Leadership Conference 2024


Wednesday, November 6

Optional Pre-Event Programs

These events run concurrently and only one may be selected during registration. Click on each box to learn more about the activity.

Golf Outing

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event attendees listen to a speaker in a small group setting

AI Bootcamp

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

8:00 - 9:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Courtesy of Chief Executive Network

Thursday, November 7

7:30 - 9:00 am

Registration and Welcome Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 am

Patrick Lencioni: The Secrets of the Truly High-Performance Organization

All organizations need to focus on their organizational health and root out dysfunctions before they metastasize. Drawing on all parts of his extensive library of insights and ideas, one of the most respected business thinkers of our time will give you specific, actionable frameworks and ideas to help you refresh, re-align and become a more effective leader and leadership team. In this first of a two-part session, he will delve into the lessons from his entire cannon of legendary bestsellers, including The Advantage and The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, to help your build an organization you love leading, and how to quickly improve engagement, teamwork and results.

Patrick Lencioni

Bestselling Author, The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, The Advantage and Working Genius

10:30 - 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 - Noon

Q&A Workshop Live with Patrick Lencioni

Bring your thorniest team challenges and culture conundrum to this exclusive, extended-length interactive session, as Pat workshops solutions live with the Chief Executive community. How do you really motivate people? What’s the secret to getting true alignment throughout the entire organization? What really goes wrong with top teams—and how do you rebuild them into resilient, trust-centered performance engines that operate with true esprit de corps? There’s no one in the world who knows more about what makes great organizations tick than Lencioni, and he’ll be on hand to help you and your people get better, sharper and more fulfilled in the year to come.

Noon - 1:45 pm

Working Lunch and Roundtable Discussions

Select from the following topics you want to discuss with your peers and uncover ideas that are working in other companies:

  • Planning your company’s future despite uncertainties
  • Recruiting, retaining and aligning rock star employees
  • Leading a multi-generational workforce
  • Leveraging AI and other technologies in your business
  • Accelerating growth
  • Leadership requirements for changing company stages
  • Lessons from a Veteran CEO Coach

1:45 - 2:15 pm

Networking Break

2:15 - 3:30 pm

The 6 Traits of The Best CEOs In the World

Over decades of research and hundreds of in-depth interviews, Carolyn and her partners at McKinsey examined what CEOs and other top executives at the companies who rank in the top 20% of their industries (and generate 2.8x the returns of their competitors on average) do differently. They uncovered 6 common traits of top performing leaders. In this session, you will gain insights to improve:

  • How do you look into the future, respond to unexpected challenges, and motivate others? (some of the insights are counterintuitive!)
  • How do you sharpen your skills in leading your organization to higher levels?
  • How do top CEOs treat the “soft stuff” like the “hard stuff”?
  • How do top-performing CEOs mobilize their leadership teams to work toward a common vision?
  • What are some of the best practices for managing personal effectiveness?

Carolyn Dewar

Senior Partner, McKinsey; Co-author CEO Excellence

3:30 - 4:00 pm

Networking Break

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Harnessing Loyalty: The Most Powerful Force for Profitability

The creator of the world-renowned Net Promoter Score shares his latest and most powerful tool for improving financial performance: Earned Growth. It’s the shortcut to supercharging your team’s results by reshaping activities to focus on customer satisfaction and loyalty – and the impact that this simple concept can have on growth and profitability throughout your organization will astound you. Fred will share his insights into the best performing companies in industry after industry (e.g., Apple, Enterprise, etc.) and how they use it to focus their teams on the right activities. You will learn how some of the most successful CEOs use these concepts to drive repeat business and referrals – and how these actions can accelerate your revenue and profits.

Fred Reichheld

Partner, Bain & Company

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

Friday, November 8

7:30 - 8:30 am


8:30 - 9:30 am

Scaling Up Compensation: Turning Your Largest Expense into Strategic Advantage

How you compensate people is one of the most important strategic decisions your company makes—but few “get it right and out of sight.” Nail it and you can add hundreds of percentage points to the bottom line while driving up the energy in the organization. Make the wrong call (or piecemeal the decision together), and the results will create needless drama throughout the organization.

