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2021 Chicago

Thursday, September 30, 2021 8:00 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. CDT

Event Overview

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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 Chicago 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 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.

Dr. Alan Beaulieu

President & Principal, 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.”

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.


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.

9:20 - 9:55 a.m.
CONTENT | AmyK Hutchins, GET IT: The EQ Leadership We Need Right Now

9:55 - 10:55 a.m.
CONTENT | Targeted Learning Breakouts
  • Should I grow my business or sell it?
  • Nine steps to an unlimited life
  • The new world of flex
  • Tax Reform and ESOPs: Why is everyone talking about both?

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

11:05 - 12:20 a.m.
CONTENT | Dr. Alan Beaulieu, The journey forward

12:20 - 12:25 a.m.
Closing remarks

*agenda subject to change

Breakout sessions

9:10 - 10:10 a.m.

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.

9:10 - 10:10 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.

9:10 - 10:10 a.m.

Tax Reform and ESOPs: Why is everyone talking about both?

Presenter: Patrick Thompson, CFA, CFP®, CEPA - Private Wealth Advisor, UBS

Since November’s election, many business owners have wondered how President Biden’s tax plans will impact their companies. In particular, issues such as corporate tax rates and rising capital gains taxes could directly affect the standing of a potential ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) strategy. We invite you to join us for an event, featuring: a. Leslie Lauer, Managing Director and leader in the wealth management industry for business owners, UBS b. Shane Lieberman, Federal Affairs Manager in the U.S. Office of Public Policy, UBS c. Patrick Thompson, CFA, CFP(r), CEPA - Private Wealth Advisor, UBS

9:10 - 10:10 am

The new world of flex

Presenter: Terry Miller, Human Resources Specialist and Betts Sanders, Performance Specialist, Insperity

Learn how to navigate and thrive in an everchanging business environment, balancing development and preventing burnout in a hybrid world. • Use flex opportunities to inspire, engage, and retain the best employees. • Leverage prevention tactics to recognize and minimize potential negative effects of burnout on productivity, morale and collaboration. • Turn resistance into commitment and inspire team members to take ownership as leaders drive employees to embrace constant change. • Accelerate employee learning and development in times of flex.