Fall Meeting Sessions
Thursday, September 20
General Session #1: Polly LaBarre
A Maverick Agenda for Inventing the Future: How to Innovate Like an Insurgent
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
When the world stands still, size, strength, and stability offer an advantage. But in a world of relentless change, it’s the most creative and disruptive organizations that win. The challenge: most organizations are programmed to safeguard the status quo. So, how do you unleash your organization’s inner insurgent? How do you build a company with the drive to disrupt the status quo and the capacity to change ahead of change? Polly unpacks a set of actionable strategies drawn from her research and work inside some of the world’s most successful and innovative organizations. You will learn a completely new mindset for changing the way you change.
General Session #2: Erik Qualman
Modern Leadership: The Five Habits to Success & Happiness in a WiFi World
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Leaders in the Exponential Age are made—not born. We are also living in the golden age of data and disruption, and the key to winning in this golden age is grasping the 5 habits that all successful leaders practice to achieve success and happiness. Embracing these habits will help you become more productive, reduce stress and drive success. With pioneering video-storytelling techniques, this motivating message is entertaining, educating, and empowering.
General Session #3: Thomas Deans
Succession Planning: Prepare to Unlearn Everything You Thought You Knew
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Prepare to unlearn everything you thought you knew about business succession planning. As the greatest generation of wealth creators near their exit in record numbers, they are being confronted with the emotional and financial complexities of leaving their greatest work —their business — to others. Some manage this transition well, while others delay, procrastinate and ultimately destroy wealth and their legacy. Deans walks his audience through the pros and cons of the limited options open to business owners and their senior management team. These include selling to key managers, selling to competitors, selling to private equity, selling to family, going public…and last but not least, doing nothing.
General Session #4: John O’Leary
On Fire: Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Expected to die after being burned on 100 percent of his body as a child, John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live. He reveals that how we view, hear, and internalize the world has everything to do with the professional, relational, and personal outcomes we receive. Through emotional storytelling and with great humor, O’Leary will share the insights he gained from his experience, and he will empower you to shift your perspective and overcome adversity. He will provide the tools to transform challenges, strengthen relationships, and stretch boldly toward possibility.
Friday, September 21
General Session #1: Alex Chausovsky
Winds of Change
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
No one has a crystal ball, but this session will provide you with ITR's views of what to expect from the economy this year and beyond in industry and consumer trends, business to business activity, tax reform, trade, inflation, interest rates and more. More importantly, you will learn about a method by which your company can take advantage of their own data and the economic environment. Using rate-of-change calculations, you will find out how to identify where you are in the business cycle and which key leading indicators should inform your business strategy to help you to make the right decisions at the right time.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Year after year, companies like Google, Johnson & Johnson, and Zappos.com are consistently listed in Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies To Work For. How do they do it? It’s more than onsite health centers and gourmet cafeterias. It’s management practices that inspire employees to contribute their best and then some. In this presentation, Larry shows how you can apply the same principles to create a great work culture for your own team. The Bottom Line: In Creating a Positive workplace culture, you’ll learn new ways to help your associates innovate more, produce more, and have more fun.
Closing General Session: Robert Mac
Robert Mac's 45-minute Comedy Hour
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
After a week of networking and learning, what better way to finish your week with AHTD than to sit back, relax, and laugh a little. Robert was the grand prize winner of Comedy Central's national stand-up contest and the talent search winner for the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and has performed at many notable festivals, including the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. His nerdy act has been seen on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Last Comic Standing, and many other shows that have since gone off the air.