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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/04/2019

    The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will be enacted soon. Learn about what you need to know to protect your organization from hefty penalties. Join this must-see session with Amar Hajeri on what the CCPA means for your business, consumer data you collect and the recommended next steps you should take regardless of what state you operate out of. CCPA will be enacted on January 1, 2020, and applies to any organization that does business in California, collects consumers' personal data and satisfies at least one of the following thresholds: • has an annual gross revenue in excess of $25 million • possesses the personal information of 50,000 or more consumers, households, or devices • earns more than half of its annual revenue from selling consumers' personal information. The International Association of Privacy Professionals estimated that the CCPA will affect upwards of 500,000 U.S. businesses.

    The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will be enacted soon. Learn about what you need to know to protect your organization from hefty penalties. Join this must-see session with Amar Hajeri on what the CCPA means for your business, consumer data you collect and the recommended next steps you should take regardless of what state you operate out of. CCPA will be enacted on January 1, 2020, and applies to any organization that does business in California, collects consumers' personal data and satisfies at least one of the following thresholds: 

    • has an annual gross revenue in excess of $25 million
    • possesses the personal information of 50,000 or more consumers, households, or devices
    • earns more than half of its annual revenue from selling consumers' personal information. 

    The International Association of Privacy Professionals estimated that the CCPA will affect upwards of 500,000 U.S. businesses. 

    Amar Hajeri, PMP

    Data Management Expert

    Amar Hajeri is a data management expert and a thought leader, who has advised several major corporations, including Time Warner Cable, Tyson Foods and Southwest Airlines in the areas of data strategy, specifically around governance and privacy, legislative compliance and organizational enablement to best leverage opportunities presented by cutting-edge technology solutions. Currently, he is shaping the data governance efforts as VP, Enterprise Data Governance at Texas Capital Bank. The strategies and guidelines his team has developed, in coordination with teams such as legal, compliance and cyber security to protect the organizational interests against legislations such as CCPA, has been widely accepted as an industry best practice. His insights have been enriched from having spent several years at the intersection of strategic business practices and the enablement afforded by technology to accomplish business goals, while adapting a data-centric execution approach. In his free time, he enjoys riding motorcycles and working on projects in his garage.    

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    Dale and Vala will continue exploring the concept of limitless companies and a digital mindset and how to apply design thinking and the principles of flow to transform promotional products companies.

    Dale and Vala will continue exploring the concept of limitless companies and a digital mindset and how to apply design thinking and the principles of flow to transform promotional products companies.

    Vala Afshar (Moderator)

    Salesforce

    Vala Afshar is an award-winning inventor, author, weekly podcaster and columnist, and keynote speaker covering the future of business and work, leadership and innovation. As chief digital evangelist at Salesforce, Vala collaborates with C-suite executives, industry analysts and thought leaders from around the world on opportunities for digital change. With over 647,000 followers on Twitter, Afshar is named as a top influencer to senior executives on social media. Afshar’s Twitter account was viewed and shared over one billion times in 2021. Afshar contributes weekly articles to ZDNET and other publications - over 250  articles since 2020. Afshar has interviewed over 900 senior business executives on his weekly video show DisrupTV, covering topics of leadership, business, technology and innovation disruptive trends. Afshar's podcast is projected to have over 2 million viewers in 2022. Prior to joining Salesforce, Afshar served in roles of vice president of engineering, chief customer officer and chief marketing officer. Afshar is author of the book The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence.  

    Dale Denham (Moderator)

    President and CEO

    PPAI

    Before joining PPAI as president and CEO in August 2021, Dale Denham spent ten years at distributor Geiger as senior vice president and CIO responsible for significant growth, including international growth, and successfully led the organization’s digital transformation. Prior to Geiger, Dale was a member of the ASI executive team for ten years where he was responsible for growth, including all technology, strategic partners, and publications. His first experience in the industry came in the 1990s as president of Impact. Denham served on the PPAI Board of Directors from 2015-2020, including as chair in 2018. He has served on numerous other industry boards and has been a consistent volunteer for PPAI and other industry organizations, as well as a sought-after speaker. Dale graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s in business and a minor in economics.             

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    Companies don’t have to be owned by private equity to maximize returns like private equity. Chris will share the private equity playbook that will empower you to address the four key strategies that will transform your business.

