Save the date for Inspire 2022: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14!

Inspire is a premier leadership development experience featuring high-caliber national and regional speakers & experts providing inspirational content to elevate your personal and professional leadership journey.

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Heath is a co-author, along with his brother Chip, of four long-running bestsellers: Made to Stick, Switch, Decisive, and The Power of Moments. The Heath Brothers’ books have sold over three million copies worldwide and have been translated into 33 languages. He’ll be discussing content from his book Upstream: The Quest To Solve Problems Before they Happen – which explores practical solutions for preventing problems in our lives and our society — rather than simply reacting to them.

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Radical Candor: Creating a Culture of Feedback

The relationships you have with other team members is at the center of your success — individually and collectively. And, at the heart of these relationships is Radical Candor, a simple framework developed to help you build a culture of great feedback.

Radical Candor is the ability to give feedback in a way that challenges people directly and shows you care about them personally. It will help you and all the people you work with do the best work of your careers and build stronger working relationships.

During this keynote, Radical Candor coach Bina Martin will:

• Introduce the core concepts of Radical Candor and why is it important.
• Build a shared vocabulary – which is an important step in helping us begin to transform our culture.
• Talk through some of the challenges we face in creating a Radically Candid culture.
• Offer some practical tips on giving, receiving, and observing feedback.

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Nexus Pharmaceuticals

Ayesha Ahmed is General Counsel of Nexus Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company which focuses on developing, manufacturing and commercializing specialty and generic injectables.  After graduating from law school in 2006 Ayesha began her career at a boutique litigation firm. She then went on to clerk for the Honorable Moshe Jacobius at the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. In 2011 Ayesha joined Nexus Pharmaceuticals and is now part of the executive leadership team.  Ayesha also serves on the board of the UMMA Center, a non profit organization located in Waukegan, Illinois that empowers underserved communities throughout Lake County and is a member of the advisory council of the Pro-Bono Network which provides free legal assistance to individuals throughout the Chicagoland area. Ayesha received her Bachelor of Arts from Case Western Reserve University and her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

My Block, My Hood, My City

A champion of social justice, Jahmal Cole’s mission is to build a more interconnected Chicago on the pillars of service and education. He is the founder and CEO of the city’s fastest growing social impact organization, My Block My Hood My City – an exposure-based education program for teens and a network of volunteer initiatives that serve Chicago communities year-round. Cole’s work has earned him numerous accolades, including Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine, Crain’s List of the 25 Most Powerful Chicagoans, and the 2020 American Red Cross Community Impact Hero Award.

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KABA is excited to bring Inspire to Kenosha, WI, for the eighth year! What began as an event with approximately 75 people in a small lecture hall at Carthage College has evolved into a highly produced leadership experience with more than 600 energized professionals engaging with our speakers at each other in the auditorium at Journey Church. The goal of Inspire was to empower attendees to make real connections, learn new and motivating content, and hear uplifting stories the local community – and ultimately help develop better leaders and community members.

And did you know? Proceeds from Inspire directly benefit the KABA Education Foundation! The Foundation, formed in 1996, to develop educational initiatives in collaboration with local Kenosha schools. The Foundation aims to increase graduation and educational attainment rates, improve the overall quality of education and foster the best school system in the state. Some of the initiatives of the Foundation include an elementary school mentoring program, annual scholarship awards for local students attending local schools, and support for various other educational initiatives such as Building our Future and the Gateway Promise Program. Read more about the foundation here.

Previous speakers include:
  • Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer prize-winning columnist for the New York Times and author of Smarter Faster Better
  • Sam Walker, Leadership columnist for the Wall Street Journal and author of the The Captain Class
    Victoria Arlen, US Gold Medalist, ESPN on-air personality and Jockey spokesmodel
  • Greg McKeown, international best-selling author
  • Moran Cerf, Neuroscientist, Northwestern university
  • Jon Gordon, leadership expert and best-selling author
  • Rick LaBerge, Chief Operations Officer, Haribo North America
  • Hannah Brencher, Author, TED Speaker & Social Activist
  • Christine Specht, CEO, Cousins Subs
  • Kurt Penn, CEO, Good Foods Group
  • Chris VanEtten, U.S. Marine vet, double amputee and Jockey spokesmodel
  • Ben Brenton, Chief Innovation Officer, Snap-on Inc.
  • Richard Sheridan, author of Joy, Inc.
  • Jeff Shinaberger, author of More or Less

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 2022

Equip Your Employees to Problem Solve
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

Leading Through Relationships
By Carolynn Friesch, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Kenosha County

Fall 2021

One Sentence Matters
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

Growing Leaders
Donna Jamieson, President, Aurora Medical Center – Kenosha, Advocate Aurora Health

Summer 2021

Five Considerations for Leading Your Hybrid Team
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

Spring 2021

Thank Your Employees for Doing Their Job
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

The Benefits of Servant Leadership
By Jeff Hill, Regional President – Wisconsin for Herzing University.

Fall 2020

Two Ways to Help Your Employees Be Accountable
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

Leadership During Crisis
By Lisa Just, Patient Service Area President, South Wisconsin, & President, Aurora Medical Center- Kenosha

Summer 2020

Master Tips for Asking Great Questions
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

Spring 2020

Leaders! Shift from DOING to LEADING
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

Positivity x Progress x People
By Andrew Gavin, Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside

Fall 2019

Small nuggets, big difference
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

It takes a village to have a successful career
By Jamie Hogan, President of Specialized Accounting Services LLC

Summer 2019

Tips for First Time Managers
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

True LEADERS must be SERVANTS first!
By Tamarra Coleman, Executive Director of the Shalom Center of Interfaith Network of Kenosha County, Inc.

Spring 2019

Time for extreme self care
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

Work hard. Treat people the right way. Be accountable. Lead by example.
Jake McGhee is the Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha


Fall 2018

Responsibility Requires Confidence
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

The ROI that Beats the Stock Market 
By Lynn Debilzen, Manager, Birth to 8, Building our Future

Summer 2018

Leadership is Everywhere
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

Something Entirely my Own
Kimberly Warner, Owner, Authentique Gifts in Downtown Kenosha

Spring 2018

This is what it’s come to?
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

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

Summer 2017

Leading Change
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

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

Spring 2017

Understand Yourself and Others
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

Fall 2016

Accidental Leadership
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

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

Summer 2016

Set Employees Up For Success
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

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

Spring 2016

Ask Them How They’re Doing
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

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

Winter 2016

Missed Opportunities of Leaders
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

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

Fall 2015

Leadership and Positive Feedback
By Aleta Norris, Principal, Living as a Leader

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.