2020 Speaker Series & Events

Speaker Series for 2020


Looking for guidance on a specific topic? We find speakers to meet the needs of our group’s shared challenges. My personal goal is that each attendee takes away one idea that is thought provoking.

If we’ve had a speaker in the past that you’d like to hear about our take-aways, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d be happy to discuss with you over coffee as a way to get to know each other.

My coaching clients share three traits:

  • They need to change.
  • They are wise enough to want to change.
  • They are energetic enough to change.

2020 Speaker Series

  • January 20

    Steve Heroux, “How to Generate more Sales in Today’s Marketplace

    People join Vistage because they want to know how to scale their businesses, better operate their organizations, and become better leaders.

  • February 17

    Jeannette Hobson, “Business Finance: River Run: The Story of Financial Statements”

    Half-Day learning lab to sharpen your financial knowledge and better understand your Financial Vital Signs.

  • April 6

    Vistage Austin Executive Summit

    We will be Zooming from 8am to noon, with ITR Economics and Vistage Research Executive as our keynote speakers. We bring together 200 members and guests. Leadership breakout sessions and 2020 member award recognition will complete our morning. 2021 Austin

  • May 19

    Mikki Williams, “Cracking the Code of Executive Presence: Speaking, Storytelling and Persuasion”

    All businesses have a story but at work everyone naturally gravitates toward using logic and statistics because it seems more professional. No matter how compelling your facts are, if your audience isn’t invested in what you are saying, all the info is lost on them.

  • July

    Featured Speaker General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

    We are thrilled to bring to the Vistage community one of the most admired leaders in America today: General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.).

    Powell served as the first African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was appointed U.S. Secretary of State (2001-2005) and earned two Presidential Medals of Freedom. General Powell will provide insight on the diplomatic and leadership skills needed to drive transformation. Expect a discussion guide for group meetings. The content will be available for 90 days, from mid-July to mid-October. 

  • July 21

    Gerry O’Brion, “Becoming the #1 Choice in a Crowded Market: Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness”

    Learn a framework in innovation and influence that will show you how to become the #1 choice in crowded industries. Gerry will show you how to create disruptive strategies and messaging to attract your ideal customers, and how to leverage change to create unique competitive advantages making you the clear choice in your industry.

  • September 15

    Jim Erben, Succession by Design, Not Default

    Utilizing an extremely thought-provoking, interactive presentation, Jim Erben educates members on the various types of exit plans from their businesses. Whether they are six months or 10 years from the “golden parachute,” Jim will cover the various issues and considerations relevant to the alternative types of business exit considerations and empower members to take action to protect themselves and their businesses.

  • October 20

    Scott Wozniak, “Building a Raving Fan Engine”

    Magic happens when you pair consistent excellence with unexpected delight. Some companies have figured out how to make this the normal experience for their customers. This workshop will teach you a system so you can make this your “normal” too.

  • November 10

    Maura Thomas, “Control Your Attention, Control Your Life”

    Members and guests will gain the foundation of a proven, proprietary workflow management process that will maximize their ability to take action on their important tasks and goals, increase the accountability in their organization, and allocate resources appropriately.