Thursday, September 24

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM EDT

Welcome from Chief Executive Group

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM EDT

There’s nothing more impactful on people, their work, and their performance, than trust—particularly in a time of crisis or change.  Learn how you can identify and close trust gaps that exist in your organization so you can better manage change and lead high-performing teams that are agile, collaborative, innovative, and engaged.

Stephen M.R. Covey

Author, The SPEED of Trust; Co-founder, CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Speed of Trust Practice

10:50 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM EDT

There are clear differences between a manager and a leader. A manager asks “what”, plans short-term, organizes people, and works the present. A leader asks “why”, plans long-term, aligns people and looks into the future.

Learn how to turn your high-potential employees into more than just future managers. Implement talent development programs that will build them into strong leaders to grow the future of your organization and arm them with the ability to lead through chaotic times.

11:40 AM - 11:50 AM EDT

11:50 AM - 12:30 AM EDT

Today, all over the country, CEOs, people managers and co-workers are trying to have difficult conversations about race, as we all try to get comfortable with being uncomfortable with painful, divisive issues. But there is one conversation all organizations should be having: Why, after decades of vigorous, evidence-based diversity efforts, are we not getting the results we want? Why are we failing? Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president and CEO of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, will discuss the vital, but delicate responsibilities of today’s CEOs: rooting out bias in the workplace, standing with people and groups who are casually excluded from opportunities, and leading with inclusion—not just diversity.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
President and CEO, SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management

12:30 PM - 12:50 PM EDT

12:50 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

The number one reason transformation initiatives fail? In the parlance of Jim Collins, it’s having the wrong people on the bus and having them in the wrong seats. No one knows that better—or has mastered it more fully—than Doug Conant, the legendary CEO who turned around failing Campbell’s Soup Company. He’ll share how he attracted more than 150 blue chip executives to join him in moribund Camden, NJ, by understanding and unleashing their real passions and ambitions. He’ll help you reshape how you think about positioning your company to compete for talent, how you win over for the best and brightest to your cause—and how you can lead change that lasts. As he says, “if we could do it at Campbell’s, anyone can do it.” He’ll show you how.

Doug Conant
Founder and CEO of ConantLeadership; Former President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company

1:40 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Attendees will be divided into small peer groups for deeper dives into important talent and leadership issues.

You should have received a calendar invite with the Zoom link to your assigned peer roundtable. Please contact us at if you didn’t receive an invite.

Roundtable Discussion Topics will include:

  1. Turning Unconscious Bias into Conscious Inclusion 
  2. Minding the Gap: The Cultural Considerations for a Successful M&A 
  3. Establishing Onboarding Best Practices so Your New Hires Can Hit the Ground Running
  4. Beyond Dollars and Cents: Incentivizing Your Top Performers 
  5. Fueling Your Future: Succession Planning Done Right
  6. Managing Rising Costs of Employee Healthcare Benefits
  7. Technology’s Real Impact on the Future of the Workforce (recruiting new skills required by emerging tech)
  8. Remote Beyond Covid-19: How to Build and Lead a Virtual Workforce
  9. Return to Work: Lessons Learned and Best Practices for the Future

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT


Join us for an inspiring evening as we celebrate the winners of Chief Executive Group and Thayer Leadership’s 3rd annual Patriots in Business awards.