Marla Cantrell, managing editor and lead writer of Do South magazine, will wrap up the seventh annual Leadercast Van Buren on May 5.

She will join an expected 400-plus individuals at the second-year host location, the Van Buren Fine Arts Center, on the Van Buren High School campus, 2001 Pointer Trail.

Cantrell also works as a freelance writer, editing manuscripts and ghostwrites books. Her writing has been featured in several regional and national publications, including the Huffington Post and Deep South Magazine. In 2014, she was named an Arkansas Arts Council fellow in short fiction.

She will be sharing her local emphasis on this year’s Leadercast theme “Power of Purpose” and how the people of the community have impacted her and others as she has interviewed leaders in past years.

Cantrell is an Alma native and is passionate about this area and its growth, according to Debbie Foliart of The Destiny Group presenting host for Leadercast.

As the managing editor of Do South Magazine since January 2014, Cantrell manages as many as eight writers a month, is involved in story selection, copywriting, promotion, assignments to writers, editing, fact checking, title selection and social media. She also writes several articles a month, as well as a book review and a short story.

Foliart said the final countdown has started for the upcoming one-day leadership development event, Leadercast Van Buren.

“The community business leaders and many individuals have been very excited to have the opportunity to experience the eight internationally-acclaimed speakers via simulcast live from Atlanta, Ga.,” she said.

In 2017, Leadercast will explore what can happen when teams and individuals are connected with purpose, creating a strong organizational culture with intentional leadership inspires extraordinary results, Foliart said

Local sponsors include Center for Hearing, A to Z Variety-Fort Smith, City of Van Buren, Hampton Inn-Van Buren, Main Attractions on Main Street, PAC Printers, Press Argus-Courier, SPMI, Stepping Stone, Swaim Office Products, Sparks Medical Center-Van Buren, Van Buren Advertising & Promotion Commission, Shield of Shelter-Ted McEvoy, The Eye Group-Dr. Joe Followell, Strategic Realty/Impact Construction, AT&T, Arvest Bank, Shamrock Bolt & Screw, Heritage United Methodist Church, Pizza Parlour, Spirit 106.3, Crawford County Adult Education, Vincennes University, Verizon Wireless, Aramark, Van Buren Municipal Utilities, Farmers Insurance-Renee Barrow Agent, Legacy Heights/Memory Lane, TDG Merchant Solutions, Chapters on Main, CV’s Family Foods, Van Buren School District, Van Buren Fine Art Center and Van Buren Chamber of Commerce.

“We have businesses locally and regionally that will be bringing their teams to get a big dose of motivation along with an incredible day of networking with other business people many that go through the same things they do each and every day in the work place,” Foliart said.

She said Leadercast is a great opportunity for individuals to invest in their own leadership development and come away energized and inspired.

“In challenging times all communities need to gather and re-focus on what is important at work, at home and in our community” Foliart said. “ It is not too late to take advantage of the discounted tickets during early bird pricing. Also the continuing education units/credits are incredibly beneficial for nurses, human resources and just general situations for employees that are required CEU’s annually. It will be as simple as checking in at our registration desk then going onto the Leadercast app the day of event to claim your CEUs”

The early bird ticket price of $69 continues through Saturday. It includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments and a program that includes event follow-up resources and tools.

For more information about the Leadercast Van Buren, contact Foliart at (479) 883-5122 or (479) 471-5179 or the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce at (479) 474-2761. Go to for additional information and purchasing tickets online.