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2021 Minneapolis / St. Paul

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 8:00 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. CDT

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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 Minneapolis / St. Paul 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.


Why Attend

Check out the special invites from our Summit speakers - you'll find detailed presentation descriptions below!

Event Speakers

Joe Galvin

Chief Research Officer, 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.

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.”

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 | Joe Galvin, Decision factors 2021: Thriving on disruption

8:50 - 9:20 a.m.

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
  • Should I grow my business or sell it?
  • 3 Keys to getting your sales team to the next level
  • CEO’s candid guide to right people, right job, right fit to scale the business
  • The missing seat in the C-suite

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

11:05 – 12:20 p.m.
CONTENT | Connor Lokar, The journey forward

12:00 - 12:25 p.m.
Closing remarks

*agenda subject to change

Breakout sessions

9:25 - 10:25 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.

9:25 - 10:25 a.m.

3 Keys to getting your sales team to the next level

Presenter: Gary Braun, Co-Founder/Partner, Pivotal Advisors

Do you have the right team to take you to the next level of growth? Do you have the right leader to get you there? Many companies plateau at some point in their growth and cannot figure out how to get to the next level. They rely on a sales leader who is a superstar salesperson, but maybe not a great leader. Join us to learn:
  • How to assess your sales leader's skills and traits
  • How to identify the key processes and systems that need to improve for growth
  • Alternatives for hiring or developing you next sales leader

9:25 - 10:25 a.m.

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

Presenter: Jason Williford, Executive Advisor, Culture Index

Join the Culture Index - Minneapolis / St. Paul 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.

9:25 - 10:25 a.m.

The missing seat in the C-suite

Presenter: Sam Bloedow, CEO, Thriveon

In 2021, our ability to access and utilize digital tools is no longer just a mechanism for convenience; it is now a necessity to modernize our workplace through technology. With remote and hybrid work continuing to rise, the future success of your business rests on your company’s aptitude to engage in digital transformation. So, who’s going to lead the effort? Delegating your IT strategy to a dedicated Chief Information Officer will:
  • Enable your staff to work more effectively remotely and in the office
  • Allow you to rest easy knowing you’re protected from cyber attacks
  • Eliminate IT surprises and ensure you have the right technology to support your business plan