    Companies don’t have to be owned by private equity to maximize returns like private equity. Chris will share the private equity playbook that will empower you to address the four key strategies that will transform your business.

    Chris Anderson (Moderator)

    CEO

    HandStands

    Chris Anderson joined the promotional products industry in 2002 with supplier HandStands and became president of the company in 2009 and CEO in 2010. Under his leadership, HandStands expanded its distribution into 138 countries and closed multiple strategic acquisitions, including the sale of the business to HPG in 2018. Anderson became CEO of HPG in 2019.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    2022 is winding down as we prepare for the challenges and ongoing uncertainties of 2023. The decelerating rate of rise that characterized many industries and businesses in 2022 will linger into the first half of 2023 for many. Patrick will present business strategies and tactics that address the projected changes in the economic landscape. He will also assess the business demand for 2023 and 2024, present a clear picture of inflation and interest rates and address the potential impact of a shift in government arising from the midterm elections.

    2022 is winding down as we prepare for the challenges and ongoing uncertainties of 2023. The decelerating rate of rise that characterized many industries and businesses in 2022 will linger into the first half of 2023 for many. Patrick will present business strategies and tactics that address the projected changes in the economic landscape. He will also assess the business demand for 2023 and 2024, present a clear picture of inflation and interest rates and address the potential impact of a shift in government arising from the midterm elections.

    Connor Lokar (Moderator)

    Economist

    Few young economists present their insights with the authority, accuracy, and humor that Connor Lokar brings to the stage. From the intimate executive retreat to the standing room only keynote, he delivers practical economic intelligence with charm and candor.  Connor has been giving economic keynotes, workshops, and webinars across North America since he joined ITR Economics in 2014. Using his quick wit and knack for storytelling, he leverages his youthful appearance to upend expectations and successfully captivate and educate audiences. Thousands of business leaders have enjoyed his dynamic approach. Connor emphasizes the applicability of economic intelligence and calls his audience to action.  When not on stage, Connor contributes his economic expertise in the role of trusted advisor, consulting directly with management teams of firms large and small. ITR’s clients meet with Connor at critical planning junctures to ensure that their strategic plans, goals, and internal initiatives are in alignment with their tailored forecasts. As ITR Economics’ senior forecaster, Connor has a particularly keen understanding of how forecasts are derived. The resulting insights enable clients to make the most of their economic outlooks.  Connor specializes in construction and industrial markets but consults and presents to businesses across all industries, helping them grow revenue and remain profitable through an everchanging business cycle  
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    As the very nature of business rapidly changes, effective leaders must also disrupt the way they see, think and lead. Leadership author, Sara Canaday, challenges seasoned and emerging leaders to adopt signature habits that will catapult conventional thinking into high-impact, modern leadership. Sara will reveal the daily practices that separate innovative leaders from their counterparts. With a dynamic combination of case studies, experience, and storytelling, she will deliver a clear roadmap for enhancing excellence by defying conventional wisdom.

    As the very nature of business rapidly changes, effective leaders must also disrupt the way they see, think and lead. Leadership author, Sara Canaday, challenges seasoned and emerging leaders to adopt signature habits that will catapult conventional thinking into high-impact, modern leadership. Sara will reveal the daily practices that separate innovative leaders from their counterparts. With a dynamic combination of case studies, experience, and storytelling, she will deliver a clear roadmap for enhancing excellence by defying conventional wisdom.

    Sara Canaday (Moderator)

    Owner, Author, and Consultant

    As a respected leadership strategist and engaging speaker, Sara has a unique gift for connecting and communicating with her audiences to propel them from light-bulb-moment insight to strategic change. Moving far beyond the business-school basics, she helps people identify the professional blind spots that are preventing them from taking their careers – and their companies – to the next level. Sara’s professional career spans 20 years and includes sales, leadership, and executive roles at USAA and Texas Mutual. She served as principal consultant for Empowerment Enterprises before opening her own consultancy, Sara Canaday & Associates, in 2009.  Sara is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Founder and now Past President of the Austin Chapter. She has been featured in a number of publications and broadcasts, most notably Forbes, CNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and the American Management Association’s Leadership Wired. Sara is also the author of a popular business book, You – According to Them:  Uncovering the blind spots that impact your reputation and your career.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    A decentralized company that is globally and intelligently connected, one whose employees can work from anywhere, whose customers and partners can succeed from everywhere, and whose definition of success includes all its stakeholders, is a limitless company. The limitless company is the logical evolution of the connected company for the digital-first, decentralized-everything world. In this new world, successful companies need to continuously scale their capabilities and reach in multiple dimensions in order to stay relevant and grow. The path to becoming boundless is through adoption of design thinking principles of flow.

