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Conference Speakers

Keynote Address: Creating a Mindset for Change and Innovation

Laura Goodrich, Speaker, Coach, Author, Consultant, GWT Next

Career paths are built upon recruitment, retention, succession planning, and change management. People often do not stay at jobs for 30 years anymore, so companies lose knowledge and struggle with succession planning.

Real-world solutions offered during the keynote address will guide attendees to create a successful mindset amid constant change. The interactive session uses engaging video to create a powerful experience. You will learn new ways of communicating the value of staying with your company for a career. Discover how to create opportunities so people don’t go elsewhere for growth.

Goodrich is an internationally recognized expert in change and the future of work. She spent the last 19 years as an innovator, speaker, coach, and consultant. Her global perspective on business and change earned her the reputation as a “team fixer” – someone who can create positive outcomes in even the most challenging workplace dynamics.

Goodrich is the award-winning author and producer of the book and film “Seeing Red Cars: Driving Yourself, Your Team and Your Organization to a Positive Future.” Described as “transformational, relevant and timely,” Seeing Red Cars was chosen by the Wall Street Journal and LiveMint as a “Top Five Leadership Book.” Forbes magazine labeled it a “must read” for leaders who want what it takes to accomplish positive change.


Hiring, Inspiring and Motivating Internal Talent

Jill Berg, President/Owner, Spherion Staffing

Gain valuable insights to finding the right employees. Learn how to candidates and what they expect. Practice asking behavioral interview questions to determine candidates’ ability to cope, be decisive and other qualities. Attendees will be able to explain the process of setting and communicating realistic job expectations for interviewees and implement interviewing techniques specific to the grain industry’s needs.

Learn about The Predictive Index, a behavioral assessment tool that is a holistic approach to hiring, managing and motivating people based on their natural strengths and drives, thus maximizing productivity and engaging employees. You will leave the session aware of what attracts candidates to your company, how you approach hiring and how to retain talent.

Berg delivers more than 25 years of business entrepreneurship, staff development, sales, and financial business management.  In addition to her recruiting and staffing expertise, she consults and trains with clients across the country on workforce development and human resource strategies.

Berg received recognition awards for operational and sales excellence from Spherion Corporation including the 2015 Franchise Owner of the Year and the Special Achievement Award in 2016. She is past president of the national Spherion Franchise Advisory Board.


Leading Change: Learn How to Skillfully Lead Change to Inspire a Strong Team

Kelsey Schalkle, Speaker, Coach, Consultant, Good Leadership Enterprises

It is inevitable that companies will experience change. If not handled well, it can be disruptive. In this session, participants will identify types of change that can be conducted using management tactics. They will be able to identify change scenarios and consequences, prepare for reactions and fallout, and determine appropriate and strategic levels of communication.

Attendees will learn how to identify and practice methods for easing defensiveness and fear, communicate facts effectively and appropriately, and help others embrace change. Learn about types of support needed for employees and managers and identify how to create safe information sources to avoid rumor mills.

Schalkle is a speaker, coach, and consultant with more than eight years of experience working for Fortune 100 companies like Target, Mondelēz International, and Ernst & Young in roles ranging from recruitment to leadership development.

She mixes intelligence, expertise, and energy in her presentations, helping leaders and teams take their work – and lives – to the next level. She loves to seek meaningful change and has expertise in coaching, consulting, and speaking on leadership development, career crafting, entrepreneurship, women in leadership, and many other topics.


Succession Planning

Paul Batz, CEO and Founder of Good Leadership Enterprises, Author

A company can only create and deploy a succession plan if it has valuable employees that endure; the employees that persevere ultimately turn into the company’s succession plan. In this session, attendees will define a succession plan start to finish, including planning timeframes and strategies for implementation.

Beyond the fundamentals of preparing and executing a plan, attendees will deconstruct the value and purpose of developing the confidence to lead, coach, and mentor colleagues, and potentially, a replacement.  Participants will discuss the reality of priming an employee for promotion and digest the resulting emotions, from honor and pride to fear and competition. Participants will leave the session better understanding the intersection between recruitment and retention and succession planning.

Batz is the creator of the Good Leadership movement. Through coaching executives, professional speaking, writing books, and hosting events, his message resonates far and wide. He hosts The Good Leadership Breakfast Series, which has touched thousands of leaders in seven years and is now one of the hottest leadership development events in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Batz writes a regular column in the American Business Journal, and his Tuesday morning Good Leadership blog is recognized as one of the top leadership posts in America today.


Closing Discussion Panel

New this year is a distinctive closing session. Workshop speakers, along with industry experts, will participate in a discussion panel. Attendees will ask questions and use cell phone polling technology. The panel will allow participants to process conference information in a broader sense and apply it directly to their company.