Sessions 

8:45am - “It Starts With You!”

Justin Patton, Executive Leadership Coach & Author, “Bold New You”
If organizations are going to maximize their present and future potential then they must have empowering leaders at all levels of the organization. Empowering leaders take responsibility for their energy and the downstream impact it creates. It Starts With You! is an interactive session that will have leaders explore three core energy levels, identify how they authentically show up most often, and outline how they can strategically cultivate the type of leadership energy that will set their organization up for future success.

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
Are you taking risks or are you afraid to fail? This session will look at the importance of learning from failure, giving yourself room to explore the unknown and the importance of optimism. This session will also explore the importance of empathy and understanding the hopes, dreams and pains of your customers and clients.

Non-Profit Board Do’s & Don’ts
Rosemary Caso, Executive Director, United Way of Tulare County
You’ve been asked to join a nonprofit board.  Do you know what you need to ask before joining?  Do you know as a board member what you’re on the hook for?  Have you thought through the real benefits this leadership position can give you?  Learn all about how to join a board, your responsibilities and how this leadership position can provide important things to you, the nonprofit and our community.

Emotional Intelligence
Rose Lacey, Trainer, COS Training Resource Center
What is emotional intelligence and why should you care? This session will help you recognize and increase your emotional intelligence proficiency which will allow you to foster a better work environment and increase employee fulfillment and success in work and in life.

Managing Personalities
Lori Quinzon, Trainer, COS Training Resource Center
Understanding personalities is the key to learning how to interact with everyone on your team. This interactive workshop will help you gain an appreciation for the gifts of each employee and provide a strategy to maximize talent, while increasing productivity and lessening conflict.  

The Psychology of First Impressions
Gia Kazarian, Leadership & Social Consultant, First Impressions Consulting West Coast
This session will identify how first impressions can impact your personal and professional life, while identifying and discussing the seven fundamentals of first impressions and exploring how first impressions are formed.

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
Is your organization prepared for a crisis? Do you know how to effectively communicate the right message when something negative ends up on the news, in the newspaper or on social media? This breakout session will pull from the collective knowledge of the panelists to discuss practical examples of what to do and not to do when it comes to crisis communication.

Establishing Your Core Values
Stan A. Carrizosa Sr., Sole Proprietor/Independent Contractor
Every leader needs to understand their own core leadership values. This session will help you identify and share your personal leadership core values. The session will also discuss the best ways to sustain positive organizational culture through core value-driven policies and procedures.

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
Have you ever thought about running for public office? Maybe for City Council? The School Board? Have you ever been asked to run or lead someone's campaign? This breakout session will help you learn more about the realities of running and being in public office, how to fundraise and build a campaign, and some of the opportunities that exist for you to get involved.

Profiting with Non-Profits
Brian Poth, Founder & Executive Director, The Source LGBT+ Center
Nick Vargas, Founder & Director of Development, The Source LGBT+ Center
Do you have a strategy to engage with community organizations? Have you considered the benefits of partnering with local nonprofits to advance marketing and sales goals?  Do you know what to ask charities when they come asking for a donation?  Brian Poth and Nick Vargas of The Source LGBT+ Center bring their industry business knowledge and nonprofit success to this eye-opening workshop.  Come and rethink how our local nonprofits might drive new successes for your business. 

Emotional Intelligence
Rose Lacey, Trainer, COS Training Resource Center
What is emotional intelligence and why should you care? This session will help you recognize and increase your emotional intelligence proficiency which will allow you to foster a better work environment and increase employee fulfillment and success in work and in life.

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
To build a successful team you must have well defined roles and boundaries, but boundaries can be a touchy topic for some leaders. The panelists in this session will tackle questions including: How to create healthy boundaries within a team, how to enforce boundaries in the work place and how to hold people accountable to professional boundaries. In addition, the session will explore how personal life boundaries affect the workplace. Attendees will be provided resources with applicable strategies and suggestions to help leaders build a healthy team.

The Psychology of First Impressions
Gia Kazarian, Leadership & Social Consultant, First Impressions Consulting West Coast
This session will identify how first impressions can impact your personal and professional life, while identifying and discussing the seven fundamentals of first impressions and exploring how first impressions are formed.

Employee Engagement
Jorge Zegarra, Director, COS Training Resource Center
This interactive breakout will help team leaders understand the difference between engaged and disengaged employees, the effect on their team and the entire organization. Participants will learn to recognize warning signs, strategies to move employees into being more engaged and how best to show employees they are valued. 

Making Mentoring Work
Jason C. Hopper, Author, “Modern Mentor: How to Find a Mentor and Make it Work”
Every great leader needs a great mentor, someone to confide in, someone to learn from, but in order to benefit from an mentoring relationship, the mentee must take the lead.   Mentoring works best when the protégé take the lead role in the relationship, it is particularly they have a strong idea of where they want to go and what help they are looking for the mentor to provide. This session will address how to effectively communicate expectations to avoid common mentoring pitfalls, by helping attendees think ahead and create a stronger dialogue between the mentor and protégé.

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
Can a company’s mission and values lead to improving our community? Can a company still be competitive while serving the needs of the locals? This interactive workshop addresses these questions while exploring real challenges with aligning company values to the common good.

Changing Workforce in the Face of #metoo
Caity Meader, CEO, Family Services of Tulare County
Faith L. Driscoll, Associate Attorney, Barsamian & Moody
Sexual harassment in the workplace is one of the most common concerns for employers. Awareness of sexual harassment has been heightened with the recent #metoo movement. This session will examine the changing workplace landscape in the context of #metoo and identify essential current legal issues and mandates regarding workplace sexual harassment in California and the impact on employer liability and employee safety. Attendees will learn best practices and policies for creating a culture of safety and respect in the workplace. 

Workplace Violence: Run. Hide. Fight.
Brian Hampel, Vice President, Hampel Security Consulting, Inc.
Do you have a plan if confronted with violence in the workplace, at your place of worship or out at community events? The key to safety is developing a frame of mind and then a plan before violence ensues.  This workshop helps participants identify threat indicators, their natural reaction to stressful situations and how to use both to be safe. 

Generational Diversity
Heather Bixler, Trainer, COS Training Resource Center
Gen X, Millennial, Baby Boomer, Gen Z and Traditionalists… in today’s workplace, leaders must know how to work with, communicate and motivate employees from many different generations. In this breakout session attendees will learn why generational diversity can be difficult for leaders and will identify challenges and strengths that each generation can bring to a team. The session will examine historical events and how they have shaped each generation’s values and behaviors, and introduce techniques to help leaders communicate and motivate team members from each generation.

Employee Engagement
Jorge Zegarra, Director, COS Training Resource Center
This interactive breakout will help team leaders understand the difference between engaged and disengaged employees, the effect on their team and the entire organization. Participants will learn to recognize warning signs, strategies to move employees into being more engaged and how best to show employees they are valued. 

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
What is your personal brand? This session will help professionals learn about personal brands… what they are, how to create and maintain one.
Also, how community involvement, your attire and social media can contribute to or hurt your personal brand.

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



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