Women's Leadership Conference 2021 Direct-2-You

The vision of the PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference is to create an engaging, collaborative community that enables diverse women in the promotional products industry to be authentic, learn together and from each other, and build relationships that’ll grow throughout the year.

Throughout the year, look for WLC-sponsored webinars that feature content specifically for women in our industry, as well as other opportunities to connect with the Women’s Leadership Conference community. 




Event Agenda

Monday, June 21, 2021

10 - 10:30 AM CT

First Time Attendee Meet And Greet

11 - 11:05 AM CT

Welcome And Opening Remarks

Speakers: Carrie Petri, MAS, The Magnet Group and Kelli Denes, MAS, The Vernon Company

11:05 AM - 12:05 PM CT

Session 1: Dream It. Make It Happen.

Speaker: Jo-An Lantz, MAS, Geiger

What do you dream about? What does it really take to turn your dreams into reality? Many are afraid to allow themselves to dream big because the cost is too high or the effort too great. But strong leaders dream big and hustle to make it happen. Jo-an Lantz, one of the original founders of WLC, will share what it takes to achieve your dreams and how leadership makes all the difference.

12:15 - 12:45 PM CT

Association Update

Speaker: PPAI CEO

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM CT

Session 2: Using Your Special Qualities To Rise And Succeed

Speaker: Paula Wygonik, MAS, CE Competitive Edge LLC

Do you ever feel like the hits keep coming? Do you look at women around you and wonder “how do they do it”, “why are they successful”, “have they faced any adversity”, “are they smarter or stronger than I am”?

Rising above adversity and succeeding isn’t something you do once and then check it off your list like a grocery item. It is a series of decisions and “character grit” that allow you to acknowledge a new challenge, evaluate your options and dig deep to fight back and win. Understanding your “why” when facing adversity can help you through the most painful of hows. Hint…mobilizing your (S)heroes will lighten the darkness and give you the courage and confidence to go from victim to victor!

2:30 - 3:15 PM CT

Roundtable Chat

6:00 - 7:00 PM CT

Cocktail Reception And Woman Of Achievement Celebration

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

9 - 10 AM CT

Optional: Morning Yoga

Speaker: Roni Wright, MAS, The Book Company

11 - 11:05 AM CT

Welcome And Opening Remarks

Speaker: Poetry by Laura Brewer, CAS, Ariel Premium—Promo Poet Laureate

11:05 AM - 12:05 PM CT

Session 3: Economic Outlook For 2021 And Beyond

Speaker: TBD

12:15 - 12:45 PM CT

Tuesday Conversation: DEI—Steps To Take Now

Speaker: Anthony Arrington, CDE, Top Rank Talent Solutions

1:15 - 2:15 PM CT

Session 4: Programs That Matter—The Power Of Purpose

Speaker: Megan Baker, Stryker

2:30 - 3:15 PM CT

Roundtable Chat

6 - 7 PM CT

Virtual Dine-Around

Join the WLC Task Force as they invite you to “join” them at their favorite restaurants for a virtual dine-around. While we won’t be able to break bread together, we can promise the same great conversations and laughter in small group settings.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

9 - 10:00 AM CT

Optional: Morning HIIT Workout

Speaker: Gabrielle Holgate

 

11 - 11:05 AM CT

Welcome And Opening Remarks

Speaker: The WLC Workgroup

11:05 AM - 12:05 PM CT

Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1: Finding Your Why

Speaker: Jessica Gibbons-Rauch, Trend On Brand

So many times we focus on how to do something or what we need to do that we forget about why we are doing it in the first place. Sometimes, especially for women, we have a hard time clearing out our "dragons" and creating our purpose. This workshop dives into how to find your why and create inspiration to continue to grow and develop with your individual reason in front.

 

Breakout 2: Promo In A Virtual World

Speaker: Panel discussion moderated by Becki Heinen, Facilisgroup, and Joel Bastien, MAS, AIA Corporation

How can we continue to create client experiences that wow in a virtual world and what do we need to start learning now to be able to succeed in the hybrid universe that is quickly approaching? This session will identify industry trends and challenges, the value of the meaningful message and more.

