Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association


Featured Speakers

Ben Casnocha

Entrepreneur, Author, and Silicon Valley Executive

The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Network Age: Managers today face a seemingly impossible dilemma - how to develop an employee value proposition that resonates with everyone.  The workforce is no longer interested in lifetime employment but you can’t build a thriving business if everyone acts like a free agent. The solution - start thinking of employees as allies on a tour of duty.  Author, entrepreneur and speaker Ben Casnocha will share how innovative companies recruit, manage, and retain the entrepreneurial employees to succeed in the networked age. 

You’ll learn:

    -Identify ways to build trust and loyalty with your employees
    -Adopt a unique teamwork approach to empower employees seeking constant growth opportunities -Recognize how it benefits your organization to encourage employees to build their personal brands and expand their professional networks

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and executive in Silicon Valley. He is coauthor with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the recent New York Times bestseller The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, which has become one of the most sought-after management frameworks on how to recruit, manage, and retain entrepreneurial employees.

Jake Wood

                                                                                           Author and Co-founder and President of Team Rubicon

The One and the Nine: Building Teams and Organizations That Win: For every 100 people in a typical organization, there are 10 people who shouldn’t be there, 80 who have a neutral impact, 9 who perform exceptionally, and one who is a true leader capable of creating a winning team or culture. This reality is forcing organizations to rethink what they know about leadership, change management and risk.  Those that can adapt will thrive, while those that refuse change will flounder and fail. Jake Wood gives organizations the framework for becoming a better leader and building more agile organizations.  Using his own remarkable journey as an athlete, Marine Scout Sniper, and co-founder of Team Rubicon, Jake shows how you can find and build the team needed to win life’s battles and become a true leader.

You’ll learn:

    -Organizations must strive to identify and develop leaders capable of becoming the 'one,' who in turn use strong vision and culture to construct high-impact teams consisting of the 'nine' that thrive when the stakes are high.
    -By imbuing organizations with shared purpose, leaders can build flatter organizations that have greater speed, flexibility and resilience to exploit opportunities and weather setbacks.
    -Organizations should not have single points of leadership.  Rather, they should aim to have leadership at all levels, developing employees equally adept at leading with respect and following with enthusiasm.

Jake Wood is cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that utilizes the skills of military veterans to deploy disaster response teams. Under Wood’s leadership, Team Rubicon has responded to over 100 disasters since the 2010 Haiti earthquake and grown from eight to 35,000 members. Wood is a leading veterans’ advocate who has briefed President Obama on veterans’ issues, met with former Presidents Bush and Clinton on disaster response and testified before the Senate. As a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Wood deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal

Mary Beth McEuen
Founder & Managing Partner, Innergy

Strategic Leadership:  Transforming Vision into Results: Great business events require strategy, design and superb delivery. But is that enough? It is possible to have a vision statement and even a strategy, yet still be stuck in the status quo. What makes the difference between having an event strategy and delivering dramatically better results? Leadership.

You'll learn:

    -Define the qualities a strategic leader must possess   
    -Create a transformational vision statement that tells the story of what you want your event to achieve
    -Use a step-by-step strategic design blueprint for your business event

Mary Beth McEuen has been on a thirty-year mission to inspire, teach and equip people to be leaders in all facets of life and work. Prior to founding Innergy, McEuen worked for 27+ years with Maritz Travel Company. While at Maritz, she held senior leadership roles in marketing, strategy, and was responsible for creating The Office of People and Potential focused on unleashing the potential of people within the Maritz enterprise. Additionally, McEuen’s founded and created of The Maritz Institute whose vision is to unleash the potential of the people touched by client programs. The Maritz Institute brings together the latest research in the human sciences with experience design methods to drive an innovation strategy that put people first.