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Strengths guru Marcus Buckingham and Chef Jeff Henderson added to Metro Chamber’s Perspectives lineup

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Two acclaimed speakers set for Perspectives 2010 approach career excellence from diametrically opposed start points: Marcus Buckingham believes you should find your strengths and manage your weaknesses while Chef Jeff Henderson says passion and hard work are needed for success.

In its 16th year, Sacramento’s premier speakers forum will also feature former Governors Howard Dean and Sarah Palin. The Sacramento Metro Chamber brings Perspectives to the Sacramento Convention Center on Friday, Oct. 15, with presenting sponsor Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.

Marcus Buckingham
Co-author of the best-selling book series on managing workplace strengths, Marcus Buckingham is an internationally acclaimed researcher and speaker on how to build lasting personal success.

The stunningly simple message that Buckingham brings to workplace audiences worldwide is: Find what your strengths are and manage around your weaknesses. On this concept, Buckingham has devoted his life to “the strengths revolution”—helping other people decide what to devote their lives to—and is one of the business world’s most in-demand management gurus.

A former senior consultant for the Gallup Organization, Buckingham spent a decade helping clients such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft and Disney find and motivate their most talented employees. Supported by the largest study of its kind—nearly 80,000 interviews—he advocates for practices that oppose conventional wisdom when it comes to successful managerial behavior.

Buckingham inspires audiences to think outside of established boundaries to rethink traditional organizational structures that can transform the lives of employees—and the life of the business. His goal is for people to build lasting personal success.

As an evangelist on managing personal strengths, Buckingham is co-author of enormous business best sellers: First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently and Now, Discover Your Strengths and author of The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success and Go Put Your Strengths to Work: Six Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance.

Chef Jeff Henderson
Television’s Food Network host and executive chef Jeff Henderson turned his life around in prison, discovering the transformative power of passion and hard work. Told in a New York Times best-seller autobiography, Henderson’s remarkable story is an antidote for today’s headlines about failing schools and prisons as his resolve underscores the value of educational opportunities, literacy, vocational school and job training.

Raised in a struggling single-parent household, Henderson’s success at age 19 came exclusively from a $35,000 a week drug business. Busted at 24, he spent the next 10 years of his life in prison. There, as a dishwasher, Henderson discovered a passion for cooking and committed himself to becoming a chef.

With persistence, dedication and a can-do attitude, this self-taught culinary expert eventually became the first African American executive chef at Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio in Las Vegas, a story told in his memoir, Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras.

As host of the reality-based Chef Jeff Project on the Food Network, Henderson has found a second calling as mentor and motivator to at-risk youth and motivational speaker to business audiences across the nation.

The Chef Jeff Project takes six at-risk young adults and commits them to turning their lives around by putting them to work for his catering company. For all audiences, Henderson gives effective and simple ways to implement strategies to inspire and take charge of their lives and become a driver on the freeway towards their dreams.

Previous Perspectives have included unique presentations by Karl Rove, Sen. Bob Dole, Sen. Tom Daschle, Sen. John Edwards, Secretary Madeleine Albright, Gen. Henry H. Shelton, Secretary William Bennett, Gov. Ann Richards, as well as other notables including U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, President George H.W. Bush, Gen. Colin Powell, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Tickets for the all-day event are $195 for Metro Chamber members and $275 for nonmembers and are available online at metrochamber.org/perspectives or by calling 916-444-1919.

Photos: Marcus Buckingham, 1, Cheff Jeff Henderson, 2.

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