2022 SAC Annual Meeting – October 11-13, 2022 – Virtual Event

Reinvent for Success

This year’s annual meeting will be held virtually on October 11-13, 2022.

Our theme this year is “Reinvent for Success.” See Agenda

One thing we’ve learned over the last couple of years is that the world is a very different place than it was in 2019. Two+ years after COVID turned our lives upside down, we’re still dealing with variants and surges, supply chain disruptions, the great resignation, and now the global repercussions of the war in Ukraine.
The world is certainly different now. The question is how are you changing to meet the needs of your clients in this new environment? Do you need to consider new offerings? Have you rethought how you’ll offer services in the new hybrid world? Should you be targeting new markets or industries?

This year’s annual meeting is focusing on helping you reinvent for success:

  • How should your practice change to be successful in 2023?
  • How will today’s global trends impact your business—and that of your clients?
  • How can you build trust across cultures when so many things are uncertain?
  • Is there a way to make your marketing more effective?
  • The next generation is here: Do you know how to reach Millennial and Gen-Z buyers?
  • How can you effectively build an audience for your offerings?

We’re building on the format that worked well last year, with new interactivity included. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Three shorter days with staggered starting times each day for different geographies
  • Networking time between each sessions
  • Improved presentation formats to keep things interesting
  • More interactivity within sessions
  • Fun activities throughout the day
  • More breakout sessions, including a focus on Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and our popular Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions.

 Presentations include:

  • Keynote by SAC Founder Alan Weiss
  • Keynote: Disrupt Yourself: How To Reinvent Yourself Before Others Do it For You Whitney Johnson
  • Keynote: Definitely Not Their Parents: How to Work Effectively with Millennial and Gen-Z Buyers Chip Espinoza
  • Build Trust Cross-Cultures and Distance in Uncertain Environments Darren Menabney
  • Wing It to Win It: Increasing LinkedIn Effectiveness Through Applied Improvisation JD Gershbein
  • How to Build an Audience Before You Even Sell A Thing Robbie Samuels
  • What on Earth Will Happen Next? A Look at Global Trends Barbara Krajnc
  • Pod Save Us All! How to use Podcasting to Differentiate Your Business Pam Harper and Scott Harper
  • Closing Corporate Sales in Today’s Changing Environment Tracy Kay
  • Client Panel: In Short Supply: How Today’s Supply Chain Issues Create Opportunities for Your Clients Lisa Anderson (Facilitator), Panelists: Cindy Allen, Mario Cordero, Fran Inman, Alan McCorkle, John W. Tulac
  • Bing’s Panel 2022: We’re Not Our Parents: Millennial Buyers Share How You Can Best Support Them As Clients Lisa Bing (Facilitator), Panelists: Earnest Offley, Delia Riggi, Mikayla Vielot
  • Breakout Session: Birds of a Feather – Publicity Kathleen McEntee
  • Breakout Session: Birds of a Feather – Speaking Steve Markman
  • Breakout Session: Birds of a Feather – SME Clients Evan Bulmer
  • Awards: Vanessa Khan, Committee Chair
  • SAC 3.0: Don’t Miss What’s Coming. Linda Popky and Lisa Anderson
  • And More to Come!

Click here for highlights of previous conferences.

Inflation: What Inflation?

You may pay a lot more for a gallon of gas this year, but not for the SAC Annual Meeting! We’re pleased to present this year’s event at last year’s prices.

Sign up now to get the lowest price.

Early bird registration pricing Through September 5, 2022

  • Regular and International members – $199
  • Affiliate members – $229
  • Non-members – $299

Prices increase by $50 on September 6, 2022 and by another $50 on October 1, 2022.

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

Your registration fee is non-refundable.

About the Sessions and Presenters

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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

Speaker: Alan Weiss – SAC Founder

Alan Weiss

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.

