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Join the leaders of Lakeland for Live2Lead, an annual event broadcast LIVE to hundreds of communities around the world. It’s an event meant to bring the best leadership teaching to intentional, active leaders everywhere.

Friday, October 7th

8:00 AM EST

Live2Lead Speakers

Morning Speakers

Eric Thomas PhD

Eric Thomas, Ph.D.

Eric Thomas, Ph.D., is a critically acclaimed author, World-renowned speaker, educator, pastor, and audible.com Audie Awards Finalist. ET, as he is better known, has taken the world by storm, with his creative, common-sense approach to living a successful, satisfying professional and personal life. Through a significant social media presence and regular domestic and international tours, “ET, The Hip Hop Preacher” has become a global phenomenon!

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author.  Her seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Goodwin’s career as a presidential historian and author was inspired when as a 24-year-old graduate student at Harvard she was selected to join the White House Fellows, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to protecting human dignity in the world of work, personal development, and faith. For the past twenty-five years, Pat and his team have been providing organizations with ideas, products, and services that improve teamwork, clarity, and employee engagement. He is also the cofounder of the Amazing Parish organization. Lencioni’s passion for organizations and teams is reflected in his writing, speaking, executive consulting, and most recently his three podcasts, At the Table with Patrick LencioniThe Working Genius Podcast, and The Simple Reminder. Pat is the author of twelve best-selling books with over seven million copies sold. His capstone book, The Advantage, is the preeminent and original source on organizational health. After twenty years in print, his classic book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team remains a weekly fixture on national best-seller lists.

Dr. Tim Elmore

Dr. Tim Elmore

Dr. Tim Elmore’s passion for leadership development began in 1983 when he worked alongside and was mentored by best-selling author, Dr. John C. Maxwell. Since then, he’s emerged as an author, leadership expert, and keynote speaker who’s trained more than 500,000 leaders in hundreds of organizations worldwide. He’s also the Founder and CEO of Growing Leaders, a non-profit team that equips students & young professionals around the world to become life-giving leaders. In his 40+ years of teaching, Tim has consulted with top leaders in business, academia, and sports. He’s advised corporations such as Chick-fil-A, Cox Communications, the Home Depot, Cici’s Pizza, Delta Global, Coca-Cola Consolidated, and more.

John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books, has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. Dr. Maxwell has also received the Horatio Alger Award, as well as the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation—have trained millions of leaders from every nation in the world.


Sallie Stone

Dr. Sallie Stone

Dr. Sallie Stone is a consummate professional with over twenty years of experience in educational leadership and management. As the owner of Well-done Events! multimedia services, Dr. Stone has established a solid reputation for helping businesses and organizations promote their message through digital marketing and branding strategies. As an educational consultant for Compass Smart Solutions she provides training, professional development, business coaching and motivational speaking for diverse groups around customized themes.  The Well will inspire content creation by featuring a media room with studio lighting, a video and podcast producing studio, and music studio. The Well will also serve to educate and enrich the community by providing training and development programs.

Chase Weber

Chase Weber

Chase joined the Chick-fil-A family in 2019 under Operator Scott Brickhouse as the Senior Operations Director over both of the free-standing Lakeland Chick-fil-A Restaurants. Using his unique experience in education, training, and program development, he leads a team of over 450 employees over two locations, focusing on developing them into the best versions of themselves and pursuing whatever dreams they have in life.  Chase Webber is a husband of 14 years and a father of 3. He and his family attend Grace City Church and are passionate about strengthening marriages and families.

brandon clark

Brandon Clark

Brandon joined The Ruthvens in 2018 as Vice President. In this role, he has responsibility for The Ruthvens’ construction and development activities, leasing, finance and operations. Prior to joining The Ruthvens, Brandon was a Vice President Corporate Banker with J.P. Morgan for eight years. In this role, he had responsibility for companies headquartered in Florida with revenue or market cap over $1 billion. Brandon is currently pursuing his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation and is excited to be part of the next generation of Lakeland’s growth and development with The Ruthvens.  Brandon is married to his wife, Lauren, and they have three children Georgia (8), MaryCharlotte (4) and Sutton (3). Brandon spends his free time with his family, boating, water skiing and playing tennis.

Rut Patel

Rut Patel

Rut Patel is the President of Voyager, an Aerial Engineering and Analytics company that creates solutions for companies involving energy, agriculture, and infrastructure. Rut immigrated to the United States from India in 2015 with a desire to one day launch his own engineering company.  After years of working various jobs and saving money, Rut followed his passion to solve problems and started Voyager in 2017, with a mission of creating solutions that protect our planet and serve our communities.  Rut is an aerospace enthusiast and has loved flying since his childhood.

kevin jack

Kevin Jack

Kevin Jack is the Lead Pastor at Highland Park Church in Lakeland. Prior to coming to Florida in March, Kevin was the Lead Pastor at Be Hope Church in Beavercreek, Ohio for five and a half years. Kevin was born in Ohio and met his future wife, Bethany, when they were in Youth Group. He attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University and graduated with a BA in Pastoral Ministries. He received his MA in Christian Leadership from Trinity Seminary. Kevin believes the Church is the greatest force for good that exists in the world and desires to see everyone live out their calling with courage and compassion. Kevin and Bethany have four children: Madi, Emily, Molly, and Parker!

bump josh galletta

Featured Artist

Josh “Bump” Galletta

Josh Galletta (you can call him ”Bump”) lives in Lakeland, Florida.  Josh is a freelance illustrator who specializes in modern designs with a minimalist organic feel.  When he is not drawing, Josh is spending time outdoors with his family, collecting records for his record collection, and volunteering his time to inspire other creatives. His artwork captures people and places in a whimsical way. His art is sure to bring brightness and positivity to those who encounter his work.  Josh is married to Mary and they are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. He also has two kids, Emmersyn 14 and Fynn 12.


Connect, communicate, & collaborate with top leaders in the Lakeland community.

Be inspired by some of the most recognized leaders in the world.

Maximize your impact with this strategic leadership focused event.




October 7, 2022
8:00am-4:00pm* Eastern
Catapult Lakeland

*Check-in begins at 8:00



David Ousley

david ousley

Raised by a single-mother, David O. learned to lead and serve at an early age.  After 18 years with the #1 insurance company in Florida, earning two Masters’ degrees and the CPCU designation, David launched his Leadership Development company.  In 2022, he is interviewing 50 leaders to become YouTube videos and podcasts, hosting Live2Lead leadership conference in Lakeland, publishing a children’s book, publishing a leadership book, teaching Leadership Competencies at Florida Southern College, and working on his PhD in Organizational Leadership at Southeastern University.  His company, David O. Leadership, focuses on connecting others to their purpose and passion to yield record-breaking results in their personal and professional lives.  He has been married to his wife Tara for 22 years and has four teenagers: Jesse (18), Delaney (17), Jocelyn (15), and Makenna (13).

Brian Brogen

Brian Brogen


Brian Brogen is a Coach, Trainer, and Speaker with an emphasis on communication and teambuilding. As a certified human behavior expert, Brian has a knack for developing teams and individuals both personally and professionally. Brian works with organizations and individuals, coaching and training using his experience, knowledge, tenacity, and sense of humor. Brian is the founding author of Voices For Leadership™ a collaboration of 40 diverse authors sounding theirunique voices on leadership principles.

Brian is the best-selling author of The 100-Hour Pilot. Brian enjoys flying with friends and family as a hobby.