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The Inspire one-day leadership experience brings out the best in our lives, our work, our teams, and our community through intentional and positive leadership.

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Journey Church, 10700 75th St, Kenosha, WI

Cost: $175 per person | early bird rate – $150 (expires August 31) | student & non profit rates available

Please register at one of the links below. Early bird registration ends August 31! Questions? Contact KABA at 262.605.1100 or info@kaba.org.

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The Inspire 2018 Speaker Line-up!

Greg McKeown is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” and the founder of McKeown, Inc, a company with a mission to teach Essentialism to millions of people around the world. Their clients include Adobe, Apple, Airbnb, Cisco, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!.

In 2012 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His writing has appeared or been covered by Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine and Harvard Business Review.

Greg’s keynote will offer a way for us to discern what is essential, eliminating what is not, and removing obstacles in order to make execution as effortless as possible. The disciplined pursuit of less (but better) outlines how to channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter.

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Victoria Arlen’s life drastically changed in 2006 when at age of eleven she developed two rare conditions known as Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. Victoria quickly lost the ability to speak, eat, walk and move. She slipped into a vegetative state and spent nearly four years “locked” inside her own body completely aware of what was going on just unable to move or communicate. Doctors believed there was little hope of survival and recovery was unlikely. Victoria, however was not ready to give up. In 2010 after almost four years she began the nearly impossible fight back to life. Learning how to speak, eat and move all over again.

Victoria went on to exceedingly defy the odds and not only recovered but has since become an accomplished Motivational Speaker, Actress, Model, and Swimmer.

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Felicia Dalton is the Director of Outreach & Prevention at the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha where she case manages 50 local teens, oversees the Teen Center and runs the Lincoln Park summer outpost program. Dalton was raised in Kenosha and was the named the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha Youth of the Year in 1998. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in social work from Carthage College and masters of social work from Loyola University Chicago. Dalton spent 10 years in the Air Force and recently moved back to Kenosha to be closer to family.

Under Dalton’s leadership, Teen Center average daily attendance went from 28 kids per day in 2016 to 54 kids per day in 2017. Dalton also runs co-ed mentor/mentee groups and hosts weekly young lady empowerment groups at four area schools. Of the 50 case managed youth she works with, 86% have not committed new offenses or had police contact in 2017, and 92% of the youth have improved their academic performance by one grade level.

Dalton is a member of the Kenosha Women’s Network and serves on the Kenosha Unity Coalition, a group that works to lessen the amount of violence in the community.

Kurt Penn is the Founder and CEO of Good Foods Group, established in 2008. He is a visionary in all things food & business and has embraced the challenge of bringing delicious food -without any artificial colors or flavors- into the hearts & homes of thousands. Kurt was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA).

Kurt has 30 years experience in the food industry. He has been responsible for the commercialization of hundreds of successful products at both retail and foodservice.

Prior to Good Foods, Penn was also the Founder and CEO of Penn Valley Farms. Penn Valley Farms was founded in 1994 with the mission to create and sell all natural sausages and deli products. The company was sold to Coleman Natural Foods in 2003 and now is the largest producer of natural and organic proteins in the US.

Kurt is married to his college sweetheart, Heather, and they reside in Northfield, IL. Kurt and Heather are proud parents of their four children. Kurt loves cooking, playing golf & paddle tennis, and spending time with his family.

 

Hannah Brencher is a writer, TED Speaker, and online educator with a heart for building leaders. Her second book “Come Matter Here” released in May 2018. Her first book “If You Find This Letter” tells the story behind a global social movement, More Love Letters. Since 2011, More Love Letters has spread to over 70 countries, all 50 states, and over 100 college campuses.

Her keynotes are not only inspirational, but also encourage maintaining the human touch in everything people do, despite the hustle and bustle in the fast-paced lives today.

Named as one of the White House’s “Women Working to Do Good,” Hannah and her work have been featured in publications such as CNN World News, the Wall Street Journal, Oprah.com, and Glamour among dozens of others. Hannah lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Lane.

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An interactive panel showcasing five outstanding principals representing high school, middle school and elementary schools within the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD).

Discover how these leaders are implementing best practices within their schools, elevating student achievement, and working to involve the community for better student success.

 

  1. It’s a chance to invest in YOU and YOUR TEAM. Taking a pause from your everyday routine to learn from our inspirational speakers is a great way to fuel the tank. Manage a team? According to our recent labor market analysis – many employees are seeking professional development opportunities. Allow and support your employees to attend Inspire to show you’re invested in their growth and retention.

  2. The content will move you to action. No matter the field, industry sector or part of the community you impact, the speakers at Inspire 2018 have developed content to empower your leadership journey.

  3. It’s in your own backyard. No flights to catch. No hotels to check in. And, you can skip the commute to Chicago or Milwaukee. You’ve got a high-caliber development opportunity centrally located between the two metro areas, right here in Kenosha.

  4. You’ll have fun. Consider this the best un-conference in the region. You’ll have the chance to listen to live music, snap some pics, and socialize with your peers and new leaders during and after the conference.

  5. It’s a great value. Not only are you taking back valuable leadership insight from the speakers – you get a hardcover copy of a speaker’s book, a journal, lunch and snacks, and live entertainment. Take advantage of the early bird rate nowl – it expires August 31!

 

Interested in sponsorship?  KABA is currently seeking support from companies and organizations to provide this important programming.

Inspire 2018 is hosted by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance Foundation—a 501(c)(3) entity—which plays an active role in supporting educational initiatives in the Kenosha area. All sponsorships are tax deductible. To learn more about the KABA Foundation, visit kaba.org/about/kaba-foundation.

If you have questions or are interested in sponsoring, contact Brooke Infusino at binfusino@kaba.org or 262.925.3464.

What inspires YOU?

KABA asked people across the Kenosha community and at a recent Inspire event what inspires them.  To see more, check out our Facebook page: KABAConnectHere.

On Leadership

The Inspire On Leadership quarterly columns are designed to share thoughts on leadership from local business and community leaders and features a regular column from leadership expert Aleta Norris of Living as a Leader.

Spring 2018

Aleta Norris: This is what it’s come to?

One step to increased employee retention
By Jonathan Reynolds, CEO at Titus Talent & Certified Partner at The Predictive Index

Summer 2017

Aleta Norris: Leading Change

A passion for lifelong learning
By Dr. Sue Savaglio-Jarvis, Superintendent of the Kenosha Unified School District

Spring 2017

Aleta Norris: Understand Yourself and Others

Fall 2016

Aleta Norris: Accidental Leadership

The ROI of community involvement
By Jayne Herring, Director of Marketing & Communications, Gateway Technical College

Summer 2016

Aleta Norris: Set Employees Up For Success

Leaders: Bring your passion
By Annette Stitch, Quality Assurance Manager, Fair Oaks Farms & President, YLink

Spring 2016

Aleta Norris: Ask Them How They’re Doing

Learning vs. Mistakes
By Jean Moran, recently retired CEO of LMI Packaging Solutions & Executive Director at Building Our Future

Winter 2016

Aleta Norris: Missed Opportunities of Leaders

The Importance of Having a Vision
By Michael Pollocoff, recently retired Village Administrator, Village of Pleasant Prairie

Fall 2015

Aleta Norris: Leadership and Positive Feedback

Learning from Leaders in our Community
By Todd Battle, President, Kenosha Area Business Alliance

Recommended Resources

Below is a list of books, videos and other resources that will take you further along on your leadership journey and expose you to innovative community concepts taking place throughout the country.  Some of these inspirational leaders have spoken at a past Inspire events.