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Registration and Networking: 8:00am - 8:30am

Morning Welcome: 8:30am - 9:30am

Breakout Session I Leadership of Self: 9:45am - 10:45am

Own Your Awesome

Presented by: Amber Oppeau, KOAA

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~Theodore Roosevelt In today’s social landscape, it can be challenging to avoid the temptations to compare oneself to those around you. When all we see are the “highlight reels” of those we know, it can easily lead to personal dissatisfaction. In the workplace, at home and in social circles, our egos are trained to see the best qualities in others and conversely, notice all the things that are “wrong” with us.

The truth is, the “wrongs,” the areas of “weakness” are a myth. In this talk, Amber will share the reality about your “flaws” and help you find your real truth, your strength and how to use your character traits to get you where you want to be: a state of happiness (or at least, ‘happier-ness.’)


It All Begins with Influence

Presented by: Anthony Perez, Success is a Language

Whether you are looking to lead an organization, your city or community what we all must understand it all begins with influence. John Maxwell has taught us,when we increase our influence we increase our leadership, so the question is how do we increase our influence? There certain character attributes along with an increase in our social and emotional intellect that we need to develop in order to increase the level of influence that we have with those that we serve and support. In this workshop we will identify the character attributes needed for your success, reflect on the below learning statements while also explaining the importance of social and emotional intelligence and why it is the foundation for leadership development.

• Creating value for others helps you increase your influence • Increased influence helps you create buy-in and positive change • Influence creates a Culture – Culture statement supports your vision and mission • All the success we experience and achieve is solely dependent on our ability to build strong, positive relationships • Leadership comes from being consistent in your execution and being in alignment with your values and principles. • Engagement through Influence – Outcomes through Culture


The Brand of You

Presented by: Kami Guildner, Kami Guildner Coaching

Are you ready to ignite passion, purpose and meaning into your work and life? Shine a light on your gifts and talents and tune into the part of your work you love most! Kami will help you explore what brings a fire to your life and help you tune into what your heart wants you to know! You will define your personal brand and a roadmap for showing up in the world. You’ll leave behind the self-doubts and open up to the wonder of who you are at your best and how you want to matter. Kami will give you real world practical tips to play a bigger game and up-level what you’re putting out into the world, so you are seen, heard and making an impact leading the change you desire.


Breakout Session II Leadership of Community: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Next Generation Leadership: How to Get Unstuck and Lead a Life of Accelerated Imact

Presented by: Garrett Gatlin, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Too many people settle for an average life, when a life of thriving could be waiting just around the corner. In a world of increasing change and complexity, it has become difficult for leaders to maintain a strong sense of joy, passion, and purpose in their work and life. In fact, 40% of Americans do not believe it is possible for people to succeed at work, make a good living, and have enough time to contribute to their family and community. This session provides insights on how to design a life and career in which you thrive and accelerate your leadership development for the 21st century.


Behavior Analysis Assisted Leadership:  A Scientific Approach to Behavior Change  

Presented by: Dee Hiatt, Human Behavior Systems and ABA Consultants

Behavior science continues to make its way into practical application, but is still not widely considered as part of leadership skills.  This presentation will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the contingencies that work on an individual’s behavior and provide a new framework in which to think about leadership.  The presentation will address why many systems that are suggested to manage behavior fail.  The discussion will focus how an individual can discover the individualized methods that will help each person change their own behavior to achieve their goals and/or become a more effective and understanding thoughtful leader. The presentation will walk attendees through choosing a goal, analyzing the behavior changes needed, and reinforcing one’s own behavior in a way that research has found to work.  The presentation will conclude with a examination of ways to apply this framework to human systems such as families, business, and communities. 


Human Capital Leadership Development

Presented by: Rose Walker, Peak Vista Community Health Centers and MGM Solutions Corp

As Leaders it's important to understand how to maximize Human Capital Development in order to reach the strategic goals of an organization.  Leadership Development is viewed as one of the most crucial among human capital priorities facing organizations today.  Developing great leaders is the most important factor that impacts an organization’s competitive advantage.

