What is Impact Leadership Conference?

In response to the request of community members, business leaders, and Leadership Visalia alumni, the Visalia Chamber of Commerce hosted the first annual Impact Leadership Conference in March 2019. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback and support from the community and are excited to host the event again on March 26, 2020 at the Visalia Convention Center.

The Chamber is taking the next steps to ensure that that there are opportunities to participate in quality leadership and workforce training for business owners and employees in the Central Valley. Cultivating business and community leaders by providing quality continuing education, Impact Leadership Conference will provide opportunities for learning that focus on workplace skills, personal growth, and community activism.  

The Impact Leadership Conference will feature morning and afternoon nationally recognized keynote speakers as well as breakout sessions presented by local industry experts and community leaders.

For company leaders and executives, the conference will provide the opportunity to refresh skills and talk about the latest and greatest in leadership trends. For the creators and agents of change within a business, this conference will connect you to other entrepreneurs and changemakers, while providing insights to innovation and creative energy. For the new start-up businesses, this conference will help you spread your brand and provide a valuable networking opportunity to learn about trends and hear from potential customers. For those looking to advance their careers, there will be opportunities to meet employers from all over the Central Valley.

Ticket and sponsorship information will be announced January 2020.


2019 Impact Leadership Conference

7:30 to 8:30am - Registration

8:30am - Opening Remarks

Gail Zurek, President/CEO, Visalia Chamber of Commerce

8:45am - “It Starts with You!”

Justin Patton, Executive Leadership Coach & Bestselling Author, “Bold New You”

10:15 to 11:15am - Breakout Sessions

10 Ways to Implement Design Thinking into Your Operation
Tom Price, Creative Director, Middlestate
Ryan Clark, Director of Technology, Middlestate

Non-Profit Board Do’s & Don’ts
Rosemary Caso, Executive Director, United Way of Tulare County

Emotional Intelligence
Rose Lacey, Trainer, COS Training Resource Center

Managing Personalities
Lori Quinzon, Trainer, COS Training Resource Center

The Psychology of First Impressions
Gia Kazarian, Leadership & Social Consultant, First Impressions Consulting West Coast

Crisis Communication
Reggie Ellis, President & Publisher, The Sun-Gazette
Ashley Ritchie, Media Supervisor, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office
Kevin Mizner, Campus Police Chief, College of the Sequoias
Moderated by: Colby Wells, Public Affairs Manager, SoCalGas

Establishing Your Core Values
Stan A. Carrizosa Sr., Sole Proprietor/Independent Contractor

11:30 to 12:30pm - Breakout Sessions

Candidate’s College - A Conversation with Insiders
Tim Ward, District Attorney, Tulare County
Brett Taylor, Executive Officer, Tulare County Association of Realtors
Moderated by: Adam Peck, Executive Director, Tulare County Workforce Investment Board

Profiting with Non-Profits
Brian Poth, Founder & Executive Director, The Source LGBT+ Center
Nick Vargas, Founder & Director of Development, The Source LGBT+ Center

Emotional Intelligence
Rose Lacey, Trainer, COS Training Resource Center

Healthy Boundaries for Teams
Danielle Duran, LMFT, Duran Counseling
Mike Zurek, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Trinity Ministries
Karen Gross, Owner & Agent, State Farm
Moderated by: Rachel Ingram, Co-Founder, TechCare360

The Psychology of First Impressions
Gia Kazarian, Leadership & Social Consultant, First Impressions Consulting West Coast

Employee Engagement
Jorge Zegarra, Director, COS Training Resource Center

Making Mentoring Work
Jason C. Hopper, Author, “Modern Mentor: How to Find a Mentor and Make it Work”

12:30pm - General Session / Luncheon

2:00 to 3:00pm - Breakout Sessions

Aligning Mission & Values to the Common Good of Your Community
Matt Ainley, Co-Founder & Principal Civil Engineer, 4Creeks
Brice Yocum, President/CEO, Tucoemas Federal Credit Union
Dr. Shawn Michael Fox, Owner, Fox Valley Family Dentistry
Moderated by: Jason LeFaive, Lead Pastor, Seven Oaks Church

Changing Workforce in the Face of #metoo
Caity Meader, CEO, Family Services of Tulare County
Faith L. Driscoll, Associate Attorney, Barsamian & Moody

Workplace Violence: Run. Hide. Fight.
Brian Hampel, Vice President, Hampel Security Consulting, Inc.

Generational Diversity
Heather Bixler, Trainer, COS Training Resource Center

Employee Engagement
Jorge Zegarra, Director, COS Training Resource Center

Creating a Personal Brand
Dru Quesnoy, Director of Marketing, Kaweah Delta Health Care District
Karen Tellalian, President, DMI Agency
Kathleen Remillard, Owner, Perfect Timing Marketing
Moderated by: Allison Mackey, Communications Manager, City of Visalia

3:15pm - Afternoon Keynote

David Carr, Contributor, NFL Network
With Gail Zurek, President/CEO, Visalia Chamber of Commerce and Jon Bueno, Director of Partnership Development, Visalia Chamber of Commerce

4:30pm - Conference Concludes