2021 SAC Annual Meeting: October 5-7, 2021

The 2021 SAC Annual Meeting is set for October 5-7, 2021.

Our theme this year is “Ready for Rebound.”

This year’s annual meeting is designed to help you be ready for the rebound:
  • What trends will be impacting businesses around the world?
  • What skills and capabilities will consultants need to help clients thrive in the coming business environment?
  • How will savvy consultants promote their businesses in this new world?
  • What do clients say about their consulting needs?

Here’s what’s new:

  • Three shorter days with staggered starting times each day for different geographies
  • More time for networking between sessions
  • More interactivity within sessions
  • More breakout sessions, including a focus on Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Plus all of your favorites from last year will be back:
  • Keynote by SAC Founder Alan Weiss
  • Getting published in top media—discussion led by Henry DeVries and a panel of journalists
  • The Art of Inquiry: Asking the Right Questions with Jennifer Nash
  • Scaling Your Consulting Practice Through Innovation with Steve Shapiro
  • Why Subscriptions Are So Popular, And What It Means for You and Your Clients—Robbie Kellman Baxter
  • Using Social Proof to Become a Recognized Expert: Dorie Clark
  • You Oughta Be in Pictures — Building a master video presence: Rob Oddi
  • You are What You Risk — Helping Clients Navigate in Today’s Uncertain world: Michele Wucker
  • Client panels from different geographies
  • Presentation of the 3rd Annual Corrie Shanahan Memorial Advancing Consulting Awards
Plus, Q&A with Alan Weiss—the Rockstar of Consulting, Birds of a Feather sessions, and more.

See prior annual meeting agendas.


Registration

Regular Pricing:
$249 for all SAC members
$279 for affiliates/partners
$349 for nonmembers/general public

Registration includes access to all conference recordings. Watch at your convenience afterwards.

Your registration fee is non-refundable. If you cancel before July 23, 2021, your registration fee can be applied to future events.


About the Presenters


Lisa Anderson – SAC Executive Director

Award-winning business performance expert Lisa Anderson, the founder and president of LMA Consulting Group Inc., specializes in manufacturing strategy and end-to-end supply chain transformation that maximizes the customer experience and enables profitable, scalable, dramatic business growth.  Lisa is President of the Inland Empire Chapter of APICS (national trade organization supply chain), one of the most active and innovative chapters in the United States.  She has been instrumental in engaging students and has fostered the environment that has earned national recognition for the students from Harvey Mudd College and Cal Poly Pomona.


Robbie Kellman Baxter

Robbie Kellman Baxter has been advising entrepreneurs on business strategy for 20 years. Her clients have included solopreneurs and venture-backed startups as well as industry leaders such as ASICS, Netflix, Electronic Arts, and The Wall Street Journal. She has worked with nearly 100 organizations in over 20 industries on growth initiatives.

She is the author of The Membership Economy: Find Your Superusers, Master the Forever Transaction & Build Recurring Revenue, named a top 5 Marketing Book of the Year by Inc.com, based on the popular business term “Membership Economy” coined by Robbie. Her expertise with companies in the emerging Membership Economy extends to include SaaS, media, consumer products and community organizations.

Session: Why Subscriptions Are So Popular, And What It Means for You and Your Clients


Evan Bulmer

Evan Bulmer is an expert at creating dramatic growth in businesses despite the chaos and pressure going on around them. His combined clients having generated over $500 million in value via the growth of their businesses. Evan distills his secrets to financial performance in his book, Numbers That Matter: Learning What to Measure to Achieve Financial Success in Your Business.

A serial entrepreneur and businessman, Evan has been actively buying, operating and selling businesses for over 20 years. His firm was recognized nationally two years in a row as one of the best accounting firms in Australia. In February 2017, he was inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant® Hall of Fame.

Session: Panel related to business with SMEs (Small and Mid-sized Enterprises).


Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark is a professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out,  named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” Dorie is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, consulting and speaking for clients including Google, Microsoft, and the World Bank. She is also a producer of a multiple Grammy-award-winning jazz album. You can download her free Entrepreneurial You self-assessment workbook and learn more at dorieclark.com/entrepreneur.

Session: Using Social Proof to Become a Recognized Expert


Henry DeVries

Henry DeVries is the CEO of Indie Books International. He works with independent consultants who want to attract more high-paying clients by marketing with a book and speech. As a speaker, he trains business development teams and business leaders on how to sell more services by persuading with a story.

Henry has helped ghostwrite, edit, and coauthor more than 300 business books, including his McGraw-Hill bestseller, How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett — now in five languages. He has a monthly column with Forbes.com. As a result of his work, consultants and business owners get the four Bs: more bookings, more blogs, more buzz, and a path and plan to more business.

Panel discussion leader: Getting published in top media


Pam S. Harper

Founding partner and CEO of Business Advancement Inc., Pam Harper is a strategic growth expert who enables visionary CEOs, boards, and senior executives of successful companies to get to the heart of complex strategic leadership issues to accelerate momentum for game-changing results. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book Preventing Strategic Gridlock®, and was cited as an acknowledged expert in Alexandra R. Lajoux’s 2019 book The Art of M&A 5th Edition. Pam is co-host of Growth Igniters® Radio, featuring best-selling authors and mid-market CEOs who are transforming the face of business. She founded and for over 5 years chaired the Association for Corporate Growth NJ’s Corporate Growth Conference & Awards, one of the association’s signature events. Pam is also the Founding Chair, of SAC’s Advancing Consulting Awards Committee.

