This is a NEW SIMULCAST EVENT designed to deliver the very best in leadership content to inspire and motivate you into action!



L2: LEARN – LEAD is a new event premiering October 10, 2014. It is designed to breathe new life into your leadership through world-class speakers – in a convenient, half-day format.

This event will broadcast live from Atlanta and be transmitted directly to 300 locations across the globe including our location here in Mercer Island! L2: Learn – Lead will be the high-demand leadership ticket in our community this year.

Come join and network with other leaders here in our community while learning from the teachings of the world renowned speakers: John C. Maxwell, Linda Kaplan Thaler, and Tim Sanders.



Date: October 10, 2014                    

Time : 8:AM - 12:30PM                 

Doors Open: 7:15AM

Where: Mercer Island Community & Event Center

Event Location Address: 8236 SE 24th St, 

Mercer Island, WA 98040


Phone: 805.714.5830





An internationally renowned leadership expert, coach, and author with more than 22 million books sold, Dr. Maxwell founded The John Maxwell Company and EQUIP, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders in 185 countries.

Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 and 100 companies, international government leaders, and organizations such as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the NFL, and the United Nations.





Linda Kaplan Thaler is responsible for some of America’s most famous and touching advertising campaigns in the industry. She serves as The Chairman of Publicis Kaplan Thaler, a fully-integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core.

The agency is the U.S. flagship within the Publicis Worldwide Network servicing a blue-chip client roster that includes: P&G, CITI, Nestle, L’Oreal, Merck, Pfizer, and Wendy’s, among many others.





Internet pioneer and best-selling author, Tim Sanders advises Fortune 500 executives on leadership, marketing and new media strategies to grow their business. This former Yahoo executive is now an indispensable consultant to some of the biggest brands in the world.

Tim has launched companies, built brands and now runs a media services company specializing in business trends, new media and human behavior.



  • Free Parking

  • L2 Workbook

  • Light Breakfast

  • Stadium Seating



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Host Team


Michael is a member of the John Maxwell Team and a certified professional Speaker, Coach and Trainer. He has over 15 years of experience as an athlete and has a passion for serving individuals and businesses grow to their potential. Michael is active in the community and speaks on Leadership Development, The Dynamics of Teamwork, Embracing Change, Personal Growth, and Living with Purpose. 


Kristen speaks about the empowerment of women around the world. She directs communications for the Washington Global Health Alliance where she manages WGHA’s community partnership with the Seattle Sounders FC. Kristen was honored by Seattle Met Magazine as the 2013 “Emerging Leader” in the Light a Fire awards. She was featured in the book, “Ten Ways to Change the World in Your 20s”. She shared a speaking platform with former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and has spoken at events for World Vision, Seattle CityClub, Washington Women’s Foundation and the Northwest Development Officers Association.  She received a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Seattle Pacific University. Kristen and her husband Michael live in West Seattle with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Finnley.


Chaitra Vedullapalli – is currently CMO and Co Founder of Meylah. Meylah is an online ecommerce platform for local businesses. Chaitra has a proven track record of enabling global transformations, architecting innovative business models and leading communities with excellence. She is recognized as Top 100 Small business influencer in US. She was a Senior Director of WW Sales and Marketing Communications, where she led social enterprise implementations and shaped Microsoft Customer and Partner Self Service Experience, which impacted over 10M Customers and 1M Partners. Chaitra has also served as Director of Licensing and PartnerNetwork at Oracle where her projects drove licensing simplification and enabled state of the art innovations in the Partner Self Service Experience. 
Chaitra holds a patent in WebMethods and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from RVCE, Bangalore. Chaitra is known for her thought leadership and contributed to TED events to disseminate and share innovative ideas. Chaitra has presented at numerous events such as” The Future of Marketing – Personalization Revolution’ and “Localization World” and IPQC- Channel Partnering. She has also published “PARTNER Tweet” – 140 Bite-Sized Ideas for Succeeding in Your Partnerships, now available on Amazon. Chaitra actively coaches youth via Toastmaster program, represents Sammamish YMCA board and supports Creative Children for Charity initiative.”



For over 25 years Lars has been actively implementing organizational transformation through the collective power of small teams, groups and large corporations. Lars has broad and deep computer and network communications integration experience with exceptional program and project management expertise. A former manager at Accenture, Lars' clients have included Costco, Starbucks, Microsoft, AT&T and T-Mobile as well as many, many other - often - much smaller, firms. One of his key skills is the ability to quickly gain a holistic view of processes and how people are using them. Currently, Lars is a Sr. Consultant at Lapchis Consulting, a small Information Technology consulting firm based in Seattle. Lars has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of California at Davis.