September 18 - 20, 2019

Main Event Day 1 - 09/19/2019

8:00 am - 8:45 am REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST


9:00 am - 9:30 am OPENING KEYNOTE Developing Leaders to Champion Innovation and Navigate Disruption in an Increasingly Unpredictable World

When 55% of executives believe that their organizations lack the necessary skills to lead digital transformation (CCL), digital agility will be the difference between leaders who can
pilot successful transformation and those who flounder. This session will look at how current and future leaders need to embrace change mindsets and improve digital literacy in the
age of disruption:
• Establish reverse mentoring programs so that the more digitally literate (but often junior) employees can upskill their bosses
• Support innovation by encouraging and fostering a culture of risk taking 
• Introduce design and innovation in Leadership programs to encourage agile and change oriented mindsets
Brandon Carson, Director, ACS & Cargo Learning & Development at Delta Airlines

Brandon Carson

Director, ACS & Cargo Learning & Development
Delta Airlines

9:00 am - 9:30 am CASE STUDY How Leaders Take Ownership of their Development at Addition Financial

A 70% of the variance in employee engagement is tied to their direct manager, however it can be challenging for organizations to suggest managers have gaps in their Leadership skills. At Addition Financial, Jordan George’s voluntary Leadership Development program has 96% attendance and completion rate - and the success of the program is being felt throughout the organization. 
This session will discuss:
  • Jordan’s efforts over the past 18 months to establish a culture where all 120+ leaders at the company own their own development
  • Choosing high impact topics by conducting interviews and internal surveys to understand what leaders wanted to learn versus what their direct reports thought their leader needed to learn 
  • Delivering optional training opportunities to encourage greater participation rates, improve buy-in, and reduce feelings of alienation
Jordan George, Director, Leadership & Talent Development at Addition Financial

Jordan George

Director, Leadership & Talent Development
Addition Financial

10:00 am - 10:30 am SPEED NETWORKING

Speed networking is an opportunity for you to quickly and effectively get to know each other and your organizations. Bring your
business cards!

10:30 am - 11:00 am MORNING NETWORKING BREAK


These 90-minute sprint sessions won’t solve all your problems, but they will provide you with deeper insight and handy tools into challenges currently preventing Leadership to be aligned with organizational success.


11:00 am - 12:30 pm Spreading the Leadership Mindset Further Than Management
People in positions of authority aren’t the only leaders in organizations. By embedding a Leadership mindset into every employee, they take ownership of the organization’s goals.
This short 90 minute session will give you the insight and tools to:
  • Shape L&D around the traits most effective to business success:Growth, Promotional & Outward mindsets
  • Build success around team work and collaboration
Empower staff to take ownership and Leadership in company values
Dr Glen B Earl, Department Chair for Business Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dr Glen B Earl

Department Chair for Business Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology


11:00 am - 12:30 pm Evaluate the Leadership Gaps of your Organization
Aligning Leadership with measurable traits means companies can grow Leadership capabilities that are definable, easily tracked, developed, and assessed.

This short 90 minute session will give you the insight and tools to:
Define and clarify the traits your organization values in its leaders
Assess managers against these standards through self assessment,surveys and 360 degree assessments
Define targets, develop programs and set reviews
Theo Bowling, AVP Learning & Talent Development at LPL Financial

Theo Bowling

AVP Learning & Talent Development
LPL Financial


11:00 am - 12:30 pm Delivering and Promoting more Women in Leadership
In order to retain talented women, organizations have to ensure they’re giving them the opportunity to have their Leadership skills developed AND recognized.

