Asbury Hosts Chick-fil-A Leadercast Event

WILMORE, Ky. — Simplify. Focus. Reduce the clutter.

For a population that is famous for its multi-tasking capabilities, the high-school students invited to the 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast at Asbury University found its “simply lead” message compelling.

Asbury hosted the Chick-fil-A Leadercast in its Miller Center for Communication Arts.
Asbury hosted the Chick-fil-A Leadercast in its Miller Center for Communication Arts.

Speakers such as author Andy Stanley, leadership expert John Maxwell, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross not only challenged students to push themselves to high achievement, but also to balance their lives with rest and meaningful relationships.

“Whoever decided to provide us with notebooks had the best idea ever,” said Abbey Kleczinski, a freshman at Lexington Christian Academy (LCA). “I’ve taken so many notes today!”

The Leadercast, now in its 14th year, was broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga., to locations throughout the United States. Asbury served as a host site specifically for high-school students, creating the opportunity to tailor discussions around the opportunities and challenges in leadership that students face. The event was held in the Miller Center for Communication Arts, a facility that showcases creative thinking and initiative through both the technology in the building (such as film editing suites and a television studio) and the décor (memorabilia from media projects Asbury students or alumni have worked on).

“The students are experiencing adults speaking to them as if they were adults here, which is a very professional environment,” said LCA teacher Meredith Davis. “This is not a classroom and not a typical college setting — it’s modern, it’s high-tech, and it definitely reaches the students.”

While many of the students who attended the event have already established themselves as leaders at their high schools, the group also included some whose leadership abilities are just beginning to become clear. Both types of students stood to gain from the exposure to new thoughts and strategies.

“We just want to make sure the students develop leadership and see themselves as God intended them to be,” Davis said.

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