    A decentralized company that is globally and intelligently connected, one whose employees can work from anywhere, whose customers and partners can succeed from everywhere, and whose definition of success includes all its stakeholders, is a limitless company. The limitless company is the logical evolution of the connected company for the digital-first, decentralized-everything world. In this new world, successful companies need to continuously scale their capabilities and reach in multiple dimensions in order to stay relevant and grow. The path to becoming boundless is through adoption of design thinking principles of flow. 

    Vala Afshar (Moderator)

    Salesforce

    Vala Afshar is an award-winning inventor, author, weekly podcaster and columnist, and keynote speaker covering the future of business and work, leadership and innovation. As chief digital evangelist at Salesforce, Vala collaborates with C-suite executives, industry analysts and thought leaders from around the world on opportunities for digital change. With over 647,000 followers on Twitter, Afshar is named as a top influencer to senior executives on social media. Afshar’s Twitter account was viewed and shared over one billion times in 2021. Afshar contributes weekly articles to ZDNET and other publications - over 250  articles since 2020. Afshar has interviewed over 900 senior business executives on his weekly video show DisrupTV, covering topics of leadership, business, technology and innovation disruptive trends. Afshar's podcast is projected to have over 2 million viewers in 2022. Prior to joining Salesforce, Afshar served in roles of vice president of engineering, chief customer officer and chief marketing officer. Afshar is author of the book The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence.  

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    Today's marketplace demands razor-edge thinking and nimble responses to change. Strategies change frequently, businesses rise and fall overnight and those adept at thinking on their feet are best positioned to leverage change. Yesterday’s leadership playbook will no longer suffice to deal with the new pressures, challenges and urgency facing leaders today. Today, your team and your organization needs a leader that knows how to help them navigate uncharted waters, pivot fast to meet new demands and inspire them to bring their best effort and focus, despite the disruptions and distractions. In this high-energy, high-value session, Tamara will show leaders how to be the confident innovator and strong leader their teams and organizations need to move forward. Through her pioneering work in human-centered innovation, Tamara will show leaders how to have the confidence and the tools to step up and meet the demands of today’s “next normal.”

    Today's marketplace demands razor-edge thinking and nimble responses to change. Strategies change frequently, businesses rise and fall overnight and those adept at thinking on their feet are best positioned to leverage change. Yesterday’s leadership playbook will no longer suffice to deal with the new pressures, challenges and urgency facing leaders today. Today, your team and your organization needs a leader that knows how to help them navigate uncharted waters, pivot fast to meet new demands and inspire them to bring their best effort and focus, despite the disruptions and distractions. In this high-energy, high-value session, Tamara will show leaders how to be the confident innovator and strong leader their teams and organizations need to move forward. Through her pioneering work in human-centered innovation, Tamara will show leaders how to have the confidence and the tools to step up and meet the demands of today’s “next normal.”

    Tamara Ghandour (Moderator)

    At the forefront of human-centered innovation, the impact of Tamara Ghandour’s groundbreaking work can be seen in individuals and teams across the globe. Bringing together over two decades of business experience, neuroscience, behavioral psychology and change principles, Tamara created the first tools to truly make innovation tangible and accessible to all of us. Through her proprietary assessment, the Innovation Quotient Edge™ (IQE), her book Innovation is Everybody’s Business, and online tools and training, Tamara helps leaders and teams discover the keys to unlocking their innovative minds to get into a state of flow, create meaningful breakthroughs, have stronger, more valued voices and build high-performing, high-value teams that innovate and win, together.  When companies like Procter & Gamble, Red Robin, Arrow Electronics, US Army Research Labs, Schneider Electric and Disney want to develop innovative people and ideas, they call Tamara. She has run multi-million dollar businesses and launched a few of her own, learning from her successes and most importantly, her failures. One of her greatest passions is working with at-risk and underserved youth through FYR - Forging Youth Resilience as a mentor, Crossfit coach and board member. Tamara is a Crossfit addict, ameatuer crime sleuth, average cook, and as a kid in computer camp she won the “I’ll Try Anything Once’ award - a motto she still lives by.   
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2022

    Does your organization need to be able to measure its success with diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias efforts? James Pogue’s model will help you do just that. James will share the latest research around bias and its impact in the workplace and clarity the connection between diversity, inclusion, bias and organizational success. James will identify practical steps to move forward, recognizing that the first step is often the most difficult.

