Aug 13 - 14, 2019 | Chicago, Ill.


Being vulnerable with your team and confident at the same time can assist in building trust with your team. This workshop was a good reminder that what you focus on daily can become your reality. As leaders, we have to constantly remember to evaluate our processes, our team, and our goals and visions!”

Aaron Weber
Assistant Manager
Auto-Owners Insurance Company

Monday, August 12, 2019
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Event Information Desk

6:00 p.m.

Optional Activity: Meet to Eat
Interested in gathering for dinner and having friendly discussion with fellow attendees? Make plans to Meet to Eat. Choose between two different restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Each individual will be responsible for his or her own bill at the conclusion of dinner. Please check back for restaurant information at a later date.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Event Information Desk

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. Track 1 – The Essentials of High-Performance Teams
    Why do some teams struggle to survive while others perform with excellence? Today’s work environment takes a heavy toll on individuals and the teams on which they work. Efforts to increase productivity routinely push team members outside of defined job descriptions and beyond personal comfort levels. Tension runs high, trust declines, confusing directives squelch efficiency, and competing goals limit progress.

    Create a competitive advantage by developing high-performance teams. This interactive, results-based workshop is designed to provide attendees with tools to be more effective team members or leaders. Participants will explore the four leadership essentials through in-depth instruction, group discussion, hands-on exercises, and facilitated learning.

    • Essential 1: Foundational Trust and Understanding

    • Essential 2: Shared Expectations and Accountability

    • Essential 3: Respectful and Candid Dialogue

    • Essential 4: High Performance and Results

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Realize the roles of the leader and team members; assess team skills, strengths, and challenges; and learn how behavioral styles and competencies impact team dynamics;

    • Discover how to build trust within your team and understand how teamwork as a strategy can be used to foster enhanced team behavior;

    • Examine and enrich the quality of goal-setting and planning, achieve buy in, and refine decision-making skills, problem-solving tactics, and communication strategies;

    • Develop the essentials needed for effective teamwork and understand the value and benefits teamwork provides;

    • Discover how to foster commitment, engage in respectful dialogue and promote accountability in a way that increases productivity and morale; and.

    • Execute an action plan that allows everyone involved to work more cohesively and collaboratively in a team environment, while also cultivating high-performing team behavior and results.

  2. Track 2 – Motivating & Inspiring Employees to Greater Success Through a Servant Leader Mindset
    Servant leadership is a relationship-based approach that walks the tightrope of strength and compassion to help others achieve more than they could ever imagine on their own. Effective leaders know that leading others requires constant practice, assessment, and adjustment to inspire and nurture their employees’ desire to attain greatness. Employees are more willing to buy-in to carrying out strategic plans, initiatives, and next steps when they feel valued and appreciated.

    This behavioral-based and interactive workshop is designed to provide attendees with tools to be more effective leaders. Participants will gain skills through in-depth instruction, group discussion, hands-on learning, and facilitated practice.

    Participants Will Leave With The Ability To:

    • Embrace a growth mindset when leading others

    • Identify, develop, and leverage their own strengths to lead others with confidence

    • Coach their team members to increase productivity and engagement

    • Foster a culture of curiosity and innovation that improves communication and encourages teamwork

    • Create an action plan to learn and grow in their leadership development after the workshop

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Get to know other new and developing emerging leaders while enjoying lunch.

12:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Workshop (continued)
There will be periodic breaks at the instructor’s discretion.

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Optional Activity: Ragnarok Axe Throwing and Dinner at Miller’s Pub
Join your fellow attendees after a full day of meetings at this fun optional evening activity. We will head to the Fine Arts Building in the heart of downtown Chicago, where the Ragnarok “axeperts” will teach you to sling steel like a true Viking. Enjoy a 90-minute session during which the axeperts will teach you how to accurately and safely rack up bullseyes. Then you can participate in team-based games as well as a double-elimination tournament. Ragnarok has been rated one of the top 10 things to do in Chicago on TripAdvisor. After our axe throwing experience, dinner will be served at nearby Miller’s Pub, where you can relax with a casual dinner and a drink. The $95 fee includes the axe-throwing experience, dinner and one drink and roundtrip transportation. You can add this to your registration using our Registration Additions page.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Workshop (continued)
There will be periodic breaks at the instructor’s discretion.

12:00 p.m.

Workshop Concludes


Julie Bacher
Customer Service Coordinator



Our Event Sponsors:

Guy Carpenter MunichRE & Hartford Steam Boiler NAMIC Insurance Solutions
Mutual Boiler Re.