Conference Schedule

This conference will feature an impressive agenda including unique keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, and events designed for networking.

We will have a check-in counter open right outside of our conference rooms. Please check in here first.

Location: Grand Casino Hinckley

10:00 AM

You can check-in on the deck of the clubhouse.

Location: Grand National Golf Course

Noon - 1:00 PM

Grand National is home to some of the best golf in Minnesota. Enjoy gently rolling hills, ponds, marshes and creeks, hardwood native trees, and wide Bent-grass fairways.

Location: Grand National Golf Course

01:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us in the Silver 7's as we hand out the awards to our winning golfers.

Social Appetizers - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Roasted Vegetable Display, Bruschetta Display, Fresh Peach & Burrata, Fresh Tomato & Kalamata, Assorted Domestic Cheeses, Smoked Salmon Display

Carving Station - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Steamship of Beef, Freshly Baked Rolls, Horseradish Cream, Mostarda, Jardinière

Location: Silver Sevens

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us in the Silver 7's as we kick off the conference.

Location: Silver Sevens

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Minnesota Breakfast Buffet
Assorted Muffins and Pastries, Seasonal Sliced Fruit and Berries, Fresh Vegetable Strata, Baked French Toast, Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Deluxe Hashbrowns, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sage Sausage, Coffee, Teas & Juices

Location: Ballroom 4

7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

Our welcome message from our MC Ian Leonard and our Title Sponsor Dale Carnegie

Location: Ballroom 5

08:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Vicki Floyd Clark has devoted the past 30 years of her life to building capacity in organizations and inspiring community leaders. A noted speaker, facilitator, consultant and trainer, she has extensive experience in the nonprofit, government and private sectors. Her work includes numerous specialty areas; board development, inclusion and diversity, leadership development, strategic planning, project planning, volunteer resource development, and effective communication. Clark is a member of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation’s leadership training and consultation team and a Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource She has been a guest lecturer at University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, University of Texas, San Antonio, Texarkana College and the University of Houston. Each year she speaks to thousands of community, business and government leaders and has made presentations in 48 of the 50 United States. Her international experience includes speaking engagements in England, Russia, Canada and Venezuela. Clients include Union Bank, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Centers for Disease Control, US Green Building, National Education Association, American Bar Association,, National Center for Family Literacy, United Methodist Church, US Extension Services and the Delta Leadership Institute Clark’s work in the public sector includes training and consultation for the Corporation for National Service, South Carolina, Department of Commerce, Indiana Community Action Agencies and the Greenwich, CT Public School Administrators. Vicki has also provided consultation for Community Foundations of Greater Chattanooga, North Central Florida and San Antonio. For 11 years Vicki served in a variety of positions with the Points of Light Foundation, Washington, D.C. As Vice President, Community Initiatives, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Foundation’s strategy in support of outreach to local communities. Vicki was a member of the national program planning committee of Colin Powell’s President’s Summit for America’s Children. In 1996 Clark was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to the National and Urban Forestry Advisory Council. She also was appointed to the Executive Governor’s Team tasked with the development of the first Unified State Plan for Texas Volunteerism, Community Service and Service Learning. She has served as mentor and facilitator for students in Baruch College’s (NY) National Urban/Rural Graduate Fellows Program. Clark was employed in the private sector in human resources, and marketing, worked for a major defense contractor, and in the publishing industry. Vicki proudly serves as a member of the board of the National Diaper Board Network and Youth Volunteer Corps. She attended the University of Missouri, Columbia and is a native of Memphis, TN.

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Location: Ballroom 5

08:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Amy Tolbert (Ballroom #1) Topic- What does an ostrich have to do with diversity?
Bob Schlichte (Ballroom #2) Topic - Introverted Ship Builder (Stepping out of your comfort zone.)
Julie Sampson (Ballroom #3) Topic - Breakthrough Conversations

Location: Ballrooms 1-3

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Amy Tolbert (Ballroom #1) Topic- What does an ostrich have to do with diversity?
Dirk Whitebreast (Ballroom #2) Topic - Building a Legacy
Julie Sampson (Ballroom #3) Topic - Breakthrough Conversations

Location: Ballrooms 1-3

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Leadership Luncheon Buffet
Spinach Salad, Wild Rice and Kale Salad, Root Vegetable Chips, Chicken Caesar Wrap, Focaccia Club, Croque Monsieur (hot ham, cheese sauce, toasted Siebenfelder), Minestrone Soup & Gumbo, Assorted Desserts (brownies, cheesecakes and tarts), Coffee, Iced Tea & Lemonade

Location: Ballroom 4

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Devin Henderson takes humor seriously. He has a funny way of helping people lead more effectively by embracing their sense of humor. As an entrepreneur, father of 4, and a pain in the neck to the world’s most beautiful bride, Devin’s mantra is: “When life’s hard, laugh harder.” He shows people how humor can help them deal with change, stress, failure, difficult people, and the lint that collects on the shower floor after wearing a new pair of socks. Black socks. We’re talking real problems.

As a humorist keynote speaker, Devin helps people see how humor can make them healthier, more productive, more creative, better problem solvers and more fun to be around. His keynote presentations are interactive and hilarious, which is what makes his message stick in people’s brains longer than peanut butter on the roof of your mouth. Devin teaches that happiness is directly related to one’s ability to laugh at life and that humor can be found in nearly any situation.

Devin has been making audiences laugh for over a dozen years. He has performed as a corporate comedian in all 50 states, except Hawaii, Alaska, and like 18 others. Devin has opened for comedians Sinbad and Mike Birbiglia and is a Certified Speaking Professional, which is like the black belt of public speaking. So don’t mess with him – his humor is lethal. He is also a self-published author. “Share Your Magic” is Devin’s best-selling book of all time. Mainly because it’s his only book. Devin wrote this bio himself, which is challenging and actually kinda weird.

