Executive Leadership Forum

Executive Leadership Forum

Event Information


Jun 13, 2018 - Jun 15, 2018 Eastern


Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

10065 100 St, NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0N6

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Many association leaders recognize that an organization’s success depends on its ability to recruit and retain talented employees. But in an increasingly complex environment marked by a changing workforce, selecting, strengthening, sustaining, and replenishing an association’s staff team is more and more challenging. From generational shifts and employee engagement to performance management and workplace culture, a strategic approach to talent management is essential.

The Executive Leadership Forum is a thought-provoking executive learning experience for senior-level leaders in the association community seeking intellectually demanding, creative, open-ended, and higher-order learning. Participants are inspired and challenged by engaging thought leaders from a variety of professions and backgrounds. Designed in an evidence-based and highly interactive format, the forum leverages conversations, mental agility, and engagement with peers to increase synthesis and application of advanced concepts.

Come to the forum to create the perfect talent management formula and maintain your association’s competitive edge. Learn how to:

  • extend the strategic importance of your association’s human capital and the value that better talent creates.
  • integrate new engagement, development, and workplace strategies.
  • create a practical framework that will engage high-performing teams to be innovative, resilient, and collaborative.
  • anticipate needs for human capital and explore ways to identify and hire top gig-economy talent.
  • evaluate your association’s strategy and long-term talent management processes to cultivate your talent roster.
  • build diverse and inclusive workplaces with creative alternatives.
  • generate a network of senior association executives willing to hold you accountable to your learning goals and actively participate in reflection with you.

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
10065 100 St., NW
Edmonton, B T5J 0N6
Phone: 780-424-5181
Guest fax: 780-429-6481
Rate: $279 (CAD)
Cutoff date: May 29, 2018
Reservations can be made online.

  • Agenda

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2018

      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      Opening Reception Hosted by Fairmont Hotel Macdonald and Edmonton Tourism
      Executive Chef Mridul Bhatt and his culinary team will prepare a prairie-garden-inspired reception, offering delicious dishes created with local, sustainable ingredients.

      Thursday, June 14, 2018

      8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

      9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
      Conversation and Collaboration

      9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: The Secrets of Highly Engaging Workplaces and Leaders
      Dr. John Izzo has spent a lifetime researching what separates truly passionate, high-engagement teams and leaders from the rest of the pack. Organizations with high levels of employee engagement are significantly more profitable and have higher customer loyalty, stronger productivity, and a better reputation than those with moderate engagement. Learn the secrets of highly engaged organizations and explore why some leaders consistently succeed at motivating highly engaged teams.

      11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
      Networking Break

      11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Ready or Not, Here Comes Z
      Members of Generation Z, born from 1996 to 2009, came of age during the most disruptive decade of the past century. Their arrival marks the end of clearly defined roles, traditions, and experiences. What does this mean for the future of your association? Hear from Josh Miller, a 16-year-old entrepreneur, podcaster, and generational thought leader who will share the results of a global Gen Z survey and research project he co-authored with Sarah Sladek, an ASAE author and the CEO of XYZ University. Josh will share what motivates Gen Z and how this generation's arrival will influence the workforce and membership organizations during the next 10 to 15 years.

      1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      Conversation and Collaboration

      3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
      Networking Break

      3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Retain the Best, Confront the Rest: How to Shake Up Your Organization in the War for Talent
      The notion of holding one job for life does not appeal to the new generation of talent. Unless you are willing to invest in them emotionally and financially‚ members of this savvy group will seize opportunity and leave you scrambling to replace them. They won’t accept complacency in their leaders or teams‚ and neither should you. To retain them, organizations and leaders need to focus on creating an outstanding culture that fosters high engagement, high morale, and a happier atmosphere.

      5:00 – 5:15 p.m.
      Conversation and Collaboration

      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      Reception Hosted by Travel Alberta
      This “Taste of Edmonton” event will feature catering by Biera Restaurant, beer brewed onsite by Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company, and coffee creations by Transcend Coffee Roasters. Local culinary partners will offer samples of food and drink, and guests will enjoy demonstrations in meat cutting, brewing, distilling, and chocolate making, among other activities.

      Friday, June 15, 2018

      7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

      8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
      Conversation and Collaboration

      9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Recruiting Myths and Trends for 2018 and Beyond
      Smart talent acquisition strategies are key to successful association growth. Adapting your process to hire top talent requires a long-term approach that involves anticipating future hiring needs, creating a sustainable pool of candidates, developing your talent pipeline, and adopting new recruitment technologies. Leveraging all of these elements will help you implement a recruitment strategy that enables your association to stand out from its competition and attract and retain top talent.

