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Women's Leadership Conference

The PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) has played a pivotal role in challenging professional women who share common vision to achieve greater success. Career-driven conference is designed for female promotional products leaders and innovators.

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  • WLC 2018: GOOYOW: How To Do Exactly What's Being Avoided And Live Your Best Life

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    Do you find yourself avoiding the specific actions you know you need to take? Do you ever second guess yourself even though you know you are good at what you do? Are you ready to shut down your negative inner voice and get out of your own way (#GOOYOW)? The truth is…the details around you are not going to change. It’s how you choose to navigate them that will.

    Do you find yourself avoiding the specific actions you know you need to take? Do you ever second guess yourself even though you know you are good at what you do? Are you ready to shut down your negative inner voice and get out of your own way (#GOOYOW)? The truth is…the details around you are not going to change. It’s how you choose to navigate them that will. Join Victoria Turner and find out how to reframe the thoughts that keep you stuck and change them into opportunities that create deeper connections, hold you accountable and propel you into action to achieve your goals and accelerate your career.

    Victoria Turner

    Certified Executive Coach

    Victoria Turner is a certified executive coach who works with professional women to Get Out of Their Own Way. She is the founder of YourPowerOutlet.com, a platform for women to plug into to generate their desired results. Victoria believes that we are the biggest obstacle standing in our own way of success - whatever that may look like for you. Prior to coaching, Victoria combined her business degree and entrepreneurial spirit to create Pippalily and Simply On Board, two lines of baby products that she successfully sold in 2011. She is also a mother of three. Victoria believes that the details around us won’t change, it is how we choose to respond to them that can. 


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  • WLC 2018: How to Stay Positive and Focused in Uncertain Times

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    The ability to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertain times is essential for career success. In this session, learn the necessary steps to cope with workplace situations that are beyond your control. Discover how to communicate concerns in a way that will get the results you desire but most importantly, learn how to stay motivated, respond to workplace challenges and rekindle passion for your career.

    The ability to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertain times is essential for career success. In this session, learn the necessary steps to cope with workplace situations that are beyond your control. Join Sarita Maybin for this session and discover how to communicate concerns in a way that will get the results you desire but most importantly, learn how to stay motivated, respond to workplace challenges and rekindle passion for your career.

    Sarita Maybin

    International Speaker, Communication Exert and Author

    Maybin is an international speaker, communication expert and author whose audiences have fun learning how to stay positive, constructively confront tough communication situations and work together better.  During her 20-year speaking career, Sarita has spoken in ALL 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica, Canada, England, Asia, Iceland…and on the prestigious TEDx stage.  Sarita is a former university Dean of Students with a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest winner and a Past President of the National Speakers Association, San Diego chapter.  She has also been interviewed by the media about her book "If You Can't Say Something Nice, What DO You  Say?"

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  • WLC 2018: State of the Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    Dale Denham, MAS+, Charirman of the Board of PPAI will present State of the Industry update covering the current and key issues and opportunities facing the promotional products industry and the association.

    Dale Denham, MAS+, Charirman of the Board of PPAI will present State of the Industry update covering the current and key issues and opportunities facing the promotional products industry and the association.  Topics to include: the challenges facing our industry, and opportunities for industry and member business growth and the importance of creating value and differentiation in a crowded and commoditized marketplace.

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    Chief Information Officer

    Dale Denham, MAS+, is the CIO for top 40 distributor Geiger and previously served as Senior Vice President of ASI. Recognized as the industry's top technologist, Dale has continued to deliver innovative, helpful products and solutions during his 20 years in the industry.

    Among the first 10 people certified as a Master Advertising Specialist+ by PPAI., Dale was also recognized by ASI Counselor Magazine as one of “40 under 40" and named one of Corporate Logo's Most Influential People in 2004.

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  • WLC 2018: Tech Tips And Tricks For Getting Organized

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    With as much as we have to accomplish in our business and personal lives, it is imperative we use technology effectively. It starts by using simple technology to remove time-wasters from your day. By leveraging tools and methods strategically, you’ll gain time to play or work more. This session will cover the top technologies anyone can use to make their day more efficient.

    With as much as we have to accomplish in our business and personal lives, it is imperative we use technology effectively. It starts by using simple technology to remove time-wasters from your day. By leveraging tools and methods strategically, you’ll gain time to play, or work more. This session will cover the top technologies anyone can use to make their day more efficient.

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    Chief Information Officer

    Dale Denham, MAS+, is the CIO for top 40 distributor Geiger and previously served as Senior Vice President of ASI. Recognized as the industry's top technologist, Dale has continued to deliver innovative, helpful products and solutions during his 20 years in the industry.

    Among the first 10 people certified as a Master Advertising Specialist+ by PPAI., Dale was also recognized by ASI Counselor Magazine as one of “40 under 40" and named one of Corporate Logo's Most Influential People in 2004.

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  • WLC 2018: The Power Of Accountability

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    Show up ready to learn the power of having an accountability partner to take your goals to new heights.  In this session, you will be given the foundation for choosing an accountability partner, hear examples of partnerships plus the steps to keep both of you on course with tips and tricks for continued success. Experience the power of having a partner that knows the industry like you do and will push you personally and professionally to new levels of success.

    Show up ready to learn the power of having an accountability partner to take your goals to new heights.  Join Kelli Denes and Jenny Straub for this session, you will be given the foundation for choosing an accountability partner, hear examples of partnerships plus the steps to keep both of you on course with tips and tricks for continued success.   Experience the power of having a partner that knows the industry like you do and will push you personally and professionally to new levels of success.

