General Sessions


Monday, April 24


8:30 am – 9:00 am
Welcome and Opening of Conference

Andrej Suskavcevic, CAE | President and Chief Executive Officer | Financial Executives International
Stephen Kasprisin | Chief Financial Officer | Magna Flow


9:00 am – 10:00 am
Opening Keynote Address | The Art of Disruption
Guy Kawasaki | Chief Evangelist | Canva

Guy Kawasaki made a name for himself at Apple in the 1980s as the evangelist who helped launch the Macintosh computer. As founder and CEO of Garage Technology Ventures, he has tested and proven his ideas with dozens of startup companies. He is the author of over half a dozen business books, including Rules for Revolutionaries, Selling the Dream and How to Drive Your Competition Crazy. His books have been both New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers Guy will share his insight on how to break old patterns of behavior in order to adopt new ones, and tips to keep you moving forward. Attend this session to learn how to create innovative products and services using tactical and practical techniques.


1:30 pm – 2:35 pm
Ideas Worth Sharing

Attend this session and hear burst size talks designed to stir your curiosity. Each presenter will share well- formed ideas in under 18 minutes that are personal, takes us on a journey, and are concise. Hear the presenters share their “ah-hah”! moments when sharing their ideas.

Dr. Dennis Rebelo, Ph.D. | Chief Learning Officer | Financial Executives International
Managing Self Development in a World of Complexity
This talk invites you to consider how learning happens and doesn't work today, where you are in the mix of integrating learning at work and how to build your portfolio of leadership learning experiences in a way that energies versus depletes your motivation through a values-based formula developed by Dr. Dennis Rebelo.

Heather Cole | Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Lodestar Solutions, Inc / Heatherized
Escaping the Rut, The Quest for Sustainable Happiness
Experience Heather Cole’s journey as a finance and IT professional from living in a rut to a life of sustainable happiness that transformed her leadership to lead with passion. Explore the scientifically proven methods to “Level Up” your career and personal life, changing the world around you.

Andrej Suskavcevic, CAE | President and Chief Executive Officer
Financial Executives International
Leadership Lessons from Children
As children grow they exhibit behavioral qualities that are raw and powerful. Over time, family, schools, and society influence these qualities and normalize behavior. We will explore the behaviors of children and how, if applied to adult situations, these behaviors can help develop core leadership competencies.


4:10 pm – 5:05 pm
Afternoon Keynote: The Shocking Truth Executives Need to Know About Protecting Your Private Data
Mike Foster | Founder & CEO | Foster Institute

Normally, you rely on your IT professionals to keep your network safe. Unfortunately, IT is such a big world these days, your IT professionals may not be aware of what could cost you and your business millions. Mike Foster has discovered that the vast majority of companies he reviews have at least one major bleeding artery they weren't even aware of previously. Often, those are the companies where IT professionals, at the beginning of the day, were certain that no vulnerabilities would be found. Mike will explain in plain English the shocking truth about how un-secure your business and vital systems likely are—and the critical questions you must ask your IT professionals to ensure that you are safe. Learn the top 12 key strategies you must review and implement with your IT professionals to insure that your essential information, network and assets are protected.


Tuesday, April 25


8:30 am – 8:40 am
Opening Remarks


8:40 am – 9:45 am

Morning Keynote Address | Get Big Things Done: Unleash Your Connectional Intelligence
Erica Dhawan | Founder & CEO | Cotential

We typically associate success and leadership with smarts, passion and luck. But in today’s hypercompetitive world, even those gifts aren’t enough. Strategist Erica Dhawan argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence (CxQ). Virtually anyone can maximize his or her potential, and achieve breakthrough performance, by developing this crucial ability. This session will help you understand the practice of using connectional intelligence as the key to professional success and leadership in the 21st century. You will learn from real-life stories and leave with an action plan to become a power player in your organization.


11:20 am – 12:20 pm
Afternoon Keynote/Closing Remarks | D.I.Y. Innovation
Sekou Andrews | Poetic Voice, Founder & CEO | Sekou World Inc.

Companies large and small grapple with how to face disruption and inspire a culture of innovation. Sekou Andrews offers a creative perspective on embracing failure, encouraging unconventional thinking and being the kind of leader who walks your innovation talk. This hilarious and powerful presentation will impact your mindset on a business and personal level, as Sekou shares his own story of creating cutting edge style of communication.

Agenda topics and timing subject to change