Get Social

Monday, June 25

  • 9:30 AM

    Departure for Pre-Conference Community Service Project - Alexandria House

    Transportation departure for volunteer shift at Alexandria House

  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Community Service Project at Alexandria House (Pre-Registration & Additional Fee Required) Maximum of 10 participants

  • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    Registration · Registration Desk · Mezzanine

  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    Welcome to WLC Networking Reception · Hollywood Foyer · Mezzanine
    · Kate Plummer, MAS
    · Leanne Finney, CAS

  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Welcome Dinner & Woman of Achievement Presentation · Hollywood Ballroom · Mezzanine

    An exciting night of networking and recognition, join us for the Women’s Leadership Conference opening dinner and the PPAI Woman of Achievement award presentation, recognizing a peer who has led the way in the advancement of women in the industry, exhibited outstanding leadership and made significant contributions to the industry and her community.

Tuesday, June 26

  • 6:30 AM - 7:15 AM

    Morning Jog (Optional) - · Hotel Lobby

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast · Laurel Ballroom · Mezzanine

  • 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

    General Session - #GOOYOW: How To Do Exactly What’s Being Avoided & Live Your Best Life · Hollywood Ballroom · Mezzanine
    · Victoria Turner

    Do you find yourself avoiding the specific actions you know you need to take? Do you ever second guess yourself even though you know you are good at what you do? Are you ready to shut down your negative inner voice and get out of your own way (#GOOYOW)? The truth is…the details around you are not going to change. It’s how you choose to navigate them that will. Join Victoria Turner and find out how to reframe the thoughts that keep you stuck and change them into opportunities that create deeper connections, hold you accountable and propel you into action to achieve your goals and accelerate your career.

  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    Break · Hollywood Foyer · Mezzanine

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    General Session - How To Stay Positive And Focused In Uncertain Times · Hollywood Ballroom · Mezzanine
    · Sarita Maybin

    The ability to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertain times is essential for career success. In this session, learn the necessary steps to cope with workplace situations that are beyond your control. Discover how to communicate concerns in a way that will get the results you desire but most importantly, learn how to stay motivated, respond to workplace challenges and rekindle passion for your career.

  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    Networking Lunch · Laurel Ballroom · Mezzanine

  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    General Session - Grow Your Sales With The Easiest Ask Ever · Hollywood Ballroom · Mezzanine
    · Ron Baellow

    Get your phones ready, because after this presentation you will be texting your colleagues that you just learned the most practical and effortless way to grow your sales. Most buyers say that they would happily give a referral if asked; however, more than 80 percent of buyers say they are never asked. In this session, Ron Baellow will teach attendees how to differentiate between referrals and introductions, and add to their bottom lines through a repeatable process for requesting introductions. You will leave this session knowing exactly what to say, when to say it and how to track your progress. Learn to strategically manage introductions and implement an Introductions Program into your company in this nuts-and-bolts session with practical tools you can apply immediately.

  • 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

    Break · Hollywood Foyer · Mezzanine

  • 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

    Breakout Session - Implementing An Introductions Referral System · Hollywood Ballroom · Mezzanine
    · Ron Baellow

    Join Ron Baellow for a follow-up interactive discussion on the mechanics of implementing an introduction/referral system for your business. This session will cover the types of survey and tracking tools needed to make a transition to this style of business building. This is your opportunity to explore how this program could work for your company.

  • 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

    Breakout Session - Trend Talk: Identifying Key Trends for 2019 and Beyond · Echo Park · 3rd
    · Vicki Ostrom

    We are in uncertain times. Product designers and consumers are reacting in wildly different ways when dealing with the stress of it all. In this session we will identify key trends that are influencing consumer behavior. Product designs today need to be sensitive not only to current needs but also have an eye on the future. Come and learn how to show your customer that you know what’s going on.

  • 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

    "What Would You Do..." Roundtable Discussions · Hollywood Ballroom · Mezzanine

    Back by popular demand, roundtable opportunities will allow for in-depth discussion among small groups, focused on personal, business and industry challenges submitted by you, the attendees! Share lessons learned, solicit feedback for current challenges, and exchange ideas, knowledge and resources with colleagues of similar needs/interests.

  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Mix and Mingle Offsite Dinner

    The Mix & Mingle Dinner is an optional, unconventional and exciting dining experience featuring great local food and good company, designed to introduce you to people you wouldn’t otherwise have met. Attendees will attend dinner in randomly assigned networking groups of 8-10 people. Don’t forget to bring your business cards. Attendees must cover their own dinner expenses. Restaurant selections will be made with attendee preferences in mind.

Wednesday, June 27

  • 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

    Morning Exercise: Early Rise Yoga - Get Your Morning Started Right! · Yoga Room · 5th
    · Roni Wright, MAS

    Join Roni Wright for a gentle guided Yoga experience. Class will cultivate breath and body awareness as you move through Sun salutations and various postures based on the foundation of Ashtanga. Our goal is to find the balance between effort and relaxation. Breathe, Release & Let go … Namaste

  • 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

    Networking Breakfast · Laurel Ballroom · Mezzanine

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    General Session - State of the Industry/Industry Disrupters · Hollywood Ballroom · Mezzanine
    · Dale Denham, MAS+

    Dale Denham, MAS+, Charirman of the Board of PPAI will present State of the Industry update covering the current and key issues and opportunities facing the promotional products industry and the association. Topics to include: the challenges facing our industry, and opportunities for industry and member business growth and the importance of creating value and differentiation in a crowded and commoditized marketplace.