      10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
      Networking Break

      10:45 – 12:15 p.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Bias, Privilege, and the Power of Personal Narrative
      Talent management in 2018 poses myriad challenges as organizations attempt to balance attracting, retaining, and engaging diverse, high-potential employees. Unconscious bias can get in the way of building fair and equitable systems that don’t inadvertently privilege some groups over others. Tiffany Jana, author of “Overcoming Bias” and the forthcoming “Erasing Institutional Bias,” will leverage her 20 years of experience building diverse and inclusive workplaces around the world to help you explore innovative ways to foster an inclusive organizational culture.

      12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

      1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: The Corporate Side of the Gig Economy: Building and Managing an On-Demand Workforce
      Up to 30 percent of the workforce today is composed of contract workers, and that number is expected to increase. Yet much of the conversation about the “gig economy” has been directed at how workers can adapt. Employers are the other side of the equation and equally need to adjust to this shift in the workforce. Get a look at how this new labor economy is affecting employers, from understanding key trends to navigating hiring processes to keeping special considerations in mind. Explore the benefits and pitfalls of the on-demand workforce, where to find top on-demand talent, and which roles are most ideal for hiring on-demand.

      2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
      Conversation and Collaboration

  • Speakers

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      Josh Miller

      Josh Miller is a passionate and informed advocate for his generation—Gen Z. He started speaking on national stages at the age of 13. Now, at the age of 16, he’s an award-winning entrepreneur and thought-leader who has met and been mentored by several notable business leaders. Miller brings considerable research and insight to his presentations, drawing on his experiences as both a high school student and a young consultant to Fortune 500 companies. His presentations resonate with audiences that want to learn how to engage today’s students and young professionals, and glean valuable insights into future workforce trends.

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      John Izzo

      Dr. John Izzo helps companies maximize their potential from the ground up. For over 20 years, Dr. Izzo has worked with thousands of leaders around the world, on employee-engagement strategies and brand transformations. Dr. Izzo has been a pioneer in employee engagement, leading change, shifting employee and consumer values and corporate social responsibility. He is known for his hard hitting practical content, his inspirational storytelling and the lasting impact he has on organizations.

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      Tony Lee

      Tony Lee is vice president of editorial for the Society for Human Resource Management, where he oversees all editorial functions and staff and focuses on evolving SHRM's content strategy globally. SHRM’s publishing portfolio includes HR Magazine, HR News online, a range of e-newsletters and SHRM-published books. Lee is a recognized authority on recruitment trends, and prior to joining SHRM he was editor and publisher of CareerCast.com, an award-winning site he created for job hunters and the HR community. He also served as chief alliance officer of CareerCast’s parent company, Adicio Inc., a leading developer of online recruitment solutions.

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      Tiffany Jana, DM

      Tiffany Jana is the co-founder of TMI Consulting Incorporated, a diversity and inclusion management consulting firm founded in 2003 and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. TMI Consulting is a Certified Benefit Corporation and earned the 2016 Best for the World Honor from the nonprofit B Lab that certifies B Corps worldwide. Tiffany Jana is the co-author of Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences. Her second book, Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion, will be released this Autumn. Dr. Jana is featured in the B Corp Handbook by Ryan Honeyman, and spoke on the TEDx stage on the Power of Privilege. Tiffany won the Style Weekly Top 40 Under 40 Award, Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching Award, Entrepreneur of the Year and was recently named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018 on Inc.com.

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      Lori M. Anderson, CAE

      Lori Anderson is President & CEO for the International Sign Association (ISA), which serves the sign, graphics and visual communications industry. ISA’s programs include conferences, advocacy, technology, research and the ISA International Sign Expo, which attracts some 20,000 professionals annually. Prior to joining ISA in 2004, Lori was with the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI) in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for a number of programs, including government affairs, statistics, international trade policy and strategic planning. She also was a legislative aide on Capitol Hill and a public school educator.

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      Michelle Ray

      According to a recent Gallop survey, only thirteen percent of employees are actively engaged and satisfied in their chosen vocation. High levels of disenchantment and frustration impact productivity and performance, as many seek a greater connection to their work and life purpose. For more than twenty years, Michelle Ray has helped thousands of audiences as well as organizations of every description to take the lead, get out of their comfort zones and develop the willingness to risk. Delivering her powerful message on self-leadership with insight, humour, and passion, Michelle’s engaging, interactive, presentations resonate with a diverse clientele who are seeking to inspire their teams and take personal responsibility for creating their own reality at work, in business and in life.

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      Olga Mizrahi

      Olga Mizrahi is the author of Amazon’s Hot #1 book “Sell Local. Think Global.” She is a national speaker and marketing expert on the gig economy; a local Southern California business owner; a blogger for entrepreneurs and freelancers at ChunkOfChange.com; and a small business columnist for The Long Beach Post. Olga Mizrahi’s fresh views on the freelance economy, personal branding, and entrepreneurial unique value proposition have been featured recently in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and Investor’s Business Daily.

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