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Columbus | Virtual Sessions

Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT

Lead the way together

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To bring you timely, actionable data and insights, your Vistage Executive Summit will be presented as live, online Virtual Sessions with keynote speakers.

Now more than ever, leverage the resources and support of your Vistage community to lead the way — together. Join your peers for a unique Summit experience from the comfort and safety of your own home.

This online event is an opportunity to:

  • Gain targeted insights and data about current events — and learn what it all means for your business.
  • Get informed to lead with confidence.
  • Take crucial time to reflect and rethink.
  • Be empowered by community. You are not in this alone!

Diverse perspectives. Collective wisdom. Shared experience.

Your Vistage Executive Summit | Virtual Sessions is access to targeted insights, data and tools from sources you can trust, on the issues keeping you up at night. Highlights of the program will include a market-specific economic update with opportunity for Q&A, and Vistage Research applying a coronavirus crisis lens to 2020 priorities.

Maybe, you’re feeling overwhelmed. Or, you fear being left behind. Though it can feel lonely at the top, know this — you are not in it alone. Roll up your sleeves and gain actionable new ideas to bring back to your team.

Your leadership journey is unique to you. Join your peers on this day, and consider the mountains you’ll move tomorrow.

Event Speakers

Anne Petrik

Sr. Director of Research, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

Decision factors to maximize recovery

The latest insights from Vistage research will help you understand the key factors you must consider as part of your decision-making in these uncertain times. Expand your perspectives and inform strategic decisions on how to best manage customers, talent, finances and operations, and ultimately ensure your business is well-positioned for future success.

Connor Lokar2020

Program Economist, ITR Economics

Guidance in an uncertain economy

Never has it been more critical for you to have clear, impartial and data-driven perspective on how factors such as COVID-19 and oil price volatility will impact the economy moving forward, and what you should be doing in response. This session from ITR Economics will help you determine the best course of action for the most important part of the economy — you and your business. ITR will cut through the noise to present its expectation of the human and business impact of these black swan events. Additionally they will:

    1. Look at a system of leading indicators proven to signal cyclical turns in the economy and markets.
    2. Present the outlook for the market segments most important to your industry.
    3. Assess interest rate and other financial market trends, including the latest information on stock market performance.
    4. Consider your 3, 5 and 7-year planning needs, and talk about preparing for challenges and opportunities in the 2020s.

Heidi Grant

Dir. of Research & Development, EY Americas Learning, and Assoc. Dir. of the Motivation Science Center, Columbia University

How leaders gain trust

As a leader, you know — to influence your people, particularly in times of uncertainty and challenge, you need to be trusted.

How can you ensure you are projecting trustworthiness? How can you be certain how your words and actions are perceived? In this presentation, Dr. Heidi Grant will share science-based strategies for you to bridge the gap between intention and impact, and make sure you come across as you mean. Using research from her latest book, Heidi will demonstrate the importance of overcoming biases and assumptions that lead to misperceptions, and how subtle cues like eye contact and nodding can make all the difference.


Virtual event

8:30 - 8:40 AM

8:40 - 9:45 AM
Connor Lokar, Guidance in an uncertain economy

9:45 - 10:25 AM
Networking activity

10:27 - 11:05 AM
Anne Petrik, Decision factors to maximize recovery

11:05 AM - 12:10 PM
Virtual breakout session

  • COVID-19 workplace discrimination & reasonable accommodations—challenges, strategies and concerns

  • 12:10 - 12:20 PM

    12:20 - 1:25 PM
    Heidi Grant, How leaders gain trust

    1:25 - 1:30 PM
    Closing comments

    *agenda subject to change

    Breakout sessions

    11:05 AM - 12:10 PM

    COVID-19 workplace discrimination & reasonable accommodations—challenges, strategies and concerns

    Presenter: Dr. Cindy Larson DeMarco and Emma MacStay, Insperity

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected industries and workplaces all across this country. And, while we navigate through these ever-changing guidelines, along with understanding and applying new and existing laws, we must remember employees are still protected against discrimination and other work-related misconduct. Please join us for this insightful webinar that will discuss the challenges and strategies around increased concern over workplace discrimination and confusion over the application of reasonable accommodations in the workplace.