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Programs and Presenters

Thursday, May 18, 2017 
Green Lake Conference Center
Green Lake, WI

Morning Keynote 

8:30-9:45 People People: Learning to Put 'People First' and Why You Should Even Care
– Scott Christopher

Are you a ‘People’ Person? And why does it matter?
In an increasingly competitive business climate, People People provide more tangible value to a company than ever before. Why?

As constantly-improving technology dehumanizes relationships and communications–allowing ‘users’ to hide behind their e-personas–People People lift their organizations above the competition by refusing to lose touch with humanity.

  • They prefer a phone call over text.
  • A face-to-face chat over an email.
  • A handshake over a ‘poke’ or ‘nudge.’

Most of today’s ‘best’ companies rely heavily on the human touch to help differentiate their market brand, their public image and their employee culture.In People People best-selling author and speaker Scott Christopher (The Levity Effect) explains the four fundamental attributes (C.A.R.E.™) of People People, how to become a true Type III People Person, why ‘People First’ organizations excel, and how to do it. Sharing a mix of business cases, research data and compelling stories, Scott builds a convincing case that winning organizations are flush with People People and that ‘nice guys’ really do finish first: People People are healthier, wealthier, happier and live longer than their less-caring cohorts. The simple truth is that being a People Person is less about being good WITH people, as being good TO people.

Bio:
Scott Christopher is author of the best-selling People People: Who They Are, Why They Win and How To Become One, The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up, and contributing author of The Daily Carrot Principle and A Carrot A Day. *He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Fox Business Channel, CNBC, National Public Radio, BBC and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Post, Newsweek, Economist magazine, Ladies Home Journal and many other publications. *Since 1995, Scott has circled the globe entertaining and motivating thousands of audiences from senior leader retreats to all-staff meetings. Applicable to all audiences in any industry, Scott’s unforgettable messages and off-the-cuff humor illustrate firsthand how levity, humor and becoming a ‘people person’ enrich lives at work and at home. *In his rare spare time, Scott is a television host, emcee and actor (SAG), appearing on network television series Modern Family, Criminal Minds, Granite Flats, Everwood, Touched by an Angel and in Disney Channel movies. *Scott has a Master’s in HR Management from the University of Connecticut and while an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, Scott was honored with the United States' most prestigious acting scholarship, the Irene Ryan Award, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 

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10:15-11:15 Managing Up and Down the Generational Chain of Command
- Sarah Gibson


Our generational preferences influence how we manage, what we value most in our employees, and how we attract and retain staff. Join us as we talk about the preferences of each generation when it comes to managing up and down the chain, including generational perspectives of change and process and performance feedback. You’ll walk away with practical, hands-on things to use back on your job, no matter your generation. 

Bio:
Sarah Gibson founded Accent Learning and Consulting, LLC in 2004 because it allowed her to share her passion for speaking and teaching practical workplace skills that help individuals and businesses succeed. Since then, Sarah and her team have helped companies understand the impact of workplace communication through a large variety of professional development and leadership classes. Sarah wrote Geezer. Punk. Whatever. to help people learn more about the impact of generational pieces in the workplace. She has worked with more than 100 organizations across a variety of industries throughout North America. Beyond her corporate experiences, Sarah has also taught for the University of Wisconsin-Madison evening MBA program and as an adjunct instructor at Madison College, UW-Whitewater and North Dakota State University. Sarah holds a Master’s degree from North Dakota State University.

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Breakouts
1:45-2:45

Be a connector - creating value at every turn!
- Jay Gubrud

Session:
Almost everybody had done it at some point in their lives, you, your coworker, your neighbor and others. It is a simple concept that some do very well and others will want to do even better. It is a simple process that has incredible benefits to all involved. In this session, you will gain the following: 

• Creating value that drives the success of others and yourself 
• Find innovative solutions in today’s real time and every changing world 
• Gain greater control of your happiness and career 
• Feel more connected to your coworkers, company and community 


Don’t hesitate, come find out what being a connector is all about! 


BIO:
Jay Gubrud is a catalyst for performance improvement. He is a dynamic professional speaker, trainer, author and consultant who has been presenting across industries and audiences for over seventeen years. His programs challenge participants to eliminate the everyday roadblocks to their success. Jay has an innate ability to relate the trials of life and business in a way that everyone can relate to … Cars and Driving! 