Pod Save Us All! How to use Podcasting to Differentiate Your Business

Are you thinking about starting a podcast? Or would you like to get even more value from your existing podcast?  Join Pam Harper & Scott Harper, co-leaders of the SAC Podcast SIG*, and co-hosts of Growth Igniters Radio (now in its 8th year).

We’ll share stories and lessons learned, and answer your questions about:

  • Deciding whether podcasting is right for you
  • Creating realistic expectations
  • Leveraging relationships

Come away with new insights, inspiration and immediately useful ideas for using podcasts to take your business to the next level of growth.

Speakers:  Pam Harper and Scott Harper

Pam Harper is a keynote and TEDx speaker and Founding Partner & CEO of Business Advancement Inc., a strategic growth advisory firm. She is a trusted resource for CEOs, boards, and C-suite executives in entrepreneurial, mid-market, and Fortune 500 companies across more than 30 industries. Because of her track record of helping clients find the hidden opportunities in their situations and turning them into game-changing business growth, Pam’s insights have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Investor’s Business Daily, Pharmaceutical Executive, FEI Daily, Life Science Leader, Chief Executive Magazine and others. She also hosts the widely praised podcast series Growth Igniters® Radio, now in its eighth year; it has been featured in Marketplace, Seeking Alpha, MarketWatch, and other media, and was named a Top Business Podcast in the 2022 PopCon Podcast Awards and as a Top 100 podcast by Thinkers360 Thought Leaders. Her critically acclaimed book, Preventing Strategic Gridlock®, has been read in universities around the world.

D. Scott Harper

Scott Harper, Ph.D. (Scott) is Sr. Partner with Business Advancement Inc. As a strategic innovation advisor, Scott helps clients reframe their innovation challenges so they can recognize new options, take full advantage of unexpected opportunities, create faster and more powerful decisions, and dramatically increase ROI. Scott joined BAI after an award-winning corporate career leading innovation teams for beloved brands such as Listerine® and Purell®. He is known for his ability to foster connections between technical leadership and top executives including the CEO and C-Suite. Scott has been published and quoted in prominent business media outlets including Chief Executive Magazine, Pharmaceutical Executive, Life Science Leader, and FEI Weekly. Listeners around the world have commented on Scott’s “incisive views” as co-host of the podcast Growth Igniters® Radio with Pam Harper and Scott Harper.

Client Panel: In Short Supply: How Today’s Supply Chain Issues Create Opportunities for Your Clients

Facilitator: Lisa Anderson – SAC Executive Director

Lisa Anderson

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.


Cindy Allen

In her role as the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Cindy is responsible for ensuring that FedEx Logistics remains compliant with all current laws and regulations that govern the business on a global basis. She and her team with the various operational entities within the company to ensure that policies, practices and training reflect the highest standards.

Cindy has been actively involved in the international trade industry on a consistent basis for 30 years and has held various positions in the import and export operations, consulting, compliance and automation arenas. Previously she served at the Executive Director of the ACE Business Office at Customs and Border Protection. She has also served as the Vice President at several private sector firms before venturing out to start Trade Force Multiplier, a consulting firm focusing on international trade before taking her current position.

Cindy is a current member of the DHS Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), an active member of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), and the Express Association of America (EAA). Cindy has been a frequent speaker at customs compliance seminars, roundtables, and conferences for many associations.

A licensed customs broker since 1990, Cindy is also a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) and Certified Export Specialist (CES) through the NCBFAA.

Mario Cordero, an international maritime industry leader, Long Beach resident and attorney, is Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, California. As Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, Mr. Cordero leads the Port’s Harbor Department staff of in excess of 500 with an annual budget of $775 million. Due to both his Port and FMC leadership experience, he understands the needs of ocean carriers, terminal operators, cargo owners and other trade partners locally, nationally and around the globe.

Prior to his current post, Mr. Cordero served as a member, vice president and president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners and served as Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman. During his tenure as a Long Beach Harbor Commissioner, Mr. Cordero spearheaded the development of the pioneering Green Port Policy, which outlines a sustainable environmental ethic for all Port operations, mandating that trade growth must run parallel with environmental stewardship. The Policy has been nationally recognized and become a model for ports worldwide.

