2023 Speaker Series & Events

Exclusive topics designed for Austin Business Community Owners and Business Executives

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If the below speaker content is of interest or could assist you or your leadership journey, please join us at one of our morning speaker workshop sessions.

Please contact Ed  to reserve your seat at our next meeting as part of our 2023 Speaker Series, the calendar of events is listed further below on the page.

There is no cost in being our guest, so come, meet what could be your advisory board that will make a difference and change your business and life forever.

2023 Speaker Series for CEO, Business Owner Group CE4943 in Austin


Our speaker workshops enable members to connect and gain insights from authors, content experts from around the country. Sessions last up to 3 hours with a group size of less than 20. My personal goal is that each attendee takes away one idea that is thought provoking.

My coaching clients share four traits:

  • They need to change.
  • They are wise enough to want to change.
  • They are energetic enough to change.
  • They want to be the best human being they can be.

Member and Guest goal

Walking away with at least one nugget will change the way you think, change your behavior for the better or change the way you do business. We will make you a better leader, making better decisions and increase your profitability and life balance.

2022 Speaker Series

  • January 19

    Ark Rozental, “From Hello to Yes® – Digital Strategy for Strategy For Extraordinary Sales and Marketing Results”

    “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” ~ Albert Einstein

    Buyers are rapidly changing – shifting from digital immigrants (Baby Boomers and Gen X) to digital natives (Millennials and Gen Z).

    This change requires a major transformation of organizational thinking to survive and thrive.

    In this high-level and highly interactive presentation designed specifically for business owners and C-level executives, participants learn the realities of what is possible and achievable through an online presence, and what it is about our thinking, practices – and the advice of so many experts – that has most everyone missing that mark by a mile.

  • Febuary 16

    Todd Musselman, “The Vital Choice – The Victim vs. The Ownership Mindset”

    Todd’s focus for the workshop is on creating a mindset of personal ownership to optimize each individual’s leadership skills, capabilities and results.  Todd utilizes the victim/owner distinction to demonstrate the profound difference between operating in the victim mindset (reacting to circumstances)  vs. the ownership mindset (creating your circumstances) and the effect each mindset has on one’s overall performance as a leader.  Using a  series of distinctions, the presentation clearly defines and differentiates these mindsets, and demonstrates how to choose into the ownership mindset more consistently to produce lasting results both personally and professionally. Examples of these distinctions include: “Have to” (victim) vs. “Want to” (owner), “Pleasing” (victim) vs. “Serving” (owner), “Interested  (victim) vs. “Committed” (owner). In addition, the workshop provides steps to further develop each individual’s leadership qualities in six critical areas: trust, integrity, effective communication, acknowledgement/empowerment, accountability and collaboration.. Using a dynamic combination of stories, humor and experiential exercises, Todd provide’s a fun, inspiring and highly interactive workshop that will leave each participant with the tools and the mindset to create powerful results in their lives. 

  • May 18

    Harvey Goldberg, “Mastering Triggers: Understanding What Makes You Tick…And What Ticks You Off.”

    People are creatures of habit. This program’s main objective is to help people build new habits so that they will be able to both reach and sustain high levels of performance and develop more effective coping skills in the face of rapid change. We live in a rapidly changing world. If we approach new innovations with old ways of thinking, then we end up superimposing our old outdated models on new experiences resulting in an inability to grow with the changes. It is pivotal to be mentally agile, strong, and prepared. In our study of extraordinary performers we have identified four characteristics they have in common contributing to their mental fitness: disciplined focus, accelerated learning, triggered state recovery and the “E” Factor. These characteristics can be translated into a specific skill set that can be demonstrated, learned, practiced and incorporated. These skills may be learned through daily practice. Trained by Nikki Nemerouf (Starquest Inc.), Harvey Goldberg delivers this presentation to provide participants information and tools that may form the basis of a mental fitness program that can be practiced daily.

  • August 17

    Bill Graham, “Likeability, Messaging & Story Telling: Power Tools for Successful Communications”

    Communication is not a Two-Way Street. Nobody has to listen to you. They don’t have to meet you half way. It’s all on you.

    What can you do to improve your communication results?

    • Improve your likeability. People listen to people they like. They don’t listen to people they don’t like.  Likeabilty can be learned.
      This program will breakdown likeability into valuable, immediately usable tools to improve communication and organizational culture.  

    • Listen, the best place to begin.  Then, craft what you say to engage your team and customers. 
      This program will walk through listening, connecting and engaging tools for all relationships  

    • Tell stories. Testimonials, war stories, personal examples, are spectacular tools for helping others understand their opportunites with you.
      This program includes the 5 easy steps to telling great business stories.  All participants will write a story and then share it with a partner.

