Annual Leadercast event to focus on finding purpose in leadership

Crossroads entrepreneurs, managers and aspiring leaders will get a full day of instruction about the importance of having a clear purpose at the annual Leadercast Victoria webcast.

Joe Humphreys

The theme for this year’s conference is “Powered by Purpose.” Attendees will watch presentations by famous authors, business founders and leaders, celebrities and experts. The University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center in partnership with the UHV School of Business Administration is hosting the Victoria simulcast.

“Having a clear purpose is a strong motivating force and source of encouragement when being a leader,” UHV SBDC Director Joe Humphreys said. “Purpose is linked to having a clear vision and goals for the future, and successful leaders will learn how a clear purpose can create progress.”

Leadercast, a worldwide leadership conference in its 17th year, is a full-day live simulcast from Atlanta. This is the sixth 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 5 at the Victoria College Emerging Technology Center, 7403 Lone Tree Road.

Tripp Crosby, a comedian and director, will host the broadcast. The speakers are:

  • Andy Stanley, author and communicator
  • Molly Fletcher, sports agent, author and public speaker
  • Tyler Perry, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, actor, author and entrepreneur
  • Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist, leadership expert and author
  • Suzy Welch, leadership expert and best-selling author
  • Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square and founder of LaunchCode
  • Daniel Pink, behavioral science expert, author and host of “Crowd Control”
  • Jess Ekstrom, CEO of Headbands of Hope
  • Donald Miller, CEO of Storybrand
Farhang Niroomand

“Leadercast is an excellent event that allows people who have worked through their own difficulties to share their success stories with people across the nation,” said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. “Every year, it brings in inspiring speakers who are able to connect with people on all levels. It’s one of the events I look forward to every year.”

During lunch, attendees will listen to a presentation by Genora Young, president and CEO of the Gonzales Economic Development Corp. Her presentation will take the Dr. Seuss story “Horton Hears a Who!” and examine how it applies to leadership, community and economic development.

“Genora’s presentation will be an excellent message for our attendees,” Humphreys said. “The story follows two characters as they lead the way through dangerous situations, and it’s a great story of cooperation and partnership. It’s amazing to know that important lessons in leadership can be found in anything, including children’s stories.”

Tickets to the event should be purchased as soon as possible, Humphreys said. Individual tickets cost $104.99, and group discounts are available for five or more people. To purchase tickets, go to

Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m. with the program starting at 7:45 a.m. Sponsors are Klean Corp. International, H-E-B, Chick-fil-A of Whispering Creek, Kleim & Associates, Civil Corp., All Things Crossroads and Advocate Digital Media. Sponsorship opportunities still are 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.