    Does your organization need to be able to measure its success with diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias efforts? James Pogue’s model will help you do just that. James will share the latest research around bias and its impact in the workplace and clarity the connection between diversity, inclusion, bias and organizational success. James will identify practical steps to move forward, recognizing that the first step is often the most difficult.

    James Pogue, PhD

    President and CEO

    JP Enterprises

    Dr. James Pogue provides thought leadership to leaders and organizations to push them to address diversity, inclusion and bias (DIBs). As the president and CEO of JP Enterprises, he has spearheaded the development of The DIBs Model, a critical component of an organization’s success.  An outgrowth of research and grounded in theory, this model spawned the DIBs Assessment™ a tool used to measure where an organization, team or individual are on their diversity journey, thus providing the best opportunity for strategic recommendations and change. Dr. Pogue is also the creator of The No Nonsense Experience, a diversity discussion series that leverages cohort learning and emergent best practices to keep participants “the right kind of uncomfortable.” Dr. Pogue supports leaders in making the decisions that attract, engage, and retain talent at all levels, and deepens the learning around diversity, inclusion and bias. His military service, scope of research and work as a speaker and entrepreneur give him tangible examples of the critical balance between leaders and followers on teams.  He provides leaders with professionally researched data, partnered with highly engaged training to improve their ability to influence organizational behavior and the bottom line. In his leisure time, he occasionally competes as a martial artist where he has five national titles, in addition to Silver and Bronze medals at the World Championships. Dr. Pogue has two daughters and six granddaughters. 
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/28/2022

    How is it that some harness their imagination to create game-changing drivers of growth and innovation while others miss the mark? The answer: the best companies have a systematic process to focus their team’s creativity into practical outputs. Frasca blends the improvisational qualities of a jazz ensemble with bleeding-edge business savvy to bring a completely fresh perspective on unleashing creativity in the organization. Her inspiring presentation delivers practical tools that can be used immediately to increase creative output and deliver bottom-line results.

    How is it that some harness their imagination to create game-changing drivers of growth and innovation while others miss the mark? The answer: the best companies have a systematic process to focus their team’s creativity into practical outputs. Frasca blends the improvisational qualities of a jazz ensemble with bleeding-edge business savvy to bring a completely fresh perspective on unleashing creativity in the organization. Her inspiring presentation delivers practical tools that can be used immediately to increase creative output and deliver bottom-line results. 

    Sara Frasca

    VP of Innovation

    Platypus Labs

    With the curiosity of Galileo and the tenacity of a street fighter, Sara Frasca is an innovation expert. Honing her skills at senior leadership roles in both corporate America and the world of startups, Sara now serves as Vice President of Innovation for Platypus Labs, a global innovation enablement, invention, and consulting firm. She helps leading organizations cultivate human imagination, build a culture of innovation, and solve complex problems in creative ways. Sara is the go-to resource for leaders seeking competitive advantage and sustainable success by harnessing innovation. Prior to Platypus Labs, Sara spent 13 years at General Mills in multiple leadership roles. She was also an account director at the interactive agency ePrize, leading the forefront of digital transformation for Fortune 500 brands. Sara is the founder and proud owner of Trasca & Co. Eatery, and was named the 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Jacksonville, Florida.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/28/2022

    Are you looking for a reboot in your motivation? When you’re working with your team in the post-pandemic workplace do you miss the engagement you had before or do you sometimes feel just ….lost? Whether you’re putting together a team for the first time, leading a team you’ve known forever, or just starting on your career path, taking time to pause and rewrite your roadmap can be an exceptional opportunity to zoom out and see the whole picture just a little more clearly. Join Erin and Kate in an interactive session designed to help you reengage and authentically connect with high-performance inspiration. This session focuses on tools to find zeal, connect using a whole human approach, and track progress for women at all levels of their organization.

