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2017 Chicago Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Schaumburg Friday, September 15, 2017 7:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. CST

Driving Dynamic Decisions

Executives are in the business of making decisions.ves2017-supportcircles-4 Difficult decisions. Big decisions.
Decisions no one else can make.

Many times, there are no clear-cut answers. But there ARE make-or-break consequences.

This is the world you live in. Own it.
Don’t just make a decision. Optimize it.

What is the Vistage Executive Summit?
Helmed by event speakers who walk the talk, the Vistage Executive Summit is not for everyone. It is for you. Executive. Leader. Chief Problem-Solver. This event will provide you with the insights to make better decisions, helping you refine your instincts, improve your judgment, and expand your perspectives.

Every leader can define their tenure by a handful of decisions they made. This event has been re-engineered to enhance your leadership effectiveness, in these key areas:

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Business optimization

Fortify your foundation with trusted perspectives, and original approaches to decision-making. 

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Leadership enhancement

Sharpen your focus. Bolster your confidence. Define your style. Master the art of execution, to lead fearlessly.

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Inspiration

Be empowered to lead with innovation and creativity. Speakers and peers push the conversation forward, helping you grow personally and professionally.

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Action

Immediately start making better decisions for your unique business. Leave equipped with actionable recommendations to translate inspiration into progress.

Why Attend


Leadership is the art of execution.

The Vistage Executive Summit will provide tangible tools to help you adeptly conquer challenges large, small, or seemingly incomprehensible (we have all been there) and make the decisions that get results. Watch and learn more about why your peers find value in attending Vistage Executive Summits.



Event Speakers


Kindra Hall

Speaker, author, consultant

The irresistible power of strategic storytelling

In an increasingly connected and competitive economy, leaders must not only be dynamic decision makers, they must communicate their decisions in dynamic ways. Strategic storytelling — when properly executed — is an approach that gets results. In her presentation, Kindra Hall will demonstrate how strategic storytelling makes leaders more compelling and influential. Learn how to utilize storytelling to motivate your team, align your messages, and build a loyal following. Leave with a blueprint for strategic storytelling you can implement into every presentation, and actionable tips for finding the strategic story in every leadership scenario.


Jed Hoyer

EVP/GM, the Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs: from loveable losers to World Series Champions

When Jed Hoyer took over as GM of the Chicago Cubs, the team hadn’t won a title in over a century. Five years later, they were World Series champions. Jed’s presentation will take you through how he rebuilt both the team and the front office, defining and implementing a winning strategy that started behind the scenes, and was carried onto the field. Leave knowing the benefits of making data-driven decisions, with the insight to create your own winning culture.



Seth Mattison

Founder and chief movement officer, Luminate Labs

Future forces: Insights for navigating uncertainty in the connected age

We are entering the most significant period of global transformation in history. Status quo business models and rules prove increasingly ineffective. A new level of professional courage and influence is imperative. In his presentation, Seth Mattison will examine how we can use knowledge and connectivity to manage vast amounts of information, maximize organizational relationships and optimize talent to create competitive advantage in an uncertain global economy. Learn the skills most critical to navigating change and elevating your impact on your teams. Leave prepared to activate your internal leadership capacity.

Agenda

Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center

7:15 - 9:00 AM
Registration/Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Network Breakfast Breakouts Deal | Manufacturing | Women in Leadership | Family Business

9:00 - 9:45 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:45 - 11:05 AM
Jed Hoyer The Chicago Cubs: from loveable losers to World Series Champions

11:05 – 11:25 AM
AM Break

11:25 - 12:25 PM
Seth Mattison Future forces: Insights for navigating uncertainty in the connected age

12:25 - 1:40 PM
Lunch

12:25 - 1:40 PM
Lunch Breakouts U.S. Trust | Emplify | Predictive Synergistics

1:40 - 2:25 PM
Kindra Hall The irresistible power of strategic storytelling

2:25 - 2:45 PM
PM Break

2:45 - 3:30 PM
Kindra Hall The irresistible power of strategic storytelling

3:30 - 3:45PM
Closing Comments

3:45 - 4:45 PM
Networking Reception

Breakout sessions

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Deal

Join us for breakfast and peer-to-peer conversations exploring your current challenges, roadblocks and opportunities around mergers and acquisitions, growth capital and liquidity events. Members will have the chance to meet other members and address issues such as:
  • How do you move forward in a sale/purchase if you don’t have much experience?
  • What do you do if someone offers to buy your business?
  • What is more important in making a deal – the multiples being offered or the terms and structure?
Members are encouraged to bring their own questions and challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Deal Network

