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.
  • Manager Tools Personal License access for 5-years from the date of registration.
  • Meals throughout, including a meet-and-greet which will take place beginning at 2pm on October 25 (the day prior to the event) and a dinner on October 26th 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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Ron Long - Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Premier Truck Group

Premier Truck Group is a commercial truck dealership group providing sales, parts, service, and support to companies in the essential transportation industry through its 41 dealership locations across the US and Canada. Ron’s career in truck sales covers 25 years starting with dealership roles in new and used sales followed by 10 years in management roles with Daimler Trucks North America, the leading manufacturer of medium and heavy-duty trucks in North America. In 2017 Ron joined Premier Truck Group, leading the company’s new truck, remarketing and financial services sales as well as the company’s marketing and communications. Ron lives in the Dallas-Ft Worth metroplex with his wife, Brooke, and two high school kids, Mitchell, and Sydney.

Daniel (Dan) McGuire - Managing Partner, Arcturus Advisory Services, LLC

Dan has led large technology divisions to success across three continents, executing on high-impact transformations at major financial services firms including Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, Thomson Reuters and TD Waterhouse. From the largest merger in Wall Street history to enterprise-wide digital strategies and even rapid regulatory reform projects, he has been repeatedly called upon to lead organizations through high-visibility and time-sensitive change.

In 2017, Dan left his 30-year corporate career to build on his experience and become a trusted partner for executives who are faced with complexity and great change. Launching Arcturus, he is once again engaged in transformative events, but now as a certified executive coach and advisory consultant, guiding leaders, teams and organizations through innovation and change.

Elizabeth Lages - Chief People & Culture Officer, Flexera

Known as "El", she is instrumental in making Flexera (a global technology company based outside of Chicago) a "top workplace" through employee engagement, performance management, manager training, and aligning HR operations with the goals of the business. Under El's leadership, Flexera has received numerous recognitions for its culture, including being awarded a Chicago Tribune Top Workplace and Certified as a Best Place to Work. El has been with Flexera since 2004 in various sales and operations leadership roles, including VP of Global Operations and VP of Worldwide Sales Operations, before moving to head up the People team.   Born and raised in New York City, El has a B.S. in communications at State University of New York.

Kevin Hill - CEO (effective June 1st) and COO, Pivotal Systems

Kevin leads Pivotal Systems, a public technology company that provides global leaders of the semiconductor industry with advanced process-gas flow control platforms. Pivotal Systems is innovation from the heart of Silicon Valley, using cutting edge proprietary hardware and software to ensure the machines that make the chips, can advance to the atomic level. Before taking the lead at Pivotal Systems, Kevin led product teams throughout the Silicon Valley for over 27 years, in Fortune 500 companies such as: Applied Materials, Rockwell Collins, IBM and Apple. Prior to setting his sights onto the Silicon Valley, Kevin was a US Army Aviation Officer, a Pilot-In-Command flying Blackhawk helicopters. Kevin graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point (BS Engineering Management), Boston University (MS Business Administration), and is a Certified Product Manager. Kevin lives in the Silicon Valley with his wife, Eleni, and their two daughters, both in University, Victoria, and Catherine.

Bill Madden - Supply Chain & Technology Executive, Consultant, Entrepreneur

From the seat of a Dispatcher, to holding responsibilities for $3B+ in annual freight under management and to an army of amazingly talented people; Bill fully appreciates the challenges and opportunities in the world of technology, services, & holistic supply chain. With various teams, engineering and implementing efficient processes enabled by positive working relationships has lent itself to a track record of successes; from covering that impossible load to orchestrating comprehensive Supply Chain Strategies on behalf of industry leaders.

Patty Collins - Deputy Director, Government Publishing Offices

Previously she was a Principal at the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute. She has extensive leadership and management experience gained from building diverse coalition, military, and governmental agency teams. Patty retired from the US Army after 24 years of active duty. During her service, she led from the tactical company level through the directorate level of the Joint Staff. She has experience in a multitude of areas from information technology, knowledge management, strategic leadership and organizational change. A pioneer in her field, she was one of a small number of women to serve in Special Operations and was the first woman in the DOD to complete the Military Free-Fall Jumpmaster Course and the only female amputee to command a tactical battalion and deploy post amputation.

She is on the Board of Directors of Military Community Youth Ministries, Camp Resilience, and the Chair of the Alumni Committee for Team 43, a division of George W Bush’s Military Service Initiatives. She is a volunteer and fundraiser for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Dare2Tri Triathlon Club, and the Navy SEAL Foundation. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her 15 year old son, Gabe.

