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Women's Leadership Conference

22 Results

  • WLC 2017: Breaking The Status Quo

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/27/2020

    ​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: Big Ideas That Will Knock Your Socks Off

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/26/2020

    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: 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: 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: 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 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.

    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 is president of Mason, Ohio-based supplier IMAGEN Brands, parent company of Crown Products and Vitronic. She has worked in the promotional products industry for more than 21 years, and in that time has served on the PPAI Professional Development Committee, PPAI Market Research Committee, and has been involved in the Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF).

    Kates has also devoted her time to participating in professional development events including the North American Leadership Conference, Women’s Leadership Conference, the PromoKitchen Mentor Program and the ASI Power Summit. She is a 2013 recipient of the ASI Supplier Woman of Distinction honor and has been recognized by the ASI Power 50 program four years in a row.

    Prior to joining IMAGEN, Kates worked with Crystal Tissue Company, a manufacturer and importer of specialty paper and gift bags serving North American retailers. She holds a degree in accounting from Ohio Northern University.

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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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  • WLC 2015: Be Prepared! - A Succession Planning Roadmap

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/18/2015

    Do you know who your organization’s next executive director, CEO, or department manager is going to be? Do you know the next generation of leaders to fill those roles? Do you know how to identify and groom that ideal person? If not, you may end up with an empty C-suite - or worse, under-qualified people moving into leadership roles because there is no one to take over. The only way to reduce the effect of lost leadership is through strong succession planning. Learn to identify and foster the next generation of leaders by planning ahead, through mentoring and training and be prepared!

    Join Mary Dobsch for this session on succession planning. Do you know who your organization's next executive director, CEO, or department manager is going to be? Do you know the next generation of leaders to fill those roles? Do you know how to identify and groom that ideal person? If not, you may end up with an empty C-suite - or worse, under-qualified people moving into leadership roles because there is no one to take over. The only way to reduce the effect of lost leadership is through strong succession planning. Learn to identify and foster the next generation of leaders by planning ahead, through mentoring and training and be prepared!

    Mary Dobsch

    Owner/President

    Mary Dobsch is Owner/President of The Chest, Inc., a Promotional Products Industry manufacturer and fulfillment house of custom printed packaging, puzzles and computer calendars for unique and high impact promotions, all made in Washington, MO.

    Mary previously served on the PPAI Board from 2008-2012. She has served on several PPAI Committees and is currently serving on PPAI LAC.

    Mary worked as Sales Coordinator for Magnet, Inc. and prior to that Customer Service at Hazel, Inc. Her career took her to The Chest as the V.P. of Sales & Marketing. In 2005, Mary purchased the company. In 2012 the Woodco line was acquired and added to the product offering. Mary has been working with distributors on promotional projects for 40 years.

    In addition, Mary is active in her community in Washington, MO. She is a past president of the Washington Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Rotary Club. She has served on committees with the Washington United Way, the Washington Area YMCA and the Emmaus Homes.

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  • WLC 2015: Budget Development for the Non-Financial Manager

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/18/2015

    Join Rosanne Webster in Budget Development for the Non-Financial Manager. Developing a budget can be an extremely daunting task, especially if financial management isn’t your area of expertise. This session is designed to help you understand why budgets are necessary in your organization, how to develop and stick to your budget, who should be involved in the budgeting process, and how to ensure that your department, event or company is utilizing budget dollars to the best of their ability.

    Developing a budget can be an extremely daunting task, especially if financial management isn't your area of expertise. This session is designed to help you understand why budgets are necessary in your organization, how to develop and stick to your budget, who should be involved in the budgeting process, and how to ensure that your department, event or company is utilizing budget dollars to the best of their ability.

    Rosanne Webster

    Chief Operations Officer

    Rosanne Webster has been working in finance & accounting for over 15 years. She graduated with her Bachelors in Accounting from UMKC in 2005. Rosanne has over 11 years of experience in the promotional products industry with SnugZ USA and has fulfilled many different roles during her tenure from Cost Accountant to her current role as Chief Operations Officer. In 2013 she was recognized as one of PPB's Rising Star and she has also served as a committee member for PPAI.

