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Central Exchange Leadership Lyceum

Why Attend

The Central Exchange Leadership Lyceum is the premier leadership development event for women and men in the Kansas City area. This one-day leadership conference brings together executives, managers, entrepreneurs and community leaders for a day of inspiration, education and networking.

The theme of the 12th annual Leadership Lyceum is Power Up – Harness the power of technology and relationships.  Six outstanding presenters will focus on effective leadership in today’s environment of rapidly changing and emerging technologies. Experienced executives will share their expertise emphasizing two leadership skills that have been significantly impacted by the opportunities and challenges of the digital world.

STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING

Learn to:

• Explore the global business environment and build new business opportunities
• Empower everyone in your company to be an innovator
• Embrace provocative problem solving, creative thinking and smart risk taking
• Affect change and make a difference using a proven Innovation Toolkit

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

Learn to:

• Develop exceptional relationships with customers
• Create a culture of engaged employees
• Harness the strengths of each generation to move business forward
• Cultivate and expand global relationships
• Build an audience by sharing your work with the world

Register today and join more than 900 attendees at the Leadership Lyceum to hear nationally recognized thought leaders who will challenge us to harness the power of technology and relationships.  Plus, take advantage of networking opportunities to make valuable, relevant connections with Kansas City leaders at the region’s premier leadership conference. 

 

Speakers

Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell is the founder and CEO of futurethink, an award-winning innovation firm that helps businesses embrace change and become world-class innovators.  She is the author of Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, awarded the 2012 Best Business Book of the Year by Booz & Company’s strategy+business magazine.

Bodell is a serial entrepreneur, having founded three successful businesses.  Her current organization is built on the principle that everyone has the power to innovate.  Bodell inspires leaders to create a culture that empowers its people to think critically, question relentlessly and act boldly.

As a globally recognized futurist and expert on the topics of innovation and driving change, she has helped thousands of senior leaders at companies such as Merck, Lockheed Martin and the New York Stock Exchange revolutionize the way they think and work to unlock untapped potential and create new value.

She recently received the Top 5 Speaker Award in the Innovation/Creativity category from the Speakers Platform organization.

Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns is chairman and chief executive officer at Xerox. With sales approaching $23 billion, Xerox is the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management.

Burns joined Xerox in 1980 when the company was the leader in the global photocopying market.  From 1992 through 2000, she led the company’s color business and office network printing business.  As Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategic Services, Burns worked to restructure Xerox through its turnaround to emerge as a leader in color technology and document services.

Named president of Xerox in 2007, she expanded her leadership beyond research and product development to corporate strategy, corporate marketing and global accounts.  Burns was named CEO in 2009, and shortly after made the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services, catapulting Xerox into the $500 billion business services market and extending the company’s reach into business processes and IT outsourcing.

In 2010, Burns became chairman of the company, leading the company’s 140,000 employees who serve clients in 160 countries.  Burns is a founding board director of Change the Equation, which focuses on improving education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Carol Potts

Carol Potts

Carol Potts

Carol Potts leads the Americas Global Accounts organization for HP’s Enterprise Group.  She is accountable for revenue growth, a balanced P&L, and fostering executive relationships between HP and its customers.  Her customer portfolio includes Fortune 100 accounts that collectively generate $5 billion in revenue for the company.

Potts leads her team to partner with HP’s top Global customers and drive IT and business solutions centered on integrated Cloud, virtual Datacenter and security solutions with HP’s Enterprise Group offerings.  Her team’s success is aided by aligning with key business partners and professional services organizations.

Potts has held various positions at Hewlett Packard, including Vice President of the Central Region, Vice President of the U.S. Retail Sales, Area Director for Sales in Northern California, and West Region Storage Director. Prior to the HP and Compaq merger, Potts held broad leadership positions at Compaq, and she was in sales roles with Digital Equipment Corporation, Fujitsu America, Micropolis Corporation, and Dataproducts Corporation.

