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2021 Carolinas

Friday, November 12, 2021 8:00 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. EST

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Your journey to get here has been extraordinary.

Equip yourself with learnings, data and connections to further your leadership climb. Register now for the Carolinas Vistage Executive Summit, a virtual event designed to help you chart the course upward.

The Vistage Executive Summit is a day to tune in and know your peers are right there with you. Without ever leaving your home, find an edge with insider’s access to market-specific insights from ITR Economics and Vistage Research, targeted learning breakout sessions, and networking with members from our greater Vistage community.

The only way forward is up. How you get there — it’s up to you.


Event Speakers

Anne Petrik

Sr. Director of Research, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

Decision factors 2021: Thriving on disruption

While leaders of small and midsize businesses have been focused on capitalizing on the wave of economic growth, they also must manage the continuing disruptions created by the pandemic to thrive. In this briefing from Vistage research, CEOs will gain perspectives on the five key decision factors they need to consider to successfully lead their business through the end of the year as well as create effective plans for 2022.

AmyK Hutchens

Author and Business Strategist

GET IT: The EQ leadership we need right now

Imagine having the ideal set of communication skills to break down barriers, inspire action, heal relationships, solve problems and create real connection. What if you had the confidence, courage and capability to lead empathically? You’d be unstoppable — both brilliant in business and happy in life. In this compelling and energetic presentation, AmyK Hutchens, a Vistage award-winning speaker, two-time No. 1 Amazon best-selling author, and 20+ year coach and consultant, will share the power of empathic intelligence.

Connor Lokar20202020

Program Economist, ITR Economics

The journey forward

2020 was quite a year. ITR Economics will explore all of the changes that occurred in the economy and break down what they mean to your business in 2021. One thing that will not change, is that successful businesses will have to constantly adapt to a sea of shifting circumstances. ITR will examine consumer, manufacturing, and construction industry trends that drive Vistage member company performance and present a regional perspective to highlight the factors most important to your local economy. More specifically ITR will:

  • Assess economic performance and business demand in 2021 and into 2022.
  • Evaluate the latest regional data, highlighting issues important to your local economy.
  • Look at a system of key leading indicators proven to signal cyclical turns in the economy and vertical markets.
  • Present clear, actionable Management Objectives™ that are right for the coming years as we adapt to the “new reality.”


Virtual event

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.

8:15 - 8:50 a.m.
CONTENT | Anne Petrik, Decision factors 2021: Thriving on disruption

8:50 - 9:20 a.m.
CONVERSATION | Small group connections

9:20 - 9:55 a.m.
CONTENT | AmyK Hutchens, GET IT: The EQ leadership we need right now

9:55 - 10:55 a.m.
CONTENT | Targeted Learning Breakouts
  • CEO’s candid guide to right people, right job, right fit to scale the business
  • Should I grow my business or sell it?
  • Nine steps to an unlimited life
  • Turnover tsunami

10:55 - 11:05 a.m.
CONNECTION | Break & Resource Center

11:05 – 12:25 p.m.
CONTENT | Connor Lokar, ITR Economics The journey forward

*agenda subject to change

Breakout sessions

9:55 - 10:55 a.m.

CEO’s candid guide to right people, right job, right fit to scale the business

Presenter: Eileen Stephens Sr. Executive Advisor, Culture Index

Join the Culture Index team to reveal the true fit of your entire executive team and leaders – who is in the right seat and who is not? Do you have the right team in place to scale your business? Sick and tired of not getting the top and bottom line growth by not hiring and obtaining the right team? In this session, you will be prepped with tools to utilize data to make more objective human decisions in securing the right talent in order to drive sustainable growth. Walk away with new insights, tips, and practices to implement into your business and better align your people along the way.

9:55 - 10:55 a.m.

Should I grow my business or sell it?

Presenter: Dave Heymann, Sr. 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.

9:55 - 10:55 a.m.

Nine steps to an unlimited life

Presenter: John Asher, CEO, Asher Longevity Institute

John Asher will describe a clear roadmap for Living a MUCH longer and Much higher quality of life, free of disease. He will show the four principle causes of aging at the cellular levels and how to stop them. He will provide antiaging protocols for sleeping, eating, exercise, a healthy gut microbiome, supplements and fasting. He will show the benefits of a few previously FDA approved drugs with an off-label benefit for longevity. John practices what he preaches. He is stronger and in better shape than when he played football in college. Participants will walk away with a clear roadmap to live to an unlimited life with a very healthy health span.

9:55 - 10:55 a.m.

Turnover tsunami

Presenter: Jill Silman Chapman, Sr. Performance Consultant, Insperity

There’s an alarming trend – some might even call it a crisis – underway in the U.S. workforce. More than half of employees surveyed in North America planned to look for a new job in 2021, according to a new report. Employers were experiencing high rates of turnover prior to the economic shutdown triggered by the pandemic last spring, but since then, quit rates reached their lowest level in nine years. We have seen voluntary job-leaving increasing significantly in 2021 as employees resume job searches they put off for the past year. Respondents gave a variety of reasons for wanting to move on to new opportunities, including disengagement and burnout, as well as the typical career-oriented contributing factors like wanting a promotion or raise. Some feel less connected to their company, and some say company culture has diminished since the start of the pandemic. Perhaps the earthquake that set off this turnover tsunami is the SHEcession, the term used to describe the COVID-19-induced recession in which women have quit their jobs or scaled back their participation in the workforce at rates far higher than men. The SHEcession threatens to erase the gains women have made toward equal representation at all organizational levels over the last several decades, and its impacts may be felt for years to come. If this trend continues, there are no winners. The absence of women in the workforce hurts both women and companies long term – and could have dire economic consequences. We’ve learned from COVID that change is inevitable, but it can be costly for your business. Employee turnover is an element of change that directly affects your bottom line. As such, it is important to identify the motives of departing workers and devise an effective retention strategy.