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2017 Indianapolis Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Indianapolis Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 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 judgement, 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

Connor Lokar2017

Program Economist, ITR Economics

Navigating the crest: Acute insights for improved decision-making

Make the right decisions, at the right time. This engaging, informative presentation will provide ITR's views of what to expect from the economy in 2019 and beyond, covering such topics as industry and consumer trends, business-to-business activity, tax reform, trade, inflation, interest rates and more.

Learn a method by which your company can take advantage of its own data, to make better-informed decisions based on the economic environment. Using rate-of-change calculations, find out how to identify where you are in your business cycle, and which key leading indicators should guide your business strategy. Leave with:

  • Clear, practical, actionable advice based on the current economic environment.
  • Understanding of the impact of government policy on the economy.
  • Inflation and interest rate expectations.

Jason Young

President of LeadSmart, Inc.

The Culturetopia Effect

Drawing from his successful tenure at Southwest Airlines—consistently voted No. 1 in customer service and employee satisfaction—and his experience as consultant to dozens of leading companies, Jason Young shares his innovative perspective on how to create and sustain the high-performance organizational culture he calls, “Culturetopia”. He presents a wide range of strategic factors that drive decisions of leaders who want to build this culture of care and accountability, where people can do their best work. Jason imparts practical, easy-to-implement guidance on the key determinants that make a healthy, productive, profitable culture in any team or organization. Leave with proven practices that will help you lead your team to its fullest potential.

David Goldsmith

Co-founder/president, Goldsmith Organization

From thoughts to reality: What others won’t or can’t tell you about advanced decision making

From thoughts to reality: What others won’t or can’t tell you about advanced decision-making. Every decision — good or bad — has an impact. David Goldsmith will present a powerful combination of planning tools, counter intuitive approaches and eye-opening perspectives to empower you to make leadership decisions that prompt rapid, highly-transformative outcomes. David’s concept of “rethinking” will change how you see your role as decision-maker, and help you take ideas into reality with greater ease. Leave with proven decision-making tools to achieve intended results with laser precision


NCAA Hall of Champions

7:15 - 9:00 AM
Registration | Breakfast | Marketplace

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Network Breakfast Breakouts Manufacturing | Deal

9:00 - 9:15 AM
Welcome Remarks

9:15 - 10:45 AM
Jason Young The Culturetopia Effect

10:45 - 11:15 AM
Break | Marketplace

11:15 - 12:30 PM
David Goldsmith What others won’t or can’t tell you about advanced decision making

12:30 - 2:00 PM

12:30 - 2:00 PM
Lunch Breakouts Blue Corona | Advisa

12:30 - 2:00 PM
Experience Vistage

2:00 - 2:40 PM
Connor Lokar Ahead of the curve - Part 1

2:40 - 3:00 PM
Break | Marketplace

3:00 - 3:40 PM
Connor Lokar Ahead of the curve - Part 2

3:40 - 3:50 PM
Closing Remarks

3:50 - 4:50 PM
Networking Reception

Breakout sessions

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Network 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

Network Breakfast Breakout | Manufacturing

Join us for breakfast and peer-to-peer conversations exploring your current manufacturing challenges, roadblocks and opportunities. Members will have the chance to meet other manufacturing industry members and address issues such as:
  • What can you do to build a better pool of potential employees?
  • How can you combat high turnover on your factory floor?
  • What is the biggest challenge facing your business right now?
Members are encouraged to bring their own manufacturing challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Manufacturing Network.

12:30 - 2:00 PM

Lunch Breakout | How to Use Next Generation Competitive Analysis to Improve Your Business

Presenter: Alex Perini, Account Director, Blue Corona

This workshop will highlight the evolving nature and importance of ongoing competitive analysis to accelerate business performance. Attendees will participate in an inclusion exercise where they perform a self-evaluation of their own competitive landscape. Cliff will wrap up with an analysis of two local Vistage members and highlight insights from a larger, all member analysis. Attendees will leave with a new perspective on competitive analysis and takeaways that can be used to measurably improve business performance.

12:30 - 2:00 PM

Lunch Breakout | Surviving the Flood: Resiliency 2.0

Presenter: Dr. Fredricka Joyner, Ph.D., Senior Leadership and Organization Development Consultant, ADVISA, Vistage Sponsor

It’s easy to succeed when times are good. What about when you’re facing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity? In this session, Dr. Joyner will highlight how shifting workforce demographics have created a leadership and skills gap and the importance (now more than ever) of creating an intentional culture of commitment and resiliency. During this session, attendees will:
  • Consider the difference between engagement, resiliency, and Resiliency 2.0
  • Evaluate their own organizations against seven research-based elements of a resilient culture
  • Gain practical tools for advancing leadership’s capacity to shape and foster Resiliency 2.0.



NCAA Hall of Champions
700 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN
Optimize the decisions you face and the processes that you use to make them.