Pre-Conference Workshop Speaker:  Sarah Noll Wilson & Lisa Wolf

“Culture is a Strategic Advantage”

This has been approved for 4 Business Credits from HRCI and 4 PDCs from SHRM

Sarah Noll WilsonLisaWolfCulture is a strategic advantage – it’s the one thing your competitors cannot duplicate. This case study, focused on ARAG Legal Insurance, illustrates how ARAG involved every member of its workforce to define and amplify its best traits and launch new competencies in less than six months. In this hands-on and interactive presentation, we will guide you step-by-step through the process of identifying your core cultural competencies, and aligning HR strategy and initiatives to drive the organization’s strategic direction.  Your business plans and initiatives will, in turn, increase revenue and enhance business success.

This session will guide you through a six-month process to develop new cultural competencies as a strategic tool to help you meet and exceed your business objectives and aggressive revenue goals.

  1. Define an approach you can execute on immediately to develop and communicate your organization’s core values.
  2. Experience an appreciative inquiry exercise to model at your company in order to identify your organization’s positive traits.
  3. Study how the ARAG Human Resources Department overhauled its strategic plan and business activities to better align with the overall company strategic plan.
  4. Practice the art of balancing an aggressive cultural evolution with the day-to-day needs of the business.

Helping people live and lead intentionally is Sarah’s mission. Sarah is an innovative and creative talent development specialist with a passion for helping organizations, teams and individuals discover and claim their greatness. She has over 13 years of talent development experience. She owns Sarah Noll Wilson Coaching and Consulting; focused on helping people build powerful relationships with themselves and others.

Sarah holds a Master’s Degree from Drake University specializing in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance and a BA from the University of Northern Iowa in Theatre Performance and Theatre Education. Sarah is also an adjunct professor at Drake University where she teaches graduate classes on leadership development and a guest lecturer at the University of Northern Iowa’s School Of Business. She is a trained Leadership Coach and working on her certification in Conversational Intelligence.

Lisa is fiercely dedicated to creating and protecting cultures where team members and organizations thrive. She has 20 years of progressive experience in the Human Resources field with both small and large organizations in the banking, telecommunications, and insurance industries. Lisa has a true gift to spark light in others and help them discover new possibilities.

Lisa graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel Management. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and is member of Society for Human Resources Management and World at Work.

Opening Keynote Speaker: Kymberlee Weil

“Strategic Samurai”

Kymberlee Weil HeadshotKymberlee is a lifelong athlete and multi-passionate entrepreneur. Bringing the dedication, perseverance and focus required to excel in sports into her business ventures has been a hallmark of her success.

In her athletic pursuits, Kymberlee earned a full ride scholarship to the University of Hawaii where she was a starting pitcher for the Women’s Softball team and was recognized as a Scholar Athlete and NCAA Woman of the Year. Kymberlee has been a Martial Artist for twenty-five years, most recently earning her Fourth Dan Black Belt, Master level, in the Korean Martial Art, Hapkido. In addition to training in the Dojo, Kymberlee can be found most mornings at CrossFit where she continuously tests and pushes her own boundaries every day.

In her professional quest, Kymberlee pursued her passion for business and strategy, completing her MBA at Pepperdine University. She went on to write two books on computer technology and co-founded introNetworks, an award winning software development and licensing company which debuted at TED in 2003. After speaking at TED University, Kymberlee was inspired to create her next entrepreneurial adventure, Strategic Samurai, to change the world one story at a time. Strategic Samurai focuses on teaching breakthrough thinking, allowing Kymberlee to serve as both a speaker and a speaker coach, utilizing her behind the curtain and in front of the curtain experience.

As a speaker, Kymberlee uses her skills to take participants to new levels of awareness, confidence and focus in her seminars and workshops. Among her most popular sessions are her Breakthrough Thinking workshops where attendees come away with tools and strategies for overcoming any obstacle, plus audience members actually break wood with their bare hands. Kymberlee also is well known for her Insiders’ Guide to TEDx Speaking workshops and keynotes where participants learn the foundation, tools and techniques needed to become a TEDx speaker. Her recent workshop at the TEDSummit, Discovering Your Signature Story, generating a waiting list of 120 people.

As a speaker coach, Kymberlee shares her experience behind the microphone with others. She has coached over 100 speakers and has worked with organizations and individuals who desire to enhance their public communication skills and crystallize their messages. Influenced by thirteen years attending the annual TED conference and producing five TEDx events, including TEDxSantaBarbara, her specialty is in discovering a speaker’s core idea and transforming it into a message the world needs to hear through story, structure and staging.

Kymberlee’s combination of Story Telling, Sports and Strategy fused with her passion for consistently defying her own barriers has enabled her to do her part in changing the world while teaching others to do the same.


Closing Keynote Speaker: Pete Smith

“Dare to Matter”

PeteSmithNo one ever joined the major leagues to bunt. When we consider how many people live their personal and professional lives, however, that’s exactly what they’re doing: Playing it safe. What if, instead, you’re meant to swing away and win the game? Based on Pete’s book Dare to Matter, attendees will be inspired, challenged, and entertained as they travel through the detailed framework designed to help busy HR professionals live life through a lens of significance, not just success. Beginning with the foundation of choice, and ending with a focus on impacting others, each phase is designed to shift the way HR professionals think, expand their vision, and uncover their deepest desires and perceived limitations… all lessons Pete learned from surviving a stroke. Get ready to poke the lion.

Pete Smith is the author of Dare to Matter and has been called “one of America’s leading personal and professional development coaches.” He is a sought-after international speaker and trainer in the fields of leadership, management, personal growth and development. His energetic, edgy, interactive style is complimented by his ability to provide practical takeaways that actually work, while having a little fun in the process.

He is a board member of the HR Alliance DC, and a director in the Association for Talent Development’s DC Chapter. He is the creator of multiple leadership and management development programs, including the Rockstar Manager and the Expect to Win leadership series.

Taking his experiences as a successful leader and manager, and incorporating the lessons learned from surviving a stroke, Pete is routinely asked to work with leaders, managers and employees, to develop people at the individual level and increase performance at the team level.

Twitter: @SmithImpact

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