In this highly practical working session, based on Verne’s book of the same title, one of the most widely followed and deeply respected business thinkers of our time shares his 5 principles for designing effective compensation systems along with plenty of examples from leading small, medium, and large firms across various industries.

You’ll learn:

  1. The #1 mistake business leaders make in setting up their compensation plans
  2. The psychological aspects of compensation underpinning successful plans
  3. How individual bonuses can backfire
  4. The power of gamifying gains to drive up energy and engagement
  5. Whether you want to be queen/king or rich!

Verne Harnish

Business Advisor; Best-selling Author, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits and Scaling Up

9:30 - 9:45 am

Networking Break

9:45 - 10:45 am

The New World Order: A Strategy Session for the Future

One of the world’s most respected CEO coaches, boardroom advisors, and the author of numerous bestsellers will share his perspectives on where the world is heading – and where the smartest CEOs are placing their bets and focusing their efforts. In addition to a macro-perspective on Geo-Political trends, Ram will share how he sees technological, demographic and other trends impacting business and provide unique insights and advice to help you navigate and prepare for the future. Gain insights from Ram that top CEOs pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to make better multi-million- and billion-dollar decisions. 

Ram Charan

CEO Advisor; Author, Execution, Leading Through Inflation, and over 20 other best-selling business books

10:45 - 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 am - Noon

My Silence: How a Setback Taught Me a Better Way to Lead and Inspire

Kevin is the 7th generation leading his $700 million family-owned lumber company in Maine. For the first few decades of his career, he led as his predecessors did, as a strong leader and decision maker who made most of the important decisions. Command and control.  But when a rare disease caused him to partially lose his voice, he was forced to become a better listener and ask more than he answered. The result was a surprise. As he talked less and listened more, his employees became more engaged, and his company’s growth and profits accelerated.  He learned that when his employees felt more trusted, respected, valued and heard, it changed their attitudes and actions. Kevin is now on a mission to help other CEOs and their teams gain these advantages.  Fortunately, you don’t have to lose your voice to learn how the power of shared leadership can transform your organization, and ultimately, yourself.    

Kevin Hancock

Chairman, Hancock Lumber; Author, The Business of Shared Leadership


Event Concludes

Golf Outing

11:00 - 5:00 pm
Arizona Grand Golf Course

Enjoy the beautiful Arizona Grand Golf Course on the resort property. This award-winning Golf Digest Top 50 Course is a links course offering panoramic views of the surrounding desert landscape. You will have access to the practice facilities before a shotgun start at noon. Take advantage of the chance to get to know fellow attendees through a friendly scramble competition and various contests. Golfers of all capabilities are welcome. A $295 fee covers greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch and cocktail reception. Noon shotgun start.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.

Event attendees listen to a speaker in a small group setting

AI Bootcamp

9:00 - 5:00 pm

Excited about AI but need to know more, fast? Tried your hand at it already but want to sharpen your skills? Or are you a ChatGPT 4.0 power-user who wants to spread the gospel to the rest of the team and show them what they’re missing? Whichever you are, this full-day, hands-on workshop will help you leverage Generative AI to become far more productive, leaving you with new hours in your day. You’ll leave with specific tools for specific use cases and able to apply AI in your own routines and that of your teams.  Learn how to use AI to create a job description, a marketing plan, a customizable sales outreach letter, to do financial variance analysis and—most important—a process for developing your own creativity and best practices you can use to tackle whatever comes your way.  A $995 fee includes lunch, instructor and workbook. Participants must bring their own laptop and have a subscription to ChatGPT to get the most out of the day.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $995 will be added to your total.

Event attendees seated around a boardroom table

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

We are in a period of rapid change. Customer needs, technologies, competitors, and internal capabilities require companies to review and update their strategies for the new realities. In this workshop, strategy experts Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison will show you a systematic approach to strategic planning to help you refine or redefine your business strategy and approach including:

  • Learn what you need to know to develop an effective strategic plan.  Put the right players on the strategic planning team.
  • Develop strategies that leverage your company’s unique position in the marketplace.  Lift your management team beyond “business as usual” thought processes and activities.
  • Translate your strategies into action.  Achieve your vision for success and generate superior financial results.
  • Identify exactly what you need to do now to position your company for future success.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.


Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.