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2019 Strategic Leadership Conference


Join us October 10th for the 10th Annual Strategic Leadership Conference at the Bon Secours Redskins Training Center and Dewey Gottwald Center. The conference offers a full-day of speakers, networking, and both SHRM and HRCI credit opportunities – especially those hard to obtain business credits. We pride ourselves on bringing speakers to you who are true thought leaders including a national keynote speaker and eight break-out speakers. Don’t miss this chance to gather with over 300 HR and business professionals, gain new contacts and expand your knowledge base. View the Conference Exhibitors here.

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Conference Exhibitors

Another Limited Rebellion
Anthem Healthkeepers Plus
Busch Gardens
Community College Workforce Alliance
Dominion Payroll
HCA Workplace Wellness
Incentive Services
International Coach Federation
Joyner Fine Properties

Long and Foster
Mass Mutual
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Science Museum of VA
Signature Team Building
Trolley House
Ultimate Software
United Concordia
University of Richmond
Virginia Asset Management
William and Mary School of Business
Willis Towers Watson

Opening Keynote Speaker

Noah Scalin

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business


Art of Innovation


Art of Innovation introduces The Big Seven keys to generating creative energy that anyone can employ.Through an engaging presentation of his jaw-dropping artwork, Noah Scalin pulls back the curtain and shares the processes and practices that he developed to generate momentum and consistently bring new, unique approaches to his work. He explains how anyone can grow their creative muscles through simple practices that will help you become a better creative problem solver at work and in life. This highly-motivational keynote provides practical tools for getting unstuck anytime, any place. To close the talk the entire audience is given a hand-on experience that allows everyone to immediately try this out for themselves.

The Future of Work is Creative: Noah Scalin, artist & innovation consultant from Noah Scalin on Vimeo.

“Noah is engaging, thought provoking and entertaining. He really pushed me to be more observant and creative in my job and community.”

– Kimberly Kleiman-Lee Director Executive Leadership Programs GE Global Learning


Noah Scalin is the first artist-in-residence at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business. He is creator of the Webby Award winning project Skull-A-Day. He is the author of 6 books, most recently Creative Sprint. Read more.

Lunch Keynote Speaker

Taryn Stejskal, Ph.D.

President, Resilience Leadership and Senior Director Executive Leadership Development, Nike


Leveraging Resilience to Accelerate Innovation

It’s no longer IQ or EQ that will set you, your people, or your organization apart. It’s AQ – the adversity quotient, your ability to, through resilience, build the muscle necessary to face fear and failure and be truly innovative.

Audience members will learn:
  • The foundational elements of resilience: The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People
  • Resilience in real life: The myths of truths of resilience
  • The surprising virtuous cycle that exists between resilience and innovation
  • How to harness resilience in order to create more innovative people, teams, and organizations
  • The importance of resilience in cultivating qualities of empathy and curiosity to further innovation



“An IV to the Soul. Dr. Taryn has been the key that has unlocked the cellar door that has allowed me to go deep within myself.”

Gene Rapisardi, Cigna Market President, Southern California Region

“Taryn is a thoughtful, insightful and driven individual whose loyalty and consideration for others is to be admired.”

Sarah Noel, National Director, Strategy and Innovation, JDRF

Conference Speakers

Ace Callwood

Harnessing the MicroEconomy: What it is and
How to Engage with it

Managing Partner
Equal Sons

Elise Freedman

Trends that Drive Your Business Forward in a Rapidly Changing Environment

Senior Director, Talent & Rewards
Willis Towers Watson

Maddison Grigsby

Using Communications Strategically to Drive Organizational Performance

Client Director
Gallagher Global Communications

Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D.

Ways to Improve and Apply Strategic Thinking Skills in Your Work

William and Mary

Brigadier General Toni Lord

Women in Leadership: Navigating the Terrain

Assistant Adjutant General for Air Strategic Initiatives
Virginia National Guard

Aaron Montgomery

Building a Culture of Continuous Innovation

Founder and COO


Pamela Murray

Trends that Drive Your Business Forward in a Rapidly Changing Environment

Associate Director, Talent & Rewards
Willis Towers Watson

Scott Wayne

Journey Mapping: How to Gain Deep Insights
to Shift Human Choices

Managing Partner
Envoy Portfolio

Rob Zimlich

Navigating the Digital Ecosystem: How
Analytics, AI and Advanced Tech Drive Strategy

Principal and Career Products Leader
for the Mid-Atlantic Market, Mercer


Registration Rates

  Member Non-member

Public Sector/


Early Bird July 1 - August 31
$215 $315 $185
Regular Price
On or After September 1
$350 $210
Table of 8 - $1,600
Table of 8 (Public Sector/Non-Profit) - $1,350


View the list of those who have already registered here.


"Every year I look forward to the Strategic Leadership Conference because I know it's going to be a day filled with great speakers and plenty of opportunity to network with other HR professionals."

"I love how diverse and knowledgeable the speakers at the Strategic Leadership Conference are and I always look forward to attending."



Program has been approved by SHRM for 6 PDCs towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification and submitted to HRCI for 6 (Business) credits towards PHR, SPHY and GPHR recertification.

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