Thoughts from Leadercast

It has been an incredible few days in Atlanta. We came to Leadercast to partner with World Vision Micro to raise awareness and fund micro loans for incredible entrepreneurs in under-developed countries. What we are leaving with is so much more.


The world is one big community, it is a symbiotic environment, the impact of Leadercast is going to ripple around the world for a long time beyond the ‘event’. Leaders are not born, they are not made, they are forged with hard work, commitment and a trust and respect for those they are called to lead. Leaders listen, they empower, they trust, they support, they defend.

Great leaders are not separate, they are intertwined, involved.


We have been blessed to be partnered with World Vision Micro and to have been able to experience the impact of what a small micro loan can do to change the life, a community and the world. We come away from Leadercast with a resolve to continue in our mission to change the world.  We look forward to walking alongside World Vision Micro. We are committed to expanding our tiny business so we can do more. We are resolved to do what we can with what we have.


We consider ourselves truly blessed to have met so many incredible people over the last eight months as we prepared for Leadercast. We were fortunate to meet inspiring leaders on May 9th at Leadercast and we look forward to meeting and talking to you over the course of the next few months. Changing the world is a big task - but together we can do it.

Personal Reflections

On a personal note, it was very cool to meet some of the incredible speakers and presenters at Leadercast. A few of them are my business ‘heroes’. First, I can’t tell you how incredible it was to share the day with my family. It was a blessing to have them with me.

Tiffany, Karen, Sarah, David, David, Mike, Ryan, Monica and all of the World Vision Micro team - we are going to continue to change the world. I am so happy to be along for the ride with you. You are all incredible. I look forward to seeing you all in Washington and continuing this journey we are on.  Nathan, Ben, you were not here but your presence was certainly felt.

Tripp, Brian - nothing more to say than I pray we stay life long friends.

To the team at Leadercast, you are all incredible - you are doing so much to inspire us to change the world. To grow leaders with love, support, encouragement, humor, education, experience and respect. You have a worthy cause. Brooke, Jayson, Luke, Suzanne (and the countless others) - don’t hesitate to reach out to me, ever!

I was completely blown away by the work of Aaron Harris, Leadercast’s resident artist. He painted a picture of me that appeared alongside great leaders. Simply put, I am not worthy.

When I read “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek it helped me to crystallize all of the thinking about our company, Hot Sauce 4 Good. We had the “why” - it was clear in the name of the company that we are about way more than hot sauce - but we were burying the message in our mission and vision. His new book, “Leaders Eat Last” is proving to be no less impactful. I was thrilled to be able to have met Simon yesterday backstage at Leadercast.

I was so moved by Laura Schroff’s story and I couldn’t help laughing along with Desmond Tutu - what an uplifting day. If you get a chance to read “An Invisible Thread” your life will be changed by it.

I got "this close" to Guiliana Rancic!!