    Kelli Denes

    Large Account Sales Representative

    Kelli Denes has been in the promotional products industry for 15 years and serves as the Large Account Sales Representative at Raining Rose in Cedar Rapids, IA. Originally from California, she moved to Iowa for fun about 17 years ago, starting with Raining Rose as the 13th employee as a soap maker. She knows the products inside and out! She’s been in sales in some capacity ever since and loves the industry because it’s quirky and exciting, with no two days alike.  Kelli is a Small Networking Team Coordinator where she oversees 15 accountability groups at Mount Mercy University.  In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, baking, and spending time with her family, which includes keeping up with her three kids and remembering to slow down and take it all in.

    Jenny Straub

    Senior Director of Marketing and Product Development

    Jenny Straub is the Senior Director of Marketing and Product Development for IMAGEN Brands.        With over 15 years of Industry experience, Straub has seen the industry and IMAGEN Brands grow by leaps and bounds.     She leads a team of talented individuals who are responsible for trend hunting, development of products as well as the marketing and graphic design for Crown and Vitronic.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing tennis, and brewery hopping.  But mostly, she loves going on adventures in and around Cincinnati with her husband and their 8-year-old son.    Jenny has attended the Women’s Leadership Conference since 2011.  

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  • WLC 2018: Mergers And Acquisitions Simplified

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    The mergers and acquisitions market is booming but what does that mean to you?  How do you know when it is time to sell your company?  What do you need to know to streamline the process and transition your company to a new owner?  How do you get the most value for the company you have built?  These questions and more will be answered by a panel of your peers who have been through the process and understand the complexities that can exist in the choppy waters of marketing and advertising.

    The mergers and acquisitions market is booming but what does that mean to you?  How do you know when it is time to sell your company?  What do you need to know to streamline the process and transition your company to a new owner?  How do you get the most value for the company you have built?  These questions and more will be answered by a panel of your peers including Jamie Watson, MAS, Lindsey Davis, MAS, Lori Kates, Jo-an Lantz, MAS and Dawn Olds. They have been through the process and understand the complexities that can exist in the choppy waters of marketing and advertising. 

    Jamie Watson, MAS, CPA

    Senior Financial Analyst for Certified Marketing Consultants, LLC

    Jamie Watson, MAS, CPA is Senior Financial Analyst for Certified Marketing Consultants, LLC. Jamie has been involved various aspects of Finance and Accounting for over 12 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson University and then earned her Masters of Accountancy from Manchester College. She qualified as a CPA in the state of Indiana where she worked for the regional accounting firm of Alerding & Co., LLC. Jamie has been involved in the consulting of both supplier and distributor companies in the Promotional Products Industry for over 7 years. Jamie has earned the CAS designation from PPAI and the BASI designation from ASI.

    Lindsey Davis, MAS

    National Sales Representative

    Lindsey Davis, MAS, is a national sales representative at Raining Rose, Inc., where she focuses her time on business development and implementation of strategic branding programs. Her love of all things promotional products started when her parents founded Solar Advertising, an early lip balm supplier, in 2003, Lindsey became President of Solar Advertising and led the company through a successful purchase by Raining Rose in 2016. She is currently serving as the immediate past president of The Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association and the president of the Regional Association Council (RAC) Board at PPAI. Lindsey has a bachelor’s degree in international business from Johnson & Wales University in Denver.

    Lori Kates

    President

    Lori Kates, most recently served as President of Top 40 Supplier IMAGEN Brands. A 23-year industry veteran, Lori’s background has been in providing strategic direction, overseeing daily operations and financials. She has experienced five, buy side, acquisitions to date. Lori is a member of PPAI’s Board of Directors. Lori currently serves as the board liaison and co-chair for the PPAI Supplier Committee and the board liaison for PPAI’s Certification Committee.  She served on the PPAI Professional Development Committee, 2017, and has previously served on the PPAI Market Research Committee and PromoKitchen’s mentor program.  Lori was recognized in 2013 by being named ASI’s Supplier Woman of Distinction.   She has been listed on the Counselor Power 50 for the past five years. Lori has a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Communications from Ohio Northern University.  She resides in Liberty Township, Ohio, with her husband of 23 years, Rick, and teenage sons, Jacob and Drew.  She enjoys baseball, hiking and biking.

    Jo-an Lantz, MAS

    Chief Operating Officer, EVP and a member of the Board of Directors for Geiger

    Jo-an Lantz, MAS is Chief Operating Officer, EVP and a member of the Board of Directors for Geiger.  She represents Geiger as the sole US member of the international group WAGE (World Advertising Gift Exchange) serving on their Presidium as Secretary / Treasurer. She served as President for 6 years. WAGE is a 60 year organization with 21 members from 20 different countries.  She has served on a variety of different industry groups and associations including former Chair of the Board of Directors of PPAI.  Jo-an was inducted in the PPAI Hall of Fame in 2009. She is a former ASI International Person of the Year (2004), and a member of ASI Power 50, and the 2014 PPB Woman of Distinction.  Jo-an is an avid Fund Raiser serving on the PPEF Board twice, once as Chair.  She also works with a number of non-profits in training fund raisers in endurance events.

