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Best-selling author, leadership coach will share his insights at benefit for ShareNet

KINGSTON — Leadership and coaching expert John C. Maxwell has written more than 60 books, primarily focusing on leadership. His books have sold more than 19 million copies, with some on the New York Times Best Seller List and translations in more than 50 languages. He’s one of 25 authors and artists named to Amazon.com's 10th anniversary Hall of Fame.

Every year, Maxwell conducts seminars for Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the National Football League.

And now he’s coming to Kitsap County to share his insights, with all registration fees donated to ShareNet Food Bank in Kingston thanks to event sponsors Parker Financial LLC; Sherrard, McGonagle & Tizzano, Attorneys at Law; Haven in Allyn, Long Term Care; and www.nextdoorhs.com.

The event, “The Five Levels of Leadership featuring Dr. John C. Maxwell,” is Nov. 1 at the Kitsap Convention Center Harborside, next to the Bremerton ferry. It’s a major fundraiser for ShareNet, which has launched its Neighbor Aid 2011 campaign. Last year’s Neighbor Aid campaign covered almost half of ShareNet’s annual budget and enabled it to meet 8,500 needs – food, keeping electricity on when faced with a shutoff notice, paying rent when faced with eviction, and providing take-home food for the weekend for school children.

That number is according to ShareNet director Mark Ince, who is one of four part-time employees. Ince said ShareNet’s annual budget is about $150,000. Food bank hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ShareNet is one of eight registered food banks in Kitsap County. Its defined service area is Kingston, Eglon, Hansville, Indianola, Port Gamble, and parts of Poulsbo and Suquamish.

Barbara Brumagin, ministry coordinator at Bayside Church, said Maxwell will provide leaders of businesses and other organizations, as well as their staffs and team members, with key leadership principles they can apply to all facets of their lives.

She said the information will help participants increase their ability to influence and motivate others, relate to people in more productive ways, improve the outcome and value of their efforts, and learn steps to make a difference in their lives and the lives of those around them.

For $39, participants can attend two one-hour lectures, “The Five Levels of Leadership,” the title of his just-released book. For $149, participants can attend a plated luncheon, receive an autographed copy of his new book, “The Five Levels of Leadership,” meet and be photographed with Maxwell, and attend all three one-hour lectures, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To register for “The Five Levels of Leadership,” visit www.sharenetfoodbank.org or call Brumagin at 297-2000, ext. 11, or email office@bayside.mail.org.

Maxwell’s blog can be read at JohnMaxwellOnLeadership.com and he can be followed at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. On his website, www.johnmaxwellteam.com, you can receive 60-second leadership training videos emailed daily for free.

More on Maxwell: Three of his books sold one million copies each: “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” “Developing the Leader Within You,” and “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.”

For more than 30 years, Maxwell has led churches in Indiana, Ohio, California, and Florida. After serving as senior pastor for 14 years, in 1995 he left Skyline Church, near San Diego, to devote himself full-time to speaking and writing. However, in 2004, he returned to congregational ministry at Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where he is currently a teaching pastor. On Nov. 16, 2008, he began serving as a guest pastor at the famous Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, Calif. His messages are broadcast worldwide on the Hour of Power television program, seen by an estimated 20 million viewers.

Maxwell serves on the Board of Trustees at Indiana Wesleyan University and has a building named after him there, the Maxwell Center for Business and Leadership.

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