    Are you looking for a reboot in your motivation? When you’re working with your team in the post-pandemic workplace do you miss the engagement you had before or do you sometimes feel just ….lost? Whether you’re putting together a team for the first time, leading a team you’ve known forever, or just starting on your career path, taking time to pause and rewrite your roadmap can be an exceptional opportunity to zoom out and see the whole picture just a little more clearly. Join Erin and Kate in an interactive session designed to help you reengage and authentically connect with high-performance inspiration. This session focuses on tools to find zeal, connect using a whole human approach, and track progress for women at all levels of their organization.

    Erin Reilly

    CEO

    Pop! Promos

    Erin Reilly is the CEO of Pop! Promos, a full-service branded merchandise supplier, featuring a product line of full-color and Pantone matched products.  

    Co-founded with her best friend turned business partner Sterling Wilson while in college in 2012, Reilly and Wilson quickly grew their business from selling sunglasses from their dorm rooms to one of the industry’s leading rapid importers. The company employs over 125 team members between their offices in Philadelphia, Manila, New Delhi, and Shanghai.  

    Pop! Promos has been voted Philadelphia’s #1 fastest-growing company and earned spot #135 on the INC 500 list. With numerous industry awards including ASI’s Supplier Entrepreneurs of the Year, Peernet Creative Supplier of the Year, Nadel Creative Supplier of the Year, ASI & PPB’s Best Places to Work, PPAI’s Fastest Growing Supplier, and PPAI’S Silver Pyramid Award, Pop! Promos continues to push the boundaries of the promotional product industry, serving its clients to the highest standards by living its motto every day: Custom Made Simple™. 

    Reilly holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in International Studies and History and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in American History.

    Kate Alavez

    COO

    PromoShop, Inc.


    Kate Alavez is the chief operating officer at PromoShop, Inc. where she is responsible for people operations, human resources, and logistics. On a mission to reimagine the relationship between employees and employers, she is focused on creating outside‐the‐box solutions to business challenges and creating synergies between team members as a means to a happier workplace. Before taking on her role as COO, Kate worked as the director of human resources and operations, gaining experience in infrastructure build and employment law. Kate has been a strong supporter of community efforts and has served on boards for the Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC), the Foundation Board (a 501c‐3 benefiting students of specialty advertising industry members), and The El Segundo Nursery School Group. Her passion for service and leadership began to bloom in her undergraduate years at Loyola Marymount University. She studied English while at LMU and worked on The Loyolan as well as served in leadership roles for Sigma Tau Delta and Kappa Alpha Theta.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/28/2022

    Leadership isn’t defined by a title—everyone has the opportunity to be a leader. Leadership is about inspiring others to do great things, enhancing the strengths in others, and focusing on strategy vs tactics. This session will examine the elements of leadership, share lessons learned, and leave you inspired to embrace your leadership potential. (Emerging leader – ask Josh, seasoned leader, suppliers and distributors, cultural diversity, new WLC attendee. `

    Leadership isn’t defined by a title—everyone has the opportunity to be a leader. Leadership is about inspiring others to do great things, enhancing the strengths in others, and focusing on strategy vs tactics. This session will examine the elements of leadership, share lessons learned, and leave you inspired to embrace your leadership potential. (Emerging leader – ask Josh, seasoned leader, suppliers and distributors, cultural diversity, new WLC attendee.

    Dawn Olds, CAS

    Senior VP of Operations

    HALO Branded Solutions

    Dawn Olds, CAS, has been in management for over 20 years, spanning three focus areas: accounting, information technology and general operations. She has developed and managed project integration plans for dozens of successful acquisitions. Olds has been the executive sponsor for several Lean Six Sigma projects. Her career highlights also include mentoring and developing dozens of professionals within the HALO organization and promoting them. In addition to the development of people, Olds dedicates time to volunteering for Junior Achievement, is a mentor for a high school entrepreneur program, and is a member of the Women’s Professional Network. She holds a bachelor’s in information systems and an associate degree in accounting.  

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/28/2022

    Although significant progress has been made in reducing gender inequality since the 1960’s, women still lag behind men on key economic and work measures, including leadership representation.  In this moderated session, Dr. Yavorsky (Assistant Professor in Sociology and Organizational Science at University of North Carolina Charlotte) will answer critical questions about what the latest research says about the current state of gender equality and women's access to leadership and top income positions. Dr. Yavorsky will also discuss what challenges diverse groups of women face in rising to leadership roles and what needs to occur to jump start gender equality in the workplace. Throughout, Dr. Yavorsky will interweave findings from her own scientific research and how such studies contribute to our understanding of patterns and mechanisms of gender inequality.

