The vision of the PPAI's Women’s Leadership Conference is to create an engaging, collaborative community that enables diverse women in the promotional products industry to be authentic, learn together and from each other, and build relationships that’ll grow throughout the year.
Throughout the year, look for WLC-sponsored webinars that feature content specifically for women in our industry, as well as other opportunities to connect with the Women’s Leadership Conference community.
Director, Member Engagement
Vice President Product Development & Global Supply
Senior Vice President
Vice President, Revenue & Expositions
National Speakers Association
VP of Sales, Midwest
Social Good Promotions
VP Customer Experience
alphabroder Prime Line
Vice President Of Sales
Chief Rainmaker (CRO)
Before May 14, 2023
PPAI Members: $1,195
Qualified Non-Members: $1,500
After May 14, 2023
PPAI Members: $1,395
Qualified Non-Members: $1,800
For questions about the event or help with registering, contact Bailey Catone at 972-258-3053 or email BaileyC@ppai.org.
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Ember and Ice
Meet-up and networking
Women Of Achievement (WOA) Celebration
Monday, June 26, 2023
Early Morning Yoga
Facilitator: Roni Wright, MAS
Speaker: Kate Alavez, Workshop Chair; COO, PromoShop
Beat Burnout And Sustain Peak Performance
After years of uncertainty, people from all industries and walks of life are feeling tired, disillusioned and burnt out. They want a better way to succeed and stay at peak performance without the constant hustle and grind that ultimately leads them to burn out. Helping people and organizations escape burnout is Erin’s mission with every keynote. Her five practical and easy-to-implement mindset shifts coupled with her unique and inspiring message lead to real, measurable outcomes for audiences.
Speaker: Erin Stafford
PromoSnack - Woman Of Achievement
From EX To CX: Digging into the eXperience!
Companies all over the world are finding ways to measure your satisfaction with their goods and services… And, if they are doing it right, they are taking action to improve their operations in response to your feedback. This has become a hot topic, especially in the promotional products industry. Please join Laura Turner from alphabroder and Amy McCray from Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products as they map the customer journey from concept to delivery and share how their companies are listening to their customers, measuring their satisfaction, and improving their experience along the way. It will be an engaging session that will leave you with some simple ways to start measuring customer experience in your organization.
Speakers: Laura Turner, VP Customer Experience, alphabroder
PromoSnack – Work / Life Balance
Corporate Social Responsibility: The Time is Now
This panel discussion will examine trends, expectations and the reality of corporate social responsibility. Increasingly buyers are committed to aligning their businesses with products that elevate their social and sustainable priorities. This session will outline practical steps you can implement in your business regardless of whether you are at the beginning of your journey or far down the path.
Speakers: Moderator, Anne Stone, CAE, MAS, Director of Member Engagement, PPAI; Cheron Coleman, Vice President Private Brand Product Development & Global Supply Chain, alphabroder; Megan Spire, Vice President of Sales, Bella+Canvas
PPAI conducts in-depth research into the top topics in the promotional products industry. Hear the up-to-date research findings regarding today’s competitive marketplace, strategies, strategic marketing tools and consumer studies
Speaker: Josh Ellis, Publisher and Editor in Chief, PPAI
Group Photo & Break
Breaking Through The Fear Of Failure
If you are a woman professional who has ever felt afraid of failing, this presentation is for you. Join us on a journey through the life of a successful woman entrepreneur who has faced her fears and come out on top. We will explore the different types of fears associated with failure, such as anticipatory anxiety, shame, and rejection, and offer strategies for building resilience and achieving your goals. Learn how to analyze potential outcomes, think positively, and have a contingency plan in place to face your fears head-on. Most importantly, this presentation will inspire you to see failure as a stepping-stone to success and help you overcome any obstacles standing in your way. Don't let fear hold you back any longer; join us and take the first step toward achieving your dreams.
Speaker: Jaime Nolan
Discuss the sessions from the day. What were your key take-a-ways? What ignited and inspired you, and how will you take this back home with you to invest in yourself and others?