Fran Inman, Senior Vice President, directs government relations and external affairs activities for Majestic Realty Co., one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development companies. With a real estate portfolio totaling approximately 84 million square feet of commercial properties, Majestic Realty has offices in Los Angeles; Atlanta; Bethlehem, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Laredo and Phoenix.

Inman served on the California Transportation Commission from 2010 to 2021 and recently completed a two-year term as Chair and two years as Vice Chair (2016-2020). In 2013, Inman was also appointed as a founding member of the National Freight Advisory Committee and co-chaired the sub-committee on project delivery and operations. She is a founding board member of FuturePorts and a long-time member of the Coalition of America’s Gateway and Trade Corridors.

Alan McCorkle was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Yusen Terminals LLC in August 2019. He joined NYK Ports/Yusen Terminals in November 2014 as Vice President of West Coast Operations and was then promoted to Senior Vice President in April 2016, responsible for all container terminal operations at Yusen Terminals in Southern California, RoRo and bulk operations for Ceres Marine Terminals in Port Hueneme and Stockton, California and cruise and RoRo operations for Ceres Marine in Vancouver, Canada.

Alan currently serves on the Board of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association in addition to being a member of the Advisory Committee for the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at California State Long Beach.

John W. Tulac is an international and general business and corporate attorney in private practice since 1977. He is active in all areas of international law, including the importing and exporting of goods, agency and distribution agreements, licensing, joint ventures, and infrastructure projects. In addition to being extensively involved in oil & gas, electric power generation, sustainable agriculture, he is also engaged in many aspects of business with China, including training Chinese judges and regulators semi-annually on topics relating to international and U.S. law.

John has taught at several law schools and is adjunct professor emeritus (retired) of international business law at Cal Poly Pomona where he also taught business law, entrepreneurial law, law for engineers, and business organizations. He’s served as a judge pro tem for Superior Courts in Los Angeles County and has been a professional mediator for twenty-six years.

Award Presentation of the 4th Annual Corrie Shanahan Memorial Advancing Consulting Awards

Presenter: Vanessa Khan

Vanessa Khan

Vanessa Khan has a passion for entrepreneurship and inventing and reinventing oneself and one’s business. As an IT Consultant, she plays a critical role in a variety of implementation projects to drive digital transformation and adoption, and help enterprises streamline processes across multiple industries. A passionate mentor and coach, Vanessa has also expanded her business to include coaching young professionals, solopreneurs, and entrepreneurs. She helps small business owners more rapidly meet their goals by helping them address the overwhelm and competing priorities that hold them back. Vanessa takes a pragmatic and empathic approach to help others build strong and marketable brands, powerful networks and develop a personalized career roadmap.

Birds of a Feather (Breakout) Session – Getting Speaking Engagements: Boost Visibility, Generate Business Leaders and Create Thought Leadership

Even throughout the pandemic, public speaking has continued to be one sure way to create visibility, whether an event is in-person, virtual or hybrid. In this BOF session we’ll discuss best practices for consultants to land speaking engagements to help grow their consulting business. Points of discussion will include:

  • Researching and identifying the “right” speaking opportunities aimed at your target audiences
  • How and when to submit speaker proposals to event organizers
  • Creating high-impact, compelling speaker proposals that win you MORE speaking engagements

Facilitator: Steve Markman, Markman Speaker Management, LLC

Steve Markman

Steve Markman is the Founder and President of Markman Speaker Management, LLC, a multi-service speaker agency he founded in 1994. Steve has over 30 years of experience in the speaker and conference business. He has secured speaking engagements for over a thousand leaders from all walks of life. Steve has worked with clients in all industries and professions, including consultants, authors,
entrepreneurs, and executives. He has helped companies of all sizes – from start-ups to the Fortune 500, including IBM Global Services, PayPal, Subaru, Bank of America, Hitachi, and Ogilvy PR Worldwide.  Dozens of professional services firms have also taken advantage of Steve’s expertise – such as Booz, Monitor Group, Perot Systems, L.E.K. Consulting, and Mercer Consulting.