    Although significant progress has been made in reducing gender inequality since the 1960’s, women still lag behind men on key economic and work measures, including leadership representation.  In this moderated session, Dr. Yavorsky (Assistant Professor in Sociology and Organizational Science at University of North Carolina Charlotte) will answer critical questions about what the latest research says about the current state of gender equality and women's access to leadership and top income positions. Dr. Yavorsky will also discuss what challenges diverse groups of women face in rising to leadership roles and what needs to occur to jump start gender equality in the workplace. Throughout, Dr. Yavorsky will interweave findings from her own scientific research and how such studies contribute to our understanding of patterns and mechanisms of gender inequality.

    Dr. Jill Yavorsky

    Professor

    University of North Carolina

    Dr. Jill Yavorsky is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Organizational Science at University of North Carolina Charlotte. She received her PhD from The Ohio State University in Sociology. Her research focuses on U.S. labor market patterns by gender, race, and class; workplace inequality and discrimination; and divisions of labor among parents. Her research has been published in top-tier social science journals including American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Journal of Marriage and Family, and supported by national funding institutes such as the National Science Foundation. Additionally, her work has garnered widespread media attention from leading media outlets such as the NPR Marketplace, New York Times, TIME, Fast Company, Forbes, among others.  

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/28/2022

    You’re talented, accomplished and successful. People think you have it all together. Yet you still think to yourself “Oh my gosh! I don’t t know what I’m doing! And everyone is about to figure it out! They’re on to me!” You may suffer from the Impostor Syndrome or the Impostor Phenomenon. It's estimated that 70% of all people suffer from this. Maureen will share proven strategies, called the "Fraud Free Framework" that will silence that imposter voice so you can enjoy your own success and begin to believe you really are as smart as everyone thinks you are.

    You’re talented, accomplished and successful. People think you have it all together. Yet you still think to yourself “Oh my gosh! I don’t t know what I’m doing! And everyone is about to figure it out! They’re on to me!” You may suffer from the Impostor Syndrome or the Impostor Phenomenon. It's estimated that 70% of all people suffer from this. Maureen will share proven strategies, called the "Fraud Free Framework" that will silence that imposter voice so you can enjoy your own success and begin to believe you really are as smart as everyone thinks you are.

    Maureen Zappala

    Speakers

    High Altitude Strategies

    "Maureen Zappala is an award-winning speaker, author and founder of High Altitude Strategies. Her past professional life includes almost 14 years as a NASA propulsion research engineer (aka “rocketscientist”). Today she works with high-performers to overcome the “Impostor Syndrome,” the secret self-doubt and internal voice that says “I’m not as smart as everyone thinks I am, and they’re about to figure it out!” Her“Fraud-Free Framework” strategies guide people to match their confidence to their competence, so they have more influence and enjoy the career they’ve worked for and deserve. She holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. She became the first female and youngest manager of NASA’s Propulsion Systems Laboratory. While most engineers are not known for verbal communication skills, Maureen has shattered that stereotype. In 2009 and 2020, she was in the top 10 of 30,000 contestants in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking contest. She’s the author of “Great Speakers are Not Born. They’re Built” and “Pushing Your Envelope: How Smart People Defeat Self-Doubt and Live With Bold Enthusiasm.” She also is co-author (with Jack Park) of “Buckeye Reflections: Legendary Moments from Ohio State Football. (Yes, she’s an Irish Buckeye.) After living in Ohio for over 40 years, Maureen moved to Las Vegas in August 2019. She has 2 college-age children and is an avid fitness fan and decorator-wanna-be."

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    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/28/2022

    As leaders, we’re constantly in a growth mindset…but how are you preparing for your next role or phase in your business? Learn strategies to level up within your organization to affect change at a higher level, navigate common challenges and accomplish your goals. This dynamic group will share their experiences, favorite resources and tips for strategic growth to help maximize your potential

    As leaders, we’re constantly in a growth mindset…but how are you preparing for your next role or phase in your business? Learn strategies to level up within your organization to affect change at a higher level, navigate common challenges and accomplish your goals. This dynamic group will share their experiences, favorite resources and tips for strategic growth to help maximize your potential

    Taylor Borst

    Panelist

    American Solutions for Business


    Taylor Borst is the director of marketing, events and public relations for American Solutions for Business. Joining the print and promo industry in 2015, she specializes in social media, marketing, promotional products, and supplier relations. Taylor is also currently a content writer for PromoCorner, vice president and treasurer for UMAPP, sous chef with PromoKitchen, serves on the BrandChain Emerging Leaders Committee, was a 2019 PPB Rising Star and featured #1 in 2022 with ASB on Dale Denham’s #Online18. 

