One thing David Robb would like to make clear is that the upcoming Refresh Leadership Simulcast on April 13 hosted by his company Express Employment is not a “pitch” or money-making event for the company, but rather an opportunity to focus on leadership development and training.
“We put it on as a way to give back to the business community,” said Robb, a senior digital marketing specialist with Express Employment Professionals now located in the Chateau Centre Plaza at 1760 44th St. SW. In fact, the $25 admission fee goes straight to the Salvation Army, which will be hosting this year’s event at the Salvation Army KROC Center, 2500 S. Division Ave.
“This is a great partnership, because the event helps to build awareness in the community for the KROC Center and then the funds also support their mission,” said Robb who noted that other past partnering charities have been the Wyoming Kentwood Chamber Foundation, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Women’s Resource Center. “[The KROC Center has] a full fitness facility geared towards families and they offer extensive scholarships for those who can’t afford membership. They also have many different local outreach programs, and other efforts to impact their local neighborhood.”
Express Employment Professionals, an international franchise, launched the annual Refresh Leadership Simulcast event seven years ago. The goal being to bring nationally recognized speakers together to talk about the power of great leadership and how to refresh, energize and motivate a workforce. This year’s speakers are author and executive coach Marshall Goldsmith, television sports analysts and 15-time NBA all-star Shaquille O’Neal, and author, motivational speaker, and career consultant Kaplan Mobray.
The locally-owned and operated office of Express Employment Professionals also features three local experts, who before the simulcast, discuss the best practices in engaging, developing and retaining your workforce. The local program features Laura Elsner, a workforce development manager at DeWys Manufacturing, Inc., Bonnie J. Mroczek, chief talent officer at Butterball Farms, Inc., and John Keuning, director of manufacturing at Tiara Yachts.
“We hope that everyone who leaves this event walks away with some practical knowledge on how they can be a leader and they walk away feeling inspired and they are empowered to go back to their business and inspire their team,” Robb said. “We also hope they can take away some very practical local knowledge and best practices that they can implement at their company from our local experts that our starting off the morning.”
The program runs from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Robb recommends attendees plan to stay the entire morning. Between 150 – 200 local business professionals and leaders have attended the event annually, Robb said, so getting tickets early is advisable. The event does include breakfast for attendees.
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