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Jack Warnock

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President at JW Strategic Advisors LLC

Topic:

The CEO at Exit: Prepare; Talk; Listen; Empathize

Objectives:

Even though your exit is likely the most complex, confusing and convoluted process you will ever experience, by taking care of your team with solid preparation, clear talking, open listening, and active empathy, you will survive with your sanity intact and assure the devotion and loyalty of your team.

Benefit to audience:

You will discover what you need to do to lead your team to perform, cope with, and survive the exit process to not only the closing but through life thereafter.

Jack Warnock

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President at JW Strategic Advisors LLC

Topic:

Why are exits so complicated, confusing and convoluted? How to survive and win.

Objectives:

They will learn how to avoid a poor pricing result, terribly tough terms, or perhaps no deal at all when selling their company. Instead they will know how to maintain their sanity and retain their value and get their deal closed.

Benefit to audience:

They will know how to “Be Prepared” – Align everyone; Prepare for sale; Work the market; Engage the buyers; Negotiate firmly and fairly; and Drive to closing.

Has presented on: 5/23/2011

Ian Waxman

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Principal - Risk at Navigate

Topic:

Strategic risk, enterprise risk management, risk assessment

Objectives:

Have an appreciation for the importance of, and the techniques to execute better, more proactive and more strategic risk management.

Benefit to audience:

Learn best practices and guiding principles; see case studies and actual examples; benefit from 15+ years of lessons learned

Jason Weldon

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CEO at Synergetic Sound + Lighting

Topic:

The Art of Delegation - How can you find & keep people to grow your company?

Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will learn many tips that will help them take the next step in their business cycle. Participants will also receive good tidbits that can be used every single day in their business.

Benefit to audience:

This seminar will help participants gain perspective on things such as: the questions to ask potential hires, prepping yourself for the role of being a manager, setting the company up to operate with employees, creating a game plan for success, as well as a host of other topics that will arm them with a ton of tools that can be used immediately.

Kip Wetzel

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Principal at Navigate

Topic:

Digital, Innovation, and Design Thinking

Objectives:

Understand how to approach and justify an investment into a digital agenda with a focus on customer experience and business results. Participants will get real world insight on how to navigate this new focus on digital and innovation in the corporate and non-profit sectors to drive results for their most critical goals.

Benefit to audience:

Insight into the revolutionary (yet common sense) use of empathetic research through the Design Thinking framework. Participants will learn about the phases included in Design Thinking and how to bring it back to their organizations. Design Thinking has helped to drive digital and innovation into leading companies like Google, Toyota, Samsung, and Independence Blue Cross.

Torpey White

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Director, Consulting Services at EisnerAmper LLP

Topic:

Improving efficiency in business from the warehouse to IT

Objectives:

Gain an understanding of how asking a series of questions of their employees they can begin to understand where process bottlenecks may exist.

Benefit to audience:

Attendees will learn to approach their employees and gain an understanding of what may be preventing them from maximizing their investment in people and technology.

Has presented on: 4/24/2009

Brian Wiggins

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Audience Development Director at Philadelphia Business Journal

Topic:

LinkedIn for Job Seekers

Objectives:

learn how to uncover the hidden job market, which comprises ~75% of all available jobs, and how to use LinkedIn to establish better connections and land more interviews.

Benefit to audience:

Participants will have new tools for a re-invigorated job search.

Matt Wilk

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Sr. Manager - Tax Services at RSM US LLP

Topic:

State and Local Tax, Credits & Incentives

Objectives:

Tax and Financial Education, Networking

Benefit to audience:

Tax and Financial Education, Networking

Christopher Wink

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Co-founder at Technical.ly

Topic:

How to build audience online

Objectives:

(a) understand the value of online content creation to grow audience to convert into customers, donors, volunteers and/or supporters
(b) have practical steps for both website copy, social media strategy and philosophy around audience development
(c) have an appreciation for niche communities online being able to drive traffic and awareness

Benefit to audience:

Practical, actionable steps based on data-driven experience in building multiple properties on multiple platforms around content growth