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran is the CEO of Evolutionary Business Solutions where leaders enhance their abilities to lead change, transform people and grow business. Cran has worked with more than 100 different industries, in more than a dozen countries and with thousands of audiences worldwide, defining the style of leadership needed in the workplace of the future.

Through research, analysis and focus groups, Cran has developed solutions for leaders to effectively deal with attracting and retaining top talent, leading multiple generations, and transforming people to perform at higher levels. She helps leaders and their teams evolve their executive, leadership and team skill levels and increase profitability.

Cran has studied the realities of the ever increasing pace of today’s  technology-driven workplace and has shared her insights in five books.  The best-selling 101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work shows leaders how to harness the multi-generational business intelligence of America’s workforce.  Her newly released eBook, Leadership Mastery in the Digital Age, guides managers to master the skills of leading teams with diverse experience, varied work ethic, and different levels of adaptation to technology.

Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon is a writer and artist who speaks about creativity in the digital age for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx and The Economist. In March, Kleon will be the opening keynote speaker at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Kleon is the influential and bestselling author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout and Show Your Work! which will publish this year. Show Your Work! is a guide to sharing your creativity with the world, thinking about work as a never-ending process and building an audience by sharing that process.

His work has been translated into over a dozen languages and featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS NewsHour, and in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Linda Rutherford

Linda Rutherford

Linda Rutherford

Linda Rutherford is Vice President of Communication and Outreach for Southwest Airlines. With 40 consecutive years of profitability, the Dallas-based airline continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary customer service delivered by nearly 46,000 employees to more than 100 million customers annually.

Rutherford’s responsibilities include overseeing media relations, special event planning, crisis communications, and emergency response and business continuity planning.  She also directs corporate community affairs, legislative communication, emerging and multimedia, and employee communications.

Rutherford has been with Southwest since 1992 and previously was Vice President Public Relations and Community Affairs.  She began her career with Newsweek magazine in New York, and was a reporter for several suburban newspapers as well as the Dallas Times Herald.  She is a member of the board of directors of the Press Club of Dallas Foundation and a member of the board of directors of Friends of Texas Public Schools.

Schedule

Morning Keynote - Linda Rutherford

Linda Rutherford

Linda Rutherford

As Vice President of Communication and Outreach for Southwest Airlines, Linda Rutherford understands the importance of communicating internally, managing change and making sure there’s a high level of employee engagement on news and events. The new speed of information creates a major leadership challenge—with social media, a customer could have access to company communications before an employee does.

At Southwest, Rutherford has built a communication operation she terms “surround sound,” an all-encompassing program that systematically and consistently shares information to engage employees, the media and the public directly.

In the Lyceum’s Opening Keynote, Rutherford will tell the story of how Southwest has embraced speed, transparency and openness to position their frontline employees to deliver exceptional customer service.

Morning Breakout Sessions

Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon - Power Up to Share Your Work with the World

Austin Kleon is the influential and bestselling author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout and Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered!, which will publish in March 2014.

Kleon teaches that good work, whether on canvas or in a marketing plan, is all about process, yet we tend to share only the final product. In his morning session, Kleon will demonstrate how you can share your process to get closer to your audience, add value to your work and become better at what you do.

All Leadership Lyceum attendees will receive a copy of Show Your Work!

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran - Power Up to Engage, Motivate and Lead Multiple Generations in the Workplace

Cheryl Cran’s morning session is about harnessing the strengths of each generation to move business forward. Based on her best selling book 101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work, she explains what leaders can do to further engage, motivate and lead the multiple generations in the workplace. Cran will provide insight about how each generation views technology and offer strategies to leverage creativity and innovation to successfully lead multigenerational teams.

All Leadership Lyceum attendees will receive a copy of her just released e-book, Leadership Mastery in the Digital Age.