Nathan Nipper - General Manager of Space Systems Protect & Control, L3Harris Technologies

Nathan currently leads a program portfolio which develops innovative space-based solutions from advanced sensors and payloads for the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA customers. Over the years Nathan’s held various leadership positions within L3Harris including leading electrical engineering execution across the F-35 TR3 program enterprise, being senior director of electrical engineering for the L3Harris Space and Airborne Systems segment, the Space Superiority engineering director, the engineering manager for the Government Communications Systems Western Region supporting SATCOM missions for the Air Force Space Command, and the Aerospace Electronics engineering manager in Palm Bay, Florida. Nathan holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. He is a graduate of the Leadership Development Program presented by the Wharton School of Business.

David Walsh - Vice President of Supply Chain and Customer Experience, Berry Global

Berry Global is a Fortune 500 global manufacturer of rigid, flexible, and nonwoven packaging, protection and adhesive products used every day in consumer and industrial end markets. In his current role at Berry, David leads the teams responsible for Supply Chain Planning, Customer Care, Logistics, and Customer Experience in the Engineered Materials division.  During his 12 years with Berry, David has held various roles in Supply Chain and IT, including Vice President ERP Services and Director Supply Chain Systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Indiana and a MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management from MITx. He and his wife live in Evansville, IN with their two children. 

Angel Wileman - Manager of Thermofluids, Southwest Research Institute

Angel manages the Thermofluids group within SwRI, where the boundaries of complex multiphase fluid systems are pushed every day. During her career, Angel has led teams on a wide range of projects, from designing pilot-scale flow facilities at her customer’s sites, to helping her customers evaluate novel fluids for energy applications. Angel has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to SwRI, she lived as a manufacturing engineer for the semiconductor industry for a few brief years before turning her sights to a career in applied research. Born and raised in Michigan, Angel has since fled to warmer parts of the country. She will be a lifelong Texan with her husband and two young children.

Maggie Tucker - Vice President, Marketing Transformation & Capabilities, IHG Hotels & Resorts

Maggie’s career spans 20 years in digital marketing, eCommerce, omni-channel marketing, and planning & strategy across the retail and hospitality industries. Maggie started her career at The Home Depot, and currently works for IHG Hotels + Resorts (IHG). IHG is one of the world’s leading hotel companies, with over 890,000 rooms in over 6,000 hotels and more than 400,000 people working across more than 100 countries to deliver True Hospitality for Good. In her role as Vice President of Omni-Channel Marketing, she is focused on improving the capabilities of our Global Marketing team and leading strategic delivery efforts. Maggie aims to stay active in her professional and personal community. She has served on many professional association boards over the years and is very active in the IHG community from sponsoring Employee Resource Groups to being on the regional Diversity + Inclusion Board. Outside of IHG, Maggie is the PTA president at her daughter’s school and is a Plywood People Advisor. She’s also co-hosts a personal finance podcast called friends on FIRE. Her greatest accomplishment and passion is focused on raising 3 young daughters to be compassionate and productive people.



Wednesday, October 26th

7:00 Breakfast and Sign In
8:30 Welcome & Introductions
9:30 David Walsh, Career Planning Is a Waste of Time
10:30 Break
10:40 Patty Collins, Empowerment: Unleashing your Team’s Potential to Optimize your Organization’s Performance
11:40 Break
11:50 Ron Long, Sales Organization 2.0 - Creating Transformational Change in an Evolving Industry
12:50 Lunch
2:00 Maggie Tucker, How To Find Happiness and Career Success Through Financial Freedom
3:00 Break
3:15 Nathan Nipper, New Executive Report Card
4:15 Break
4:30 Bill Madden, Leadership & Fortitude
6:00 Cocktail Hour
6:45 Dinner and Discussion
8:00 Done for the Day

Thursday, October 27th

7:00 Breakfast & Sign In
8:55 Welcome Back
9:00 Dan McGuire, The Sea is Selective: Spotting Leadership on an Ocean of Complexity
10:00 Break
10:15 Kevin Hill, You have the controls. I have the controls. You have the controls.
11:15 Break
11:30 Angel Wileman, We Solve the Toughest Problems... How Do You Train for That!?
12:30 Lunch
1:30 El Lages, Driving Connection in the New World of Work
2:30 Break
2:45 Mark Horstman, Horstman's Laws
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

This event brought together an engaged, highly skilled audience with talented presenters covering value adding topics. The discourse, the exchange of perspectives, and the sidebars during the event brought the information to an even higher level.

      Read more...Eldon Schaffer