Through Steve’s one-on-one Custom Advisory Service virtual sessions, consultants can learn how to secure speaking engagements that enable them to grow their business by boosting visibility, generating business leads, and demonstrating thought leadership.

Early in his career Steve led the conference divisions of COMDEX and The Conference Board.

Birds of a Feather (Breakout) Session – Publicity

Facilitator: Kathleen McEntee

Kathleen McEntee is a marketing expert and founder of Kathleen McEntee and Associates, Ltd. known for her straight talk and practical approach to business opportunities and challenges. With 30 years’ experience, she has managed through upswings, downturns, evolutions and derailments to deliver consistent results in marketing and business development for Fortune 100, private and entrepreneurial organizations.

Known for double-digit revenue and profit growth, Kathleen is a respected business builder, collaborative leader, dynamic speaker and creative solutions provider. Her strength is quickly learning what makes a business work, understanding the target market and delivering a plan on how best to communicate to them. She sees the big picture, easily strategizes the plan and assembles a marketing mix that works. From branding & logo development, marketing communications & public relations to social media, advertising and business & customer development, KMA delivers measured results.

Birds of a Feather (Breakout) Session – Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Clients

Facilitator: Evan Bulmer

Evan BulmerEvan 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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Keynote: Definitely Not Their Parents: How to Work Effectively with Millennial and Gen-Z Buyers

Millennials and Gen-Z are becoming more predominant in the workplace. With the Great Resignation, they are taking on new leadership roles and becoming buyers — over 60% of B2B buyers are Millennials.

Chip Espinoza, co-author of Millennials Who Manage, will discuss what is important in engaging Millennial and Gen-Z stakeholders and how to pique the interest of Millennial buyers. You’ll learn the dynamics at play in a multigenerational workforce and what each generation prefers in terms of motivation, recognition, training, rewards, and feedback.

I’ll share stories and lessons learned about:

  • The Millennial and Gen-Z buyer
  • Working side-by-side with the Millennial and Gen-Z colleague
  • How to engage the Millennial and Gen-Z stakeholder

You will walk away with new insights and strategies for what’s important to Millennial and Gen-Z buyers and how to build successful relationships with them.

Speaker:  Chip Espinoza

Chip Espinoza

Dr. Chip Espinoza is the co-author of Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce, Millennials Who Manage: How To Overcome Workplace Perceptions and Become A Great Leader, and Millennials@Work: The 7 Skills Every Twenty-Something Needs to Overcome Roadblocks and Achieve Greatness at Work. His books have been translated into several languages. He is also Dean of Strategy and Innovation at Vanguard University of Southern California and an Instructor in the UCLA Technical Manager Program.

Chip keynotes internationally and across the country on how to create work environments in which managers and young professionals can thrive. Chip is a leading expert on generational diversity in the workplace. He consults in the civic, corporate, and non-profit sectors. His client list features great organizations including The Boeing Company, Microsoft, Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric, Special Olympics, U.S. Department of Defense, Sandia National Labs, and SAS Business Software Systems.

Chip is the go-to person for news agencies on the topic of integrating younger workers into organizations. He is a content expert for CNN. He has also been featured on Fox News, CBS Radio, and in major publications. Chip was named a top 15 Global Thought Leader on the Future of Work by the Economic Times and listed as a Top 500 Influencer by the Orange County Business Journal.

Closing Corporate Sales in Today’s Changing Environment

This powerful program will show you:

  • How to fill your pipeline with highly-qualified leads (without cold-calling or dealing with gatekeepers.
  • The top 3 strategies for finding and engaging corporate clients who are looking to buy what you offer.
  • Why to need to package, position and price your services based on results (and how to do that).
  • The authentic 4-step formula that moves connections into corporate contracts, so you never fee “salesy” or pushy.

