• 2018 Conference Agenda

  • October 24th - Wednesday morning

    Session Speaker Description

    Your Success is Our Business - An Orientation for the New Chief Executive

    Vonnie Mikkelsen - CEO, Springfield Area Chamber This session is designed for the new and newer executives among our Oregon Chamber ranks. Your Chamber has hired you as their chief executive, and for good reason. They believe you have what it takes to lead the most important business organization in your community. Now, they are looking to you for vision, leadership, fiscal management, and well let’s admit it - just about everything. Daunting? Perhaps. Doable? Without a doubt. This session is designed to set you on your path to success. Come ready to connect with and learn together with your peers. Most importantly, come willing and ready to discover and unleash your unique talents on the Oregon Chamber community. Session objectives for participants: Get to know and connect with your “Lifelines” – your Oregon Chamber peers; Discover Chamber pros chest of secret treasures - essential resources; Simplify your roadmap with a clear set of priorities and goals; Explore what you know (and didn’t know you knew), and what you don’t know (and thought you knew) about Chambers; Leave with a new found sense of confidence, curiosity, and motivation. If you have been hired as the executive director or CEO of your Chamber within the last two years, this session is for you.
    Defining the Promise of the 21st Century Chamber of Commerce Greg Hill - BrandBirth

    Get the whole story of how we identified the foundation for the future of the Chamber of Commerce brand, including the Promise of the forward-looking Chamber; its Purpose, Mission and Values; its Voice and Personality; and clear steps to help you start to integrate all of this content into your Chamber’s story.

    Connecting Oregon Chambers Robert Killen & Paige Sharpe - Springfield Area Chamber Quickly get to know a little about every person in the room.  Who does tourism?  Who has a workforce program?  Who has some fabulous ideas about non-dues revenue?  Find out on the first day!
    Lunch & Annual Meeting: State of Advocacy Update JL Wilson & Jenny Dresler - Public Affairs Counsel What’s on the Horizon for 2019
  • Lunch Session - Annual Meeting

    Session Speaker Description
    OSCC Grassroots Advocacy Action Plan & Q & A with Val Hoyle, Oregon’s new BOLI Commissioner JL Wilson & Jenny Dresler - Public Affairs Counsel; Val Hoyle - new BOLI Commissioner Learn about and recommit to OSCC’s Grassroots Advocacy Action Plan with OSCC Lobbyist Jenny Dressler and then get to know the new Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Val Hoyle through a Q & A session moderated with OSCC Lobbyist JL Wilson.
  • Breakout Sessions

    Session Speaker Description
    The Communicator’s Toolbox: Leading Productive Conversations in Even the Most Adverse Scenarios Robert Killen - Springfield Area Chamber With the right communication tools productive results can be generated out of even the most contentious conversations. In this session you will be introduced to powerful methodologies for making communication a strength and asset within your organization. Explore the procedures of effective Dialog, the framework for Compassionate Communication, the positive influence that can be generated through Appreciative Inquiry and more.
    Measuring the Skills Gap in Oregon Robert Whelan - EcoNorthwest What Chambers can do to facilitate better Education Attainment and Workforce Development in their Communities. Includes study update, actionable steps, specific takeaways, resources, how to access, and where to go for what.
    The 3 Cs: Boots on the Ground Greg Hill - BrandBirth How to tailor the 3 Cs concepts and bring them to your Chamber. Practical guidance on implementation of the 3 Cs.


  • Wednesday evening

    Reception & Dinner - Awards, Auction & Board Installation


  • October 25th - Thursday morning

    Session Speaker Description
    ReMembership Kyle Sexton

    Let's talk about what's broken and what's working. Kyle applies business marketing strategies to your chamber using real stories of remarkable organizations. Learn how to engage members without asking them to show up, discover a new value proposition for the different business profiles among your membership, and communicate your values and successes through the clutter of a noisy planet. Based on the second edition of Kyle's book, ReMembership - New Strategies for Remarkable Membership Organizations.


  • Breakout Session - Thursday morning

    Session Speaker Description
    Cultivating Resiliency in the Workplace Erin Bair - Cascade Employers Association Some people are defeated by problems, obstacles and setbacks, while others gain strength. Some manage stress and some let stress manage them. Resiliency skills learning can offset the detrimental effects of job-related stress, such as loss of productivity, burnout and turnover. You will discuss practical ways to improve stress management at work and coach others to do so as well.
    Cybersecurity & the Dark Web Nathan Knottingham - The Knowledge Coop There is world out there that you’ve heard about. It comes up with each corporate data breach – the Dark Web. What is it exactly? How does it affect your Chamber, your members and your town?  By the end of the session, you may want to destroy all of your electronic devices but it’s important to understand what is happening.  Knowledge is defense.
    Fundamentals of the 3Cs – Leveraging Business Resource Partnerships Mark Gregory - Small Business Development Council Learn how to leverage SBDC partnerships and resources to grow member value proposition.  Hear from a Chamber professional how it works in their Chamber.


    Lunch Session

    Session Speaker Description
    US Chamber and US Chamber Foundation The Talent Pipeline Management Initiative Chris Eyler - US Chamber An update on national issues and the US Chamber’s Talent Pipeline Management initiative.


  • Breakout Sessions - Thursday afternoon

    Session Speaker Description
    Leading Change: The Perils and Promise of Change Leadership Sue Rieke-Smith - Superintendent of Tigard Tualatin School District 23J To lead change in an organization is many times a perilous task. Meeting and navigating the challenges of change demands strategy, skill and courage. This interactive presentation will provide change leadership strategies as well as insights and lessons learned in the presenter's change leadership journey as the CEO of public non-profit organizations.
    Catalyst – Oregon Business Plan – How Chambers Can Engage in Helping Shape State Policy Jeremy Rogers - Oregon Business Council Learn how your Chamber can engage in the discussion about education funding in a meaningful way. Hear from the Beaverton Chamber about their successful community conversations.


  • Thursday afternoon

    Session Speaker Description
    Telling Your Chamber’s Story Nathan Knottingham - The Knowledge Coop; Caleb Thomas - Redmond Chamber Employ simple steps of effective novel writing to create a narrative of your organization’s story that is compelling, inspiring, and a clear call to action. We will also imagine some new and different ways to present that story to your audience.
    Oregon 2021 – Opportunity to Engage Sasha Spencer Atwood - Director External Affairs, TrackTown USA Be a Catalyst…The IAAF Track and Field World Championships Oregon 2021 will be the world’s largest sporting event of the year. Sasha will share how Chambers can leverage this milestone event to champion your community, and inspire catalytic projects of all shapes and sizes.


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