    Dawn Olds

    Senior VP of Operations

    Dawn Olds has held senior executive positions with HALO Branded Solutions throughout her 30 year career, becoming HALO's Senior VP of Operations in 2010. She has responsibility for the Billing, Order Processing, Customer Service, Distribution, Sales Onboarding, Program Operations, and general Operations of the organization. Ms. Olds has been involved in several industry committees and organizations focused on technology and operational improvement. She holds a BA in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix.  In addition, she is a frequent volunteer and mentor for local business education initiatives in Sterling, Illinois, HALO’s operational headquarters.

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  • WLC 2018: Who Are You?!

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    You are always building a brand whether you know it or not. Your interactions, both online and in person, are shaping the way people see you with every picture you post, comment you make and word you speak. This brand affects you personally and professionally, and the company with which you are associated. So, who are you? What does your brand say about you? Is your personal brand a help or a hinder to the business you represent? If you don't know the answer to these questions, it's time to take an inventory of brand YOU.

    You are always building a brand whether you know it or not. Your interactions, both online and in person, are shaping the way people see you with every picture you post, comment you make and word you speak. This brand affects you personally and professionally, and the company with which you are associated. So, who are you? What does your brand say about you? Is your personal brand a help or a hinder to the business you represent? If you don't know the answer to these questions, it's time to join Charity Gibson for this session and it's time to take an inventory of brand YOU.

    Charity Gibson

    National Account Coordinator

    Charity Gibson spent 16 years as a distributor prior to founding green banana social, an industry social media consultancy, and eventually moving to the supplier side of the industry. She is currently the National Account Coordinator for Peerless, and editor for the well known industry 501c3 non-profit, PromoKitchen.

    Charity has counter intuitive thinking and marketplace disruption hard-coded into her dna. In addition, she has been gifted with unparalled creativity, a keen eye for eye-catching design, and a personality that has been described as both playful and magnetic. With these skills as a foundation, and creative marketing strategies that include leveraging both traditional and digital mediums, Charity has built a reputation as a tech savvy promotional marketing powerhouse.

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  • WLC 2018: Channeling Your Grit For Greatness

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/25/2018

    If you could do anything during your lifetime, what would it be? What actions are you taking today to get you there? Many of us imagine a list of goals we want to achieve, but sometimes they don’t get put into motion. Jess says there are two things that stand between us and our lifetime bucket list: the courage to try and the belief that we can.

    If you could do anything during your lifetime, what would it be? What actions are you taking today to get you there? Many of us imagine a list of goals we want to achieve, but sometimes they don’t get put into motion. Jess says there are two things that stand between us and our lifetime bucket list: the courage to try and the belief that we can. In this inspiring keynote, Jess Ekstrom challenges you to build your bucket list with a personal plan and timeline for making it happen. She captivates the audience by incorporating personal stories from when she was young and auditioned for the show All That, to when she went to college and started a million-dollar business from her dorm room. Jess explains in detail how to move forward with our passions, even when we have moments of uncertainty or are afraid to fail. An honest, humorous and inspiring tale of taking a leap, going for it and learning that failures are not opposite of success, they’re part of success!

    Jess Ekstrom

    CEO

    Jess is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a junior in college in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America and more. But more importantly, they've donated over 200,000 headbands to every children's hospital in the United States and 15 countries. Jess is also a professional speaker, author, and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.

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  • WLC 2017: Throwing Temper Tantrums

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/27/2017

    Have you ever wanted to say no to yet another project, task or commitment but were afraid of what someone might think of you? Are you grasping for breath and constantly overwhelmed? Do you struggle to find enough time to take care of you and to do the things that matter most? In this session, learn why women struggle to say no, what the true costs are of saying yes and no, understand how saying no impacts our own emotions as well as the emotions of others and learn how to create boundaries so that saying no is easy and effortless.

    Have you ever wanted to say no to yet another project, task or commitment but were afraid of what someone might think of you? Are you grasping for breath and constantly overwhelmed? Do you struggle to find enough time to take care of you and to do the things that matter most? Join Nicole Bandes for this session and learn why women struggle to say no, what the true costs are of saying yes and no, understand how saying no impacts our own emotions as well as the emotions of others and learn how to create boundaries so that saying no is easy and effortless.

    Nicole Bandes

    Owner and Speaker

    Known as "THE Productivity Expert", Nicole Bandes works with entrepreneurs and small business owners to overcome their state of being overwhelmed and have more time for what matters most. With a mission to get her own life in order, Nicole discovered all the ways productivity systems failed. Fortunately, she discovered the secret to productivity success before tragedy struck and her life was changed forever. Nicole now uses her story and outside-the-box strategies to help thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners make productivity personal.  Nicole has been a featured productivity expert in Inc Magazine, Fast Company, Huffington Post, USA Today and many more.

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  • WLC 2017: Breaking Through Your Upper Limit

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2017

    We all have a personal glass ceiling that stops us from reaching our full potential. Join Vanessa Shaw as you discover the four unconscious forces that are stopping you from enjoying greater financial ease and success. Learn one simple step you can take right now that most don’t do and then remain stuck.

    We all have a personal glass ceiling that stops us from reaching our full potential. Join Vanessa Shaw as you discover the four unconscious forces that are stopping you from enjoying greater financial ease and success. Learn one simple step you can take right now that most don’t do and then remain stuck. Most importantly, gain the powerful tools needed to get into consistent action and achieve the powerful results you want and need!

    Vanessa Shaw

    Author and Entrepreneur

    Vanessa Shaw is a sought-after speaker and expert on business mastery, personal leadership and 6 and 7 figure income strategies. She is the creator of The Boutique Business Model and The Big Bold Event and her zone of genius is helping entrepreneurs have breakthroughs and paradigm shifts around creating more wealth and success in their business and life. Vanessa is on a mission to eradicate “smallness” from the small business world and stop the financial and emotional roller coaster many entrepreneurs face. Originally from the UK and having lived across Europe for most of her life, Vanessa brings over a decade of international experience working with top corporate executives and ambitious entrepreneurs from start-ups to billion dollar.