Speaker: Tracy Kay

Tracy Kay

Tracy Kay Haag is the CEO and Founder of Corporate Client Success, and go-to-expert for coaches, consultants and experts who want to enroll in high-value Corporate clients in a way that feels good.

After moving to Switzerland, with no contacts or connections, Tracy left a teaching career to start her own training company and landed high-value clients with international companies including CocaCola®. Today she works with coaches, speakers & authors who want to share their expertise with more people and grow their income and impact.

WING IT TO WIN IT: Increasing LinkedIn Effectiveness Through Applied Improvisation

JD Gershbein is a business psychologist, speaker, and one of the world’s first independent LinkedIn consultants. Since 2006, he has studied the habits and patterns of professionals as they methodically build their brands and position themselves for growth in the virtual world. JD believes strategy and tactics will take you only so far on LinkedIn. At some point, ‘ya gotta improvise.

A long-time student of improv comedy at Chicago’s famed Second City, JD believes the phenomena of applied improvisation comprise a valuable cognitive framework for successful LinkedIn use. Join us and learn specific strategies and techniques to help you build capacity on LinkedIn, open and advance meaningful conversations with decision-makers, and generate business or career wins.

Learning outcomes and attendee takeaways include:

♦ A refreshed, progressive mindset toward personal branding on LinkedIn
♦ Leverage the power of creativity to improve your competitive position
♦ Unearthing opportunities by engaging in the LinkedIn content of others
♦ Think “a step ahead” in managing LinkedIn communications
♦ Develop a greater appreciation of the art and science of social networking

Speaker:  JD Gershbein

JD Gershbein

Since 2006, JD Gershbein has been at the forefront of the social media conversation. One of the world’s first independent LinkedIn consultants, JD pioneered a model of authentic business communication that serves ambitious professionals striving to make their mark in the Digital Age. As a speaker, facilitator, writer, and media producer, he draws upon his diverse academic background—a fusion of psychology, neuroscience, and the humanities—and the improvisation skills he honed at Chicago’s famed Second City to bridge the knowledge gap that exists between professionals and the virtual world. Widely regarded as a leader in personal branding, social networking, and social entrepreneurship, JD is blazing a trail as one of the most original personalities in the professional development arena.

Build Trust Across Cultures and Distance in Uncertain Environments

The past few years have been times of change and uncertainty, but one certainty is that remote work will remain a significant part of how we work. Remote work is here to stay and may require us to engage on the global stage with clients and business partners far away from us, geographically and culturally. We must all get better at creating, collaborating, and creating remotely across time zones and cultural divides.

Building trust is central to such work, particularly in a world where change is constant. Our clients and business partners must know they can rely on us when things are in flux. But not all cultures build trust in the same ways, and trust-building differs when we work remotely. The session will cover

  1. How to understand other cultures and your cultural tendencies using the Culture Map framework
  2. How to build trust with others remotely and across cultures
  3. How to overcome cultural and distance barriers to leverage the diversity inherent in collaboration across cultures

Speaker: Darren Menabney

Vanessa Khan

Darren Menabney is a global business communication expert who helps individuals and organizations collaborate, communicate, and create remotely and across cultures. He leads global human resource projects at Ricoh Company Limited’s global headquarters in Tokyo. Darren teaches courses on creativity, cross-cultural management, and building virtual teams to international MBA students as a Professor at the Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University. He is a contributing writer for Forbes and Fast Company, a TEDx speaker, and teaches design thinking as part of the IDEO U teaching team.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

What On Earth Will Happen Next? A Look at Global Trends

Wars, droughts, wildfires, inflation, political strife. Think about the last couple of months. We can each easily list at least ten events that shaped our personal and professional lives and those of the clients we serve.

The billion dollar question is what’s coming next? For consultants, it’s challenging to stay on top of all the challenges, changes, and upcoming trends happening at the global, regional and national levels—no matter where we are and where we do business.

