Executive Leadership Symposium
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January 21-23, 2015 | Dallas, Texas USA

The Executive Leadership Symposium, brought to you in partnership with Cornell University, offers senior executives an opportunity to come together and discover how to harness the innovation and changes taking place to confidently position their companies for a competitive advantage today.

Overview

Unique Format, Unique Experience, Unique Results

This one-of-a-kind program offers what no other leadership program provides:

Executive Perspective – Start by participating in general sessions designed to stretch your thinking. Delve deeper into material through discussion with thought leaders and professional facilitators who bring new information and best practices for review.

Program of Peers – Capitalize on focused time with industry peers to discuss new strategies, new ideas and even new partnerships.

A Format to Explore Answers – Learn from general sessions then work elbow-to-elbow with colleagues, facilitators in a smaller group format to discuss practical application of concepts for your specific business. Following the small group discussion, reconvene with the speakers to debate the issues presented.

Results You Can Use – Leave with a global perspective, actionable strategies and new relationships to help you approach ‘business as unusual’.

A Smart Investment in Leading Education – This all inclusive program will provide access to best-in-class instruction, a learning environment designed for executive education and an opportunity for vetting ideas and problem solving at the decision-maker level.

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

This program is designed exclusively for executive leaders with critical roles in the global produce supply chain including those who have the ability to define and lead strategy in their organizations and affect change. The event is limited to the first 75 applicants and is confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Appropriate titles include, but are not limited to:

  • • CEO
  • • COO
  • • CFO
  • • CTO
  • • President

Schedule

Symposium Schedule at a Glance


Wednesday, January 21

EVENING
Reception/Registration
Networking Dinner

Thursday, January 22

MORNING
Welcome/Introductions
Session #1
Small group discussions with facilitators
Facilitators lead questioning of Session Speaker

AFTERNOON
Session #2
Small group discussions with facilitators
Facilitators lead questioning of Session Speaker

EVENING
Dinner

Friday, January 23

MORNING
Welcome/Introductions
Session #3
Small group discussions with facilitators
Facilitators lead questioning of Session Speaker

AFTERNOON
Session #4
Small group discussions with facilitators
Facilitators lead questioning of Session Speaker
Symposium Wrap-Up

2014 Speakers

Meet the 2014 Speakers.

Mike Walsh

Your Business Re-Imagined

Presented by Mike Walsh, Founder and CEO, Tomorrow

New technology is not only an opportunity to improve productivity, but also an invitation to ask a much larger bigger question: Can you re-imagine the way you do business in the 21st century? Join Mike Walsh as he creates a dialogue about new digital platforms and enterprise tools that can change the relationship you have with customers and competitors. Learn about the new management styles that will help you lead the next generation through disruptive times as well as how consumerization, enterprise mobility and the Cloud will change the way your teams collaborate and act on information. Walk away with a roadmap for successfully leading your company into the future.

View Mike Walsh Bio

Erik Qualman

 

The Making of a Digital Leader

Presented by Erik Qualman, International Best-Selling Author and Keynote Speaker

We are all playing a digital game of chess where content is king and culture is checkmate. But how can you foster the right company culture in a digital and remote world? Join Erik Qualman, Founder of Socialnomics.com, as he shares the traits of leadership in our modern world and how to further develop your own digital leadership. Learn the five habits that encompass a successful Digital STAMP of Leadership (Simple, True, Act, Map, People) and how you can help your organization improve morale, motivate performance, create a more efficient work environment and, ultimately, impress and delight customers.

View Erik Qualman Bio

Kaihan Krippendorf

 

Seizing Business Advantages Through Creative Strategic Thinking

Presented by Kaihan Krippendorff, Best-Selling Author of OUTthink the Competition: How a New Generation of Strategists Sees Options Others Ignore

At the heart of competition sits one fundamental question: how do some people identify and seize strategic options that others overlook? Having studied some of history’s most creative strategists from Sun Tzu to Napoleon Bonaparte to Mahatma Gandhi, Kaihan Krippendorff formulated five key habits that drive “outthinkers” towards unorthodox solutions: mental time travel, attacking the interconnected system, frame-shifting, disruptive mind-set and shaping perceptions. Gain new insights and actionable strategies to move your organization forward.

View Kaihan Krippendorff Bio

Colette Carlson

 

What’s Sex Have To Do with It? The Truth About Gender Communication

Presented by Colette Carlson, Human Behavior Expert and Author

Similar to knowing a second language, leveraging gender communication allows you to more effectively connect and communicate, eliminating frustrating conversations and judgments that can impact the bottom line. With women comprising 50% of the workforce and having the potential to increase a company’s ROI by up to 42%, is it integral for leaders to master gender differences. Colette Carlson unlocks the secrets of gender communication to help you—male or female—influence, persuade and communicate more effectively with the opposite sex to ensure that your message achieves maximum understanding. !

View Colette Carlson Bio

2014 Sponsors

Thank You 2014 Sponsors!

In Partnership With:
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Presenting Sponsors
JV SmithNational Resource ManagementProgressive Produce
Thursday Evening Dinner
Sponsored in part by

Refreshment Break
Sponsor
Mixtec Group
Welcome Reception and Networking Dinner
Sponsored in part by:

CHEP
View Available Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2015 Symposium

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Reviews

Participant Testimonials

In their words, the 2013 Executive Leadership Symposium attendees said:

“Best 2 ½ days of my work year. Program allows me to get out of day to day tactics and think strategically.”

Bill Munger, President, AmeriFresh


“The symposium not only gave me tangible next steps to improve my ways of working and business but helped give great insight into the produce industry and common challenges and ambitions.”

Ryan Larkan, Technical Manager, Tesco Group Food


“Each speaker’s content built upon, enhanced, and validated the ideas from the previous speaker and the result was a strong need to go to work in implementing the ideas in my own company.”

Jin Ju Wilder, Director of Marketing, Valley Fruit & Produce


“This is a great opportunity to self-reflect about your role as a leader on how to move forward and grow your business. I learned from the speakers but more from my peers in the symposium.”

Juan Alarcon, CEO, Turbana Corporation