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Upcoming Webinars

PPAI Online Education offers live webinars on Wednesdays 1-2 PM (CST) throughout the year. Our webinars provide the most up-to-date and relevant content to the promotional products industry, presented by expert speakers. The on-demand version will be posted immediately after the live presentation. We recommend utilizing the Chrome or Firefox browser and not Internet Explorer.

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3 Results

  • Safety of Battery-Powered and Laser-Embedded Devices in the Home and Workplace

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 07/31/2019 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

    Battery safety has become critical as mobility becomes a requirement for common devices used in the home and in the workplace. As the market learns and evolves from past incidences in the field, battery requirements have also been keeping up in addressing potential hazards and risks. As manufacturers develop products for home and the workplace, it becomes most critical that proper battery evaluations are conducted referencing the proper industry standards for batteries as a component and as it operates safely with the end product. Use of lasers in end products can present hazards and concerns for consumers. We will cover basics of laser safety compliance. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Battery safety has become critical as mobility becomes a requirement for common devices used in the home and in the workplace. As the market learns and evolves from past incidences in the field, battery requirements have also been keeping up in addressing potential hazards and risks. As manufacturers develop products for home and the workplace, it becomes most critical that proper battery evaluations are conducted referencing the proper industry standards for batteries as a component and as it operates safely with the end product. Use of lasers in end products can present hazards and concerns for consumers. We will cover basics of laser safety compliance.

    In this webinar, we will cover
    • Current battery cell and pack standards and requirements used in consumer products both at home and at work
    • A general overview of how battery cell and pack standards are applied in end-product safety standards
    • An update on recently announced requirements from Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    • Basics of laser safety


    This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Michael Sakamoto

    senior global business development manager for UL

    Michael Sakamoto is the senior global business development manager for UL, a global accredited compliance testing and certification company. He manages the development of global services with focus on consumer product safety.  He has been with UL for nine years and brings a commercial and business development background from working at Sony Electronics for over 15 years managing sales distribution, supply chain and logistics. Current projects include development of programs to certify and test batteries and battery-powered devices such as electronic cigarettes, e-bikes, hoverboards, and certification and testing laser products for optical radiation safety.

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    1 Credit

    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.

  • Business Transition and Succession Planning

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

    This webinar is designed to help business owners achieve more successful transitions, such as changes in ownership and management. According to the Small Business Administration, over the next five years, more than 40 percent of privately-owned companies will transition, with poor planning as the main reason for doing so. Succession planning is an unfamiliar challenge for most business owners, especially when family is involved. Having a plan in place can be extraordinarily valuable in relieving the uncertainties caused by not knowing how to proceed, or the impact succession can have on employees, family relationships and even your own financial security. Webinar participants will learn valuable information to help business owners identify actions to begin minimizing their risks, increasing value and improving the outcome of their transition. You will learn what transition readiness is, why it matters and how to improve your personal and business outcomes.

    This webinar is designed to help business owners achieve more successful transitions, such as changes in ownership and management. According to the Small Business Administration, over the next five years, more than 40 percent of privately-owned companies will transition, with poor planning as the main reason for doing so.
    Succession planning is an unfamiliar challenge for most business owners, especially when family is involved. Having a plan in place can be extraordinarily valuable in relieving the uncertainties caused by not knowing how to proceed, or the impact succession can have on employees, family relationships and even your own financial security. Webinar participants will learn valuable information to help business owners identify actions to begin minimizing their risks, increasing value and improving the outcome of their transition. You will learn what transition readiness is, why it matters and how to improve your personal and business outcomes.

    Participants will be guided through several questions:

    •    What are your possible exit strategies and how will you get there?

    •    Why is succession planning a process, not an event?

    •    What are the major factors and long-term objectives that you, as a business owner, need to consider when transitioning your business?

    •    How do I ensure a business transition will provide you with an income stream during retirement?

    •    What is your business’s worth and why is an independent, objective valuation of your business important?

    •    Congratulations! You have successfully transitioned your business. What do you do now?

    Greg Lewis

    Family Business Consultant

    Greg Lewis is a family business consultant at The Tennessee Center for Family Business in Nashville, Tennessee. Lewis’s passion is helping one family at a time deal with the unique challenges of working together in a family business and planning for a successful transition. Lewis has over 25 years of experience working in his own family businesses. His personal experience in building and leading family businesses makes him a valuable resource to family business executives who want to become more effective leaders as they deal with the unique mix of family and non-family team members, values, culture and processes in which their family business operates.

    Drawing on his background as an entrepreneur and leadership trainer, Lewis has provided family business executives the opportunity to share their unique challenges in a secure and objective environment, helping them to lead well and maximize their potential. He has helped families create a climate where members of the family can do what they enjoy most and contribute to the success of their company. His clients work in a variety of industries including manufacturing, transportation, supply chain, nonprofit, retail, health care and farming.

    Lewis received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and holds leadership certifications from the Keller Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and the Center for Association Leadership in Washington, D.C. He is a certified trainer with the Ken Blanchard Companies in Situational Leadership II, the most-taught leadership model in the world.

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    1 Credit

    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.

  • Tips for Hiring and Retaining Top Talent In a Tight Labor Market

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 10/02/2019 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

    Where can you find top talent these days? What are the best screening and interviewing techniques? How can you avoid dreaded and costly mis-hires? What’s the best way to ensure that your new hire will be successful in his or her job? This presentation by Claudia St. John offers best-in-class recruiting strategies and people management practices to help companies be more successful in talent acquisition and retention. Outcomes – Session Attendees will: • Learn tips and tricks that recruiters use in finding and screening job candidates • Discover ways to improve their own interviewing skills • Gain insight and understanding to help improve employee engagement and retention, particularly during the critical first 45 days of employment

    Where can you find top talent these days? What are the best screening and interviewing techniques? How can you avoid dreaded and costly mis-hires? What’s the best way to ensure that your new hire will be successful in his or her job? This presentation by Claudia St. John offers best-in-class recruiting strategies and people management practices to help companies be more successful in talent acquisition and retention.

    Outcomes – Session Attendees will:
    • Learn tips and tricks that recruiters use in finding and screening job candidates
    • Discover ways to improve their own interviewing skills
    • Gain insight and understanding to help improve employee engagement and retention, particularly during the critical first 45 days of employment

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    1 Credit

    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.