Business & Leadership Development Conference

Presented by the Macoupin County CEO Program students to help you grow your businesses and improve performance in your companies!

Featuring Eric Thomas

The #1 motivational speaker on the planet!

February 14th, 2019

Lake Williamson Christian Center

Carlinville, IL

9:00am - 3:00pm

Why You NEED to Attend?

B.O.L.D. was created to enable ENTREpreneurs and INTRApreneurs to grow their businesses or organizations through improved leadership and marketing skills.  


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas, Ph.D. is a critically acclaimed author, world-renowned speaker, educator, pastor, Audie Awards Finalist and the electrifying Voice-Over talent credited with propelling the Miami Heat to total victory in the NBA Finals in 2012.  

His fiery & galvanizing charge of “ALL IN!” took the Cleveland Cavaliers, the city, and the fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers to a unifying plateau they had never before experienced before game three of the 2015 NBA Finals!

ET, as he is better known, has taken the world by storm, with his creative style and high-energy messages.

His words continue to impact tens of millions of people across the planet through a significant social media presence. With his recent domestic and international tours, “ET, The Hip Hop Preacher” has become a global phenomenon!

As CEO of his Consulting Firm, ETA LLC., Eric has led his team through the doors of dozens of reputable organizations and Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Quicken Loans, AT&T, Nike, Under Armour, New Balance, and UPS.  He has also consulted for major Universities and the major sports teams within the MLB, NBA, NFL and MLS. 

Leadership Track

Breakout Session Speakers

Cheryl Mitchell

With close to 30 years of leadership development and training experience, Cheryl is known for her dedication and desire to help individuals and organizations reach their full potential and have success.

She is unique in that she has flourished in both public and private education; succeeded in corporate America; and thrived in the non-profit, entrepreneurial space.

Her warm personality coupled with her ability to listen to and understand an organization’s mission and vision, equips her to recognize obstacles to growth so she can identify ways to remove them elevating businesses and organizations to the next level.

This has resulted in the development of sustainable programs, with obtainable objectives, ongoing development and increased value.

Cheryl is currently the Director of Management Operations for Starfire Industries, LLC. headquartered in Champaign, IL, USA.

While Cheryl has a passion for encouraging and equipping individuals and organizations to reach their goals, her greatest joy as a single mom has been in raising her two sons: Doug, a full-time firefighter for the Lexington, Kentucky Fire Department; and Ben, a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University, studying criminal justice.

Jim Allen

Jim is a dynamic, high-energy professional with a strong track record of driving business growth and leading teams to achieve and exceed expectations.

He is all about engaging others in a way that combines hard work and results along with his brand of humor and engagement.  

Additionally, Jim is laser focused on delivering exceptional leadership and customer service in his industry.  

He knows first hand that service to others directly connects to success in leadership and client relationships.  

Jim is Based in St. Louis where he lives with his wife and enjoys watching her try to refine him into a decent human being.

Entrepreneurship Track

Breakout Session Speakers

Cyndi Zlotow

Cyndi is a serial entrepreneur, a wife and a mother of 3.  From the time she was a child she spent her days finding a new way to make money, a new hustle.  

As an adult she followed a traditional path to college and a corporate position.  While she found success on this path she knew having a limit put on the amount of money she could make was never going to be fulfilling.  

After many unsuccessful business attempts she landed in eCommerce and built a business that did a quarter of a million dollars in revenue every year from her kitchen table.

 Her husband quit his corporate position to work for her when her business grew to a place she couldn't handle it on her own.  

They now run the business together out of their home.  She also spends time coaching others on how to build their businesses, has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, and has been a featured speaker at national events along with numerous podcasts.

Chris Hartsook

Chris has been a National Level Instructor on Leadship and Team Building for Boy Scouts of America in addition to owning and operating a successful construction company.

He is a dynamic, energetic speaker that leaves a lasting positive impact on the audience.

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Lake Williamson Christian Center

17280 Lakeside DR

Carlinville, IL 62626