U.S. Rep. Steve Womack will speak at the sixth annual Leadercast Van Buren on May 6.

The congressman will join an expected 500-plus at the new host location, the Fine Arts Center on the Van Buren High School campus.

Congressman Womack will share his views on the importance of being a voice of leadership during the noon lunch break. He will speak on this year’s theme, "Architects of Tomorrow."

Womack, a native of Russellville, was Rogers mayor until he was elected to represent the 3rd District of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010.

"The 3rd District is fortunate to have talented leaders in our region that lead their small businesses, corporations and organizations with the utmost integrity," Womack said. "Leadercast Van Buren’s ‘Architects of Tomorrow’ will allow today’s leaders to help bridge the gap for the next generation, and I look forward to being a part of the event."

The final countdown has started for Leadership Van Buren, a one-day leadership development event, featuring eight internationally acclaimed speakers via live simulcast from Atlanta, Ga.

The theme of this year’s event explores what it means to be a visionary leader by looking at three unique perspectives that an "Architect of Tomorrow" must explore, said Debbie Foliart of The Destiny Group, presenting host.

"Visionary leaders have the ability to see a preferred future, operate in the present and utilize the resources around them to architect a clear path to a new destination," Foliart said. "They work tirelessly to empower those around them to bring a vision to life."

She said "Architects of Tomorrow" imagine a future that is rich and full of hope.

"It is a future where problems are solved, questions are answered, confusion gives way to clarity," Foliart said. "In its simplest form, leadership is casting a compelling vision and mobilizing those around you to help you fulfill that vision. That is the role of architects; they design the path, they clarify the direction, and they lead their team toward that preferred future with little deviation. Today is better because of the visionary leaders of yesterday, and the future will be brighter because of the Architects of Tomorrow."

Foliart said the response has been great this year and there has been lots of excitement about going to the new venue.

"We have many businesses bringing large groups like ArcBest, USA Truck, Experian, SPMI, Arvest, the City of Van Buren, Press Argus-Courier, Randall Ford, Sparks Medical Center, Hampton Inn, Stepping Stone School, Van Buren Public Schools, Heritage Methodist Church," she said. "We have many others bringing two and three or four people."

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

"That’s what’s so great about this event" said Jackie Krutsch, executive director of the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce, a presenting sponsor. "Leadercast brings these dynamic speakers to Van Buren via live simulcast, but it is so much more. Live speakers, live music, participation with sponsors, coffee bar, chuck wagon barbecue lunch, and networking with many businesses that you might never get to meet- this year’s event promises to have lots of surprises."

The one-day ticket price of $79 includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments and a program that includes event follow up resources and tools.

Also offered is continuing education units for human resources, general application and nursing for those that attend and want to utilize those opportunities, Foliart said.

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