This short 90 minute session will give you the insight and tools to:

  • Identify mistakes made during recruitment that lead to bias in hiring high-potential women
  • Understand key challenges in the employee experience that push women leaders away
  • Benchmark goals for women in Leadership positions
Khalilah Lyons, Head of Diversity and Innovation at ConAgra Foods

Khalilah Lyons

Head of Diversity and Innovation
ConAgra Foods


11:00 am - 12:30 pm Using Leaders to Drive Cultural Change
Culture may eat strategy for breakfast, but without effective leaders mob mentality can be resistant to change when new initiatives are introduced to the

This short 90 minute session will give you the insight and tools to:

  • Communicate a clear mission statement that leaders can support
  • Recognize culture champions to ensure organizational change sticks
  • Link cultural initiatives to strategy execution and business outcomes
Marla Noble, Senior Director of Learning, Talent & Engagement at Magic Leap

Marla Noble

Senior Director of Learning, Talent & Engagement
Magic Leap

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCHEON

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm CASE STUDY The 10 Characteristics of Leadership that Every AmEx Employee Must Develop

American Express has 55,000 employees, and Frank Salfi is responsible for the training strategy that develops AmEx’s 10 key Leadership characteristics in everyone from the C-Suite to the new starter. By making sure every employee develops and delivers these 10 traits, Frank can be confident that the decisions they make are guided by the company’s core values.

  • The 10 key characteristics of Leadership that drive AmEx’s L&D strategy 
  • Taking a holistic approach to Leadership to build the workplace around communities
  • Defining and delivering the new Leadership mindset that can transform an organization’s return for investing in its people
Frank J Salfi, VP of Enterprise Learning for Global Talent, Leadership & Learning, at American Express

Frank J Salfi

VP of Enterprise Learning for Global Talent, Leadership & Learning,
American Express

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm CASE STUDY Promoting Diversity of Mindset at SnackNation in order to Encourage an Innovative Working Culture

SnackNation grew more than 9,000% from 2014 to 2017 and Kelly Keegan attributes it’s success to the inclusive and self-aware Leadership styles valued by the executive team. In doing so, SnackNation has allowed
employees to be more comfortable with who they are and from a business perspective this has led to the ultimate productivity and results for their business.

  • Aligning the company’s mission with it’s Leadership values so that both are focused on one deliverable: being committed to a better everyday mindset
  • Promoting greater vulnerability awareness in leaders in order to encourage inclusion of neuro-diversity
  • Defining Leadership as any employee that has influence over others, so that task ownership is placed back on staff to deliver the greatest possible results
Kelly Keegan, VP of People at Snacknation

Kelly Keegan

VP of People


A Leadership expert and author will read a small excerpt from their book, followed by a facilitated discussion which will delve deeper into the book’s message as well as answer questions from the audience.


3:30 pm - 4:00 pm CASE STUDY Growing a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion through Proactive Resource Groups and Bias Training

Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to report greater returns above their respective national industry medians (McKinsey). However to truly bring D&I initiatives to life, everyone must be fully engaged in the process: it can’t be phoned in by senior Leadership in order to meet quotas or “look” the part.
  • Applying conscious bias training to all stages of the employee life-cyle so leaders can create greater diversity and inclusion in the workplace from recruitment to succession planning
  • Establishing Culture Resource Groups where staff can champion opportunities to learn and engage in complex conversations about sometimes difficult topics
  • Linking Leadership to D&I initiatives to drive and deliver culture transformation

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm CASE STUDY Creating a Coaching Culture at CompHealth

David Smailes sent out a Leadership Survey to 400 salespeople at CompHealth and found that 58% requested better coaching. This session will discuss how L&D professionals can transform their company into a coaching culture.

  • What is coaching and the inhibitors that kill the coaching process
  • Defining Role Clarity, Role Modelling, and Feedback on a day-to-day
  • Ensuring management lives up to the responsibilities of being coaches
David Smailes, Director of Leadership Development at CompHealth

David Smailes

Director of Leadership Development

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm THOUGHT EXCHANGE Deciding the Interactive Discussion Group Topics for Day Two

In this interactive session we are going to be using the anonymous two-way experience platform, Thought Exchange. Our Chair will ask open-ended questions to the audience and the audience will respond using the Thought Exchange platform on their phones. The answers will then be categorized into 4 groups which will form the basis of discussion for tomorrow’s 11:00AM roundtables.

5:00 pm - 5:00 pm END OF DAY ONE