Presentation: of the 3rd Annual Corrie Shanahan Memorial Advancing Consulting Awards


Christian Muntean

Christian Muntean loves working with leaders and their teams. His interest in leadership took shape while working in international disaster relief in places like Kosovo, Southern Sudan, and Indonesia. Regardless of how well or poorly a project was funded or designed, success was determined more by the quality of leadership and team dynamics than anything else. It always comes back to leadership. In organizations, businesses, non-profits or communities – leadership is the key. It is the root cause. Improve the leaders and everything else improves with them. So, Christian has dedicated his life to helping others lead well. He enjoys working with leaders who are driven to pursue their best – personally and for their teams.

Session: Panel related to business with SMEs (Small and Mid-sized Enterprises).


Jennifer Nash

Jennifer Nash, PhD is a Board-certified executive coach and consultant to senior leaders at Fortune 50 organizations, including Google, Ford, Exxon Mobil, JP Morgan, Boeing, and Verizon. A former executive at Deloitte Consulting, she is the Founder and CEO of Jennifer Nash Coaching & Consulting, helping successful leaders and organizations connect the dots between people and performance. She contributes to Harvard Business Review and has taught at the University of Michigan. Be the first to know about her 2022 book launch Leading with Heart: The Human Element of Business and download her Success Toolkit here.

Session: The Art of Inquiry: Asking the Right Questions


Rob Oddi

Rob Oddi works with executives, business leaders, and their teams to create powerful change, inspire innovation, develop powerful strategy, and create effective engagement. He is a change and human development expert with over 20 years’ experience delivering transformational change on multi-million dollar projects, programs, and initiatives.

Rob engages audiences internationally on how to employ innovative and brain-based engagement as well as creative and disruptive new technologies to transform teams, culture, and to turn skeptics into followers and get everyone talking about what really matters. A sought-after speaker and thought leader in using creative thinking and problem solving to increase organizational success, Rob inspires, motivates, and infuses creativity and innovation to help organizations eliminate barriers and increase profitability.

Session: You Oughta Be in Pictures — Building a master video presence


Linda Popky – SAC Executive Director

Award-winning marketing expert Linda J. Popky, the founder and president of Leverage2Market Associates, transforms organizations through powerful marketing performance. Her clients range from small businesses and consultants to mid-sized companies and large Fortune 500 enterprises. Named one of Silicon Valley’s Top 100 Women of Influence and a member of Alan Weiss’s Million Dollar Consulting® Hall of Fame, Linda J. Popky has extensive experience in marketing – in industry, agencies, and consulting. She is the former president of Women in Consulting and certified as a master mentor in the Private Roster Mentoring Program. Linda is the author of Marketing Above the Noise: Achieve Strategic Advantage With Marketing That Matters.


Stephen Shapiro

For over 20 years, Stephen Shapiro has presented his provocative strategies on innovation to audiences in 50 countries. During his 15-year tenure with the consulting firm Accenture, he led a 20,000-person innovation practice. He is the author of six books, including his latest: Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems. His Personality Poker® system has been used around the world to create high-performing innovation teams. In 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

Session: Scaling Your Consulting Practice Through Innovation


Phil Symchych

Phil Symchych helps companies develop and implement growth strategies that drive top line sales, increase bottom line profits, and enhance valuations that build business wealth. He has created the global SME Advisor® program to help other consultants and advisors who work with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to enhance their consulting effectiveness and increase their clients’ results. His proprietary Strategy Wheel(tm)  helps consultants to demonstrate their skill and speed during business development to attract clients, and during strategy sessions to help accelerate clients’ success. Phil is the author of The Business Wealth Builders, along with Alan Weiss. They combined Phil’s knowledge of Main Street businesses with Alan’s knowledge of Wall Street businesses to create a powerful book for creating business wealth. He is also the author of  The Four Roads to Business Wealth.

Session: Panel related to business with SMEs (Small and Mid-sized Enterprises).


Alan Weiss – SAC Founder

Million Dollar Consultant Alan Weiss, president of Summit Consulting, has been called the “rock star of consulting.” He’s published over 500 articles and 60 books on consulting, is an inductee into the Professional Speaking Hall of Fame® and the concurrent recipient of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award of Excellence. He has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, one of only two people in history holding both those designations. The founder of SAC, Alan has developed the premiere global community for solo consultants.

Keynote Speaker and Q&A with Alan Weiss—the Rockstar of Consulting

 


Michele Wucker

Michele Wucker coined the term “gray rhino” for obvious, probable, impactful risks, which we are surprisingly likely but not condemned to neglect. A former media and think tank executive, she is founder of the Chicago-based strategic advisory firm Gray Rhino & Company. She is the author of four books including the influential global bestseller THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore and YOU ARE WHAT YOU RISK: The New Art and Science of Navigating an Uncertain World (Pegasus Books, Spring 2021).

Session: You are What You Risk — Helping Clients Navigate in Today’s Uncertain world