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Monday, June 10, 2024

Lynn Paulson Senior Vice President & Director of Agribusiness Development, Bell Bank
Are The “Good Days” in Agriculture in the Rear-View Mirror?
Generally, most agricultural producers are coming off the most profitable years in more than a generation.  Is it reasonable to think it will continue or are the “good old days” in the rear-view mirror?  We’ll take a quick look back on what contributed to the prosperity – and take a look ahead to see what factors will be influencing the future outlook.  There is a multitude of factors and influences affecting the future for agricultural producers – some within the producer’s control – many outside of their control.  We’ll take a look at some of the best management practices top producers are using to mitigate these risks and how these top managers are viewing adversity as something they can take advantage of rather than being subject to.

Clint Swindall President & CEO, Verbalocity
Leadership Matters!
The solution for overcoming employee disengagement is Engaged Leadership … a proactive approach to leadership that involves building consensus for the vision, inspiring employees to pursue the vision, and developing the team to realize the vision. While managing the business, there must be a focus on creating better leaders who understand the importance of a strong culture focusing on the employee.
In this training program, your team will learn what actions can be taken to develop skills in the following three areas:
  • How do Directional Leaders build a consensus for the vision?
  • How do Motivational Leaders inspire employees to pursue the vision?
  • How do Organizational Leaders develop the team to realize the vision?
In this program, Clint will discuss the importance of all three aspects of Engaged Leadership and will stress the importance of having what he calls a “character core.” The program provides a considerable amount of actionable information.

Frank Kelly Founder & Managing Partner, Fulcrum Macro Advisors & Senior Political Strategist, DWS
Navigating the Global Economic Turbulence: A Comprehensive Guide for Banks and Clients in 2024 and 2025
The global economy is going through significant and at times unsettling shifts as wars, trade disagreements,  and the race for critical minerals and other vital commodity assets intensify.  How will all this impact the US economy?  How will the Federal Reserve react?  And is there anything Washington can do to best mediate these global economic risks?  Frank presents a “users guide” for what banks and their clients should look out for the rest of 2024 and 2025.

Tim Gard
Laughter Becomes You

Is employee motivation important to you? The “Laughter Becomes You” keynote is as funny as it is inspiring and content rich. Tim teaches audience members to develop and apply their own Comic Vision® to be more resourceful and resilient—both at work and in their personal lives.
His rejuvenating and immediately applicable message teaches audiences how to increase morale while enhancing productivity and everyday enthusiasm in three short and easy-to-adopt steps.

The unique yet practical ideas also help people diffuse routine or extreme stress by insulating themselves against negativity. They’re able to “refresh and renew” themselves by using and sharing his Comic Vision® techniques. More than that, his funny, morale-building stories and extraordinary visual props make this keynote speech a hilarious way to start or close your meeting.
Ideal for both government and private business, this program can also be tailored for short breakouts (45 mins) or half-day working sessions.

Tuesday, June 11, 2022

Charlie Cook Founder & Contributor, The Cook Political Report
Election Forecasting
Founder of the independent, nonpartisan Cook Political Report, Charlie shares a “lay of the land” for upcoming elections, including what the key dynamics are driving are and affecting the Democratic and Republican parties. He focuses on the implications of states’ electoral leanings, what it all means during Presidential contests, what will likely happen in the House and Senate moving forward, and what the results mean for the two parties (and the American people). It’s what audiences need to know to determine the outcome of the next election. 
  
Joe Ruh John Deere Territory Business Manager
Exploring the Latest Advancements in Precision Agriculture

Learn how agriculture is using AI and machine learning to feed the world in the most sustainable way possible.

Paul Benda Senior Vice President Operational Risk & Cybersecurity, ABA
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Nikki Stone Olympic Gold Medalist
The Art of the Adapting to Change and Adversity Comeback
The Strategies and Secrets to Resilience, Revival and Renewal
The people who have risen to the top and stayed at the top have world-class resilience. People with a vision and desire can overcome everyday challenges, just like when Champions overcome changing situations. We all possess the ability to be resilient and overcome life’s challenges when we have the proper tools.
Nikki did four things that anybody can learn to do:

  • Develop a clear vision and focus on our goals
  • Promote persistence in a path to reaching these goals
  • Maintain the Never-Give-Up spirit and attitude of a winner.
  • Create a plan that included a team of supporters.
Just 18 months before the Olympic Games, more than 10 doctors told Nikki she should quit and never ski again. If she did, she risked permanent spinal damage and much worse. With her four-step plan she overcame her challenges and won America’s first gold medal in aerial skiing.

Nikki will give everyone the insider, behind the scenes story and her clear strategies for success. Your personal leadership plan includes a clear vision and focus, path to persistency, a winning attitude and a strong team. She has learned that we need to determine where we are going and why it matters. Experience the remarkable story of overcoming life threatening injuries to achieving the lifelong dream of winning the coveted Olympic gold medal. You will remember and relate to the extraordinary journey of a young athlete hitting rock bottom and learning the essential revival skills and mindset to catapult her beyond what anyone thought imaginable. Gain inspiration from the uplifting ascent of true heartache to explosive passion and pride.

Olympic champions have mastered world-class resilience. You can learn these skills from a champion who was virtually counted out by everyone. Realizing this strong, rational optimism and the can-do Olympic Spirit that is inside each of us, you will find that your potential is limitless.
Eric Perkins
Emcee
Eric Perkins is a longtime media fixture in the Twin Cities. Better known as "Perk", he was formerly the Sports Director at KARE 11 the NBC affiliate. He spent 25 years covering the local sports scene. In that time he covered Super Bowls, All Star games, Ryder Cups and X-Games. He also covered 5 Olympic Games for NBC and won several Emmy Awards for his on air work. Now he’s the owner of Perk at Play Productions. Perk lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and three children.