Fall Meeting Sessions

Wednesday, November 2

General Session #1: Jim Morgan
The Great Sansdemic
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
First the Pandemic. Now the Sansdemic ("Sans" = without. "Demic" = people)! The talent shortage is real, not only skills but bodies; and it is crippling business growth. Yesterday’s recruitment and retention practices simply won’t work anymore! Employers have reached new levels of creativity and innovation in their search for talent. This session, with Jim Morgan, will take a dive into the numbers behind the talent shortage, effective approaches to a positive candidate experience, a winning onboarding experience, engaging employee experiences, and talent attraction strategies. Join us for this engaging, lively and entertaining presentation . . . we promise solutions to the talent shortage!


General Session #2: Mike Foster
Stop Today's Hackers: What AHTD Members Need to Know
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Each year more than 16,000 cybersecurity attacks take place that result in a quantifiable data breach. Could your company be next? In this eye-opening session, Mike will help us understand the threats that lurk, as well as give us the tools and information to make positive changes in your organization’s IT practices. Learn how to protect your company from various threats, including ransomware, email takeover, and exposure of customer information.








General Session #3: Casey Brown
Mediocre to Meteoric: The Unexpected Way to Boost Profits
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Your company is firing on all cylinders. You’re growing and poised for more. But you have a nagging feeling that you are leaving money on the table. You wonder if your team is producing as much profitable business as they can. What if mindset and beliefs are the reason your business isn’t growing? Or growing fast enough? Or growing profitably?

Positioning your company for meteoric profitable sales growth means closing more sales faster at higher prices. But, even when your team knows what to say and do, they won’t or can’t say and do what is necessary to sell at the highest price possible. Why? Because of underlying obstacles and self-limiting beliefs that neutralize success.

In this engaging, fast-paced talk, AHTD members will learn about the role of mindset in profitable growth and learn application techniques to uncover and address the hidden issues that sabotage sales and margin success.



General Session #4: Amy Cappellanti-Wolf 
Navigating Change Management in M&A and Divestitures Through People

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.


Changes can range from rebranding company assets and ensuring employee alignment with a newly-formed organization’s goals, to retaining key employees. Companies must also implement a comprehensive communication plan that addresses leadership, acquired employees, current employees, customers, and vendors. In this session:

Amy demonstrates change management life-cycle process through a recent use case. Providing  an outline with a tracks to help leaders and employees navigate the deal. Reviewing how to stabilize and optimize the new organization to realize the deals full value. Before leaving, AHTD members will understand how a disciplined approach to change management, that views employees as key stakeholders, dramatically improves the odds for a smooth transition.





Thursday, November 3

General Session #1: Andrew Busch
The Future Economy: Opportunities for Growth
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

The world is going to see more economic change in the next 5 years than we have seen in the last 100 years. Just when we were getting over the worst of COVID, Russia invades. The war in Ukraine is a great example of the speed of change and the disruption that can happen to the global economy. As well, AI, robots, Zoom, and bitcoin are just a few of the extraordinary tools being leveraged right now to help business overcome, adapt and thrive. Are you aligning yourself for what will occur? 

As a futurist and economist, Andy dives deep into exploring how innovation, policy changes, and societal shifts (war) drive opportunities for clients. He provides context by doing a “where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going” for the economy. He takes the trends super charged by COVID and war, then applies them to your industry via a case study to show where money is flowing.

Are you thinking about how to adapt to the disruptions to run your business better or how you can grow it faster?  How are you challenging yourself with new ideas, new concepts, new innovation? Can you understand the  economic forces driving change to lead you in transforming your business and adapting your strategy to take control of the future? Andy says, “Let’s explore the economic future by getting you the tools you need to be successful.”


General Session #2: Robert Tucker
Managing the Future: Capitalizing on the Driving Forces of Change

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In today’s world, we’re either managing for the future…or the future is managing us! In this session, global trends futurist Robert Tucker provides a powerful framework for thriving and prospering amidst the uncertainty of the 2020sa world of constant change. This fast-paced, future-focused keynote provides a practical framework for leaders in all industries who want to stay ahead of the curve and avoid being blindsided by today’s rapid technological, social, and disruptive changes. Powerful strategies revealed here will show you how to anticipate emerging trends and use them as building blocks to greater growth. Prepare for a session that will leave you inspired, optimistic, and ready to take action to seize opportunities in this exciting time.







Friday, November 4
Closing Session: Charles Phoenix
Desert History: Why Palm Springs Was the Playground of the Stars in the 50s and 60s
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.


With his unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, pop culture humorist and author, Charles Phoenix shares the legendary landmarks that have made Palm Springs world famous: Leonardo DiCaprio's desert digs, marvel at Elvis’ “House of Tomorrow” hideaway, and the famed “Twin Palms” estate of Frank Sinatra. Charles also dishes on how to do Palm Springswhere stay, shop, eat, drink and party, plus the not-to-be-missed attractions and hidden treasures along the way.