Lead Michiana leadership event returns to South Bend

Published 12:33 pm Monday, April 4, 2016

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Justin Maust will host the second annual Lead Michiana leadership event from 8 a.m. to noon May 20, at The Century Center in South Bend.

This half-day event continues to be the largest Michiana leadership gathering of the year. More than 1,600 participants are anticipated to attend from the Michiana region.

This live event was created to expose local leaders to the best thought leaders and most successful practitioners from around the country.

The program focus is “Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown.” The speakers’ messages will support how leadership shapes culture and leaders have the power to transform the culture of a person, family, company, school, church and community. Active courage in leaders is what separates the successful from the unsuccessful.

Lead Michiana, founded by Justin Maust, was created after two successful years hosting Leadercast Michiana, a live global simulcast event based in Atlanta, Georgia, and owned by Giant Impact. In May 2014, Leadercast Michiana was recognized as a Top 5 Simulcast Host Site out of 760 sites worldwide with more than 1,000 attendees between three locations. In 2015, more than 1,400 tickets were sold for the live event which included John Maxwell, Tommy Newberry, Louis Upkins, Elise Foster and Justin Maust. Maust said he believes that creating Michiana’s own live leadership event brings more value and allows Lead Michiana to create content specific to the needs of Michiana leaders and community members.

Attendance profile

C-level executives, human resources, department managers, community leaders, not-for-profit leaders, educators, healthcare leaders, youth leaders, church leaders and all others who influence and inspire others.

Meet the Speakers:

Bonnie St. John is a Paralympic ski medalist, Fortune 500 business consultant, Rhodes Scholar, former White House official and best-selling author.

Despite having her right leg amputated at age 5, St. John became the first African-American ever to win medals in the winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

Learn more at bonniestjohn.com


DARREN HARDY is a New York Times best-selling author, keynote speaker, entrepreneur mentor and publisher of Success magazine.

Hardy has been the leader in the personal development industry for two decades, having led two personal development based television networks. As publisher and founding editor of Success, is in the unique position of sitting down with the leading experts on human performance and achievement.

Learn more at darrenhardy.com


JUSTIN MAUST is the host and founder of Lead Michiana, a leadership speaker, team-builder and coach.

In 2012, Maust founded Leader Legacy, Inc. His company is a leadership development resource that provides speaking, training, coaching and web-based services. Maust says his mission is to expose local business and community leaders to the best thought leaders and most successful practitioners from around the country.

Learn more at justinmaust.com


LES BROWN is an author and world-renowned speaker who went from being labeled “educably mentally retarded” to receiving the Golden Gavel Award, the National Speakers Association’s most prestigious awards.

As a premier keynote speaker and leading authority on achievement for audiences as large as 80,000, Brown is known for energizing people to meet the challenges of the world around them.

Learn more at lesbrown.com/

More than 20 years ago, he won a Chicago-area Emmy for his unsurpassed fundraising pledge for the Public Broadcasting System, followed by several best-selling books and hosting popular national talk shows on television and radio.