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  • WLC 2015: Women Mentoring Women: Creating Connections Through Leadership

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/18/2015

    Mentoring is not for everyone – it takes an investment of time, a commitment to help others, and…a lot of patience. It can, however, be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Aimed at inspiring women to reach out to other women through the simple act of offering guidance, support and insight, mentoring helps women achieve their personal and professional aspirations. Do you have a mentor that has helped to guide you along your career path? Are you a mentor who saw tremendous growth and accomplishment in your mentee?

    Mentoring is not for everyone – it takes an investment of time, a commitment to help others, and…a lot of patience. It can, however, be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Aimed at inspiring women to reach out to other women through the simple act of offering guidance, support and insight, mentoring helps women achieve their personal and professional aspirations. Do you have a mentor that has helped to guide you along your career path? Are you a mentor who saw tremendous growth and accomplishment in your mentee? 

    Jessica Hutwelker, MAS

    Account Manager

    Jessica Hutwelker is the Account Manager for Sunrise Identity. She was previously Director of National Accounts at Match-Up Promotions based in Florida. Jessica has been in the promotional products industry since 2005 as a part of the team that has grown Match-Up's business from $6.4M in 2005 to $15.6M in 2013, placing Match-Up in the top 1% of distributors in the industry. Jessica was a recent speaker/panelist at the PPAI Leadership Summit and has been featured on two PromoKitchen podcasts, the first about Managing and Empowering the Millennial Employee and the second about Women's Empowerment.

    Pat Dugan, MAS

    Women's leadership conference speaker

    Women's leadership conference speaker

    Teresa Moisant, MAS

    Women's leadership conference speaker

    Women's leadership conference speaker

    Kate Plummer, CAS

    Women's leadership conference speaker

    Women's Leadership Conference speaker

    Carrie Laufenburg, MAS

    Women's leadership conference speaker

    Women's Leadership Conference speaker

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    Speaker: Pat Dugan, MAS

    Speaker: Teresa Moisant, MAS

    Speaker: Kate Plummer

    Speaker: Carrie Sabo, CAS

    Moderator: Jessica Hutwelker, MAS

    Jessica Hutwelker is the Account Manager for Sunrise Identity. She was previously Director of National Accounts at Match-Up Promotions based in Florida. Jessica has been in the promotional products industry since 2005 as a part of the team that has grown Match-Up's business from $6.4M in 2005 to $15.6M in 2013, placing Match-Up in the top 1% of distributors in the industry. Jessica was a recent speaker/panelist at the PPAI Leadership Summit and has been featured on two PromoKitchen podcasts, the first about Managing and Empowering the Millennial Employee and the second about Women's Empowerment.

  • WLC 2015: The Working Woman's GPS - How To Maneuver The Professional Landscape

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/18/2015

    Many professional women are excelling yet are overloaded by the demands of business and life. Do you know the feeling? Join JJ DiGeronimo as she shares key strategies for enhancing your professional journey while weaving in life strategies, which she gathered from interviewing hundreds of successful women.

    Many professional women are excelling yet are overloaded by the demands of business and life. Do you know the feeling? Join JJ DiGeronimo as she shares key strategies for enhancing your professional journey while weaving in life strategies, which she gathered from interviewing hundreds of successful women. Learn easy, yet actionable steps that will motivate you as a leader to further define your next level of success.

    JJ DiGeronimo

    President, Purposeful Woman and Tech Savvy Women

    JJ DiGeronimo is one of the most highly regarded speakers and authors for professional women. She delivers keynotes at events that focus on women in leadership and technology, diversity, retention and inclusion, and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

    DiGeronimo is president of Purposeful Woman and Tech Savvy Women, a featured columnist for Smart Business Magazine and an award-winning author of the highly sought-after books for professional women, The Working Woman's GPS, and Before You Say Yes (e-book). She also co-authored The Confident Woman: Tapping into Your Inner Power.

    Before leading a national organization, DiGeronimo had a 20 year career in the high tech industry, advancing into leadership positions at Silicon Valley-based technology companies including VMware and Inktomi. She stays involved as a technology advisor to venture capitalists as she mentors and guides technology startups.

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  • WLC 2015: "Strategic Planning" To Win!

