Annual Crawford State of the Vision dinner to feature founder of Leadercast

Staff report

BUCYRUS – For the last five years, Crawford County has hosted a global simulcast, called Leadercast, that allows local residents to focus on their own leadership skills by watching talks (broadcast live) from great leaders around the world. Hosted by the Crawford County Partnership for Education and Economic Development, and sponsored by local businesses, this event has drawn hundreds of Crawford County leaders and featured inspiring messages from people like Andy Stanley, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rudy Giuliani and John Maxwell.

On March 10, the driving force behind Leadercast will be here, in person, to talk to Crawford County residents about how leaders define culture. He will be the keynote speaker at this year’s State of the Vision dinner at the Trillium Event Center in Bucyrus.

“We all have a call to higher thinking,” Kubicek said in a phone interview with Partnership staff earlier this month. “There are people in our lives who subtract and some who divide; but great leaders multiply.”

Kubicek’s message on March 10 will be one of cooperation and how collaboration can lead to great things, but he will also speak about how that is easier said than done. “Leaders are often overwhelmed by tasks,” he said. “Sometimes even they have a hard time communicating.”

A good solution to this, he explained, is by creating a common language— one that is understood by different generations, different management styles and even different work habits. His talk at the State of the Vision will help audience members learn to speak that language, and strengthen their own leadership skills at work, at home and out in the community.

“Leadership has always been at the core of all the things that we do,” Gary Frankhouse, the Partnership’s Executive Director, said, “and specifically at the core of what Crawford County residents identified when they wrote the Crawford: 20/20 Vision plan in 2010. We have worked hard the last 5 years to focus on leadership because we know it is key to moving our county forward. We are extremely honored to have someone like Jeremie, who’s worked with and trained leaders worldwide take time to be here with us.”

Events like Leadercast and Crawford Conversation (leadership lecture series) and programs like CU Lead (Crawford Unlimited Leadership) and the Leader in Me are just a few examples of things the Partnership has influenced in the community to strengthen current leaders and influence new ones. Efforts by Crawford: 20/20 Vision Action Teams (all volunteers) have made improvements in Crawford County’s business success, quality of life, education and workforce, public safety and leadership development. “We are definitely proud of the progress Crawford County has made; but we have a lot more to do and we need everyone’s support!” Frankhouse said. “There is a lot of momentum built up and some great opportunities are on the horizon but we need to keep working and keep working together. Jeremie’s message to us is going to be just what we need to energize and recharge all of us.”

The State of the Vision will also feature annual leadership awards which name Emerging, Persevering and Organization or Business leaders of the year. Winners in 2015, for example, were Young Professional Casie Grau, Dr. Joe Shadeed and the Community Foundation for Crawford County.

“We have a lot to be proud of,” Frankhouse added. “Our community is getting stronger each day and I know we can accomplish great things. We encourage anyone wanting to join us to come March 10th and listen to Jeremie’s positive message, and then go out and be part of the change they want to see.”

Tickets for this event are $75 each and include a plated dinner catered by Avita and a book authored by Kubicek. More information about the event and online registration is available at

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