Leadership Conference 2024


Ram Charan

World-Renowned Business Consultant, Best-selling Author and Speaker

Ram Charan is a world-renowned business consultant, bestselling author and speaker who has spent the past 40 years working with many of the top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work across nearly every geography with companies including Toyota, Bank of America, Key Bank, ICICI Bank, Aditya Birla Group, Novartis, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, UST Global, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo), Humana, Matrix, Ram is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem.

Ram’s real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable — the kind of advice you can use Monday morning–in areas such as growth, talent development, corporate governance, and moneymaking models for the digital age.

Carolyn Dewar

Bestselling Author, CEO Excellence and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Carolyn Dewar founded and co-leads McKinsey’s CEO excellence work, coaching many Fortune 100 CEOs to maximize their effectiveness in role and lead their organizations through pivotal moments. She is co-author of the New York Times bestseller CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest and has published more than 30 articles in publications including McKinsey Quarterly and Harvard Business Review. Carolyn is also frequent keynote speaker and panelist at conferences across industries and geographies.

Kevin Hancock

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

Kevin Hancock is the managing owner and Chairman of one of America’s oldest family businesses as well as an award-winning author and nationally recognized public speaker.

Established in 1848, Hancock Lumber Company is led by its 720 employees operating 11 lumberyards, 4 sawmills, a truss manufacturing facility, and timberlands in Maine and New Hampshire.  Hancock Lumber is a nine-time recipient of the ‘Best Places to Work in Maine’ award. The company is also a recipient of the Maine Family Business of the Year Award, the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence, the ProSales National Dealer of the Year Award, and the Maine Retailer of the Year Award.

Kevin is a past chairman of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association, the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association, and the Bridgton Academy Board of Trustees.  Kevin has also served of the Board of Directors for the Hussey Seating Corporation in Maine, the Seneca Sawmill Corporation in Oregon, and the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission.

Kevin is a recipient of the Ed Muskie ‘Access to Justice’ Award, the Habitat for Humanity ‘Spirit of Humanity’ Award, the Maine Development Foundation ‘Ken Curtis Leadership Award’, and the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame ‘Directors Award’.

Kevin is the author of three books:

  • Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse
  • The Seventh Power: One CEO’s Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership
  • 48 Whispers from Pine Ridge and the Northern Plains

Kevin also partners with the executive coaching firm SSCA to provide senior management training programs around the concepts of shared leadership, dispersed power, and deep employee engagement.

Kevin is a frequent visitor to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and an advocate of strengthening the voices of all individuals—within a company or a community —through listening, empowering, and shared leadership.  He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and lives in Maine with his wife Alison.

Verne Harnish

Author, Scaling Up and Mastering the Rockefeller Habits

Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), with over 16,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program held at MIT, a program in which he still teaches today. Founder and CEO of Scaling Up, a global executive education and coaching company with over 200 partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past four decades helping companies scaleup.

He’s the author of the bestseller Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times,” for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword; and wrote Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) which has been translated into 22 languages and has won eight major international book awards including the prestigious International Book Award for Best General Business book. His latest book, Scaling Up Compensation, rocketed to the #1 HR book on Amazon.

Verne also chairs the annual ScaleUp Summits and serves on several boards including vice chair of The Riordan Clinic; co-founder and chair of Geoversity; and board member of the social venture Million Dollar Women. A private investor in many scaleups, Verne enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Patrick Lencioni

Best-selling Author, The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, The Advantage and Working Genius

Pat is one of the founders of The Table Group and is the pioneer of the organizational health movement. He is the author of 13 books, which have sold over 8 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. As President of the Table Group, Pat spends his time speaking and writing about leadership, teamwork, and organizational health and consulting with executives and their teams. Prior to founding the firm in 1997, Pat worked at Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation and Sybase. Pat lives in the Bay Area with his wife and four boys.

Fred Reichheld

Best-selling Author, Speaker and Business Strategist

Fred Reichheld is a Bain Fellow and founder of Bain’s Loyalty practice, which helps companies achieve results through customer and employee loyalty. He is the creator of the Net Promoter® system of management.

His work in the area of customer and employee retention has quantified the link between loyalty and profits. Fred’s books, The Loyalty Effect: The Hidden Force Behind Growth, Profits, and Lasting Value (HBSP 1996); Loyalty Rules! How Today’s Leaders Build Lasting Relationships (HBSP 2001); The Ultimate Question: Driving Good Profits and True Growth (HBSP, 2006) and The Ultimate Question 2.0: How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer Driven World (HBR Press) have each become best sellers.

In his most recent book, Fred reveals how NPS practitioners including Apple Retail, Philips, Schwab, Allianz, American Express, and Intuit, have used the Net Promoter System (NPS) to generate extraordinary results. He explains how NPS helps companies become truly customer-centric, unleashing profitable growth through systematically converting more customers into promoters and fewer into detractors. 

Fred is a frequent speaker at major business forums and his work on loyalty has been widely covered in The Wall Street JournalNew York TimesFinancial TimesFortuneBusiness Week and The Economist. He is the author of eight Harvard Business Review articles on the subject of loyalty and he is also a LinkedIn Influencer, a member of a group of corporate leaders and public figures who are thought leaders in their respective fields.

Consulting Magazine chose Fred as one of the “25 Most Influential Consultants” in its 2003 annual survey. According to The New York Times, “[He] put loyalty economics on the map.” The Economist refers to him as the “high priest” of loyalty.

Reichheld graduated with Honors both from Harvard College (B.A., 1974) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., 1978).

Thought Leaders

Ash Athawale

SVP & Senior Group Managing Director, Robert Half Executive Search

Ash Athawale is a senior vice president and senior group managing director with the executive search practice at Robert Half, the world’s first and largest specialized talent solutions and business consulting firm that connects companies with the talent and subject matter expertise they need to confidently compete and grow.

Chip Bauder

Head of Private Wealth Premier Solutions, Raymond James & Associates

As head of the Private Wealth Premier Solutions team, Chip Bauder provides guidance on advanced planning strategies to the firm’s largest private clients. Joining Raymond James & Associates in 1994, Chip managed two departments: Financial & Retirement Services and Wealth Solutions. After a brief hiatus from Raymond James to oversee a private family office and also manage a boutique hedge  fund for sophisticated investors in 2011, Chip returned to the firm  four years later  with a  fresh  and innovative focus for providing  personal  wealth management  solutions to Raymond James’ investment banking clients.  Chip received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University and his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law. He attained the Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) designation from the Investment Management Consultants Association and the University of Chicago.

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Leigh Chaban

SVP, Senior Group Managing Director, Robert Half Executive Search

Leigh is a seasoned executive and trusted advisor with over two decades of experience in retained search engagements across a wide range of industries and functional areas. She works with a diverse client base, including Fortune 500, small and medium-sized companies, as well as private equity and venture-backed firms. She has additional expertise with founder-driven and family-owned entities, advising owners, CEOs, and investors through times of ownership, generational, or leadership shifts.


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.