Mitigating risks and identifying opportunities for clients creates value for their businesses. It’s important to understand the political landscape in the U.S., Europe, Asia and beyond. There are regulatory issues, societal expectations and needs, and addressing the complications of climate change. All these things that matter today, but will impact future generations as well.

In this session, Slovenian strategic communication and public affairs expert Barbara Krajnc will explore how to best serve clients by gathering market intelligence, insights, foresight, and trends, to assess key issues and better understand the present and the future. She’ll discuss approaches to complement SWOT by specifically looking at the external factors impacting the clients, their brands, values and purpose, and other ways to keep on track of global trends. Don’t miss this European perspective on what to expect in the year ahead.

Speaker: Barbara Krajnc

Barbara Krajnc

Based in Slovenia, Barbara Krajnc is an experienced international consultant with extensive experience in the public sector, corporate affairs at an international corporation, and general management of an outdoor advertising company and a professional association. She also served as Executive Director of the Golden Drum International Advertising Festival, one of the biggest creative award shows in Europe.

Since 2016, Barbara has run her own consultancy boutique shop, Aurora Borealis Consulting, as an independent consultant – strategist, specializing in public affairs, government relations, regulatory and risk management issues, compliance, and corporate / crisis communications.

Creativity has always been at the core of Barbara’s work, which means she applies many different innovative methods and approaches to consult, advise, mentor, and facilitate. She is a certified facilitator of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method, which brings her consultancy work to a new level. Mentoring future managers and leaders is also one of Barbara’s passions.

How to Build an Audience BEFORE Selling Anything

What’s the one thing you need to have a successful business? To be busy? To have a lot of expenses? A website? Expensive software? An email list? Nope. There is just ONE THING you need to be a successful business. A product or service that sells.

If it feels like you’ve been banging your head against a brick wall trying to sell a product or service, it’s time to try something new. Stop guessing what people want to buy from you. Create exactly what your prospects know they need AND help them realize there is an even bigger problem that is getting in their way of success. How do you do that? The answer is simpler than you think. You do it by asking your likely prospects.

Join networking expert and business growth strategy coach Robbie Samuels, as he shares how to identify likely prospects from within the list of people who already know, like, and trust you: your network. Conducting research calls with these likely prospects will save you time, money, and energy because you will know EXACTLY what they need and can create a product or service that fills that need.

By attending you will learn how to:

  • create a list of likely prospects who know, like, and trust you
  • reconnect with those folks even if it’s been years
  • discover the exact problem prospects are trying to solve
  • build a referral network that will help you promote your offer

You will also be given access to The Big Results Toolkit which contains several resources to help you implement the strategies in Robbie’s bestselling book, “Small List, Big Results: Launch a Successful Offer No Matter the Size of Your Email List.” This book has received over 200 Amazon reviews, ranked at #4201 of all US Kindle, reached #1 in eight paid categories (including two Canadian and one Australian), and was the #1 New Release in five categories (including Women & Business).

Speaker: Robbie Samuels

Robbie Samuels

Robbie Samuels is an author, speaker, and business growth strategy coach recognized as a networking expert by Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Lifehacker, and Inc. He is also an event design consultant and executive Zoom producer recognized as an industry expert in the field of digital event design by JDC Events. His clients include thought leaders, entrepreneurial women, and national and statewide advocacy organizations, including Feeding America and California WIC Association.

His books “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences” and “Small List, Big Results: Launch a Successful Offer No Matter the Size of Your Email List” have collectively received 400 Amazon reviews and reached #1 in eleven paid categories.  He is a TEDx speaker, Harvard Business Review contributor, and has been featured in numerous leading business publications and business books.

Since 2016 he has hosted the On the Schmooze podcast and since 2020 #NoMoreBadZoom Virtual Happy Hours.

