AGENDA

 

11 a.m.              Registration + Networking


11:45 a.m.         Opening Session + Lunch

Think Big and Think Little: Innovation for Leadership
Dan Gilbert, Gilbert + Chittenden
Stuart Chittenden, Gilbert + Chittenden
Capitol Ballroom 1 + 2

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Think Big and Think Little: Innovation for Leadership
Creative confidence is one of the strongest assets you can bring to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Sharpening creativity enables leaders to leverage resources, improve outcomes and grow a team’s skillsets. Creativity is also one of your most important countermeasures to defend against adverse change.



1:15 p.m.           Breakout Session 1

Running for Office: Confronting Your Hell No
Senator Tony Vargas, Nebraska State Senator, District 7
Harney Room

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Running for Office: Confronting Your Hell No
Overcome the inner obstacles in your path to seek public office and better serve your community.



Orbiting What Matters: Why Attention Beats Collaboration
Nicole Bianchi, Bravium Human Development
Jeff Shannon, Bravium Human Development
Capitol Ballroom 4

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Orbiting What Matters: Why Attention Beats Collaboration
There's a lot of talk about how collaboration is the key to team success. If it's as simple as just working better together then why don't more teams achieve extraordinary results? Could what a team thinks about be more important than how they work together? Join us as we explore attention versus collaboration and provide practical moves to take your team to new heights.



Creating a Dynamic Culture: 6 Ways to Make Work Better Every Day
Natalie Hackbarth, Quantum Workplace
Aaron Brown, Quantum Workplace
Dodge Room

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Creating a Dynamic Culture: 6 Ways to Make Work Better Every Day
Dynamic cultures fuel business success. When employees are empowered to innovate, feel connected to teammates and revel in their work, they’re more engaged, more productive and more loyal to their employer. While creating a dynamic culture can’t be done in a business day, organizations can implement several best practices, starting today, to create a culture in which employees thrive.



Empathy as a Leadership Strategy  
Dan Gilbert, Gilbert + Chittenden
Stuart Chittenden, Gilbert + Chittenden
Capitol Ballroom 3

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Empathy as a Leadership Strategy
The best leaders – in the workplaces and in the community – don’t just know their stakeholders; they understand them as people. In this session, participants will receive hands-on practice and techniques for connecting with people more meaningfully – skills that will translate to inspired and inspiring leadership.



2:15 p.m.           Breakout Session 2

Serving in Office: After the Win  
Colby Coash, Former State Senator
Harney Room

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Serving in Office: After the Win
Determining how you will serve in office can sometimes be overshadowed by the work of running for office. Successful public servants are clear on what their core values are and how those values will influence their time in office. Get a glimpse into the world of public service and learn how elected officials can stay true to their values and achieve results for their constituents.



Making the Best Better – What’s next for 1,600 Leaders and 39 Best Classes Ever  
Stuart Chittenden, Gilbert + Chittenden
Capitol Ballroom 4

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Making the Best Better – What’s next for 1,600 Leaders and 39 Best Classes Ever
Over the course of four decades, Leadership Omaha has cultivated hundreds of leaders deeply vested in their community. What positive change could those generations of leaders achieve together in the coming decades? Attending LO graduates will explore why an alumni association is a powerful network for community good and find creative ways it could be strengthened – all while building a supportive tribe of like-minded alumni.



Big Mistakes Leaders Make  
Kim Hoogeveen, Ph. D., MindSet LLC
Dodge Room

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Big Mistakes Laeders Make
We all can – and should – learn from good examples. But we can also learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others. Hear some of the common mistakes leaders make when trying to build and protect a culture in which employees can thrive and profits can grow. Learn the underlying causes of these mistakes and leave with concrete suggestions for getting out of the sludge or, even better, avoiding the pitfall altogether.



Bringing the Unicorn to Life: Putting Innovation and Leadership into Action  
Dan Gilbert, Gilbert + Chittenden
Capitol Ballroom 3

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Bringing the Unicorn to Life: Putting Innovation and Leadership into Action
When there is only one way to solve a problem or seize an opportunity, we don’t need a leader; we need a machine. When there is uncertainty, people look to leaders to find new ideas and make critical decisions. Learn specific tools to facilitate the development of your breakthrough ideas and test out a rapid prototyping process that will help you turn those new ideas into reality.


 
3:10 p.m.          Closing Session
                         Leadership in Action: A CEO Panel
                          Sherrye Hutcherson, Union Pacific
                          Mogens Bay, Valmont Industries, Inc.
                          Todd Becker, Green Plains Inc. 
                          James Blackledge, Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company
                          Derek Leathers, Werner Enterprises
                          Capitol Ballroom 1 + 2

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Leadership in Action: A CEO Panel
As leaders of Fortune 1000 companies, the members of our CEO panel have to keep refreshed mindsets, stay ahead of the curve and empower others within their organization to continue succeeding. During this moderated conversation, gain your own insights into their leadership philosophies and lessons learned, the importance of civic engagement and how you can help grow the people around you.


 

4 p.m.                Closing Reception – Drinks, Appetizers + Networking
                          Pre-Function Space