LEAD Business Summit speakers

A rapidly changing market is making it necessary for businesses to continue to shift and adapt in order to stay relevant. That’s why the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce has created a one-day conference designed to help business leaders reach the next level and be a catalyst for change.

The LEAD Business Summit is the first of its kind for the mid-Willamette Valley. The conference is designed to help individuals develop professionally and build their business, while allowing them to create connections with peers and business leaders. The goal is to allow leaders and managers the opportunity to step out of their day-to-day roles and focus on the big picture of their business.

“One of the core values in our business is to pursue growth and learning every single day,” said Tim Fahndrich with ThirdRiver Marketing LLC. “It’s events like these that provide us with the mindset, the learning, and the knowledge that we as business owners and key managers really need to be able to adapt to the business environment that we live in, which is just changing so rapidly.”

The event begins at noon on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 and will open with kick off speaker Celeste Edman, CEO of Lunar Logic. Edman’s presentation will focus on mentoring as a leadership tool. Peer networking and lunch will follow.

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose two breakout sessions out of eight possible topics, such as succession planning, taking the path to executive level leadership, keys to high performing teams, and building your brand through digital experiences. The breakouts are not just for business owners, but have been tailored to individuals in a variety of career levels.

Following the peer networking and happy hour, keynote speaker Seth Mattison, founder and chief movement officer of Futuresight Labs, will close out the conference with his presentation on the generational transformation impacting work and leadership today.
While the content line-up through workshops and speakers will provide valuable information that can be applied to personal goals, perhaps the most valuable piece is the relationships that can be built.

“I’m most excited about the conversations with folks outside of the sessions,” said Chris Nordyke with Summit Cleaning and Restoration. “The sessions, to me, are a fire-starter. The conversations between sessions, and even after the event, are where the value is.”

LEAD Business Summit will give members of the business community the chance to enhance their careers by offering professional development as well as new perspectives on business. The event will challenge conventional thinking so business leaders can continue to lead forward in their organizations.

“The LEAD Business Summit is all about continuing to strengthen businesses and leaders within our region,” said Marla McColly, director of events and programs for the Salem Chamber. “This event will connect business people to their passions, each other, and their community.”

“It’s exciting that we’re bringing something new that will benefit the entire business community,” said LeAnn Keim with Columbia Bank, the event’s presenting sponsor.

Registration is now open for the event. LEAD Business Summit is presented by Columbia Bank. For more details on the event, go to leadempowered.com.

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