Keynote: Disrupt Yourself: How To Reinvent Yourself Before Others Do it For You 

Consider this simple yet powerful idea: disruptive people and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different. You may see a need, an empty space waiting to be filled, and you dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist. Yet executing on that disruption requires that you disrupt yourself––that you and your peers step back from who you are into who you can be. In this keynote, you’ll learn how to use the S Curve™ Framework to identify where you are in your growth, and then how to reinvent yourself––from the launch point to sweet spot to mastery. The fundamental unit of growth is you!  Companies don’t disrupt, people do.

Speaker: Whitney Johnson

Whitney JohnsonWhitney Johnson is the CEO and co-founder of Disruption Advisors, a tech-enabled talent development company. Whitney is a globally recognized thought leader (named by Thinkers50 as a top #10 management thinker), author, keynote speaker, executive coach, and consultant; Whitney is the WSJ and USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of Smart Growth: How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company (Harvard Business Press, 2022). She shares her passion for personal disruption, helping individuals transform their lives, careers, teams, and companies through her keynote addresses; her popular podcast Disrupt Yourself; lectures at Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning; the award-winning books How to Build an A Team, Disrupt Yourself, and Dare, Dream, Do; and frequent article contributions to the Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Bing’s Panel 2022: We’re Not Our Parents: Millennial Buyers Share How You Can Best Support Them As Clients

Hear directly from seasoned professionals who happen to be in the millennial generation. Each represents a different industry and profession. They are ready to share their perspectives – both what’s satisfying and frustrating – in today’s workplace…and how we can help create the workplace of their dreams. They are looking forward to the conversation and your questions.

Facilitator: Lisa Bing

Lisa Bing

As an experienced organizational development practitioner, executive coach and skilled leadership team builder, Lisa Bing works with leaders and organizations of all kinds. The Brooklyn born entrepreneur boasts over 25 years experience and is known as an engaging speaker and pragmatic problem solver. She is an adjunct professor at New York University and spent years holding various management positions for industry giant Prudential Financial prior to Bing Consulting. Lisa has won numerous awards for business and service, has been profiled in the media, and is currently a regular panelist on TV talk show Brooklyn Savvy.



Earnest Offley, VP People Operations at AiCure, is a forward-thinking human resources executive with a track record of success in driving transformation and delivering impact and outcomes for high-growth startups, Fortune 500, and public organizations. Prior to AiCure, Earnest served as Director of Human Resources for Building Hope Holdings where he implemented HR across the entire organization as their first HR executive. Previous to Building Hope, Earnest was at the Cambridge Housing Authority where he was the youngest HR executive in the organization’s history. Earnest also worked for the Boston Public Schools (BPS) as their Human Capital School Business Partner. Earnest received his BA in Psychology from Roger Williams University and recently completed the Next Generation Executive Leadership Program with the Partnership located in Boston, MA.

Delia Riggi is an HNTB project manager with over 10 years of construction and program management experience in the transportation industry. Currently, Delia is working in a variety of program and project management roles for several sizable and vital Port Authority of New York and New Jersey projects including the PATH Extension project and the Port Authority Bus Terminal Replacement Program. Delia recently joined the AirTrain Newark Replacement project supporting the preparation of the Design Build documents and procurement process.

Prior to joining HNTB, Delia worked with notable national general contractors on heavy civil infrastructure, maritime construction, and transportation projects ranging from $75 million to $1.2 billion. Delia is a graduate of Lehigh University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. She is currently Co-Chair of the New York Building Congress Young Professional’s Committee.

Mikayla Vielot is a compelling storyteller who combines her background in journalism and love for the hospitality industry as a Senior Account Supervisor at Rachel Harrison Communications. Originally from South Florida, Mikayla moved to NY to receive her Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Mikayla has represented such hospitality and spirits clients as Aldama, Amaro Montenegro, Aquavit, Carmine’s, Claudio’s, Fairmont Pacific Rim, iichiko Shochu, NoMad London and Select Aperitivo, Sushi Noz, as well as an array of culinary personalities and food-related products.

SAC 3.0: What’s Next?

Speakers: Linda Popky – SAC Executive Director & Lisa Anderson

Linda Popky

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.