In-Person Cost: $3,000

Accelerate your executive development by learning from executives in the Manager Tools® community. This 2-day event is packed with networking events and engaging sessions where you’ll hear from top leaders in diverse industries including banking, software, aerospace, consulting, markets, finance, HR, etc. as they share their thoughts on leadership, managing and more. Build your skills and grow your network by getting access to the right topics and the right people.

Attendance Includes:

  • Membership to an instant messaging group for connecting with other attendees, speakers, and the MT team.
  • Meals throughout, including a meet-and-greet the day prior to the event and a dinner after the first day's sessions.
  • Videos of our speaker sessions for one year after the event.
Those wishing to purchase just the videos but not attend the event can do so when those recordings are made available as part of our Executive Outlook Video product.

Meet The Speakers

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Amy Kaufman - CEO, Swift Capital Holdings

Amy Kaufman builds businesses. She builds best during those points of inflection just before massive growth. You may call her a strategic business architect, an operational CxO, the fixer, or the builder. She excels at the intersection of developing People, Processes, Technology and Finance. Her experiences span Finance, IT, HR, Operations, Project Management, Marketing and Business Development for start-ups to large organizations. Amy is known for "being able to see it."

Amy interprets strategy and breaks down sophisticated subjects, problem sets and solutions across functions and layers in organizations. She works to quickly assess business capabilities across functions and align resources to move companies closer to their goals while fostering that spark that started the business in the first place. Amy volunteers with 100+ Women Who Care in her community in South Florida. She received her MBA from the University of Florida.

Justin Libby - Deputy for Operations, Tactical Systems Integration and Interoperability Division, Naval Information Warfare Center

Justin Libby brings over 25 years of hands-on experience with command and control, intelligence, test, research, and integration support. He currently serves as the Deputy for Operations for the Tactical Systems Integration and Interoperability Division, leading multiple efforts that support employee development and infrastructure investments for over 600 government, contractor and military personnel at Naval Information Warfare Center, Pacific (NIWC PAC).

Justin began his career in 1996, enlisting in the United States Marine Corps as an Aviation Radio Repairman. His eight years with the Marine Corps included multiple deployments supporting both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After having worked at General Dynamics, Justin took a position at NIWC PAC supporting test and integration efforts for Global Command and Control Systems. In 2012, he transitioned to support the Planning and Decision Aid System. In this capacity, he led the telecommunications engineering efforts and eventually became the Operations Project Manager overseeing the training, helpdesk, field support, communications security, and telecommunications functions for worldwide operations. In 2018, Justin became the Deputy for Operations for the Tactical Systems Integration and Interoperability Division.

Justin holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from National University and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Information Technology Level 2 certified.

Brian Pasbrig - President, Show Me Ethanol

Brian Pasbrig is the President of Show Me Ethanol, a medium sized industrial distillery located in Carrollton, Missouri. Show Me Ethanol is a farmer owned bio-refinery that converts Missouri grown corn to value-add products in the alcohol and animal feed space. Since 2020, Show Me Ethanol has been transforming from commodity focused grain processing into specialty alcohol distillation focused on the beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, and industrial markets. Brian began his distilling career in 1994 as a plant operator and has demonstrated expertise and leadership in operations, maintenance, quality, safety, regulatory compliance, and general management. His distillery experiences include greenfield construction, startup, acquisition, and process optimization work across the midwestern United States and Spain.

Lejjy Gafour - CEO, CULT Food Science

Lejjy is a self-taught entrepreneur and experienced company operator who made his start creating opportunities at the young age of 14, and he has been working, leading, and building businesses ever since. Lejjy is the former co-founder and CEO of a YCombinator backed biotechnology company, and one of the first operating cellular agriculture companies in Canada. He has over 15 years of experience in both public and private enterprises executing strategy, technology, and product development for everything from financial institutions, manufacturing, public health, to world class universities. He is also a founding member of Cellular Agriculture Canada, and currently serves on the board of New Harvest Canada.

David S. Cohen, Esq - General Counsel, Tempus Ex Machina, Inc. & Partner in the law firm of Daniel, Ebeling, and Cohen, LLC

David provides strategic business, administrative, and legal advice and service to a quickly scaling sports technology startup. Cohen built and served as Head of Player Operations of the Alliance of American Football, and for five years as the General Counsel of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is a licensed California attorney and a National Athletic Trainers Association Certified Athletic Trainer.

In previous roles David has overseen the legal department for Angels Baseball LP and AM830 KLAA and was Athletic Trainer in the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Montreal Expos organizations. David’s been responsible for drafting and negotiating legal and business terms of contracts with sponsors, vendors, employees, season seat holders, and suite licensees. He oversaw all organizational litigation and has significant experience managing complex and class action lawsuits. David also oversaw human resources, security, insurance, compliance, and privacy functions for the Buccaneers

Mark Thomas - CTO, MRO Healthcare

As the Chief Technology Officer for MRO, Mark is responsible for all aspects of technology including technology vision, strategy, and execution. MRO supports healthcare organizations with proven enterprise-wide solutions for the secure, compliant, and efficient exchange of Protected Health Information (PHI). With a deliberate focus on technology culture, Mark and his team are setting the example of a product driven technology organization.

Prior to MRO, Mark served as SVP IT for eviCore Healthcare where he brought the team at MT in to help transform his team. Mark and his wife have 2 daughters and they live on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

Christopher Lasota - Chief Experience Officer, Mortgage Center

Christopher is the Chief Experience Officer for Mortgage Center, a Credit Union Service Organization based out of Southfield, Michigan. He is responsible for building a sustainable culture, recruiting, technology strategy, resource alignment, and project execution across the firm. Christopher brings extensive expertise to his position. He has over 35 years of experience in lending, which include 22 years in Mortgage Banking and 13 years in Leasing. He holds a master's degree in Finance from Walsh College, highlighting his commitment to professional development. Based in Orlando, Florida, Christopher enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, and son.

Mortgage Center attributes much of its success to its culture so by attending Christopher's session, your organization can gain valuable insights into building a successful work culture.

Wednesday, August 23rd

7:00 Breakfast and Sign In
8:30 Welcome & Introductions
9:30 Speaker & Topic TBD
10:30 Break
10:40 Speaker & Topic TBD
11:40 Break
11:50 Speaker & Topic TBD
12:50 Lunch
2:00 Speaker & Topic TBD
3:00 Break
3:15 Speaker & Topic TBD
4:15 Break
4:30 Speaker & Topic TBD
6:00 Cocktail Hour
6:45 Dinner and Discussion
8:00 Done for the Day

Thursday, August 24th

7:00 Breakfast & Sign In
8:55 Welcome Back
9:00 Speaker & Topic TBD
10:00 Break
10:15 Speaker & Topic TBD
11:15 Break
11:30 Speaker & Topic TBD
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Speaker & Topic TBD
2:30 Break
2:45 Speaker & Topic TBD
4:00 Close/End

Watch a Sample:

Matt Beckwith - Customer Experience: Not a Department, a Revolution

This is the first conference I’ve been to where I found 100% of the speakers engaging. Actually great presenters. I don’t know how you pulled that off, but it’s an incredible achievement.

      Read more...Yanek Korff

The M Conference gives you real guidance from real people who are in the muck just like you. You get the opportunity to ask questions and learn from leaders in other firms. It’s the ultimate safe space to ask questions and get some real, actionable answers.

      Read more...Dan West