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2019 New Orleans Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in New Orleans Monday, August 19, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. CDT

Event Overview

Change is happening faster than ever.
Make sure you have every advantage.

In our fast-paced world of high-speed technology, few businesses can afford a lax approach to change. High-performing companies are quick, nimble and ready to pounce. They incorporate progressive practices, the latest resources and timely information. They can see around the curves and past their blind spots. They’re not the followers. They are the pacesetters.

And they do not get there on their own.

Join your greater Vistage family and peers to rev up the energy
and kick up your drive at this year’s Vistage Executive Summit.

What is the Vistage Executive Summit?

A powerful event that brings together our peers and Chairs from across your region for a day of learning, inspiration and connection. It’s a day designed to put you on the fast track to more effective leadership, increased performance and better results.

You can count on:

You’ll come away with keen insights, broadened perspectives, practical tips to implement immediately, and mind racing possibilities.

Event Speakers

Commander Kirk Lippold

U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Adaptable leadership

There will be no “new normal” for the foreseeable future — there are just too many unknowns and unpredictable changes, driving an evolving business environment. Now more than ever, leaders must embrace the ability to adapt and adjust. Using the attack on the USS Cole as a backdrop, Commander Lippold will frame how he and his crew went from ops normal to a rapidly changing environment in a split second, mirroring what we are experiencing today. Combining interactive Q&A with engaging storytelling, Kirk will explore how you can adapt your leadership to be best positioned for success in the coming months and years ahead.

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.

Anne Petrik

Sr. Director of Research, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

SMB CEO: Decisions, investments and priorities for 2019

While strong economic tailwinds continue to push the economy forward, there is growing concern the “good old days” might just be ending. In this presentation we’ll share the thoughts of more than 1500 Vistage CEOs. We’ll review their economic confidence for the year ahead, explore their key decisions and understand their top investments for 2019. We’ll look at their priorities and identify the key takeaways. Join Anne Petrik, Sr. Director of Research, as she shares the ongoing work of Vistage Research into the issues, topics and decisions of business optimization and leadership enhancement.


Hyatt Regency New Orleans

8:30 - 10:30 AM
Registration | Breakfast | Marketplace

9:00 - 10:00 AM
Morning Sessions

10:00 - 10:30 AM

10:30 - 11:00 AM
General Session | Networking Activity

11:00 - 11:30 AM
Anne Petrik SMB CEO: Decisions, investments and priorities for 2019

11:30 – 11:50 AM
Member Excellence Awards Spotlight

11:50 - 12:50 PM

12:50 - 2:05 PM
Connor Lokar Navigating the crest: Acute economic insights for improved decision-making

2:05 - 2:35 PM

2:35 - 3:35 PM
Commander Kirk Lippold Leadership and accountability when it matters

3:35 - 3:45 PM
Summary Remarks

3:45 - 4:45 PM

Breakout sessions

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Morning Session | Revitalizing Business Culture through Inclusion and Equality

Hosted by the Vistage Diversity Network and Facilitated by Local Chair Today’s most successful business leaders have realized that a diverse workforce positively impacts their bottom line. Diversity broadens a company’s knowledge base and is essential for an inclusive, forward-thinking corporate culture. Join local business leaders for a candid discussion of diversity. What is your company doing to encourage diverse talent to thrive, no matter who they are or where they come from? What has been your biggest win? How has this best practice directly benefited your business? Forge valuable connections, gain inspiration and share insights with peers who speak your language. Breakfast provided. All attendees welcome. Start the conversation now: Join the Diversity Network.

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Morning Session | Family Business: WOW & OMG! Opportunities and Challenges

Hosted by the Vistage Family Business Network The decisions facing a family business are both delicate and unique. Join like-minded leaders from around the region who understand the ins and outs of family business for a morning networking session around topics such as succession planning, governance, challenges and opportunities. Forge valuable connections while discussing challenges and best practices with peers who speak your language. Breakfast provided. All attendees welcome. Start the conversation now: Join the Family Business Network.



Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA
Get on the fast track to better decisions, quicker results and increased success.