Carol Potts

Carol Potts

Carol Potts - Harnessing the Power of Global Relationships

Carol Potts leads the Americas Global Accounts organization for HP’s Enterprise Group. She is accountable for revenue growth, a balanced P&L and fostering executive relationships between HP and its customers. Her customer portfolio includes Fortune 100 accounts that collectively generate $5 billion in revenue for the company.

In her morning session, Potts will address how global markets are both more important and, in the virtual world, more accessible. She will share her leadership expertise in worldwide expansion opportunities and revenue growth. Joining Potts will be Missy Ostendorf, Cerner Technology Worldwide Practice Manager, to illustrate lessons this Kansas City based, healthcare leader is learning as it expands globally.

Linda Rutherford

Linda Rutherford

Linda Rutherford - Harnessing the Power of Technology to Build Customer Relationships

Linda Rutherford, Vice President of Communication and Outreach for Southwest Airlines, leads a team that leverages technology to communicate with customers, measure what people think of the Southwest brand and monitor and engage in social media conversations about their company. In addition to their website where 97% of Southwest’s tickets are purchased, the airline uses Facebook, Twitter, a corporate blog and a YouTube channel to create a level of transparency and openness required in today’s environment.

In this morning session, Rutherford will draw on her experience and provide insights about how to successfully influence and manage customer relationships online.

Luncheon Keynote - Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns is chairman and CEO of Xerox. With sales approaching $23 billion, Xerox is the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management.

Through strategic leadership and acquisition, Burns has moved the company into the business services market and extended the company’s reach into business process and IT outsourcing.

As the Lyceum’s Luncheon Keynote speaker, Burns will share her experience building on Xerox’s legacy of innovation and redefining the business to provide services that enable workplaces – from small businesses to global enterprises – to simplify the way work gets done.

Afternoon Keynote - Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell’s mission with every audience she meets is to open people's minds about the future, provoke fresh thinking and inspire people to take action. She believes that everyone has the power to innovate. By implementing a culture of curiosity, companies can embrace proactive problem solving, creative thinking and smart risk taking.

As the Leadership Lyceum’s Afternoon Keynote speaker, Bodell will present her Innovation Toolkit, providing attendees specific techniques to think differently to drive change, innovate and grow.

Sponsors

SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS

The Central Exchange Leadership Lyceum has earned its place as the premier leadership development event for women and men in the Kansas City area. This one-day leadership conference brings together executives, managers, entrepreneurs and community leaders for a day of inspiration, education and networking. In 2014, our goal is for more than 900 leaders to attend the Lyceum to hear nationally recognized speakers who will challenge them to lead in new ways that will transform their organizations. Take advantage of this opportunity to sponsor the signature leadership development event in Kansas City.

As a sponsor:
• Place your company in front of hundreds of area leaders
• Gain visibility for your company with influential decision makers
• Show your employees — and the Kansas City community — your commitment to the development of leaders

Sponsors also achieve a tangible payback in the form of an excellent development opportunity for their employees. Sponsor registration - click here.

Contact Us

Central Exchange | 1020 Central Avenue | Kansas City, MO 64105
816-471-7560 | centralexchange.org

Event Details


Location

2014 Lyceum - Wednesday, April 23
Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211

Schedule Highlights

7:30 a.m.  Registration, Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m.  Morning Session Begins
11:45 a.m.  Luncheon with Ursula Burns Keynote
1:25 p.m.  Afternoon Session Begins
4:15 p.m.  Final Networking Reception

Conference Pricing

Conference Attendee  Early Bird Rate
(ends 4/6/14) 
 Regular Rate 
Central Exchange Member $200$300
Non Central Exchange Member $300$350
Non-Profit (for employees of 501(c)3
organizations with budgets less than $1 million)
$250$250
Senior Leader Track - Focused networking time for Senior Leaders An additional $50 will be added to your registration fee

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:
Central Exchange
1020 Central Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64105
816-471-7560
centralexchange.org

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