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  • WLC 2017: Get In Touch!

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2017

    ​Content is the new currency that drives brand engagement in a world of empowered buyers. It is about sharing information, rather than pitching products. Great content supports your efforts to reach and engage buyers at every stage in the buying process—whether that content is a helpful how-to video, a sleek infographic or a well-crafted case study.

    Content is the new currency that drives brand engagement in a world of empowered buyers. It is about sharing information, rather than pitching products. Great content supports your efforts to reach and engage buyers at every stage in the buying process—whether that content is a helpful how-to video, a sleek infographic or a well-crafted case study. Join Kim Todora for this session and learn how to Get in Touch! by building an effective brand content marketing strategy. This session will focus on how to create and leverage the many forms of content to promote your business, retain customers, influence word of mouth, close the decision gap on prospects and leverage content as a brand differentiator. Learn to deliver great content in the right forms and places that is specifically mapped to your audience’s information needs and buying stages. Most importantly, learn how to create remarkable content that gets noticed and produces business results!

    Click here for more info on the Advocacy Program and Get In Touch campaign

    Kim Todora

    Public Relations and Buyer Outreach Manager for PPAI

    Kim R. Todora is responsible for the direction of comprehensive integrated communications and public relations strategies and implementation, buyer-targeted industry branding, media relations, social media, collegiate and buyer outreach, trade-shows and industry awareness programs such as Promotional Products Work! Week, the ADvocate program and promotionalproductswork.org (dot org). Kim is an active member of the American Marketing Association (AMA), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and represents PPAI on the organizing committee for Advertising Week and the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. Prior to PPAI, Kim owned a marketing communications agency specializing in advertising, branding, public relations and cause marketing for more than 11 years. As a creative marketing strategist with more than 33 years' experience in advertising and public relations with Bozell, J. Walter Thompson and The Todora Group, she has created communications, branding and sales success for a variety of clients including American Airlines, Chili's, Don Pablo's, Texas Tornado Hockey, The Arena Group, Williams Communications, Doskocil Pet Products, BusyBody Home Fitness, Larry's Shoes, Mariner Health, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, E-Systems/Raytheon, March of Dimes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Ronald McDonald House, and many others.

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  • WLC 2017: Three Strategies To Up Your Game

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2017

    Both suppliers and distributors alike can learn how to up the sales ante using tools that are right at your fingertips. Join Carol Gauger for this informative session and learn how using case studies and industry research can work for you to deliver sales inspiration, a new level of consultative selling, customer confidence and sales success.

    Both suppliers and distributors alike can learn how to up the sales ante using tools that are right at your fingertips. Join Carol Gauger for this informative session and learn how using case studies and industry research can work for you to deliver sales inspiration, a new level of consultative selling, customer confidence and sales success.

    Carol Gauger, MAS

    Director of Member Engagement

    Carol Gauger, MAS, was introduced to the promotional products industry in 1984 and has worked on both the supplier and distributor sides of the business prior to re-joining PPAI in 2010. Carol combines her industry knowledge and her association experience in membership, recognition, engagement and overall association management to direct the key initiatives in support of members at-large and the regional association community. She is also available to work with regional associations on volunteer and program development, strategic planning and Board optimization.

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  • WLC 2017: Big Ideas That Will Knock Your Socks Off

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2017

    Through this high energy, hands-on session, learn how to apply unique brainstorming techniques that are guaranteed to generate big ideas that will knock your socks off.​

    Many of us have endured brainstorming sessions where the most single insight is: “That would never work”. The end-result is “Keep doing what we’re doing, only do it better, faster, or re-package it in a different way or color”. New ideas are like oxygen. They energize, they stimulate, they nourish. A brand is like the human body – if you only breathe the air you just exhaled, you’ll perish. Big ideas rally customers and employees around a brand. They incite passion and they achieve impressive results. Marilyn Barefoot has a process guaranteed to produce big ideas – it’s called “BigStorming”. Through this high energy, hands-on session, learn how to apply unique brainstorming techniques that are guaranteed to generate big ideas that will knock your socks off.

    Marilyn Barefoot

    Owner

    Every great team has a spark plug, a unique energy source, an active ingredient… someone who helps to give the team a personality.  For Barefoot Brainstorming, that someone is Marilyn Barefoot. Classically trained in tier one companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, General Mills, Nike and Microsoft, Marilyn combines a wickedly smart and analytical brain with an intuitive gut. A summa cum laude graduate from major advertising agencies like Vickers & Benson, Bozell Palmer Bonner, Cossette Communications and BBDO, Marilyn is obsessive about originality. A three-time nominee for the Rotman Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Marilyn Barefoot is also a much sought after speaker.  A hands-on leader, Marilyn’s high-energy sessions lead to powerful results. Marilyn is the one who inspires teams to look at every project as an opportunity to be original!

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  • WLC 2017: The Leader Has Entered The Room

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2017

    ​Without saying a word, great leaders command attention when they walk into a room. They inspire confidence, put people at ease, and connect in a way that makes others want to listen to them, support them, and follow them.

