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Sacramento | Virtual Sessions

Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PST

Event Overview

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

These are unprecedented times. Now more than ever, leverage the resources and support of the Vistage community to lead the way — together. The coronavirus precludes the event from meeting in person this year. Join us 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.
  • Step back for a morning and re-energize.
  • Be empowered by community. You are not in this alone!

Lead the way together

Log in to your Vistage Executive Summit | Virtual Sessions to access 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. Explore below for complete keynote details!

Event Speakers

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.

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.

Brian Parsley

Behavior Analyst and Human Capital Strategist

Double down on your business

The biggest challenge leaders are facing? Comprehensive talent architecture to enable organizational growth. Misalignment in organizational culture, values and competency requirements makes it gravely difficult to ensure optimal fit and performance of current and future talent. This presentation from Brian Parsley will help you close the gaps. Learn how to harness and utilize the human and intellectual capital that exists within your organization. Leave with transferable knowledge to drive employee loyalty that will directly impact bottom line results.

Sacramento Panelists

Panel discussion: The pulse of Sacramento

Shifting focus. Responding to challenges. Planning for the future. In this panel discussion, four prominent Sacramento CEOs tackle hard-hitting issues through a local lens. Join the experts below as they explore pressing community issues from four eclectic, expert points of view. Topics for discussion include:

  • The tests now facing Sacramento.
  • Long-term impact.
  • Sacramento scorecard vs. other California cities.
  • Funding and growth.



8:00 - 8:10 AM
Event opening | Welcome remarks

8:10 - 9:00 AM
Networking discussion breakouts
  • Vistage Construction Network
  • Vistage Family Business Network
  • Vistage Coronavirus Network

9:00 – 10:05 AM
Brian Parsley, Double down on your business

10:05 - 11:10 AM
Virtual Breakout Sessions
  • Navigating business interruption
  • Should I grow my business or sell it?
  • Optimize your talent, eliminate mistakes, increase profitability

11:10 - 11:30 AM

11:30 - 12:05 PM
Anne Petrik, Decision factors to maximize recovery

12:05 - 12:40 PM
Panel Discussion: The pulse of Sacramento

12:40 - 12:50 PM

12:50 - 1:55 PM
Connor Lokar, Guidance in an uncertain economy

1:55 - 2:00 PM
Closing comments

Breakout sessions

8:10 - 9:00 AM

Networking discussion hosted by the Vistage Construction Network

Join local construction leaders for a networking discussion on the challenges and innovations impacting your business and the construction industry. Forge valuable connections and share insights with peers who speak your language. All attendees welcome. Start the conversation: Join the Construction Network.

8:10 - 9:00 AM

Networking discussion 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 networking session around the challenges and critical decisions you’re facing. Forge valuable connections with peers who speak your language. All attendees welcome. Start the conversation: Join the Family Business Network.

8:10 - 9:00 AM

Networking discussion hosted by the Vistage Coronavirus Network

Join your Vistage peers for a networking discussion on the challenges and innovations impacting your business due to the coronavirus pandemic. Forge valuable connections and share insights with peers looking for resource sharing. All attendees welcome. Start the conversation: Join the Coronavirus Network.

10:10 - 11:10 AM

Navigating Business Interruption

Presenter: Cindy Larson DeMarco, Strategic Consulting, Insperity

Please join Insperity business leader, Cindy DeMarco, sharing the impact of business interruption and how to best navigate it. This discussion will entail how business interruption, whether caused due to a global pandemic or your own company crisis, can be viewed from three different yet connected angles: Leading with Resiliency, Innovation Out of Change, and Culture of Employee Engagement. Reflecting on ideas and practices on an organization’s current and future foundations, especially its people— we will take a deeper look into the challenges and strategies on best navigating business interruption through the lens of how unexpected change can be the necessary component to an organization’s innovation and growth. We will also discuss the shift in prioritization for many businesses as they strive to bring their employees back— more productive, engaged, and with a high morale than before.

10:10 - 11:10 AM

Should I grow my business or sell it?

Presenter: Dave Heymann, Senior Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor, Generational Group

Many owners treat their business as if it is how they earn a living, or as their passion, or profession. The business itself is an investment, a financial asset. Wise investors know financial assets need to either be grown or be sold. Often owners don’t know how to grow a business INTENTIONALLY vs. OPPORTUNISTICALLY. When it comes to value, we always have an idea what our home and our stocks are worth but many owners have the wrong idea about the value of their business. During this session attendees will learn how a business is actually valued by buyers and what forces drive value up or down. We will also discuss the CORRECT way to grow a business INTENTIONALLY so that the return justifies the risk of owning a privately-held business.

10:10 - 11:10 AM

Optimize your talent, eliminate mistakes, increase profitability

Presenter: Barry Shulman, Principal, Shulman Associates Search Services, Inc.

Experts agree 90% of business problems are people problems. Do you have the right people in the right seats? How do you assess employees and candidates? Can you accurately create and articulate job descriptions for every role in your company? Do your managers have tools to effectively create and manage teams for maximum performance, profitability and ROI? How do you address over-and-under performers, conflict resolution and communication? Learn why and how thousands of companies of all sizes in every imaginable industry around the world quickly, inexpensively and easily optimize their talent strategy using The Predictive Index.