The question becomes how do we build leadership? This presentation will provide insights on how leaders can improve their interactions with others to positively impact talent acquisition, performance management and leadership succession planning. We’ve all heard a lot about Emotional Intelligence – now let’s talk about Conversational Intelligence.   How do leaders have conversations that build trust, that bond with our teams, and develop partnerships that can transform organizations.  Embedded in the presentation will be a discussion of how Emotional Intelligence and Conversational Intelligence is directly tied to building high performing teams and maximizing human development.  


Lunch and Keynote: 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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We are so thrilled to announce Debra Benton, President of Benton Management Resources, Inc as our 2018 Community Leadership Conference keynote speaker. Debra Benton is an internationally recognized expert on how effective executives think, manage, and lead. TopCEOcoaches.com ranks her in the top 10 coaches in the world and she is the highest-ranking female.

Debra has more than 30 years of international experience, partnering with, developing and advancing the career of many executives, and delivering seminars in more than 18 different countries, including 3 around-the-world tours. Her client list reflects a number of America’s premier companies: PepsiCo, GE, Citicorp, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Time-Warner, DuPont, Kennecott, American Express, Mobile Oil, Timken, Pfizer, Kraft, AT&T, Merrill Lynch, NASA, and other leading global brands.

She is an award winning, New York Times best-selling author on professional development and leadership with 10 books published by McGraw-Hill and Warner Books.  Her most recent book, The CEO Difference (McGraw-Hill, Feb. 2014), builds on her earlier works:  The Virtual Executive, How To Think Like a CEO,  Secrets of a CEO,  How to Act Like a CEO,  Executive Charisma,  CEO Material, and Lions Don’t Need to Roar. In addition to books, Debra has written on leadership for the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street JournalBloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company

Debra is currently an adjunct professor in the College of Business MBA program at Colorado State University.Debra was raised in a family of business owners where she says she “learned how to make a living but also how to live.”   She is happily married to a retired ranch manager and cowboy.

For more: www.debrabenton.com                              


Breakout Session III Leadership of City: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Leadership Through Service

Presented by: Abby Laine Sienkiewicz and Amber Cote, Center for Nonprofit Excellence

With so many ways to "give back" and limited resources, it can be hard to know how to best contribute your skills to advancing the ongoing work of hundreds of nonprofits in Colorado Springs. We will talk about the various opportunities for you to show up as a leader through time, treasure, talent and board service Participants will leave with more exposure and awareness around high-level volunteering and board service. Amber and Abby are passionate about social change and engaging other leaders in service. Whether you are new to community engagement or seasoned volunteer/board member, we hope you’ll join us as we explore different ways to lead through meaningful experiences. Resources will be shared so folks attending have a "what's next" on their community leadership journey.


Transforming Deficits into Assets Through Social Enterprise 

Presented by: Bill Morris, Blue Star Recyclers

Bill Morris, Co-Founder and CEO of Blue Star Recyclers will share how applying the social enterprise model to a struggling industry enabled Blue Star to grow dramatically during a 5-year period when most electronic recyclers scaled back and/or went out of business. By diverting and recycling 14 million pounds of electronic waste away from our landfills, Blue Star has created 40 permanent jobs for people with autism and related disabilities, and in doing so produced significant triple-bottom line benefits for our city. From an accidental discovery in 2008 to local investment in 2009, Blue Star grew from the smallest to the largest Colorado-based electronics recycling enterprise. The reason for their success defies traditional wisdom, leading Bill to propose a new definition of success for businesses and nonprofits alike.


Panel: Corporate Social Responsibility 

The importance of corporate social responsibility cannot be understated. Individuals want to work for companies that support their communities, and consumers want to purchase goods from companies that are doing good in the world. Join us for a panel discussion with business leaders as we discuss corporate social responsibility and how it can benefit the communities it serves, the company itself and its employees.