  • September 21

    Brian Burke, “LinkedIn Master Class: Executive Workshop to Optimize LinkedIn Engagement”

    This workshop will develop the LinkedIn profile of each group member and increase their overall LinkedIn knowledge with the goal of growing their personal brand and their business, while creating lifelong opportunities and relationships! Each workshop member will have their LinkedIn evaluated in advance and be involved in creating actionable change to their profile during the meeting. This interactive workshop will have an immediate positive impact with: more engaging headline, more storytelling and call to action in the about section, understanding of how to craft engaging content, tips to help increase followers and business opportunities. During the meeting we will rewrite our headlines, review as a group, and then tweak again as needed to ensure they are driving engagement and leaving people to want to learn more about each member. Then we will work on our “About” section to tell a better story and get the reader to take the desired call to action. We will review as a group and work to improve each other through feedback. After a short break, we will return and learn about different types of posts, how to make a post impactful, and then everyone will write their own post. We will conclude with tips and how to continue learning about LinkedIn.

  • October 19

    Ruben Guzman, “Performance Management: Situational Leadership: Empowering Others to Reach Their Potential”

    A dynamic, interactive program designed to empower leaders to understand, develop and use Situational Leadership skills in creating fully empowered direct reports.

    • “One Minute” principles
    • Situational Leadership Matrix and the Performance Path
    • Contracting and Development
    • Language of accountability
    • Languages of appreciation
  • November 9

    David Friedman “How to Leverage Your Culture as a Strategic Competitive Advantage”

    World-class organizations have long recognized the powerful influence their cultures have on the performance of their people, and by extension, the performance of their companies. Not surprisingly, while most organizations allow their cultures to evolve naturally, top-performing ones don’t leave this to chance. Instead, they’re amazingly intentional about how they create and drive the culture they want to have. How they do it is the topic of this program.

    This is not your standard abstract or theoretical program about the importance of creating a vision or mission statement. Rather, it’s a practical, actionable, no nonsense program designed to give participants the tools to leverage their corporate culture as a distinct competitive advantage. As a former award-winning CEO, David Friedman knows firsthand what it takes to build a high-performance culture, and more importantly, he knows the impact it can have on the bottom line. Delivered with his down-to-earth, yet passionate style, and filled with lots of examples from his 27 years of personal leadership experience, David’s program covers such topics as:

    • The difference between a good culture and a high-performance culture
    • Why values are less important than behaviors
    • Why vision and mission statements are often a mistake
    • Critical mistakes most leaders make in defining their culture, and how to avoid them
    • The role of ritual in sustaining a focus on culture over the long run

March 9th, June 15th, July 20th, and December 14th are our All Day Executive Sessions for Members only.

2023 Speaker Series

  • January 18

    Klyn Elsbury “The Reset Formula: 3 Steps to Peak Performance

    Everyone faces “circumstances” that stand between them and their best life. It doesn’t matter how smart or how successful you are. We all believe we have internal and external factors that “limit” our options. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple internal process you could apply anytime, anywhere to remove these constraints, freeing you to have and do the things you always wanted but never thought possible?

  • April 19

    Matt White “Right People, Right Jobs”

    Matt will ask members & guests to complete the 7 minute Culture Index survey and send it to their executive team, if they so choose. CE’s will receive hard copies of the data that Matt will use to deliver candid feedback. Members will learn how to apply behavioral analytics to drive revenue, profit and increase engagement and ROI within their leadership teams.

  • May 17

    Peter DiGiammarino “How to use the WHAT-WHO-WHY method to reveal disconnects and align your team”

    Research shows that while business leaders agree that alignment is key to success, less <33% say that their top team is fully aligned across operating functions.

    The WHAT-WHO-WHY tool and method, developed from the experience a dozen CEOs and COOs (among them Vistage members), helped create billions in value for private, public, private equity owned, and venture capital backed companies.

    The WHAT-WHO-WHY Tool and Method are an important asset for every leader and team. Leaders who are clear about what they want use it to verify that everyone on their team is on board. Leaders in flux use it to engage their top team to help realign, fine-tune, or otherwise evolve what they are doing.

  • July 19

    Dan Quiggle “It Can Be Done: CEO of Self”

    A plaque bearing this inscription “It CAN Be Done!” sat on President Ronald Reagan’s desk in the Oval Office, symbolizing hope and optimism in the limitless potential of individuals who seek opportunity and freedom. Dan Quiggle will share lessons of leadership taught to him personally by Ronald Reagan during his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work for President Reagan in his post-presidential staff office.

  • August 23

    Charles Bernard “The Well Organized Sales Campaign”

    The foundation of a well-organized sales campaign is a Sales PlayBook. During this workshop, we’ll discuss why building a customized Sales PlayBook can help inspire growth within your company. We’ll also examine the elements of a winning PlayBook and go over some tools you can use with your team to improve sales. And, you will discover why the effectiveness of your organization’s sales campaign can either promote or inhibit sales growth. Lastly, we’ll help you develop a plan for implementation.

  • October 18

  • November 8

    Hunter Lott “HR Roundtable 2022”: The New Normal

    If HR isn’t considered a profit center, then you’re doing it wrong! Strategize HR like a general going into battle…like a coach planning for the big game. Execute HR with flexibility…like Elastigirl, the Mom in the Incredibles movies. What got us here, will NOT get us there. For most of us, it’s not about going back to “normal,” but anticipating what’s next.

March 8th, June 14th, September 20th and December 13th are our All Day Executive Sessions for Members only.