    Mykayla Goodwin

    Panelist

    Order My Gear

    A self-described professional student, Mykayla Goodwin is the Senior Director of Marketing at OrderMyGear, an online store platform for distributors, where she's held multiple roles on the technology team. As a Marketing leader, Mykayla is focused on helping the market “get it, buy it, and love it” – making sure prospects and clients understand who OMG is, what they do, and how they’re different from the rest. Mykayla received an M.B.A. from University of North Carolina Charlotte where she focused on innovation and growth strategy, as well as a B.B.A. in Marketing from Texas State University.

    Meghan Pyecha

    Key Accounts Manager

    Hit Promo


    Meghan Pyecha is a Director of Southeast Sales at Hit Promotional Products and has been in the industry for 10 years. Her role is to help customers grow their business by leading a team of account reps in the southeast division and handling larger key accounts and national account as well. She has grown into her role by starting as a customer service rep with Hit, and then working her way up the sales ladder and learning as much about the industry as she can at each level. Her experience at many different positions has led to a unique understanding of her customers’ needs and an ability to provide solutions for many different projects and opportunities. She has served on several PPAI boards including WLC and was the 2019-2019 President of PPAMS. Meghan is a music enthusiast and enjoys going to concerts with her husband and friends. As a newlywed, she looks forward to building a family and staying engaged in her career. 


    Claire Thompson

    Panelist

    Pop! Promos

    Clare Thompson is the inside sales manager for Pop! Promos, located in Philadelphia, where she recently celebrated her sixth year anniversary. Starting out in sales support following her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh, she has worked her way up through the sales team from sales support, to senior account executive, working with the senior leadership team to create the inside sales manager role, as the first middle manager on the team, while continuing to manager her own book of business.

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    1 Point

    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/21/2021

    WLC 2021 D2U offers education focused on business strategies and how to rise to today's challenges. Like our past live events, WLC 2021 D2U will be facilitated by subject matter experts and leaders in promo. This year we will focus on learning to rise above adversity and choosing to make a difference. The first 75 registrants will receive a WLC 2021 D2U care package, and every attendee will earn 9.0 MAS level education credits.

    WLC 2021 D2U offers education focused on business strategies and how to rise to today's challenges.  Like our past live events, WLC 2021 D2U will be facilitated by subject matter experts and leaders in promo.   This year we will focus on learning to rise above adversity and choosing to make a difference.

    The first 75 registrants will receive a WLC 2021 D2U care package, and every attendee will earn 9.0 MAS level education credits.

    Registration for members is $325, with additional company members at $275. Associate pricing is $425.  For Group/Same Company Registration or Site Questions, contact Shannon Johnson at shannnonj@ppai.org.

    To register for any of PPAI's live education events, individuals must be listed on the company roster of a business in The PPAI Directory. Each registration requires an individual login. 

    For assistance logging in, contact Membership at 888-426-7724 ext. 3900 or email Membership@ppai.org.

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    For the conference agenda, speaker list, round table discussion information or the sponsorship list, check out our event site.

    Refunds will be issued, minus a $75 processing fee, up to and including, Wednesday, June 9, 2021.  After Wednesday, June 9, 2021, refunds will not be issued. Refunds will not be issued for conference no-shows. All cancellations must be emailed to Shannon Johnson.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join PPAI as we discuss building your business through self-promotion. Learn about self-promotion programs that have worked for many industry company’s and why self-promotion can help you in growing your business. Join our panel in learning the What, How, and Why of self-promotions.

    Join PPAI as we discuss building your business through self-promotion. Learn about self-promotion programs that have worked for many industry companies and why self-promotion can help you in growing your business. Join Tom Carpenter, MAS, with Fey Promo; Danny Rosin, CAS, with Brand Fuel; Hillary Feder, MAS, with Hillary's, LLC; and Roger Burnett, CAS, with Social Good Promotions, Inc. to learn the what, how and why of self-promotions. This session is sponsored by Kaeser & Blair.

