Be Bad First: Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future

We are operating in a world defined by constant connection, rapid change, and abundant choices. News that once took months, even years, to spread now reaches across the globe in seconds. Advances in medicine and science are pushing boundaries with gene therapy and stem cell transplants.  And decisions about where and how to work and live are nearly endless. As new knowledge–and the possibilities that arise from that knowledge–propels us forward, leadership readiness expert and renowned author Erika Andersen suggests that success in today’s world requires the ability to acquire new knowledge and skills quickly and continuously–in spite of our mixed feelings about being a novice

You are about to become obsolete. You think you are special, unique, and that whatever it is that you are doing is impossible to replace.  You are wrong. As we speak, millions of algorithms created by computer scientists are frantically running on servers all over the world, with one sole purpose: do whatever humans can do, but better.

Having served in the SAS for more than 20 years, Floyd Woodrow has achieved at the very highest levels. Inspiring his men in the most demanding of situations, he drove his team to success. As a result, he was awarded the UK’s second-highest award for gallantry, the Distinguished Conduct Medal.


Leadership literature is full of principles and ideas–but they rarely leave the page. Practice is what turns abstract concepts into useful skills.

Joshua walks readers through what to do and how to do it in an integrated and comprehensive progression of exercises designed to cultivate key abilities, behaviors, and beliefs through experience. Joshua will share exercises to help you accomplish the inner work and gain the social skills required for great leadership.

Joshua will demonstrate leadership skills–and then guide you through the process of developing it. From basic solo assignments to advanced leadership practices, you’ll learn to:

  1. Build self-awareness
  2. Manage emotions
  3. Speak in your authentic voice
  4. Create meaningful connections
  5. Inspire others
  6. Lead with empathy
  7. Support teammates

…and more

Powerful and practical, Leadership Step by Step will start you on the road to success. Join Joshua to learn more!

If you want to increase your productivity, enhance your earning power, achieve your goals, and reach more overall success in your life, then read on. Peer Mentoring™ is a system in which two people agree to support each other based on complementary skills and needs, and the partners create a ‘contract.’ The purpose of this process is to create a ‘buddy system’ to help both of you achieve your individual goals.There have been numerous books and articles about mentoring, finding someone senior to you in your field who will help, advise, consult, and coach you to realize your potential.


Most people have heard of soft skills and perhaps can list one or two. Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham, both university professors with extensive business backgrounds, have uncovered a list of 55 soft skills that employees and organizations are increasingly unleashing to spur innovation and growth.

By blending soft skills with people’s technical skills, those aptitudes, competencies and expertise most education focuses on, employees and organizations can overcome challenges in today’s complex workplace. As organizations, and the leaders and employees that work for them, seek a new edge to achieve greater productivity and innovation, focusing greater attention on soft skills could be the difference maker.

Tobin and Bob have drawn from a review of hundreds of academic articles and their experiences in various industries, including manufacturing, energy, publishing and start-ups to identify the 55 important soft skills.

While Tobin will not have time to go into all 55 you will gain a better understanding of some of the MOST important soft skills that will help you advance your career – RAPIDLY.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you need to know to gain that next raise and promotion.

Presenter: Tobin Porterfield
As the college’s director of graduate programs and the director of supply chain outreach, I get to bring students and our business partners together to see great things happen.

Whether that is through an industry site-visit, a case competition, or a career development event – I see our industry participants get excited about the students we are preparing and I get to see my students connect their education and their future career.

My classes integrate hands-on experience and industry guest speakers. Outside the classroom, I encourage my students to engage with industry through site-visits, professional groups, research projects and case competitions.

My research keeps me engaged with business technology and analytics in practice as well as the more applied world of logistics and supply chain management.


Genius is made, not born. Human beings are gifted with almost unlimited potential for learning and creativity. Now you can uncover your own hidden abilities, sharpen your senses, and liberate your unique intelligence by following the example of the greatest genius of all time: Leonardo da Vinci.  Michael will show you how you can expand your mind to accomplish more than you ever thought possible. Drawing on Da Vinci’s notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, Michael will introduce Seven Da Vincian Principles—the essential elements of genius—from curiosity–the insatiably curious approach to life– to connessione–the appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things.processes that will help you develop your own creativity.

Managing up is good for you, good for your boss, and good for the organization as a whole. Mary will share strategies for developing these all-important connections and building more than rapport; you will become able to quickly assess situations, and determine which actions will move you forward; you will become your own talent manager and your boss’s top choice for that new opportunity.  As a skill, managing up can do more for your career than simply ‘networking’ ever could—and this presentation will show you how!


Nationally recognized communication expert Debra Fine reveals the techniques and strategies anyone can use to make small talk–in any situation.   With practical advice and conversation “cheat sheets,” Debra will help you learn to feel more comfortable in any type of social situation, from lunch with the boss to an association event, or a cocktail party where you don’t know a soul.


Henna Inam will share with you proven strategies based on neuroscience research and her work as an executive coach and speaker, with clients who are executives in Fortune 500 companies. These ideas are not theory but they are practical tools her clients have adopted and implemented.