Sunday, June 23
2:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Team Building Optional Networking Event (At Your Own Expense)
Awesome Austin Scavenger Hunt, Cost: $49 per person
Discover the secrets and best sites of Austin... on a Scavenger Hunt from the majestic Capitol Building on Congress Avenue to Sixth Street! You'll get a tour of dazzling buildings that date as far back as the 1850s, in a welter of styles. Our Austin Scavenger Hunt, a fast-paced game using witty, tricky questions to bring out the best in this fascinating place - and the best in you and your teammates using your smart phone. Don't have a smart phone? No problem, only one member of your six-person team needs to have one. The winning team will be announced at the Opening Dinner and prizes will be awarded.
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Welcome Reception & Networking Event at the Hilton Austin
8:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Dinner with Featured Speaker
Staying Relevant in a Changing Industry: How to Survive and Thrive in a Dynamic Business Climate
Kathy Mazzarella, Chairman, President & CEO, Graybar
Dinner sponsored by Thomas & Betts
Speaker sponsored by Panduit
Monday, June 24
7:00 - 7:45 a.m. - Breakfast
Sponsored by Siemens
7:45 - 8:00 a.m. - Welcome
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Opening Keynote Presentation
Katriona Hartin, Women in Industry Chair, CEP-IS, Strategic Account Partnership Manager,
Mayer Electric Supply Co., Inc.
Engaged Leadership: Building a Culture to Overcome Employee Disengagement
Clint Swindall, President, Verbalocity
solution for overcoming employee disengagement is Engaged Leadership... a
proactive approach to leadership that involves building consensus for the
vision, inspiring employees to pursue the vision, and developing the team to
realize the vision.” Research
indicates that less than one-third of employees are truly engaged. The vast
majority of employees simply show up to work each day prepared to do the
minimum to get by. This problem of employee disengagement is a source of
ongoing frustration for leaders of any organization. Not only does it irritate
the management team, it demoralizes the productive employees who carry the
majority of the work load.
- How do Directional Leaders
build a consensus for the vision?
- How do Motivational Leaders
inspire employees to pursue the vision?
- How do Organizational Leaders
develop the team to realize the vision?
program, Clint will discuss the importance of all three aspects of Engaged
Leadership, and will stress the overall importance of having what he calls a
“character core.” He will share a considerable amount of useful information,
and deliver his message in an entertaining and inspirational style.
will receive a copy of Clint’s book “Engaged Leadership” and will have
an opportunity to have Clint sign your copy immediately following this session.
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Networking Lunch
Sponsored by Border States
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Industry Expert Panel
Hear how our panel of experts led and influenced their peers and built high-trust relationships.
Panel Moderator: Sandy Rosecrans, 2012-13 NAED Chair & CEO of City Electric
Wendy Benson, Business Director, 3M Electrical Products Division
Melanie A. Hardy, Manager of Sustainable Development, Hagemeyer N.A.
Deb Huttenburg, VP Sales, North America, Panduit Corp
6:30 p.m. - Optional Dine-Around (At Your Own Expense)
Tuesday, June 25
7:00 - 7:45 a.m. - Breakfast
Sponsored by Duraguard, a QSSI Company
8:00 - 8:15 a.m. - Conference Recap
8:15 - 11:30 a.m. - Education Session
Katriona Hartin, Women in Industry Chair, CEP-IS, Strategic Account Partnership Manager, Mayer Electric Supply Co., Inc.
The Communication Gap: Clashing, Colliding, Conversing
Diane Thielfoldt, The Learning Cafe
Speaker sponsored by Brady Corp.
helps you move beyond awareness of generational differences to specific actions
that build confidence, credibility and trust, and lead to results. Participants
will gain the skills and tools to quickly connect, effectively communicate and
gain commitment with colleagues, bosses or customers of each generation. It’s not only what you say but how you say it!
business is based on good communication.
We oftentimes think we know the one right way to communicate, and in
today’s business that just isn’t enough. Each generation has its own
communication preference (warm or cool) and style (from formal to informal.) We
all need to work on strategies for effective cross generational
Join us to learn:
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Networking Lunch
- The generational forces that shape
attitudes, preferences and communication styles of each generation
- The key preferences for connecting
and communicating with each generation
- How to gain commitment with each generation
Sponsored by Legrand
1:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Education Session
The Flavors, Fears, and Freedoms of Change
Let’s get real about
change. Most of us, most of the time,
deal with change the way we breathe. We
just do it. So why it is that change, or
the resistance to change, yet today continues to plague organizations, and the
individuals who make up the organization? The reason is, in too many cases the
degree, or flavor, of the change goes unrecognized and is not dealt with
effectively. Dealing with change is
anything but a “one size fits all” circumstance. Change breeds fear and, albeit less obvious,
change brings freedom when it is recognized and honored. In this session participants will:
- Discover the flavors of change
- Identify predictable and less predictable fears
associated with change
- Learn a process to find the freedoms in honoring change
and helping others do the same
Join us for an engaging
session using large and small group discussions, activities and action planning
to increase your change leadership effectiveness both professionally and
3:45 - 5:00 p.m. - Education Session"Pitch Like a Girl"Sue Smith, Professor of Marketing Practice, Syracuse University
all levels of management are famously poor at self-promotion. ‘Pitch like a Girl” will focus on how to execute your personal brand strategy.
How do you sell yourself and your ideas in a way that is comfortable for you
and persuades others (largely men) you work with? We will apply fundamentals of
the selling process, such as handling objections and developing strategic
relationships, to how we, as women, communicate and lead. How women can be authentic to themselves, yet
make their ideas prevail in an organization?
We will use
concepts from the book Pitch Like a Girl, by Ronna Lichtenberg, and insights from the speaker’s 25 years in sales and
marketing in the electrical industry. Attendees
will gain a new way of thinking about their communication and leadership style.
They will learn to reframe career development challenges from simply “getting
ahead”, to a process of “selling their
ideas” and “selling themselves” as the best solution to becoming a leader
inside their companies.
6:00 p.m. - Closing Banquet, Trailblazer Award and Featured Speaker
Dinner sponsored by Schneider Electric
Dust off your boots and come dressed
in your “Jeans, Jackets and Jewels” for our closing dinner. Who will be named 2013 Trailblazer of the Year? Nancy Goedecke,
CEO of Mayer Electric and 2012 Trailblazer of the Year will present the prestigious award to this year's winner.
The Trailblazer of the Year presentation will be immediately followed by our featured speaker.
Why WAIT to be GREAT? It's either NOW or TOO LATE!"
Terry Hawkins, author and Founder/CEO, People in Progress Global
Speaker sponsored by Thomas & Betts
Wednesday, June 26