Live2Lead Southern Illinois Enjoy a Record Crowd & Graham Awarded Transformational Leadership Award
Marion, IL: Live2Lead Southern Illinois took place on November 2, 2018 at The Pavilion in Marion.  Live2Lead is a worldwide leadership event and the regional conference was hosted by the Marion Chamber of Commerce and their Leadership Marion program. Around 280 attendees took part in the 2018 event and enjoyed an exclusive video rebroadcast of world renowned speakers John C. Maxwell, Carly Fiorina, Tyler Perry, Daniel Pink, and Debra Searle.  This year, the afternoon session featured a panel of local leaders discussing leadership within our area. 
Russell Williams, a John Maxwell Team certified leadership and personal growth coach, moderated this event.  Williams facilitates the Chamber’s Leadership Marion program which also includes lunch and learn and mastermind group programs for business and non-profit leaders and aspiring leaders.   
“The Marion Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business and professional people working together to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life in our community.  This event fits perfectly with our mission,” said Karen Mullins, executive director of the Marion Chamber of Commerce. “The Membership Committee, led by Mindy Reid of Banterra Bank, worked with a team of local business leaders and Russell Williams to put together a motivating and empowering event for our region.” 
This year’s Simulcast speakers included:   
After a lunch provided by Great Boars of Fire and attendee networking, an afternoon panel took the stage for a Q&A led discussion about leadership and personal growth.  That panel included:
The event concluded with the presentation of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Transformational Leadership Award. This year’s winner is Loretta Graham, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois.  Winners of this award are members of our local community that go above and beyond what is required in their commitment to inspire our leaders of tomorrow.  Graham first joined Girl Scouts in 1991. Her achievements in the nonprofit sector include working with communities to be a voice and face for girls and developing volunteer programs and council activities.

She has done and continues to do an incredible amount of service to meet the girls where they are at. This includes a revision of the council budget in order to make sure transportation is not an issue and to host extension and outreach events for underserved girls in their communities.
“In Girl Scouting, we reach out to our communities for support and in turn, we are challenged to be a service to those communities,” Graham said. “In the Girl Scout Law, we pledge: To be honest and fair, courageous, strong, responsible, and to make the world a better place. I hold true to this pledge. Even though the challenging times, I remain committed to meeting the needs and interest of girls and developing leadership skills.”
The presenting sponsors of Live2Lead Southern Illinois 2018 were Heartland Regional Medical Center, the City of Marion, River Radio, Withers Broadcasting, and WSIL TV3. Also sponsoring: The Southern Illinoisan, AISIN, Watermark Auto Group, The Print Shop, Banterra Bank, Legence Bank, Clearwave Communications, Megabytes, HireLevel powered by ExtraHelp, McKendree University, and PMA Property Management.  
To learn more about the Leadership Marion program, please contact the Marion Chamber of Commerce at (618) 997-6311 or email at