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Building & Motivating High Performing Teams
Nicole Caley, MBA, APM, ARM, APSC, President & Founder, Payables Solutions Partners, LLC
In today’s world, the most sought out organizational leaders are part manager and part HR professional. Join veteran leader Nicole Caley in this session to learn skills necessary to elevate you into a true leader, instead of simply a manager. We will discuss how to identify your leadership style and how to develop the interpersonal skills needed to take charge. By learning to examine functional conflict and create strategies, you will not only staff your function effectively, but lead it to its fullest potential as well — building a high-performing team. MORE >
From $0 to $1m in Monthly Recurring Revenue
Brandon Bruce, COO & Co-founder, Cirrus Insight
I love to talk about my experience starting a new company and growing it to $1 million in monthly recurring revenue. We've made a lot of mistakes and we've identified several strategies that work really well for us. MORE >I'm happy to speak about any aspect of the entrepreneurial journey including bootstrapping, fundraising, hiring, training, marketing, selling, and everything in between. I have experience speaking at meetings and conferences of any size – from United Nations conferences with thousands of attendees to user group meetings with a few dozen attendees. My promise is that we'll have a good time and learn a lot together.
Stop Chasing Talent Away -The Ultimate K.P.I. to Be a Talent Magnet
Dennis Mellen, Owner, Full Throttle Leadership
Break free of the old leadership model and become a visionary servant leader. Inspire your team to perform at a level they never dreamed possible with the ultimate KPI (key performance indicator).
Utilizing Marketing Automation for Prospect Qualification
Franklin D. Rivera II, Founder/CEO, The V2M2 Group, Inc.
Many companies fail to utilize marketing automation. Most do not know what Marketing Automation is! Marketing automation refers to the software that exists with the goal of automating marketing actions. Many marketing departments have to automate repetitive tasks such as emails, social media, and other website actions. MORE >The technology of marketing automation makes these tasks easier (Hubspot). Even more importantly, marketing automation is like hiring a sales force to pre-qualify prospects without having to hire a sales force. Franklin will cover why marketing automation is so critical for the growth of your company and share the best software and practices for utilizing this amazing tool.
US – China Trade War
Bill Liu, President, NaviAsia Advisors
US President Donald Trump has complained about China's trading practices since before he took office in 2016. The US launched an investigation into Chinese trade policies in 2017. It imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese products last year, and Beijing retaliated in kind. MORE >The trade war between the two largest economies shows no sign of easing. What's next? Who will blink first? This presentation will guide you through the trade war and lead you to rethink the future of US-China relationship.
Successful Supply Chain Strategies for Today’s Uncertain Times
Lauren Pittelli, Principal, Baker Logistics Consulting Services Inc.
Drawing on thirty year's experience shipping internationally, Lauren will discuss current supply chain challenges and provide strategies to navigate today's uncertain and competitive marketplace. Plan for success by increasing your company's flexibility while driving down transportation costs and risk. MORE >In this session, Lauren will cover specific strategies to capitalize on today's market opportunities by:
- Reducing supply chain risk
- Increasing efficiency and cost effectiveness
- Incorporating new tools
Process Improvement Strategies for Smaller Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations
Robert Starinsky, MBA, MS, CCP, ASBC, Principal, Tradewinds Group, Inc.
Business process improvements can have a transformational effect on any business or non-profit organization. Processes that remain the same over time can impede an organization's efficiency and growth prospects; However, any organization that works to continuously improve its' processes can create opportunities well beyond its current capacity. MORE >Process improvement takes on many different forms and every organization has its own unique processes and systems in place.
Attendees of this presentation will learn valuable techniques to help them engage their own organizations in meaningful process improvement.
This presentation is available virtually to audiences across the country, or locally, on an in-person basis, COVID restrictions permitting.
Optimize your Brand on LinkedIn
Janeen McGreal, CEO, Real Connections Coaching
Janeen provides tactical advice and strategy on the LinkedIn platform. She is an expert in helping students, professionals in transition and companies use the platform to maximize their Brand. Janeen's positive personality and enthusiasm about LinkedIn make for a memorable and useful presentation.
Ozias Washington, Career Coach, Constant Organizational Development
“People are our greatest asset” is a cliché. Smart organizations don’t just want people; they want talented partners—people who fit the organizational culture and can perform within it at a high level to achieve mutual benefit. An organization’s talent strategy represents perhaps the single greatest factor in its success, and an opportunity to differentiate itself from competitors. MORE >
Crushing the Competition with Service
Hank Ebeling, Owner, H4 Training
How do you compete in today's highly competitive business landscape? The answer? Delivering outstanding customer service and an outstanding customer experience. Learn all the proper tactics and strategies to do this to help your business thrive in 2021. No matter your industry, no matter the year, service never goes out of style!