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2017 D.C. Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in McLean Wednesday, September 20, 2017 7:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT

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:

Business optimization

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

Leadership enhancement

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


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


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

Cory Richards

Climber and visual storyteller

Vulnerability: The key to great leadership

Cory Richards presents a profoundly honest journey of personal and professional development. Recounting the decisions he made climbing the Earth’s highest peaks, his marriage and the navigation of global cultures, Cory's talk interweaves the complexities of our personal stories, ultimately arriving at the confluence of our collective similarities. This visual narrative will transport you from Everest to Africa on a journey to illuminate our connectedness through unflinching honesty and an examination of the nature of risk, consequence and the unlikely manifestations of reward.

Monica Karo


Seize tomorrow, today – how to drive transformation through dynamic decision-making

It’s not news: the world around us has changed. We must acknowledge what that means for our businesses. People are more demanding than ever before, and their expectation levels will continue to grow. No matter your industry, performing at your peak and delivering true value to customers comes down to three time-tested standards: creativity, humanity and simplicity. In her presentation, Monica Karo will share how to make decisions driven by these standards, with insights gleaned from iconic companies like Apple, Disney, PepsiCo and more.


The Ritz-Carlton

7:15 - 9:00 AM

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Network Breakfast Breakouts Deal | Women in Leadership | Construction

9:00 - 9:30 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10:40 AM
Monica Karo Seize tomorrow, today – how to drive transformation through dynamic decision-making

10:40 – 11:10 AM
AM Break

11:10 - 12:00 PM
SME Panel: Technology; Customer; Talent; Business Management

12:00 - 1:30 PM

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Lunch Breakouts AccountingDepartment.com ǀ Lincoln Financial Advisor ǀ Culture Index

1:30 - 2:45 PM
Cory Richards Vulnerability: The key to great leadership

2:45 - 3:00 PM
Closing Comments

Breakout sessions

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Deal

Join us for breakfast and an interactive conversation with experts from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. The Owner’s Journey: Lessons learned before, during and after the sale of a business 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.
Everyone is welcome at this interactive session. Hosted by the Deal Network.

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Construction

Join us for breakfast and peer-to-peer conversations exploring your current construction challenges, roadblocks and opportunities. Members will have the chance to meet other construction industry members and address issues such as:
  • How are you finding, recruiting, and retaining quality personnel?
  • What other industry trends have you noticed over the past two years?
  • What software systems are you using, and what do you recommend?
Members are encouraged to bring their own construction challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Construction 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.

Colonnade | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Breakout | Outsourced Accounting Departments: No Longer “Alternative”

Presenter: Andrea Boccard, Marketing Manager, AccountingDepartment.com

Now is the time to stop thinking of outsourced accounting departments as an “alternative option”. As mainstream as internal departments, outsourced accounting departments are so much more than their historical stereotypes—and businesses that are moving to this model routinely find they are more competitive, strategic and agile. Learn why outsourcing isn’t “alternative” and how your company can leverage this knowledge to stay ahead of the competition.

Plaza Room | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Breakout | Creating a Transferrable Business: A Roadmap for Business Owners

Presenter: Mark C. Bronfman, Sagemark Consulting/Lincoln Financial Advisors, Business Owner & Wealth Advisor

A business owner’s success is often measured by achievement across purpose, growth and succession. Are you on a pathway to ultimate achievement? Learn about the Business Intelligence Institute Six Step Process to achieve your owner goals.
  1. Establish Growth, Succession and Exit Goals
  2. Analyze Your Personal, Business and Market Readiness
  3. Discover the type of Owner You Are
  4. Explore the Succession Pathways
  5. Know the Value of your Exit/Business, then Harmonize your plan
  6. Execute the Plan and Protect Your Wealth
We encourage all Vistage members and guests to join us for a lunchtime presentation

Old Dominion | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Breakout | Know Bull Hiring

Presenter: David Quick, CEO Helping Bulls Thrive in China Shops, Culture Index Licensee, Vistage Chair

Get the most from every bull in your herd! Each of us has inner power and strength – our “inner bull.” How do you identify, understand, and use this “inner bull” to truly harness the power of your herd?
  • Get the most from every bull in you herd
  • Build a compelling/repelling magnet to drive the right bulls into your herd and the wrong ones away
  • Learn how to assess every bull already in your herd and every new bull coming into your herd to ensure you have the “right bulls in the right seats.”*
*Link to assess your “inner bull”



The Ritz-Carlton
1700 Tysons Blvd
McLean, VA
Optimize the decisions you face and the processes that you use to make them.