12:15 - 12:45 PM CT

Wednesday Conversation: Remarks From PPAI Leaders

Speakers: Dawn Olds, MAS, HALO and Brittany David, MAS, SnugZUSA

1:15 - 2:15 PM CT

Session 5: Talent Matters: Strategies For A People-Centered Team

Speaker: Kate Alavez, PromoShop, Inc.

Managing a team or organization is about more than numbers. It's about creating an inclusive, equitable workplace in which every person has a voice and is encouraged to bring their experiences and ideas to the table. When your people flourish, your team and organization thrive. So, what does it take to build and manage this type of people-centered team? Join this conversation and learn strategies to manage your team through inclusive leadership.

2:30 - 3 PM CT

Session 6: Trooper Tillman Presents Purses With A Purpose

Speaker: Trooper Andrea Tillman, Michigan State Trooper

3 - 3:30 PM CT

Roundtable Chat

3:30 - 3:45 PM CT

Closing Remarks


Conference Fee Information

PPAI Members: $325 for the first attendee from a company and $275 for each additional attendee (Contact Shannon Johnson for additional attendee discounted rate)

PPAI Associates: $425 per attendee

For questions about the event or help with registering, contact Shannon Johnson at 972-258-3059 or email ShannonJ@ppai.org


Event Speakers

 Jessica Gibbons-Rauch, CAS 

 Founder 

 Trend On Brand 

 Jo-an Lantz, MAS 

 Preident/CEO 

 Geiger 

 Kate Alavez 

 Chief Operating Officer 

 PromoShop, Inc. 

 Roni Wright, MAS 

 Vice President 

 The Book Company 

 Paula Wygonik, MAS 

 President 

 CE Competitive Edge LLC 


WLC 2021 D2U Sponsors



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Download the contract to reserve your sponsorship or if you just can't make up your mind, contact your account manager to discuss how your company can be involved with WLC D2U. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Who may register for and attend this event?

To register for any of PPAI’s live education events, you must be a PPAI Member or Associate, meaning that you own or are employed by a company that manufactures, imports or resells promotional products. Each registration requires an individual login.

What is included in my registration fee?

Conference registration includes all education sessions, morning exercise, networking events and evening receptions.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

Refunds will be issued, minus a $150 processing fee, up to and including Friday, June 4, 2021. After Friday, June 4, 2021, refunds will not be issued. Refunds will not be issued for conference no-shows. All cancellations must be emailed to Shannon Johnson.

Privacy

By registering for the conference, you agree to have your basic information published on the official attendee list and to have your photo taken at the event. Please contact Shannon Johnson should you wish to be removed.

Consent To Use Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at and/or participation in Women’s Leadership Conference or any Association meetings or events constitute an agreement by the registrant to fully consent to PPAI’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant’s or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproduction and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Questions Regarding Membership

Please call 888-I-AM-PPAI (426-7724) or email PPAI Membership.


WLC Workgroup

 Becki Heinen 

 Director of Partner Development 

 Facilisgroup 

 Carrie Laufenberg Pitre, MAS 

 Director of Key Accounts 

 The Magnet Group 

 Cathy Cummings, CAS 

 Vice President of Supplier Relations 

 AIM Smarter, LLC 

 Danielle Augustine, CAS 

 Vice President of Sales 

 FAST Decoration Automation 

 Jamie Ondrejko, MAS 

 Division Vice President 

 Geiger 

 Jane Sparks 

 Vice President Prepress/Traffic 

 Gill Studios, Inc.  

 Joèl Bastien, MAS 

 Senior Vice President Of Owner Success 

 AIA Corporation 

 Jenna Herchenbach 

 Account Coordinator 

 Overture Promotions 

 Kelli Denes, MAS 

 Director of Business Development 

 The Vernon Company 

 Kim Bakalyar, CAS 

 Chief Compliance Officer/Director 

 PromoShop, Inc 

 Meghan Pyecha 

 Key Account Manager 

 Hit Promotional Products 

 Laura Brewer, CAS 

 Senior Sales Manager 

 Ariel Premium 

 Paula Wygonik, MAS 

 President 

 CE Competitive Edge LLC 

 Terri Sparkman, MAS 

 Sales Development Manager 

 SAGE 

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