Connecting Leaders Conference is IBAT Leadership Division’s annual flagship event. It provides an opportunity for IBAT members to receive education and leadership development while strengthening the industry through personal connections. This event offers focused leadership training, networking opportunities, and hot topic general and breakout sessions in addition to exhibitor demos. It is family-friendly and filled with entertainment opportunities for all, including a golf tournament, kid’s camp and family fun night. 

New this year at the Connecting Leaders Conference is a management track. The three sessions in this track will cover key issues in making your organization successful—hiring the right people, ensuring you keep them and if it comes to it, letting them go for the benefit of your bank. 

Management Session #1 (June 20 at 3:15 p.m.): This will cover the part nobody likes—how to fire the person who is not working out on your team. Petey Parker will provide guidance about having the right exit strategy, beginning with knowing when to cut your losses.

Management Session #2 (June 21 at 7:30 a.m.): This will feature that day’s keynote speaker, Shari Harley , who will teach you how to initiate and encourage honest communication with your teams. She will share her simple formula to make even the most difficult conversation easier. By the end of this session, you’ll be able to say what you want to say, when you want to say it, in a way that the other person hears you and acts. 

Management Session #3 (June 21 at 10:30 a.m.): Beth Smith , author of “Why Can’t I Hire Good People? Lessons on How to Hire Better,” will host the last session in the management track. She’ll take a deeper look into common business questions as she shares a hiring mistake that landed her business on national news. 

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JUNE 19, 2019
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Conference Registration
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhibitor Tabletop Setup
June 20, 2019
8:00am - 5:00pm
Conference Registration
7:00am - 8:00am
Golf Breakfast
8:00am - 1:00pm Golf Tournament
9:00am – 9:00pm
PAC Room
9:00am – Noon
Optional Workshop - Creating Work Life Balance
For many people, achieving a work-life balance seems like an impossible goal. Juggling the demands of a career and a personal life is often a challenge but with prioritization and communication, participants can focus more time and attention on achieving this elusive balance.
1:30pm – 7:30pm Exhibitor tabletops
2:15pm – 3:15pm
CEO Speed Dating
3:15pm – 4:30pm Breakout Sessions - choose from One Management, Two Industry Sessions
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Kids Camp
4:30pm – 5:30pm   
Opening General Session - Creating a “Yes, And…” Culture of High-Level Performance and Engagement - Galen Emanuele
5:30pm – 7:30pm   
Opening Reception with Exhibitors
June 21, 2019
7:30am - Noon Registration
7:30am - 9:30am  Buffet Breakfast
7:30am - 8:30am  Past Leadership Chair Focus Group
7:30am - 8:30am Breakout Sessions - choose from One Management, One Industry Session
8:45am – 10:00am General Session - Legislative Update
9:00am – 9:00pm PAC Room
10:00am – 10:30am
Refreshment Break
10:30am - 11:30am 
Breakout Sessions - choose from One Management, Two Industry Sessions
11:30am - Noon
Lunch served
Noon - 1:30pm
General Session - How to Say Anything to Anyone: Setting Expectations for Powerful Working Relationships - Shari Harley
2:00pm - 5:30pm Afternoon Free
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hospitality Suites
6:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday Night Family Fun: Dinner & Dancing
June 22 , 2019
8:30am - 9:30am Pajama Pancake Breakfast with the Family
9:30am - 10:45am Closing General Session

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