Friday, May 23, 2014

Key messages from Leadercast Winnipeg

Congratulations to JCI Winnipeg for organizing Leadercast Winnipeg at the Clarion Hotel. The keynotes speakers, Sachit Merah and Hon. Kevin Chief, were well chosen to speak on the theme 'Beyond You'. 

Although I have been in business for many years and believe I embrace giving, mentoring and be as selfless as possible, I captured key messages from each of the speakers. 

Andy Stanley indicated that people value and measure leadership by how much you give to other people, work for your team and empty your cup; 

Dr. Henry Cloud spoke on human dynamics that drive and sustain one's influence – much of it based on trust and that a leader understands its people when they understand that you understand;

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Arch. Desmond Tutu, with his contagious laugh, tells leaders to listen, consider the opinions of all, be servants of the people, lead and not be afraid to make hard decisions, and know when to retire; 

Laura Schroff, who reached out and took a chance to trust a poor stranger, and instilled in him that one must have a dream and reach out for it; 

Laura Bush who stated that leaders should not do things to be popular, to stick to one's values and principles, treat people with respect and not be demeaning; 

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell spoke of legitimacy which boils down to respect, treat people fairly and trust; 

Randall Wallace who honed on giving, and how a leader needs to keep his word; 

Bill McDermot who too spoke on dignity, respect, setting visions, celebrating victories and to always be open and agile for every situation; 

... last but not least, Simon Sinek, who stated that leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change, set the tone, have courage to take care of others, and be ready to sacrifice themselves for their people.  

Thank you JCI for a great day.

Julie Turenne-Maynard
Marketing and Communications Consultant
Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM)

Leadercast 2014 explained the importance of being a leader beyond you. This phenomenal event included speakers such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Malcolm Gladwell, Laura Bush, and many more.

I was truly inspired by many of the speakers; Andy Stanley spoke of the value of life and how it is measured in how much of it was given away (rather than by successfulness and accumulation). “I am because of you” are the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He reminded us that we became who we are presently through the influence of others. Simon Sinek expressed a belief of mine, which is that leadership is not a rank, but a responsibility.

I could talk on and on about all the inspirational messages and truly moving pieces of Leadercast 2014. In this short day, Leadercast was able to open my eyes to the many ways people can be leaders beyond themselves; whether it is in their workplace or in their personal life.

This event will keep growing in popularity and will surely become more influential in years to come.

Thank you, JCI Winnipeg, for bringing this amazing event to us Winnipeggers!

Katrine Dornez

Leadercast Now
Leadercast 2014 held the launch of Leadercast Now, a service that offers a leadership learning environment designed for time-starved leaders. Leadercast Now is an everyday leadership development app, designed to help you be a leader worth following.

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From the President
"On behalf of JCI Winnipeg, thanks to those volunteers, speakers, participants and supporters who helped bring this event to our current and future leaders! This would not have been possible without you, and we look forward to hosting additional leadership development opportunities in our community in the months ahead."

Danelle Hueging
JCI Winnipeg

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

JCI Winnipeg is excited to announce 2 superb Winnipeg leaders as the local keynotes for LEADERCAST-WINNIPEG!

Please welcome Kevin Chief (MLA, Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities, Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg) and Sachit Mehra (Chair of the Winnipeg Downtown Biz, owner of East India Company) to the LEADERCAST-WINNIPEG Stage! They join an incredible line-up that features Malcolm Gladwell, Simon Sinek, Desmond Tutu, Laura Bush and more!

Kevin Chief, MLA for Point Douglas
Minister responsible for relations with the City of Winnipeg
Minister for Children and Youth Opportunities

Following on the heels of his BOLD Winnipeg appearance in April, Kevin is a welcome addition to the Leadercast Winnipeg line-up! A proud life-long resident of Winnipeg’s North End, Kevin was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for Point Douglas  in 2011. He was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities in 2012, and Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg by Premier Greg Selinger on October 18, 2013.

He graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor Degree with a major in Justice and Law Enforcement and a minor in Physical Activity and Sport Study. He is currently working on his Masters of Education.

Kevin is a dedicated and dynamic community leader, involved with numerous boards and committees from local to national levels. He is also a sought-after speaker on the topic of the importance of education and leadership development for youth.

He received the Manitoba Premier’s Volunteer Service Award in 2009 and was awarded the Future Leaders of Manitoba Award for Community Service in 2010. He is also a recipient of the Manitoba Hydro Spirit of the Earth Award.

Kevin has held many professional positions in the areas of youth development and education, including Coordinator of the Innovative Learning Centre at the University of Winnipeg, Director of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre and Community Networker with the River East Transcona School Division.

An accomplished athlete, Kevin is a two-time First Team Great Canadian Athletic Conference All Star and a three-time member of the All Manitoba Team for the Manitoba High School Athletic Association. An active member of a square dance troupe, Kevin regularly performs throughout Manitoba.

Kevin and his wife Melanie were married in July 2009. They are raising their son Hayden, born in 2010, in the Point Douglas area.

Sachit Mehra, Owner of East India Company
Chair, Winnipeg Downtown Biz,
2014 “Future Leader of Manitoba” finalist

We are also excited to welcome Sachit Mehra; Chair, Winnipeg Downtown Biz, Owner of East India Company and a 2014 “Future Leader of Manitoba” finalist.

Sachit is a born and raised Winnipegger. He joined his family in the restaurant business 20 years ago and has established the bar of excellence for South-Asian cuisine and events across the country. The East India Company, Winnipeg's premier East-Indian restaurant, with locations in Winnipeg and Ottawa is consistently recognized as among the best in Canada.

Sachit is also active in his community; having established the Masala Mixer event, Sachit has networked groups such as the Junior Chamber, the Kinsmen and Athena Leadership all while raising over $80,000 for charities across Manitoba.

As chair of the Winnipeg downtown biz Marketing and Events committee, helps oversee events such as Manyfest, Edmonton street festival and the new farmer's market at the steps of the Manitoba Hydro building in downtown Winnipeg.

Sachit has just announced his intention to run for City Council in the Ward of St. Norbert, hoping to bring the same passion and customer service to City Hall.

Sachit has been married for 15 years to wife Caroline Mehra and they both enjoy their 2 children, Mohit and Givan.

Event is THIS FRIDAY, May 9th! Get your tickets at