Fox Valley business professionals gathered to hear from world-renowned speakers, business leaders and best-selling authors on the topic of leadership at the 12th annual Chick-fil-A Leadercast May 4, sponsored by the UW Oshkosh College of Business.

Held at the Oshkosh Convention Center in Oshkosh, Wis., the College of Business was one of many host sites across the globe broadcasting the live Leadercast event in Atlanta, Ga., to local business leaders.

According to the Chick-fil-A Leadercast website, the event had 85,000 leaders participating globally along with 600 host sites broadcasting the event in 2011.

The one-day leadership development event included a wide variety of speakers including football quarterback Tim Tebow, CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts and leadership experts such as John Maxwell and Andy Stanley.

The cost to attend the event was $99 and in addition to the program, participants received a journal to accompany the information from the presenters and two meals were provided throughout the day.

“If we brought this many speakers of this quality to Oshkosh, it would have been hundreds of thousands of dollars. Partnering with Chick-fil-A as a host site is a great way to have the same motivational message, just through the live streaming from Atlanta,” Krause said.

Heidi Reinke (BBA ’01), event planner and marketer in the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at UW Oshkosh, said the event provided not only leadership development but also things she could teach her students.

“I’m actually going to be teaching two sections of internet marketing for the College of Business this fall, so I’m trying to hear things that they’re talking about in terms of leadership that I can relate back to the students,” Reinke said.

Krause said he would like host the Leadercast annually in the future and include student organizations to participate and learn from the event.

“People really seem to enjoy it so hopefully it’s one of those events that will grow and be even better next year,” Krause said.