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/18/2015

    Join Anita Emoff in Strategic Planning To Win! In today’s business world, “it’s not enough to do more of the same in the future and expect to succeed”. Planning strategically pulls the entire organization together around a single game plan for execution. It helps to establish what you will accomplish in the future and forces you to make choices on what you will do and what you will not do as an enterprise. In this session, gain understanding of why it is important to have a strategic plan, how to create your plan, execute your plan and stay on track for success!

    In today's business world, “it's not enough to do more of the same in the future and expect to succeed". Planning strategically pulls the entire organization together around a single game plan for execution. It helps to establish what you will accomplish in the future and forces you to make choices on what you will do and what you will not do as an enterprise. In this session, gain understanding of why it is important to have a strategic plan, how to create your plan, execute your plan and stay on track for success!

    Anita Emoff

    CEO

    Anita Emoff is the CEO of Boost Technologies, LLC, parent company of top 50 promotional products distributor, Shumsky, and of Boost Rewards, a leading global incentive and recognition provider. Anita oversees the operations of the company to ensure value for all stakeholders throughout the supply chain. Her sales and management experience, along with her driven personality, have guided the organization to become recognized as one of the "Fastest Growing 50" (twice in the top 10) Woman led Businesses in the world by the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) from 2011 - 2013.

    With a focused blend between company culture, strategic planning, and operational excellence, Anita has successfully merged her European style with that of a new generation of workforce and clients.

    During the last five years, Anita has completed the Aileron course for Presidents and been through multiple strategic planning training courses. She was a recipient of the Dayton Business Journal's 40 under 40 Award in 2009, recognized as a “Rising Star” by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) in 2010, included in The Counselor's Hot List for 2011 and most recently was selected as a 2014 Dayton Business Journal's Bizwomen Power 50 and one of two distributor candidates for the PPAI Board of Directors in the 2014 industry association elections.

    Anita volunteers her time with the United Way and is a supporter of Daybreak, an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth, as well as the American Heart Association as 2014 co-chair of the Dayton area Heart Gala.

    A native of Denmark, she earned her US Citizenship in 2010. Anita is married to Michael Emoff, industry veteran of over 30 years and they have four sons.

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  • WLC 2015: The Audacious Acts of Powerful Women Leaders

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/18/2015

    Join Dawnna St. Louis in the Audacious Acts of Powerful Women Leaders! Epic leaders aren’t afraid to blaze trails. They embrace crazy ideas. They invite criticism. And guess what? Their teams follow their vision. They perform beyond expectation. To be an epic leader you must eradicate the challenges that plague women in business. Tap into the strengths that make you bold, audacious, and unapologetic. Take bold steps now to move forward in your own power.

    Epic leaders aren't afraid to blaze trails. They embrace crazy ideas. They invite criticism. And guess what? Their teams follow their vision. They perform beyond expectation. To be an epic leader you must eradicate the challenges that plague women in business. Tap into the strengths that make you bold, audacious, and unapologetic. Take bold steps now to move forward in your own power.

    Dawnna St Louis

    Author

    Bold, Audacious, Unapologetic, Humorous, Brilliant, Professional, Scientist, Champion, Improver, Expert and Thought Leader - Most people just call her Dawnna.

    Dawnna is a forward-thinking game changer. She turns top talent into Mojo wielding profit machines by showing them how to tap into their personal brand of quality to create a positive contrast. Dawnna's content rich programs are hilarious and drive a unique perspective. She pinpoints why some people reach for the stars and catch the universe - and others are stuck on the ground looking for a telescope…if they're lucky.

    Before launching her business resource improvement firm in 2008, Dawnna was a co-founder and the Chief Operations Officer of an international Business Intelligence consultancy that provided solutions for top government agencies, corporate giants, and private industries around the world. At her core, she is a scientist with certifications in technology based languages, Six Sigma and project management. She leveraged her skills to complete her research on the science of confidence, the psychology of influence, and the power of Mojo.

    Her latest top selling book, Mojo Mogul - Discover Your Unique Power to Magnetize, Captivate and Influence is a favorite amongst business leaders that want to rocket to the executive stratosphere of leadership, sales teams that want to increase bottom lines, and entrepreneurs that want to create powerful teams.

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