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Women in Leadership

Join us for breakfast and peer-to-peer conversations exploring your current challenges and opportunities facing today's women business leaders. Members will have the chance to meet other regional female members and address questions such as:
  • What are the most significant things we as women leaders need to be thinking, being and doing to guide our companies through the coming years?
  • What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve ever received, and how did it impact you as a leader?
  • How have you overcome any gender-related roadblocks in your career?
Members are encouraged to bring their own challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Women in Leadership Network.

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Family Business

Join us for breakfast and peer-to-peer conversations exploring your current challenges, roadblocks and opportunities around your family-owned or operated business. Members will have the chance to meet other family business members and address issues such as:
  • What is the biggest challenge facing your family business right now?
  • Where are you with succession planning and how is it going?
  • What type of family governance do you have in place?
  • How do you become more relevant to the generations in the business so you don’t have ‘third gen failure?’
Members are encouraged to bring their own challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Family Business Network.

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Manufacturing: Find, keep, and grow great people

Presenter: Kathleen Quinn Votaw, Vistage member, author, and CEO of TalenTrust

Great people = great competitive advantage in the manufacturing industry. Join Vistage manufacturing peers for networking, discussion, and exchange of best practices on the most pressing people-related topics. Led by Vistage member Kathleen Quinn Votaw, CEO of TalenTrust, leave with actionable tips for:
  • Cultivating your company culture.
  • Sourcing the most qualified candidates.
  • Strengthening your current team.
  • Maximizing an aging workforce.
Networks breakout sessions are open to all Vistage members and guests. Register now to secure your spot! Hosted by the Manufacturing Network—a virtual My Vistage community where members, Chairs, and speakers in the manufacturing industry access expert resources and get their most pressing questions answered by trusted peers—and strategic partner, TalenTrust. Start the conversation early: Join the Manufacturing Network today.

Schaumburg Ballroom A | 12:25 - 1:40 PM

Lunch Breakout | The Key to Growing and Retaining Top Teams

Presenter: Adam Weber, Co-Founder Emplify

According to the Vistage Confidence Index, talent management is a top concern for members this year. Retaining your top talent is paramount for growing your organization and reaching those yearly targets. Join Emplify Co-founder, Adam Weber, to:
  • Learn proven methods and best practices for retaining team members.
  • Understand what actually motivates your employees and how to foster that within your culture.
  • Learn the simple, actionable process you can immediately implement in your organization for optimum employee engagement.
  • Hear real-life examples and success stories from Vistage companies implementing these strategies for unprecedented business results.

Schaumburg Ballroom C | 12:25 - 1:40 PM

Lunch Breakout | How to Attract, Hire, and Keep the Best!

Presenter: Robert Courser, Senior Partner, Predictive Synergistic Systems

Hiring the right people can make or break your business. Whether you are hiring sales people to bring in more business, operations people to make your company run smoothly, or leaders to bring it all together, hiring right is critical. We know these decisions take time, but we also know that talent management is the key to success! Key Items Covered:

  • What/ Who Defines Best
  • Importance of Defining Job Requirements
  • Attracting the Best
  • Gap Interviewing
  • Boosting Employee Engagement Levels
  • Performance Management and Coaching

Schaumburg Ballroom E | 12:25 - 1:40 PM

Lunch Breakout | The Owner’s Journey: Lessons learned before, during and after the sale of a business

Presenter: Lynne Pantalena, Divisional Wealth Strategy Executive, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Bob Kitzman, Business Transition Specialist, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Amy Hughes, Managing Director and Market Executive, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Giving up company ownership can be the largest and most important step in a business owner’s career and many successful owners are not well prepared to take this step.

  • Gain insights and strategies that address the challenges business owners can face when deciding what the next step is for their business.
  • Better understand how a business owner might prepare for a sale, along with potential pitfalls.
  • Learn about various personal planning techniques business owners should consider when embarking on a sale.

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