    Without saying a word, great leaders command attention when they walk into a room. They inspire confidence, put people at ease, and connect in a way that makes others want to listen to them, support them, and follow them. In this keynote, Career Strategist Sara Canaday will share the secrets to help you capture that kind of leadership presence—and dramatically accelerate your career. If you’re skeptical about this “elusive aura of success,” Sara will convince you with powerful proof: rock-solid science and mind-blowing examples. Even better, you’ll walk away with a roadmap to guide you in boosting your own leadership presence. Discover the subtle qualities that can make a huge difference in your career, and you’ll know exactly how to incorporate them.

    Sara Canaday

    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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  • WLC 2017: Breaking The Status Quo

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2017

    ​Why are some people better at time management than others? It isn't because they are better organized or have more time than the rest of us. There's a secret to mastering effective time management.

    Why are some people better at time management than others? It isn't because they are better organized or have more time than the rest of us. There's a secret to mastering effective time management. Most people don't know the secret and that's why they continue to be overwhelmed, overworked and exhausted. You've been conditioned to believe that time management just requires a better schedule, a slicker app or a smarter set of habits. Unfortunately, when these things don't work, you get frustrated on top of the overwhelm. This secret is the one thing that will make all the difference in your time management so that you can get out of the busyness of your business. Without it, there isn't a schedule or an app in the world that will help you to overcome your time management challenges. Join Nicole Bandes to know the secret!

    Nicole Bandes

    Owner and Speaker

    Known as "THE Productivity Expert", Nicole Bandes works with entrepreneurs and small business owners to overcome their state of being overwhelmed and have more time for what matters most. With a mission to get her own life in order, Nicole discovered all the ways productivity systems failed. Fortunately, she discovered the secret to productivity success before tragedy struck and her life was changed forever. Nicole now uses her story and outside-the-box strategies to help thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners make productivity personal.  Nicole has been a featured productivity expert in Inc Magazine, Fast Company, Huffington Post, USA Today and many more.

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  • WLC 2017: Industry Leader Insights

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2017

    Don’t miss this one hour, fast paced session filled with insights from some of the most accomplished women in our industry with various backgrounds and approaches to running business. This facilitated panel discussion will include discussions on industry trends, business development, perceptions, consumer behavior, the future and best practices in the promotional products field.

    Don’t miss this one hour, fast paced session filled with insights from some of the most accomplished women in our industry with various backgrounds and approaches to running business. This facilitated panel discussion including Jo-an Lantz, MAS, Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS, Sonya Beam, MAS+, Sharon Willochell, CAS, Lori Kates. This session will include discussions on industry trends, business development, perceptions, consumer behavior, the future and best practices in the promotional products field.

    Jo-an Lantz, MAS

    Chief Operating Officer, EVP and a member of the Board of Directors for Geiger

    Jo-an Lantz, MAS is Chief Operating Officer, EVP and a member of the Board of Directors for Geiger.  She represents Geiger as the sole US member of the international group WAGE (World Advertising Gift Exchange) serving on their Presidium as Secretary / Treasurer. She served as President for 6 years. WAGE is a 60 year organization with 21 members from 20 different countries.  She has served on a variety of different industry groups and associations including former Chair of the Board of Directors of PPAI.  Jo-an was inducted in the PPAI Hall of Fame in 2009. She is a former ASI International Person of the Year (2004), and a member of ASI Power 50, and the 2014 PPB Woman of Distinction.  Jo-an is an avid Fund Raiser serving on the PPEF Board twice, once as Chair.  She also works with a number of non-profits in training fund raisers in endurance events.

    Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS+

    Founder, Owner, PPAI Board of Directors

    Mary Jo founded Competitive Edge in 1993 working alone in a store basement. Now, over 20 years later, she has 25 employees working in an office building overlooking Lake Michigan. Mary Jo’s success is driven by her belief in going above and beyond customer expectations to deliver incredible levels of service. Prior to being elected to the PPAI Board of Directors in 2014, Mary Jo served on the PPAI Public Relations committee, and in 2015 she served on the Certification Committee. She currently serves on GRAC (Government Relations Advisory Committee) and is a Michigan delegate for LEAD (Legislative Education Action Day).  In addition to being a successful business person, Mary Jo still finds time for volunteer work. She currently serves on the Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees, Foundation and Alumni Boards.  Her desire and dedication to give back to the community is evident as she offers her services and expertise to a long list of organizations that include United Way, Junior Achievement and Hospice.  Mary Jo lives in Stevensville, Michigan with her husband and number one fan, Fred.

    Sonya Beam, MAS+

    Owner, Award Winner, Speaker

    Sonya Beam, MAS+ is an industry sales leader with a fresh perspective on trends, creativity and consultative selling in the promotional industry. Based in Atlanta, Sonya has used her expertise to serve clients for over 18 years. She is passionate about connecting the client’s message with the hearts and lives of their audience through branded products.  Her background includes a B.B.A. in Marketing, along with prior experience in the areas of printing, advertising, trade shows and marketing. Sonya co-owned a distributorship for 10 years alongside her husband, Brian. She was juggling clients and day-to-day operations before Geiger acquired The POP Shop in 2009. Now she has a renewed focus on business development along with the sales and marketing process.  Saving the day is all about teamwork. This superhero is creative, responsive, resourceful and backed by and extraordinary team to help bring client projects to life! The POP Shop is a high performance selling team, positioned for growth, scouring the globe for new and fresh product to rescue clients from marketing mayhem. PPAI has awarded The POP Shop with a number of Pyramid, Technology and Image awards, exhibiting their creativity and excellence in the industry.

