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GEAPS: Leadership Conference

GEAPS Online


July 19-20 at Mall of America Parkview Conference Center

60 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

FREE for GEAPS members,  $99 for non-members

Register online or download a registration form

Topics    Schedule    Networking    Lodging    Sponsorship


Inspire 2016

We’re living in an era of incredible change, on the brink of the largest shift in human capital in history. As the workforce changes, so are the ways we interact with our co-workers. 

As The Knowledge Resource for the World of Grain Handling Industry Operations, GEAPS places significant emphasis on the professional development and continuing education of grain handling and processing operations professionals. 

Inspire 2016 is an opportunity for GEAPS members and other progressive grain professionals to gather for a two-day workshop that will engage you in topics you face every day. 

Good communication skills are a part of everything from sales to management to customer service and they need to be updated and refined continually. You will also learn how to work with Generation X, Y and Z employees and how to become a better communicator, one that inspires others, even in tough situations.

 You’ll return home with strategies and ideas you can immediately put into action.


Mike Hourigan"Communication: It's Not Part of It It's All of It!"

Mike Hourigan

The biggest time waster is miscommunication. In many work environments it seems like the biggest problems emerge from the simplest communication mistakes. Up to 75 percent of your day is spent communicating and good communication skills are part of everything. Learn how to deal with some of the most difficult communication problems encountered every day.

Sarah Sladek"Generations @ Work"

Sarah Sladek, XYZ University

Organizations today find themselves managing radically different generations. Engaging younger generations has emerged as a major challenge. Learn how to foster a culture of collaboration, acceptance and productivity. Measure and bridge talent gaps and inspire each generation for greater success.


Tuesday, July 19

1 – 5 p.m. Communication: It’s Not Part of It It’s All of It!

5:30 p.m. Social Networking Event (optional event; additional fees apply)


Wednesday, July 20

7:30 – 8:45 a.m. GEAPS Annual Meeting and Breakfast

9 a.m. – Noon Generations @ Work

1:30 p.m. GEAPS Foundation Fundraiser Golf Scramble CANCELED


Thursday, July 21

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. International Board of Directors Meeting

Social Networking Events

Inspire 2016 will feature a pair of  social networking options:

Sky Deck at Mall of America 

Enjoy a fun evening of bowling, billiards and arcade games Tuesday evening. Registration for this event is  $55 for adults and $25 for tickets for anyone 18 and under. The package includes a game card, heavy appetizers and drink tickets. 

The Mall of America and the Sky Deck social event are family-friendly activities. Discounted wristbands for Nickelodeon Universe are also available, for more information email Betsy Polis, or call (763) 999-4300. 

Foundation Fundraiser Golf Scramble - CANCELED



INSPIRE 2016 Lodging 

Radisson Blu Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel, Mall of America

2100 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425

Reserve your room online, or call (952) 881-5258.         

Radisson Blu Hotel Information

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Share your brand with progressive grain industry professionals at INSPIRE 2016. Participants will be decision makers in their organization, who manage and work with teams of people where communication is paramount for job success. These current and future facility and organizational managers will learn strategies they can bring home and apply immediately to their jobs.

Download a sponsorship brochure

Why Sponsor INSPIRE 2016?

  • Make your name and organization top of mind with decision makers – current and future managers.
  • Associate your company with bringing professional education and development opportunities to our current and future industry leaders.
  • Create lasting relationships with progressive grain professionals.
  • Bring relevant post-workshop information to these professionals.

Opportunities range from providing coffee or snacks, an event souvenir or an exclusive title sponsor. Sponsorships are also available for the golf tournament. For more information on the sponsorship program, contact Brittany Labatt by email or at (763) 999-4300. 

“The leader who has inspired me most provided ongoing coaching and was always open to new ideas. Leading with openness and letting those around you find solutions and bring them to you is a sign of a great leader.”


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