scott – Jewelry Designer and Founder, Kendra Scott
  • Kate Delaney – Emmy Award-Winning Journalist and Host, The Kate Delaney Show
  • Deshauna Barber – Captain, U.S. Army Reserve and Miss USA 2016
  • Francesca Gino – Researcher and Professor, Harvard Business School
  • Laura Ling – Award-Winning Journalist and TV Host
  • Luvvie Ajayi – Best-Selling Author, Speaker and Digital Strategist
  • Priya Parker – Author and Founder, Thrive Labs
  • Susan Packard – Co-Founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and Former COO, HGTV

Why You Should Attend

  • Remove yourself from your everyday work environment and your daily distractions to really focus on taking your leadership skills to the next level.
  • Meet & network with like-minded women (and men) who are committed to self-improvement and eager to lead.
  • Learn how to take courage so you can be a bold leader in your career and in life.
  • Laugh! We promise some {probably all} of the speakers are funny.
  • If applicable, earn CEU credits in human resources (HRCI and SHRM), nursing (Alabama State Nurses Association) and general fields.
  • A great opportunity to invest in yourself!
Leadercast Women Central Florida

Event Format  & Details

Leadercast Women Central Florida is Presented by Publix Super Markets and hosted by the Bartow Chamber of Commerce.

Date: October 18, 2019
Time: Doors Open at 8:15am, Program 9:00am-4:00pm
Where: Polk State College Center for Public Safety – 1251 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33880
Admission Price: $75.00 – includes lunch, coffee, light breakfast snacks & swag bag
A Group Discount is available for 5+ as well as Sponsorships that include tickets. Contact the Bartow Chamber for details.

Leadercast Women takes place at the Polk State Center for Public Safety on Winter Lake Road. The speakers will be broadcast in an auditorium with comfy seats and pull out mini desks where you can write (trust me, you’ll either be frantically taking notes OR so mesmerized you just keep listening). There will also be one break for networking / bathroom / responding to text messages, as well as a lunch break.

Men are welcome too. Leadercast Women features an all-female list of speakers, but it’s not a women’s event. Both men and women are invited to hear from the leaders who will share from the stage.

Visit the Bartow Chamber Website for more details and to Register!


Why the Bartow Chamber puts on this important event

As a Chamber, we are excited to bring this valuable program to the Central Florida area. Female leaders face unique challenges and Leadercast Women focuses on those through the experiences of the nine speakers on stage throughout the day. This program is certainly not only for women, but men as well. By offering this program, we hope to promote a more diverse workforce and create a united front to leadership.” -Kathryn Bevilacqua-Ely, Membership Services Director

Leadercast Women Central Florida

I love a good swag bag and these did not disappoint!

A few tips from last year:

  • Bring a jacket, the auditorium can get chilly.
  • Lunch is included, as well as coffee and light breakfast items in the morning.
  • Books by the day’s speakers will be for sale throughout the day so be sure to bring cash or a credit card.
  • No food or drink will be allowed within the auditorium. Water will be made available throughout the day right outside the auditorium.

Schedule

  • Session 1: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Break: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Lunch | Networking Break: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Session 3: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The event is designed where you are able to slip out of the auditorium if necessary.


Worried about not knowing anyone?

Come with me! If you buy a ticket for this event, I’d love for you to let me know and plan to hang with me (April). I didn’t know a lot of people last year but had some great conversations over lunch. The other ladies attending were friendly and easy to talk to, plus after you hear the speakers you’ll have plenty to talk about during the breaks.


Whether you want to enhance your leadership skills to lead yourself, your team, your company, your family, or just want to be inspired to Take Courage, I encourage you to invest in yourself and attend Leadercast Women. 

April Mucci Lakeland Mom
April Mucci Lakeland Mom

About the Author: April Mucci

April is the owner of LakelandMom.com. She has lived in Lakeland since age 2 and is passionate about our community and connecting families with local resources. She is a mom to 2 boys and a mini goldendoodle, wife to Matt. You can often find April at the baseball field where she cheers on her baseball loving 11 year old, or home building Legos with her 8 year old. She loves reading, saltwater fishing, and working on Lakeland Mom!