THE ULTIMATE SMALL BUSINESS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, 2017
The purpose of the Small Business Leadership Conference is to provide a forum that will promote education, training, networking, best practices, success stories and other valuable resources that will help to enhance leadership in small business organizations.
The event brings together small business owners, entrepreneurs, students, educators, scholars and practitioners from around the world and is the premier event on leadership in small business organizations. The conference offers a full day of inspiration, learning and networking featuring keynotes and panels from entrepreneurs, small business owners and thought leaders in the field.
The conference also offers an opportunity to connect with the general public, to engage in a debate around leadership issues, and to ensure the latest leadership thinking is available to those with an interest in the field. The event is an opportunity to develop and grow your leadership mindset and offers an excellent opportunity to learn and evolve as a leader, build professional networks, find business partners, share lessons learned and generate new ideas.
In addition, enter the "How I Lead" contest to win fun prizes! Submit an essay of no more than 350 words and tell us how you motivate, inspire and develop followers in your organization. See Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Studies for more information.
7:30am Conference Registration
8:00am Opening Remarks
8:30am Opening Panel: Best practices and strategies for success. Established small businesses will share best practices or successful strategies for growing and sustaining business and discuss challenges encountered in building the business and approaches to overcome these challenges.
10:30am Breakout Sessions I: (i) leadership and culture as competitive advantage; (ii) leading change; (iii) accepting the risk of leadership
12:00pm Lunch – Speaker: The importance of leadership in developing successful small business organizations.
1:30pm Breakout Sessions II: (i) capitalizing on the power of trust; (ii) leading with emotional intelligence; (iii) from managing to leading
3:00pm Breakout Sessions III: (i) diversity and inclusion; (ii) leading a diverse workforce; (iii) leading through the generational divide
4:00pm Closing Panel: Tips for improving leadership in your small business: lessons learned from scholars, practitioners, educators, small business leaders
5:30pm Networking Reception/Adjourn