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This event concept emerged as I was reintegrating into the Valley. I was refueling old connections and establishing new relationships that were amazing. I was watching people with tremendous entrepreneurial spirit making a huge impact

on our community – individuals who were tirelessly giving of themselves to enhance the lives of friends and neighbors. Reflection begged the question: Who is cheerleading the cheerleaders?

Around the same time, I found myself engrossed in the world of TED-talks. I was watching multiple every week and they were serving as a little jolt of energy to encourage me to get up and keep going. To keep moving my mission forward.

While the one-hour keynote has its place, TED-talks work because they are action-packed and quick-hitting. They showcase exceptional speakers who deliver high energy, engaging, and thought-provoking messages. I started sharing

these talks with others. Then, I was struck by the fact that I was hearing so many stories from friends and colleagues that mirrored these messages.

The two ideas combined to lead to the idea of bringing a TED-x inspired event to the region. The theory was simple – Invite exceptional people in our community to share their story, connect with other influential members of the community,

and enjoy an evening in one another’s company.



The Everyday Hero’s Guide To Leadership 

In 2006, Dave authored The Everyday Hero’s Guide To Leadership. He has been passionate about sharing his direction for leadership but recognizes that everyone has the ability to lead in one way or another.

The Everyday Hero’s Guide to Leadership is designed to help readers get the most out of the leadership opportunities that they are face-to-face with right now! Focusing on offering REAL (really easy applications to life) tips to its audience, the text sets out a journey that starts with understanding the core foundations of leadership, continues to review internal opportunities to reflect on leadership choices, and concludes by examining the power in working with others and making great decisions for the team. This text holds evidence of the passion and real-life experience that stands behind it. Readers are guaranteed to be prompted to think about leadership in a new way and be energized and motivated to immediately begin putting new techniques to use in their lives.


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