    Tom Carpenter, MAS (Moderator)

    National Accounts Manager

    Fey Promo

    Tom Carpenter, MAS, national accounts manager at Minnesota-based Fey Promo. Carpenter is currently serving as the treasurer for the Promotional Products Association Southwest (PPAS) regional association. Along with his service to PPAS, Carpenter has volunteered in many capacities for PPAI and was the RAC delegate on the PPAI Board from 2013-2015, exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism and dedication to the promotional products industry at every level.

    Danny Rosin, CAS

    Co-owner

    Danny Rosin, CAS is co owner of Brand Fuel, Inc. He is the co‐founder of PromoKitchen, PromoCares, Reciprocity Road and Operation Smile’s Student Groups. He serves on the board of A Place at The Table, a “pay what you can” café and is the active co‐founder of Band Together, a nonprofit that has donated $10 million to 18 nonprofits through live music experiences. He has served on the PPAI and American Marketing Association Boards. He is former President of Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP).

    Rosin is a tireless community builder who likes starting organizations doing things that matter.  He is married with two daughters and has come to grips with the idea that well‐behaved
    women rarely make history.

    Hillary Feder, MAS

    Founder, Hillary's LLC

    Hillary Feder, MAS, president and founder, Hillary’s LLC. Feder is a leader in strategic plan design, program planning, and branded product design to support enterprise engagement (employee, client, vendor, board, etc) initiatives. Her innovative, analytical, and practical approach shapes company cultures that demonstrate recognition and appreciation in meaningful, relevant ways and that align with a company’s values, brand, and business objectives. 

    Hillary is also deeply committed to supporting the community with her leadership. She serves on numerous boards with a deep commitment to each organization’s work. Outside of work, you can find her baking, playing with her grandchildren, speed walking, and re‐energizing at the lake.

    Roger Burnett, CAS

    Roger Burnett, CAS, is co-owner of Social Good Promotions, Inc. As a 25-year sales veteran who leads and participates in high-performing teams, Burnett has made it his life’s work to share his accumulated knowledge and experience behind competitive differentiation and the ways successful sales organizations create meaningful value. As co-founder of PromoCares and PromoKitchen, host of the So, You’re in Sales? podcast, executive producer of the PromoCares Radio podcast, and co-author of the book Red Goldfish; Promotional Marketing Edition, Roger offers a unique perspective on the many values of organizational alignment and the ways purpose capably serves as the fifth “P” of marketing

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/27/2021

    A high-level introduction to the basics of business owner's coverage, including workers’ compensation. The session will focus on the various components of the coverage and how small-business owners should address their own insurance needs.

    A high-level introduction to the basics of business owner's coverage, including workers’ compensation. The session will focus on the various components of the coverage and how small-business owners should address their own insurance needs.

    Mary Whisenand

    Sr Relationship Manager

    Mercer Affinity

    Mary Whisenand, senior relationship manager with Mercer Affinity, has more than 25 years of industry experience in property and casualty insurance products. She is a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter and holds an Associate in Underwriting designation for the Insurance Institute of America. 

    Peggy Crawford

    Field Sales Specialist

    C.N.A.

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  • Contains 26 Product(s)

    In our Canadian CAS version, the U.S.-specific courses have been replaced with different content. Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

    Register for all your CAS required courses in one step.  You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package.

    Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org

    Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

  • Contains 26 Product(s)

    Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

    Register for all your CAS required courses in one step.  You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package.

    Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org

    Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Are the changes in today’s marketplace an opportunity for prosperity or a pain in the neck? In this session, Johnny Campbell will address discuss how business professionals can effectively lead and navigate people through the uncertainties of change and respond to marketplace shifts. Participants will learn how to think more strategically and be more resilient when leading change, how to develop a high-performance workplace culture that boosts morale and improves workplace productivity, and how to get people to embrace change and profit from it.

    Are the changes in today’s marketplace an opportunity for prosperity or a pain in the neck? In this session, Johnny Campbell will address discuss how business professionals can effectively lead and navigate people through the uncertainties of change and respond to marketplace shifts. Participants will learn how to think more strategically and be more resilient when leading change, how to develop a high-performance workplace culture that boosts morale and improves workplace productivity, and how to get people to embrace change and profit from it.

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