    Sharon Willochell, CAS

    Chief Operating Officer, PPAI Board of Directors

    Ms. Willochell joined Leeds in 1998. In her tenure at Leeds she has driven results in critical areas of the business, including overseas operations, supply chain, warehouse, production, customer service, order and artwork processing, as well as information services and human resources. Ms. Willochell has been instrumental in the company’s tremendous growth and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in October 2004. Prior to joining Leeds, Ms. Willochell was a Manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP for four years, providing management consulting services to a broad range of clients in a variety of industries. She started her career at Alcoa working on systems supporting Procurement, e-commerce and Financial and Operational reporting. Mrs. Willochell received a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems from Duquesne University (summa cum laude) and a M.S. degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University (with distinction). She is a board member of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). Ms. Willochell is also active in her community and passionate about leadership development and key issues impacting women. She is a member of the board of Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. and has served on advisory councils for Strong Women, Strong Girls and the local American Heart Association “Go Red for Women”.

    Lori Kates

    President

    Lori Kates, most recently served as President of Top 40 Supplier IMAGEN Brands. A 23-year industry veteran, Lori’s background has been in providing strategic direction, overseeing daily operations and financials. She has experienced five, buy side, acquisitions to date. Lori is a member of PPAI’s Board of Directors. Lori currently serves as the board liaison and co-chair for the PPAI Supplier Committee and the board liaison for PPAI’s Certification Committee.  She served on the PPAI Professional Development Committee, 2017, and has previously served on the PPAI Market Research Committee and PromoKitchen’s mentor program.  Lori was recognized in 2013 by being named ASI’s Supplier Woman of Distinction.   She has been listed on the Counselor Power 50 for the past five years. Lori has a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Communications from Ohio Northern University.  She resides in Liberty Township, Ohio, with her husband of 23 years, Rick, and teenage sons, Jacob and Drew.  She enjoys baseball, hiking and biking.

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  • WLC 2017: Real World Perspectives From Local Women Leaders

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2017

    In the U.S. today, executives continue to highlight the issues and challenges women still face in today’s workplace. Speakers will discuss earning a top job, while enjoying the journey but also their challenges and successes while rising to the top.

    In the U.S. today, executives continue to highlight the issues and challenges women still face in today’s workplace. But how do some of the most prominent and successful female professionals in Arizona feel about these issues? What do they see as women’s greatest challenges and opportunities in today’s workplace? And how have they seen this landscape change (or not change) throughout their careers? Benefit from the experiences and insights of these amazing female leaders including Karie Cowden, Cherryl Pressley, Marlene Seitz. These speakers will share openly with you about earning a top job, while enjoying the journey but also their challenges and successes while rising to the top.

    Karie Cowden

    Founder and President

    Karie Cowden is President and Founder of Connect the Dots Promotions, LLC based in Phoenix, AZ.  She has spent over 20 years working in the promotional products world and continues to learn more every day and enjoys it immensely.  Her favorite promotional item for 2017 is the jar gripper because everything old becomes new again! Hired by Laura Holt of Holt Marketing as a sales support staffer she fell in love with this village.  In 1998 Karie moved to Los Angeles to work for Barlow selling knives and lighters.  In 2000 she moved back to AZ and took on a sales manager position with Vantage Custom Classics.  In 2003 Karie wanted to settle down and was hired by Team Shop Premiums to go back on the distributor side and took on sports marketing.  In 2008 she took a leap of faith and started Connect the Dots Promotions and moved back into the corporate world. Karie currently serves as the Chair of the Small Business Leadership Council through the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.  She spends any time left over volunteering for UMOM, a shelter that serves families experiencing homelessness.

    Cherryl Pressley

    Worldwide Support Engineering Leader

    Cherryl is the Worldwide Support Engineering Leader for our global Dynamics business in the Consumer & Enterprise Support Business Unit within Customer Service & Support at Microsoft corporation. Previously, she was a Senior Director of the SMS&P and Dynamics support business for the Americas time zone. Cherryl has held several roles at Microsoft, initially focusing on enabling partners to grow their Microsoft Dynamics practices.  Since that original role, Cherryl has taken on increasingly strategic responsibilities within the company, including leading a team of Dynamics line of business sellers, and managing the Microsoft relationship for Insight Enterprises, a strategic global Microsoft reseller responsible for over $2.6 billion in annual Microsoft software sales.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Cherryl held various technology positions, ultimately leading up to ownership of her own Dynamics services and staffing business.    Throughout her career Cherryl has been a staunch advocate for customers and partners.  Cherryl holds degrees in Economics and Computer Science and resides in Scottsdale with her husband Scott.  She enjoys an active lifestyle and fills her spare time with biking, golfing, and hiking.  In addition, she is passionate about giving back and supports various organizations, particularly those related to women and the support of individuals with autism.

    Marlene Seitz

    Business Owner

    Marlene takes on the lead medical design role at triARC architecture & design, llc. She received a Bachelors of Architecture from Ball State University however it was while obtaining her Masters of Architecture with a specialization in Architecture + Health from Clemson University where she followed her passion.  This educational experience along with 20 years of practical experience in the Phoenix market has established Marlene as triARC’s “healthcare guru.” Marlene oversees the production of all architectural projects which includes implementation of office standards and integration of her knowledge of healthcare practices.  Her strong working relationship with clients, consultants, and vendors creates successful projects.  She is focused on planning state of the art, technology driven healthcare environments while fully integrating patient comfort. Marlene’s primary role as a business owner is Integrator and Project Controls. Her knowledge of business along with her healthcare background gives a unique perspective to the project and benefit to clients. Outside of triARC Marlene is involved with the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) and is currently the Chair of the Arthur P Tuttle Fellowship Committee. She has been a member of CASHE for seven years, serving for two years on the CASHE Membership Committee, a Board Member as Secretary in 2012, Treasurer from 2013-2015 and Hospitality Chair in 2016. She is also very active outside the industry volunteering with UMOM, a local homeless shelter.

