25 years Leaders Connect and a Free Gift
This week, in celebration of 25 years of Leaders Connect, I present to you a gift: The 100 video archive of the Leaders Connect breakfasts.
Consistently over the 25 years, the goals of Leaders Connect have been simple:
1. To provide a comfortable setting for leaders in the community to get to know each other, i.e to connect.
2. Through interactive presentations by leaders from throughout Southeast Michigan, to provide educational and motivational knowledge so that our leaders can keep current, competitive, and cooperative.
3. To create a community of leaders from business, non- profits, government, and education.
Over the 25 years we have held events in four different settings.
First, starting in 1996 in the upstairs room of Zingerman’s Next Door. Bob Quinn of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business was our very first speaker.
Secondly, moving to the IT Zone, the predecessor to SPARK, we provided three years of activity through morning events. Thanks to Diane Durance for enabling these sessions and for contributing to the content.
Next, we moved the event to Zingerman’s Roadhouse, where we have operated until the Covid crisis of 2021. Since 2011, Roger Rayle has been videotaping the morning events. It’s also when we began to start at 7 AM, a ridiculous time to get people going. Surprisingly, the time has worked well; 50 to 100 people showed up regularly for these events. Many others watch the events on my YouTube channel. We were able to provide these sessions for free thanks to the support of our sponsors Zingerman’s, Bank of Ann Arbor, Rehmann, and Office Evolution.
Since the beginning of the Covid crisis, we have done numerous Leaders Connect events via Zoom. We have tried to keep our readers up to date on the latest information about managing through the crisis. All of these events were also recorded and are available on YouTube.
If you download the attached document and click through these events, you will be able to access hundreds of excellent programs. You might want to view these events alone, or use them as part of your staff leadership training in your organization.
Andy Dallas, Aaron Dworkin, Agron Berishaj, Alex Young, Alfreda Rooks, Ali Houmani, Allison Mankowski, Ami Walsh, Amy Cell, Amy Emberling, Ari Weinzweig, Austin Hatch, Barbara Allushuski, Barbara Niess-May, Bill Brinkerhoff, Bill Herman, Bob Chunn, Bob Merion, Bob Quinn, Bonnie Billups, Brandon McNaughton, Britany Affolter-Caine, Charlie Frank, Charmaine Gregory, Cheryl Chodun, Christine Stead, Claiborne Green, Coleen Jennings-Roggensack, Connie Doyle, Dale Fisher, Dave Siglin, David Haviland, David Tarver, Deborah Orlowski, Demond Johnson, Dick Sarns, Don Welch, Doron Levin, Doug Armstrong, Dug Song, Dunrie Grieling, Ed Davidson, Eileen Gordon, Eileen Spring, Elizabeth Birr Moje, Elke Lipka, Ellen Taylor, Elliot Soloway, Ethan Kross, Gary Baker, Gary LaRoy, Gary Magenta, Ginny Creaseman, Gretchen Spreitzer, Heather Feldkamp, Howard Cash, Ida Abdalkhani, Irene Butler, Ivy Lewis, Jackie Victor, James Tobin, Jamie Shea, Jan Hansen, Jane Dutton, Jean Redfield, Jeanice Swift, Jen Baird, Jennifer Jenks, Jim Fleming, John Baldoni, Jonathan Quarles, Josephine Johnson, Karan Higdon, Karin Lutter Arizala, Kathy Macdonald, Kathy Sample, Katie Frank, Kennan Bora, Kelly Sexton, Ken Dallfior, Ken Fischer, Kim Cameron, Kim Stricker, Kristi Stepp, Larry Eiler, Larry Freed, Laura Cowan, Laurita Thomas, Laruyn Humphreys, Leah Robinson, Lee Benjamin, Len Middleton, Lisa Barry, Liz Ross, Lori Saginaw, Mariah Lewis, Marianne James, Marie Klopf, Mark Clague, Marianne Udow-Phillips, Martin Smith, Marvin Parnes, Mary Sue Coleman, Marylene Delbourg-Delphis, Mel Drumm, Michael Anleitner, Michael Finney, Michael Samuelson, Michael Traugott, Michael Van Lent, Mickey Noonan, Mike Dergis, Mike Klein, Molly McFarland, Monica Brancheau, Monica Worline, Mursaleen Nazad, Naomi Andre, Nate Lowery, Neal Clinthorne, Neel Hajra, Nikolai Vitti, Norman Herbert, Ora Pescovitz, Pam Smith, Paul Freedman, Paul Riser, Paul Saginaw, Peter Michaelides, Phil Lynch, Randy Faber, Rich Sheridan, Rick Sperling, Rob McCurdy, Robert Chisena, Robert Guenzel, Robert Laverty, Robert Quinn, Robin Weber Pollak, Rosalie Tocco-Bradley, Rose Bellanca, Russ Collins, Sara Eggleston, Scott Merz, Scott Moore, Sean Duval, Shirley Kangler, Sonya Jacobs, Stefanie Simmons, Stephanie Freeth, Stephanie Morley, Stephen Aronson, Steve Angerman, Steve Gill, Steve Sarns, Swatee Kulkarni, Sylvia Van Meerten, Tel Ganesan, Thomas Zurbuchen, Tim Marshall, Todd Clark, Tom Meloche, Tracy Brower, Victor Strecher, Vincent Smith, Warde Manuel, and Wayne Baker.
I thank you all for your dedicated response to my Leaders Connect program. I am looking forward with great enthusiasm to get the program back live at the Roadhouse after the first of the year. Hopefully, we will have found our way through the Covid crisis and will be able to resume live programming.