Tuesday, April 18, 2023 I 5:30PM
Join us for small bites and wine. Book signings will begin after each author's lecture.
About the Authors
Mary Hemmer Demmler
Mary R. H. Demmler is the author of Phe and the Work of Death and maintains her website prayerfulkitchen.blog. She grew up in Hall County, Georgia, on the farm that’s been in her family for over 200 years and is happy to have recently moved back with her husband and three children. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Washington and Lee University, she went on to earn a Masters of Divinity from Duke University. In her writing, Mary draws from her experiences as a pastor and chaplain, having served inside and out of the Episcopal Church for over 18 years. These days you will find her most often either writing, cooking, or speaking to groups and organizations about her book or her love of cooking or both!
Casey Ryals is energized by making impact grow. After beginning his education in the medicine and learning to appreciate the efficiency of the human body, he found that a group could accomplish more when they worked the same way. Daily practice with sales and communication in an insurance agency became his laboratory. He quickly learned to identify his own skills and those of others that would complement one another to allow the group to function optimally. While reading popular leadership material he noticed a common phrase, “You cannot learn lead others until you first learn to lead yourself”. The authors seemed to then go on telling the reader how to lead others. “If that statement is true”, he began to ask friends and colleagues, “why not spend most of the book telling someone how to lead themselves?” After challenging the available material, his peers began to challenge him. If there is a need in the market, why not meet it yourself? And truly, that desire to meet needs was the very thing he had used to lead himself and others. Last to Least is the result. The book is often categorized as “Leadership”, but it is actually the prequel to every leadership book on the shelf, because you cannot learn to lead others until you first learn to lead yourself.