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Entrepreneurs' Organization's GLC a Hit

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Optimism, opportunity abound at Global Leadership Conference despite gloomy economy

More than 600 of the world’s leading business owners convened in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, from 7-9 May 2009 for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Global Leadership Conference (GLC). The annual conference provided attendees with a chance to exchange ideas, learn from experts and find inspiration in the role entrepreneurs play in leading global economic recovery.

"We were very excited to have the opportunity to gather so many entrepreneurial leaders in New Orleans," commented incoming EO Chairman Matt Stewart. "With entrepreneurs facing a unique combination of challenges and opportunities, the GLC gives us a unique opportunity to learn from each other and to discuss strategies that we can use to grow our businesses and lift the economy."

In its 2009 Global Economic Forecast Survey released in January, EO reported that more than 80 percent of members surveyed believe that entrepreneurs will play a significant role in economic recovery. In fact, one in five entrepreneurs surveyed is more likely to start a business in 2009 than they were last year. Highlighting the conference were remarks delivered by a lineup of leading figures from both the business and government sectors.

Speakers included Louisiana’s current governor Bobby Jindal; the Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana Mitch Landrieu; and Warren Rustand, a leader in both business and government throughout the past several decades. Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley made a special appearance to help recognize those chapters earning Rock Star status in the organization. A second GLC is scheduled for EO chapters in the eastern hemisphere in Hong Kong, China, on 28-30 May 2009.

"The Global Leadership Conferences are designed to galvanize the EO leadership and to provide them with inspiration and direction for the coming year. The speakers and elective sessions at the GLC: New Orleans conference certainly achieved that goal," said Stewart. "EO exists to enable entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. Based on the spirit of our conference attendees, I can confidently say that our members are excited and prepared to continue to lead the world’s entrepreneurs into the future." ​

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