  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    Break · Hollywood Foyer · Mezzanine

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    Breakout Session - Beyond The Balance Sheet: Key Performance Indicators · Echo Park · 3rd
    · Dawn Olds

    How do you measure success? Do you feel like your team is doing a great job or needs help in an area, but you don’t know how to articulate it in a facts-first way? Go beyond the balance sheet as we uncover different ways of measuring and evaluating your team or your organization’s performance. Arm yourself with information on how to build a scorecard that is topic-specific, yet meaningful across all levels of the organization or supply chain. Knowledge is empowering!

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    Breakout Session - Tech Tips & Tricks For Getting Organized · Hollywood Ballroom · Mezzanine
    · Dale Denham, MAS+

    With as much as we have to accomplish in our business and personal lives, it is imperative we use technology effectively. It starts by using simple technology to remove time-wasters from your day. By leveraging tools and methods strategically, you’ll gain time to play, or work more. This session will cover the top technologies anyone can use to make their day more efficient.

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    Breakout Session - The Power of Accountability · Silver Lake · 3rd
    · Kelli Denes
    · Jenny Straub

    Show up ready to learn the power of having an accountability partner to take your goals to new heights. In this session, you will be given the foundation for choosing an accountability partner, hear examples of partnerships plus the steps to keep both of you on course, with tips and tricks for continued success. Experience the power of having a partner who knows the industry like you do and who will push you personally and professionally to new levels of success.

  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    Networking Lunch · Laurel Ballroom · Mezzanine

  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    General Session - Leadership From The Inside Out · Hollywood Ballroom · Mezzanine
    · Christine Hassler

    Leadership is about inspiring people to walk toward a common vision. What empowers leaders to do that is “walking the talk.” Great leaders lead themselves in a way that inspires others to walk with them. In her engaging program, Christine demonstrates the connection between self-awareness and leadership effectiveness and helps you understand the “secret sauce” that empowers you to lead by the virtue of who you are. Utilizing her background in executive coaching and psychology, she illuminates the blind spots when it comes to being an impactful leader in both business and life. Christine helps leaders at all levels – because we all lead in our life whether it is an entire organization, one person, or in our family – understand how to harness your authentic potential to lead from the inside out. Get motivated and gain tools you can implement to not only be a more effective leader, but live a more fulfilling life.

  • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Break · Hollywood Foyer · Mezzanine

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Breakout Session - Behavioral Based Interviewing: Where The Past Can Predict The Future · Echo Park · 3rd
    · Jennifer Crowfoot

    During an interview with a candidate, do you ever find yourself wanting to hire them on the spot? Have you ever hired someone only to discover a few months later that you really don’t know them at all? Imagine the impact a poor employee selection has on customers and coworkers, as well as the potential legal implications, rehiring costs and damaged reputation. The challenge of interviewing is we often only scratch the surface of a candidate’s potential. Therefore, we rely on resumes, appearance, LinkedIn endorsements and references. The good news is there’s a way to dig deep using a behavioral interview technique that allows the candidate to lead the conversation. Join this session to learn how behavioral based interviewing can uncover the right employee for your company.

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Breakout Session - Mergers and Acquisitions Simplified · Hollywood Ballroom · Mezzanine
    · Jamie Watson, MAS
    · Jo-an Lantz, MAS
    · Lindsey Davis, MAS
    · Lori Kates
    · Dawn Olds

    The mergers and acquisitions market is booming but what does that mean to you? How do you know when it is time to sell your company? What do you need to know to streamline the process and transition your company to a new owner? How do you get the most value for the company you have built? These questions and more will be answered by a panel of your peers who have been through the process and understand the complexities that can exist in the choppy waters of M&A.

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Breakout Session - Who Are You?! · Silver Lake · 3rd
    · Charity Gibson

    You are always building a brand whether you know it or not. Your interactions, both online and in person, are shaping the way people see you with every picture you post, comment you make and word you speak. This brand affects you personally and professionally, and the company with which you are associated. So, who are you? What does your brand say about you? Is your personal brand a help or a hinder to the business you represent? If you don't know the answer to these questions, it's time to take an inventory of brand YOU.

  • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

    General Session - Channeling Your Grit For Greatness · Hollywood Ballroom · Mezzanine
    · Jess Ekstrom

    If you could do anything during your lifetime, what would it be? What actions are you taking today to get you there? Many of us imagine a list of goals we want to achieve, but sometimes they don’t get put into motion. Jess says there are two things that stand between us and our lifetime bucket list: the courage to try and the belief that we can. In this inspiring keynote, Jess Ekstrom challenges you to build your bucket list with a personal plan and timeline for making it happen. She captivates the audience by incorporating personal stories from when she was young and auditioned for the show All That, to when she went to college and started a million-dollar business from her dorm room. Jess explains in detail how to move forward with our passions, even when we have moments of uncertainty or are afraid to fail. An honest, humorous and inspiring tale of taking a leap, going for it and learning that failures are not opposite of success, they’re part of success!

  • 4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

    WLC Wrap-Up · Hollywood Ballroom · Mezzanine

  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Closing Networking Event · Rooftop Pool Deck · 5th

    Join us for a relaxing and final night event filled with food, fun and most importantly, some final networking with your colleagues and peers. It’s your final time to reflect on your WLC experience, laugh with friends!