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Featured Keynote Sessions:

Morning Keynote:  9:15am - 10:15am

The Neuroscience of Satisfaction

Dr. Erika Michalski

Dr. Erika Michalski is coming to share what Mick Jagger and Keith Richards didn’t realize about satisfaction. Turns out you CAN get it … if you know how. Engagement is often driven by finding satisfaction in the process, so this session marries research from the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology as it invites you to consider how you are cultivating your own sense of satisfaction. Anchored in practical application and balanced with humor (and flecks of Dr. Michalski’s favorite accessory, glitter), this high energy session will leave you with a fresh perspective about satisfaction - both as it applies to your own life and as it applies to the organizational cultures you are part of. To learn more about Erika before the event, and to prepare for just how much glitter she might show up wearing, check her Instagram account: @ConsultantBarbie

Afternoon Keynote:  2:45pm - 3:45pm

Your Time: NOW & NEXT! 

Debbie Schroeder-Saulnier

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “The test of first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in your mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function", yet it’s a necessity to do so.  Rock your world with Paradox Thinking!

Life keeps showing us that the deepest difficulties are riddled with complexity and inherent tension. Rarely does a single solution exist.So, embrace new thinking and end the practice of viewing conflicting needs separately. Take on paradox (both/and) thinking and drive new results.Your time for leading with paradox thinking is NOW & NEXT!

Featured Breakout Sessions:

10:25am - 11:25am


Instructional Design


The Road to Identifying High-Potential Talent and Their Development

Julio Govreau and Barry Engelhardt

From the ‘Great Resignation’ to employee-led markets, unemployment has reached a 50-year low and talent is at a premium. Organizations must be systematic and intentional when defining talent to ensure a consistent and equitable approach when attracting, engaging and growing key employees

CCAFeinate Your Instructional Design!

Nate Rowlan

Have you ever been frustrated by complex design models that are hard to implement? Are you looking for a way to make your learning projects learner focused? Keeping it simple and focusing on the learner is at the core of this session.

From Good to Great: What Great Facilitators Do Differently

Liz Haberberger

Most facilitators rely on their knowledge of their subject to get them through a session. Great facilitators know there is much more than quality content to make a session impactful. What do great facilitators do differently? Join us and learn simple, tangible, and practical tools you can use to breathe life into your next training session. Your participants deserve to leave every training feeling validated and empowered - with some small tweaks, you can make it happen!

11:35am - 12:35pm

Self Development



Stop Living Life on the Sidelines and Start Living B.O.L.D!

Eric Currie

Has this ever happened to you?  You're ready to take that next step in your career, but you never make time to talk to your boss?  You want to follow your passion and purpose in life, but each time you try, that negative voice inside your head takes over?  Or maybe, you want to make a change in your life, but don't know your strengths?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you're ready to Stop Living Life on the Sidelines and Start Living B.O.L.D!  Join Eric Currie for this empowering, inspiring, and high energy message that will harness the power of YOU.  This program is sure to pull you out of your comfort zone, adopt behaviors to navigate the waters of change, and manage the feelings of failure.   

The Self-Aware Leader: The Secret to Hybrid and Virtual Team Success

Sharon Wingron, CPTD and

Bri Hopkins

Leading teams has always been challenging.  Today, it is more so.  The workplace is more complex, and the expectations for leaders are greater than ever before, from leading hybrid and virtual teams, to managing ever more diverse team members.  Leaders must first know themselves, and then manage themselves, before they can expect a team to follow.  

Story Telling for Facilitators: Connecting with Your Audience

Christine Kostic

Humankind has been telling stories since the beginning of time - to preserve the details of events, to pass down values and beliefs, and to share experiences. As facilitators today, we still use stories to connect with our audience. Storytelling is part art, and part science. When done well, stories enhance the learning experience by making it more enjoyable, more engaging, and more memorable. Join this session to learn how to be a better storyteller, and how to use elements of storytelling to make better, more memorable,

1:35pm - 2:35pm


Organizational Development

Self Development

The Evolution of Authentic Leadership

Dr. Erika Michalski

What does evolution have to do with leading authentically? A lot more than you might think! As growing leaders, you are uniquely positioned to explore what success looks like right now and consider which components we should carry forward as we evolve. Dr. Erika Michalski brings her high energy and enthusiasm to the facilitation of this session as she helps you recognize the strengths you have and invites you to assess how you can leverage those as you chart your future as a leader. She will be handing out some important permission slips, too. It’s time to shift the mindset from "Who we lead like" to "How we amplify our own impact as leaders”, and this workshop provides a frame work to help you navigate that shift!

Designing for Communities

of Practice:  Structured Social Learning for Performance Transformation at Scale

Dr. Joe Totherow

Learning departments using traditional design methods are hard pressed to keep up with the demands of the businesses they serve. The evolution of knowledge work and the constant need for employees to upskill and reskill make it difficult for learning professionals to provide learners with the resources they need at the time they need them. In this session, we'll investigate one method for keeping up with the demands of the business: structured social learning through intentionally designed communities of practice.

Coaching Your Brand

Thomas Frase

Stories of how my non-existent brand (and former and current colleagues) wasn't selling and I didn't know it. Once you realize you have a brand, we will start the process to build your brand and help you sell it.

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