He has never been afraid to have a difference of opinion or shake up the status quo. He believes that regularly moving out of your comfort zone and improving your performance are key to personal and professional success and satisfaction. *He values the contribution of all people’s personalities and characteristics at the office and at home. His presentation style honors these differences and seeks to create an environment of mutual respect. Jay’s strives to open people’s minds to new ways of thinking and acting while at the same time reducing negativity. Another one of his strengths is connecting…connecting need and opportunity together to create value at every turn. Find out more on this topic in Jay’s upcoming book to be released in 2017! *In high school and college he didn’t reside in just one group, he knew all the groups and built connections and transferred opportunities amongst those different groups. He continues to do that by working in a variety of industries and transferring ideas between different industries. 

A few unique facts about Jay:

 He has been riding motorcycle since he was 7 years old.
 He made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show.
 He has had the pleasure of riding in a rare Ferrari F40 worth over $1,000,000.
 He has never missed a speaking engagement in 18 years.
 He does not like mushrooms.

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Business Writing Tips and Tools
-  Sarah Gibson

Session:
What do you mean there's only one space after a period? And who changed the spelling of canceled? Business writing styles have changed over time. This session will highlight best practices to give you a polished, friendly business style as you work with internal and external audiences. Specifically, we'll look at: how to make the most of eye appeal and formatting, writing friendly and concise messages, and what has changed over the years.

Bio:
Sarah Gibson founded Accent Learning and Consulting, LLC in 2004 because it allowed her to share her passion for speaking and teaching practical workplace skills that help individuals and businesses succeed. Since then, Sarah and her team have helped companies understand the impact of workplace communication through a large variety of professional development and leadership classes. Sarah wrote Geezer. Punk. Whatever. to help people learn more about the impact of generational pieces in the workplace. She has worked with more than 100 organizations across a variety of industries throughout North America. Beyond her corporate experiences, Sarah has also taught for the University of Wisconsin-Madison evening MBA program and as an adjunct instructor at Madison College, UW-Whitewater and North Dakota State University. Sarah holds a Master’s degree from North Dakota State University.

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Event Design
- Laura Jolcover, CORT Event Furnishings Midwest Account Executive


Laura will discuss Driving Trends in Meeting Design and share how you can  Enhance You Next Meeting to New Levels. During her session find out how you can Engage your Attendees, Create Exciting Environments and achieve better ROI.
 
With over 25 years in Sales and Marketing and over 9 years with the Number One Furniture Rental Company in the Nation, CORT Event Furnishings Laura has proven success using her unique style and design and using what she calls
a “common sense approach” to problem solving, strategies and life have commended her successful results.

 
Afternoon Keynote
2:45-4:00
 
Rev Up the Planner Supplier Relationship  -  Staughton Hall
- Jay Gubrud


Session:
More than ever, today's meetings and events environment requires working together as a team and getting closer to our customers and suppliers. Rev-Up the Supplier/Planner Relationship! will introduce a progressive thoroughfare for people to further improve personal and professional productivity. It will illustrate specific strategies and a formidable approach for people to connect with colleagues and clientele, alike. This program works best when both suppliers and planners attend, so come join us and you will:
 
• Find out what planners and suppliers like from each other
• Better understand the daily challenges planners and suppliers face
• Learn how to deal with difficult people
• Discover how to have healthy conflict
• Create an environment of trust and respect
• Make powerful connections between potential and existing suppliers and planners

Come prepared to share your thoughts and learn proven strategies for even greater success. Rev-up the Supplier/Planner Relationship! is a proven method for creating strong ties that will increase productivity and drive you to new heights........Get Your Motor Running!
 

Bio:
Jay Gubrud is a catalyst for performance improvement. He is a dynamic professional speaker, trainer, author and consultant who has been presenting across industries and audiences for over seventeen years. His programs challenge participants to eliminate the everyday roadblocks to their success. Jay has an innate ability to relate the trials of life and business in a way that everyone can relate to … Cars and Driving!

He has never been afraid to have a difference of opinion or shake up the status quo. He believes that regularly moving out of your comfort zone and improving your performance are key to personal and professional success and satisfaction. *He values the contribution of all people’s personalities and characteristics at the office and at home. His presentation style honors these differences and seeks to create an environment of mutual respect. Jay’s strives to open people’s minds to new ways of thinking and acting while at the same time reducing negativity. Another one of his strengths is connecting…connecting need and opportunity together to create value at every turn. Find out more on this topic in Jay’s upcoming book to be released in 2017! *In high school and college he didn’t reside in just one group, he knew all the groups and built connections and transferred opportunities amongst those different groups. He continues to do that by working in a variety of industries and transferring ideas between different industries.

A few unique facts about Jay:
 He has been riding motorcycle since he was 7 years old.
 He made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show.
 He has had the pleasure of riding in a rare Ferrari F40 worth over $1,000,000.
 He has never missed a speaking engagement in 18 years.
 He does not like mushrooms.

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