National leaders seminar offered in area

Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2004

Thanks to satellite technology, Kenai Peninsula residents next week can participate in a national seminar on leadership featuring renowned leaders from a variety of fields.

"The Qualities of a Leader" will be the topic of the Maximum Impact Simulcast from Atlanta, Ga. Among the featured speakers will be John C. Maxwell, author of more than 40 books and founder of Maximum Impact, a company dedicated to developing leaders; Steven Reinemund, chair and CEO of PepsiCo Inc.; Michael Duke, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores (USA); Zig Ziglar, a motivational expert and author of more than 23 books; Coach Pat Summitt of the University of Tennessee, known as the "winningest female coach in basketball history"; former UCLA Coach John Wooden, "the winningest coach in basketball history"; and leaders from West Point.

The seminar will be April 30 at the Soldotna Church of God at the corner Binkley and Redoubt streets. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m. The cost is $39. Because of limited seating, early registration is recommended and can be made by calling 262-4729.

The seminar will appeal to business owners and managers, as well as anyone else who leads people, said Alan Humphries, pastor of the Soldotna Church of God.

Humphries referred to Stephen R. Covey's book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" in describing the importance of the seminar. Covey's seventh habit is "sharpen the saw."

"If we don't keep our leadership saw sharp, we'll get dull," said Humphries. "This is an incredible tool to keep the leadership saw sharp."

He said the seminar would provide plenty of motivation, inspiration and information on leadership development and strategies from the experts.

What it won't provide, however, is any preaching. The event is a business leadership seminar, said Humphries. It is being offered at the Soldotna Church of God because "we want to be known as a church that helps support local businesses," because of how much the businesses support the community, he said.

The Soldotna location is the only place in Alaska the event is being offered, said Humphries, noting that several people are coming from Anchorage to attend.

Several area businesses are helping to sponsor the event, including Ryan Kapp of Edward Jones Investments, Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware, United Rentals, Subway and Columbia Paint.

The sponsors have made it possible to offer free tickets to the seminar to several community organizations and nonprofit groups, Humphries said.

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