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  • WLC 2017: Storytelling Strategies To Captivate Your Audience

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2017

    The only thing that matters most when pitching a new client, a new idea or a new initiative is capturing your audience’s attention…and hanging on to it! Many presentations are completely predictable, filled with recycled insights, integrated services and the usual buzz words.

    The only thing that matters most when pitching a new client, a new idea or a new initiative is capturing your audience’s attention…and hanging on to it! Many presentations are completely predictable, filled with recycled insights, integrated services and the usual buzz words. If you want to reach your audience, you must have something important to say that you are passionate about. Genuine passion will attract genuine attention…that will lead to action. Through this hands-on session Marilyn Barfoot will lead participants through nine steps to effective story structure and incredibly simple steps to selling your ideas. Most importantly learn to apply storytelling strategies that connect with your audience and build relationships.

    Marilyn Barefoot

    Owner

    Every great team has a spark plug, a unique energy source, an active ingredient… someone who helps to give the team a personality.  For Barefoot Brainstorming, that someone is Marilyn Barefoot. Classically trained in tier one companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, General Mills, Nike and Microsoft, Marilyn combines a wickedly smart and analytical brain with an intuitive gut. A summa cum laude graduate from major advertising agencies like Vickers & Benson, Bozell Palmer Bonner, Cossette Communications and BBDO, Marilyn is obsessive about originality. A three-time nominee for the Rotman Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Marilyn Barefoot is also a much sought after speaker.  A hands-on leader, Marilyn’s high-energy sessions lead to powerful results. Marilyn is the one who inspires teams to look at every project as an opportunity to be original!

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  • WLC 2016: Executive Decision Making

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/27/2016

    In today’s competitive business world, it is imperative to know how to make key decisions quickly and decisively. Strategic decisions often entail considerable risks and can have long-range implications for the organization. In this session, learn how to apply formal decision making processes in order to reduce risk and choose the best course of action for your position or organizational role. Learn methods and techniques such as the decision tree for making critical decisions in a challenging environment. Understand how to maximize available assets, identify risks and obstacles, and gather the necessary data for an informed decision-making process.

    Join Jo-an Lantz for this session on executive decision making. In today's competitive business world, it is imperative to know how to make key decisions quickly and decisively. Strategic decisions often entail considerable risks and can have long-range implications for the organization. In this session, learn how to apply formal decision making processes in order to reduce risk and choose the best course of action for your position or organizational role. Learn methods and techniques such as the decision tree for making critical decisions in a challenging environment. Understand how to maximize available assets, identify risks and obstacles, and gather the necessary data for an informed decision-making process.

    Jo-an Lantz

    Executive Vice President

    Jo-an Lantz, MAS is Chief Operating Officer, EVP and a member of the Board of Directors for Geiger. She represents Geiger as the sole US member of the international group WAGE (World Advertising Gift Exchange) serving on their Presidium as President. WAGE is a 50+ year organization with 26 members from 25 different countries. She has served on a variety of different industry groups and associations including former Chair of the Board of Directors of PPAI. Jo-an was inducted in the PPAI Hall of Fame in 2009. She is a former ASI International Person of the Year (2004), and a member of ASI Power 50, and the 2014 PPB Woman of Distinction. Jo-an is an avid Fund Raiser serving on the PPEF Board twice, once as Chair. She also works with a number of non profits in training fund raisers in endurance events.

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  • WLC 2016: Emerging Technology Trends

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2016

    The rapid advances in technology can be a competitive advantage if you are ready to take advantage of the changes. Understanding technology trends can help you create your success by allowing you to identify tools before your competition does. In order to identify the best way to move forward, you must understand emerging trends that are relevant to you personally and professionally. Become better positioned to understand opportunities and create a plan for your business to take advantage of future opportunities.

    Join Dale Denham, MAS+ for this session on the emerging tech trends. The rapid advances in technology can be a competitive advantage if you are ready to take advantage of the changes. Understanding technology trends can help you create your success by allowing you to identify tools before your competition does. In order to identify the best way to move forward, you must understand emerging trends that are relevant to you personally and professionally. Become better positioned to understand opportunities and create a plan for your business to take advantage of future opportunities.

    Dale Denham, MAS+

    Chief Information Officer

    Dale Denham, MAS+, is the CIO for top 40 distributor Geiger and previously served as Senior Vice President of ASI. Recognized as the industry's top technologist, Dale has continued to deliver innovative, helpful products and solutions during his 20 years in the industry.

    Among the first 10 people certified as a Master Advertising Specialist+ by PPAI., Dale was also recognized by ASI Counselor Magazine as one of “40 under 40" and named one of Corporate Logo's Most Influential People in 2004.

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  • WLC 2016: Transforming Teams: Improving Collaboration and Building Trust

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2016

    Join Claudia St. John as she explores the common breakdowns that happen between coworkers and colleagues, and particularly between sales and customer service or operations teams. Explore why these familiar breakdowns occur, how to identify and diagnose breakdowns in teams, how behavioral styles contribute to these breakdowns and how to resolve them.