Emerging Leaders Networking Event
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Energizing Morning Walk
Speaker: Kevin Walsh, CAS, PPAI Board Chair; President, Showdown Displays
Command Your Worth: Negotiation
This session can transform our relationships and how we communicate with each other. Contrary to what many believe makes for a good negotiator, namely, being aggressive and unemotional, author and educator Mori Taheripour challenges this conventional wisdom and offers a radically different perspective.
Speaker: Mori Taheripour
Mentors, Mentees And Champions
Mentors, champions, and those who they helped to guide will discuss their relationships, how they all benefited and grew from their connections, and the difference between each. Learn how you can become a mentor and champion or find someone to help advise you.
Speakers: Moderator, Kate Alavez, COO, PromoShop; Dawn Olds, MAS, Immediate Past Board Chair and Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and DEI, HALO; Kara Keister, Co-Owner, Social Good Promotions; Johanna Gottlieb, VP Sales, HALO
Making The Finance Conversation Comfortable For Everyone
When it comes to finance, there are no unimportant questions or answers you should already know. Whether your knowledge of finance is beginning, intermediate or advanced, the panel will provide beneficial information. Bring your finance questions and you will have the opportunity to turn them in prior to the session.
Moderators: Erin Reilly, CEO, Pop! Promos; Sarah Unruh, Chief Rainmaker, Sock 101
PromoSnack - PPEF
Community Service Project
Help us ignite, inspire and invest in the local community by participating in a service project that will benefit the families around Eagan, MN.
Building Your Brand With Digital Marketing
Hear a panel of experts discuss the gold standard in corporate marketing. This conversation will share important and up-to-date information, providing the key takeaways that will allow you to present your best digital marketing brand.
Moderator: Ellen Tucker, CAE, MAS, Vice President, Expositions and Revenue, PPAI
How To Work With And Lead People Not Like You
If you're in a diverse team, you know employee differences can cause miscommunication, lower trust, and hurt productivity. . . It doesn't have to be this way! The people you work with may be from a different generation, different culture, different race, different gender, or just a different philosophy toward work and life in general, but you need to work together toward a common goal. How to Work With and Lead People Not Like You explains how to dial down the differences, smooth out the friction, and play upon each other's strengths to become more effective, more productive, and less stressed. The keys are to find the common ground and identify hidden conflicts that are hurting productivity.
Speaker: Kelly McDonald
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Tour Of Showdown Production Facility And Corporate Headquarters
For distributor attendees only
Omni Viking Lakes Hotel
2611 Nordic Way, Eagan, Minnesota, 55121
Group Rate: $219.00 per night
The cut-off date to book at hotel room is Tuesday, May 30, 2023. After this date, PPAI cannot guarantee available rooms. To make your hotel reservation, please click here.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
Distance From Property: 6.6 miles
Who may register for and attend this event?
To register for any of PPAI’s live education events, you must be a PPAI Member or Associate, meaning that you own or are employed by a company that manufactures, imports or resells promotional products. Each registration requires an individual login.
What is included in my registration fee?
Conference registration includes all education sessions, the welcome reception on Sunday evening, breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and dinner on Monday evening and breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on Tuesday.
What is NOT included in my registration fee?
Conference registration does not include optional pre-conference outings, or hotel and travel expenses.
What plans do I need to make?
Hotel: You are responsible for reserving your hotel room. See the Hotel & Travel page for information about the hotel and our reduced group rate.
Travel: You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements to and from the conference location.
Attendees love to network and explore the city together. If you are someone who plans to arrive early, be sure to watch for opportunities to join your peers to relax and explore the city.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
Refunds will be issued, minus a $150 processing fee, up to and including Friday, May 12, 2023. After Friday, May 12, 2023, refunds will not be issued. Refunds will not be issued for conference no-shows. All cancellations must be emailed to Bailey Catone at BaileyC@PPAI.org.
By registering for the conference, you agree to have your basic information published on the official attendee list and to have your photo taken at the event. Please contact Kathlene Brethowr should you wish to be removed.
Consent To Use Photographic Images
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Questions Regarding Membership
Please call 888-I-AM-PPAI (426-7724) or email PPAI Membership.
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