UHV SBDC prepares to host annual Leadercast webcast event

Area business owners, managers and community leaders will once again have the opportunity to participate in a national webcast and learn from nationally recognized leaders and speakers.

Joe Humphreys

Leadercast, a worldwide leadership conference in its 16th year, is a full-day live simulcast from Atlanta. The Victoria simulcast is hosted by the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center in partnership with the UHV School of Business Administration. This is the fifth year the UHV SBDC and School of Business Administration have hosted Leadercast Victoria, which will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 at the UHV University North building, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

“We look forward to hosting Leadercast and bringing it to the Crossroads community every year,” UHV SBDC Director Joe Humphreys said. “The speakers always share excellent material that offers new perspectives on leadership and points the viewers toward excellence.”

This year, the theme for the broadcast is Architects of Tomorrow. The event will focus on visionary leaders who imagine and build a future that is rich in innovation, collaboration and full of hope. The role of visionary leader is to cast a compelling vision and mobilize those around them to help fulfill that vision, Humphreys said. The speakers are:

  • Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc.
  • Nick Saban, head football coach at The University of Alabama
  • Jim Brown, network broadcaster for CBS Sports and News
  • Kat Cole, group president of FOCUS Brands Inc., including Cinnabon, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Auntie Anne’s
  • Henry Cloud, acclaimed leadership expert, clinical psychologist and best-selling author
  • Andy Stanley, leadership author and communicator
  • Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL commander and author
  • Chris Barez-Brown, author and creativity guru
  • Tripp Crosby, Leadercast host, comedian and director

Attendees will receive event journals, bags with event materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks. During lunch, a presentation will be given by David Summers, an associate professor of entrepreneurship in the UHV School of Business Administration. He’ll speak on how a supervisor or manager successfully transitions to a leader.

Farhang Niroomand

“Effective, visionary leaders are essential to a company’s success, and UHV is glad to helping people in the Victoria area develop those skills,” said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. “Leadercast is always full of valuable insights presented by top leaders, and I hope there will be plenty of people who come and take advantage of this event.”

Tickets to the event should be purchased as soon as possible, said Jean Smith, UHV SBDC training coordinator. Individual tickets cost $104.99, and group discounts are available for groups of five or more. To purchase tickets, go to

Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m. on May 6 with the program starting at 7:45. Sponsors are All Things Crossroads, Klean Corp International, Comfort Keepers, H-E-B, The Victoria Television Group, Chick-fil-A of Whispering Creek, Canteen Victoria, Victoria Advocate and Advocate Digital Media. Additional table and attendee bag sponsors are Lighthouse Development Corp. and Community Bank of Victoria. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information, tickets or sponsorship information, call the UHV SBDC at 361-485-4485 or visit and click on the Leadercast Victoria link.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.