Great Ideas Conference Preconferences
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Executive Leadership Workshops

Increase the return on your education investment and make the most of your time at Great Ideas by adding one or more Executive Leadership Workshops or Women Executives Forum to your agenda.

additional fee= Separate registration fee applies.

Executive Leadership Workshops

Ultimate Team Building additional fee

Saturday, March 10
2:00–5:00 p.m.

Ultimate is the key word! You’ll meet new people and work closely together while honing your leadership skills in a playfully competitive atmosphere. We don’t sit still, so we’re using gamification outside the classroom to take you and your team to the next level of awesome.

It’s not just about having fun, it’s about developing power skills—that mix of hard and soft competencies, like active listening, communication, analytics, problem solving—while flooding your brain with the “feel good” chemicals that activate the learning centers in your brain. In short, it’s the perfect way to reset your thinking as you kick off your Great Ideas experience. Collaborate, learn, explore—and wear comfortable shoes.

  • Build deeper relationships and develop confidence
  • Practice out-of-the-box thinking and improve communication
  • Increase happiness at work and strengthen creativity

Ben Hoffman, CEO, CityHUNT



The Secret Insights that Drive Human Behavioradditional fee

Sunday, March 11
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

In this presentation, you’ll learn how to make breakthroughs in your organization more predictable, reliable, and consistent by applying fundamental research about human behavior to the meetings and events industry. You’ll get exposed to the best industry knowledge and academic research to produce groundbreaking insights. The principles revealed in this presentation are dirt cheap, easy to come by, and can last for generations. Conventional wisdom leads to conventional results. In order to truly gain an edge over your competition, you need to think differently than they do, find opportunity in places where they aren't looking, and understand why the world works the way it does, so you can shape your strategy to match.

  • Learn why people are leaving their organizations, and understand why people don’t trust organizations anymore
  • Engage in an interactive model about innovation and how to apply the principle to draw people back in
  • Think critically about how to create belonging in your organization to build community

Jeff Hurt, EVP education and engagement, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting
Josh Packard, CEO, The Packard Group/Professor of Sociology



Women Executives Forum

Boundary Spanning: Designing Meaningful Strategyadditional fee

Monday, March 12
5:00–7:00 p.m.

Today’s organizations and businesses need more than a SWOT analysis to anticipate change. In particular, women in leadership are in unique position to leverage their roles as boundary spanners. They must engage their employees and their members through purpose-centered leadership. Join other women executives (directors, VPs, EDs and CEPs) and engage with Dr. Natalie Nixon to explore boundary spanning to adopt:

  • Design thinking principles so you can lead with empathy, curiosity, and intuition
  • Different ways to drive organizational innovation
  • Boundary spanning practices to your core leadership style

The Women Executives Forum explores the challenges and opportunities facing women leaders—executives in and aspiring to the c-suite—and how men and women can take action to support gender equality. This series of workshops feature notable speakers from the association, nonprofit, and public sectors. 


Natalie W. Nixon, PhD, Figure 8 Thinking, LLC

Hosted by our Strategic Partner:

Women Executives Forum is available as an add-on workshop to Great Ideas attendees, or can be purchased as a stand-alone experience.

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