Last week, over 600 people looking to improve their leadership skills converged on Full Sail’s campus for the worldwide simulcast event L2L: LIVE2LEAD. The event featured appearances by renowned leadership expert and author John C. Maxwell, Founder of The Table Group Patrick Lencioni, best selling author, speaker, and life coach Valorie Burton, and Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Kevin Turner. The event was hosted by Debi Markland, a John C. Maxwell Certified team Member, in collaboration with Full Sail. In addition to the participants on campus, over 100 students and faculty members tuned in to watch the presentation via live stream.
“We’re thrilled with the the turnout, and with the information shared here today,” said Mary Beth Plank-Mezo, Full Sail’s Vice President of Staff and Cultural Development. “Our business students use John Maxwell’s books as part of their curriculum, and every business student was invited to attend the simulcast today.”
The winners of the Leadership Challenge Scholarship Contest were also revealed. Prior to the event, all Full Sail business students were invited to create an influential leadership presentation deigned to inspire their peers, featuring one of Full Sail’s Guiding Principles—Pursue Your Dream, Embody a Spirit of Innovation, Learn & Grow Always—as a central theme. Out of dozens of applicants, nine finalists were chosen to present their talks before a panel of judges featuring local industry leaders, Hall of Fame Inductees, and members of Full Sail’s advisory committee. The top three presenters received scholarships in the following amounts:
Fabiola De Candido (Music Business bachelor’s student) – $1,000 scholarship
Brandon Turner (Internet Marketing master’s student) – $2,000 scholarship
Winner of the John C. Maxwell Leadership Scholarship*
David Roberson (Internet Marketing master’s student) – $10,000 scholarship
*A portion of the scholarship was funded by proceeds from the Live2Lead Full Sail ticket sales.
David, who has spent the last 17 years in the U.S. Army and currently works with at risk youth, gave his presentation from the West Coast, where he had to step away from work due to the time difference. He so impressed the judges that he scored top honors in the areas of engagement, research, influence, and professionalism.
The day’s events concluded with an on-site Leadership Forum panel discussion featuring Executive Director of LIFT Orlando Eddy Moatin, Director of the Orlando Film Commission Sheena Fowler, Author and Rollins College Department Chair Dr. Richard Bommeije, and Former Orlando Police Chief Val Demmings.
Sheena, a grad of Full Sail’s Film Production and Entertainment Business programs, said she was proud to sit on a panel with so many influential local leaders while sharing her mission to build the workforce and connect resources within the local entertainment business industry.
“We all have very different backgrounds and perspectives on things, and I’m looking forward to learning some things myself,” she said. “I’ve been blessed to have so many incredible leaders teach me, and I’ve grown from everything they’ve taught me. I’m a big believer in paying it forward, and I think this is an excellent opportunity to help others realize what they can accomplish.”
“Orlando is no longer just a community of tourism,” she added. “It’s a community that benefits greatly from its tourism industry, and is now growing to define itself as a strong business community.”