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Location: Ballroom 5

01:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Vicki Clark (Ballroom #1) Topic - A Balanced Life
Dirk Whitebreast (Ballroom #2) Topic - Building a Legacy
Bob Schlichte (Ballroom #3) Topic - Introverted Ship Builder

Location: Ballrooms 1-3

02:45 PM - 03:45 PM

Many people have already experienced Morris Morrison’s highly inspirational message on stage. Now it’s your turn. Get ready to experience the journey of one of America’s fastest-growing motivational speakers that took him from the bright lights of New York City, to a hospital parking lot where a doctor’s words changed Morris Morrison’s life - forever, after loosing his parents in New York City. Some of the top company’s in the world such as Microsoft, GE and many others have witnessed Morris Morrison’s energy live on stage and in his latest book, OVERNIGHT SUCCESS: An Inspiring Story About Culture, Results & The American Dream. His unforgettable message sounds like a Hollywood story that you will never forget, as Morris Morrison uncovers the connection between today’s culture, spoiled soccer kids, Netflix, and the #1 topic dominating everyone’s mind today - how to get the results that we want…. faster. Morris Morrison is driven to reignite the spirit of the American Dream in the hearts and minds of everyone, by inspiring individuals and organizations to purse the RESULTS that matter most, and by using their story to change the world.

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Location: Ballroom 5

04:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us in the conference foyer for our social hour. Meet and network with other leaders from all over the country.

Location: Foyer

05:30 PM - 7:00 PM

NLDC Gala Dinner Presented by Upper Lakes Foods & Rancher’s Legacy Meat Co
Wind's Salad (mixed greens, fresh strawberries and pears, gorgonzola, spiced walnuts, roasted apple vinaigrette), Minnesota Surf & Turf (Filet Mignon and Red Lake Walleye With a Lemon Butter Sauce, Wild Rice, Roasted Carrots), Rustic Lemon Tart

Location: Ballroom 4

07:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us after dinner to see Devon Henderson's Comedy Magic Hour.

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Location: Ballroom 4

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Northern Breakfast Buffet
Mini Caramel Rolls, Cinnamon Rolls, Assorted Croissant Pastries, Yogurt Parfaits with Fresh Berries and Granola, Fresh Melon Display, Red Flannel Hash, Wild Rice Quiche, Apple Smoked Bacon, Coffee, Teas & Juices

Location: Ballroom 4

7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome message from our MC Ian Leonard

Location: Ballroom 5

08:15 AM - 8:30 AM

On Fire At Work~ Ignite Passion in Your People Without Burning Them Out
Eric Chester is a leading voice and a trusted source in the global dialogue on employee engagement and building a world-class workplace culture. For almost twenty years, Ericʼs been studying, analyzing, speaking and writing about the emerging workforce and attracting, managing, motivating and retaining top talent. Business leaders sought out Ericʼs advice on how they could better connect with young employees upon the release of his 2002 bestseller, Employing Generation Why: Understanding, Managing, and Motivating Your New Workforce, leading to his frequently appearing in the national spotlight with national media appearances being sourced as an emerging workforce expert in national publications. Hearing the outcry from Americaʼs employers, Eric turned his attention to building a better workforce by creating a revolutionary new curriculum exclusively for teens and young adults to teach them the employability skills todayʼs employers demand. He wrote the breakthrough book for youth, Bring Your A Game to Work: The 7 Fundamental Values that will make Every Employer want to Hire You and Fight to Keep You!, and he founded The Center for Work Ethic Development. In 2012, Chester released Reviving Work Ethic: A Leaderʼs Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce — the first business book written on developing work ethic in over one hundred years. His new book set to be released in 2014 titled “On Fire at Work: How Legendary Leaders Ignite Passion in Their People without Burning Them Out” will be THE definitive resource business leaders and managers on every level in every industry will turn to for highly applicable and very relevant ideas and strategies for developing a world class workplace culture that engages employees and improves performance and retention. As a speaker, Eric Chester holds the prestigious CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) credential awarded by the National Speakers Association, its highest earned designation and is a 2004 inductee into the International Professional Speakers Hall of Fame

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Location: Ballroom 5

08:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Erik Therwanger (Ballroom #1) Topic- Think GREAT
Tim Furlong (Ballroom #2) Topic - Small Shifts Big Impact
Fran Zeuli (Ballroom #3) Topic - Building Team Culture During Change

Location: Ballrooms 1-3

09:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Erik Therwanger (Ballroom #1) Topic- Think GREAT
Tim Furlong (Ballroom #2) Topic - Small Shifts Big Impact
Fran Zeuli (Ballroom #3) Topic - Building Team Culture During Change

Location: Ballrooms 1-3

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Leadership Lunch
Mixed Greens (raspberries, grapes, candied almonds, feta cheese, Dijon vinaigrette), Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls Champagne Chicken, Roast Pork Loin (apple cider reduction, Florentine Grains), Fresh Green Beans, Fried Crème Puffs (raspberry & lemon), Mini Bundt Cake, Coffee, Iced Tea & Lemonade

Location: Ballroom 4

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Bio Coming Soon

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Location: Ballroom 5

01:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Our panel will focus on developing yourself, aspirations, and how do you evolve and a servant leader?
(panel line-up coming soon)

Location: Ballrooms 5

02:30 PM - 03:45 PM

Biography Coming Soon

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Location: Ballroom 5

04:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Ballroom 5

05:00 PM