December 7-9, 2020


The 2020 Strategic Leaders Virtual Event offered the following program. All times are in Central Standard Time (CST). 

Agenda subject to change.

Monday, December 7 

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Welcome & Introductions 
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. What is the Current Perception & Value of Your Department?
Topics include: Benchmarking today’s wins and challenges; Your team’s value proposition; The evolving job description of a meetings professional; Building relationships with senior management; Holding on to your seat at the table.
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m.  5:00 p.m. Positioning Your Team as Virtual & Hybrid Strategists
Topics include: Virtual and hybrid event strategies; Budgeting for the unknown; Cross-department work; Asserting your team as the experts.
5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Break
5:15 p.m.  6:15 p.m.

Networking Activity

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Tuesday, December 8 

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Optional Coffee Mingle

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Creating a Culture of Compassion, Trust & Transparency
Topics include: Motivating teams; How to encourage proactive behavior in times of uncertainty; Addressing job security; Building morale through signs of appreciation and empathy.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Break
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Managing Your Team’s Perception & Strengths
Topics include: Changes in leadership styles and behaviors; Playing to an individual’s strengths; Career-pathing; Balancing happiness and business needs.
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Day 2 Debrief/Large Group Takeaways

Wednesday, December 9

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Optional Coffee Mingle
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Authentic Leadership & Taking Care of Yourself
Topics include: How to be an inclusive leader; An eye on DE&I; How to keep yourself positive and focused.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


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12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. What’s Next? Being a Champion of Change
Topics include: Navigating reopening and the demise of a 9-5 work day; The future of work; Budgeting.
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Parking Lot Discussion & Wrap-up