    Join Claudia St. John as she explores the common breakdowns that happen between coworkers and colleagues, and particularly between sales and customer service or operations teams. Explore why these familiar breakdowns occur, how to identify and diagnose breakdowns in teams, how behavioral styles contribute to these breakdowns and how to resolve them.

    Claudia St. John

    President

    Claudia St. John is President of Affinity HR Group, LLC – a national human resources consulting firm that serves as an affinity partner for PPAI members. Claudia is an HR professional with 20 years' experience in global human resources, employee benefits, management consulting and communications. She specializes in strategic planning, employee engagement, organizational development, recruitment and executive career management.

    Claudia's prior experience includes serving as senior consultant for Mercer Human Resources Consulting, the nation's top HR consulting firm, in Washington DC and Geneva Switzerland, Vice President for People for POMCO Group, Manager of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's National Labor Office and Senior Policy Associate for the AFL-CIO. She holds an undergraduate degree in employee benefits and labor relations from The American University and a master's degree in business and public administration from The George Washington University. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and maintains many certifications in workplace testing.

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  • WLC 2016: Keynote: Building Brands

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2016

    In today’s crowded and competitive marketplace defining and building brands is more important than ever. In order to create value, we must be consistent and modern at the same time. As a result, Katie Bayne will share four lessons that she has learned throughout her 27 year journey in marketing. She will bring to life how these lessons have allowed her to define her personal brand and how similar principles work in building and celebrating one of the most beloved brands in the world…. Coca-Cola.

    In today's crowded and competitive marketplace defining and building brands is more important than ever. In order to create value, we must be consistent and modern at the same time. As a result, Katie Bayne will share four lessons that she has learned throughout her 27 year journey in marketing. She will bring to life how these lessons have allowed her to define her personal brand and how similar principles work in building and celebrating one of the most beloved brands in the world…. Coca-Cola.

    Yolanda White

    Assistant Vice President and Global Group Director

    Yolanda White, Assistant Vice President and Global Group Director for the Coca-Cola Company is a marketing executive with over 20 years of experience with top tier brands within the consumer packaged goods industry. Accomplished at building vision, global strategies, high performing teams and delivering positive business results by working across global organizations and customers. Recognized by Brand Week magazine in 2002 as one of the “Marketers of the Next Generation” and Black Enterprise as one of the “2013 Top Women Executives in Advertising and Marketing”.

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  • WLC 2016: Keys To Effective Feedback: Coaching Employees Into Better Performance

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2016

    Today's leader needs to develop skills that motivate teams to excel. Key among these skills is coaching. Leaders and organizations have come to understand how valuable it can be, and they’re adding the ability to coach and develop others to the ever-growing list of skills they require of their managers. Unfortunately, few managers know how to make coaching work. In this session, learn why coaching and feedback are important to aligning individual development with business needs.

    Join Claudia St. John in the session: Keys To Effective Feedback: Coaching Employees Into Better Performance. Today's leader needs to develop skills that motivate teams to excel. Key among these skills is coaching. Leaders and organizations have come to understand how valuable it can be, and they're adding the ability to coach and develop others to the ever-growing list of skills they require of their managers. Unfortunately, few managers know how to make coaching work. In this session, learn why coaching and feedback are important to aligning individual development with business needs.

    Claudia St. John

    President

    Claudia St. John is President of Affinity HR Group, LLC – a national human resources consulting firm that serves as an affinity partner for PPAI members. Claudia is an HR professional with 20 years' experience in global human resources, employee benefits, management consulting and communications. She specializes in strategic planning, employee engagement, organizational development, recruitment and executive career management.

    Claudia's prior experience includes serving as senior consultant for Mercer Human Resources Consulting, the nation's top HR consulting firm, in Washington DC and Geneva Switzerland, Vice President for People for POMCO Group, Manager of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's National Labor Office and Senior Policy Associate for the AFL-CIO. She holds an undergraduate degree in employee benefits and labor relations from The American University and a master's degree in business and public administration from The George Washington University. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and maintains many certifications in workplace testing.

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  • WLC 2016 Keynote: You. Your Story. Your Impact.

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2016

    It’s not about being better that gets you the business, it’s about being different. Our ability to work at our highest level, set goals and achieve them, find passion and purpose in what we do, and not kill ourselves in the process, is dependent on the story running through our heads. To have more impact and influence, learn the secrets to mastering the art of connection and engagement through the power of story. Change your story, change your life. Change your story, change your business. Change your story, change your world!

    Join Kelly Swanson for this session on how to tell your story. It's not about being better that gets you the business, it's about being different. Our ability to work at our highest level, set goals and achieve them, find passion and purpose in what we do, and not kill ourselves in the process, is dependent on the story running through our heads. To have more impact and influence, learn the secrets to mastering the art of connection and engagement through the power of story. Change your story, change your life. Change your story, change your business. Change your story, change your world!

    Kelly Swanson

    Motivational Speaker

    Kelly Swanson is a motivational speaker, comedian, award-winning storyteller, and the author of “Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?” She's also a frazzled, over-worked, under-paid, wife and mom. She works from home with her husband. They home-school their 11-year-old because they didn't have enough to do already. Her son's been afraid of the dark ever since she mixed up his Veggie Tale videos with her Law and Order videos. She's convinced her family that chocolate is a food group.

    Somehow in the craziness of her life, she manages to touch hearts and tickle funny bones from coast to coast. She'll make you laugh, help you find balance and purpose, show you how to see beyond your obstacles, and encourage you to stand up and stick out in a crowded market, because nobody notices normal.

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