The Quad Cities Chamber will host a new half-day conference as part of its Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 23. The event, the Annual Meeting + Business, Innovation & Leadership Sessions, will bring together leaders in workplace culture, entrepreneurism, economic development and disruptive technology, all with the goal to deliver participants with takeaways to inspire and grow business. The event kicks off Alternating Currents, a music, art and film festival produced by the Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Quad Cities Chamber.

The Quad Cities Chamber’s Annual Meeting will feature futurist Rebecca Ryan as the keynote speaker for the Annual Meeting. Ryan asks, “if you knew the future, what would you do differently? What would you want – for yourself, your family, your organization, and our Quad Cities?” Ryan will discuss trends and how audience members can “think like a futurist” to help the Quad Cities compete nationally. Approximately 1,000 people gather each year for the luncheon event.

The Annual Meeting will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the TaxSlayer Center. The Business, Innovation & Leadership Sessions that will last from 1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. throughout the TaxSlayer Centre and MetroLink Centre Station. Sessions will be followed by an after-party from 4:30 – 6:30 at TaxSlayer Center as well as the Moline Centre Summer Concert Series which will kick-off Alternating Currents weekend with local band The Candymakers.

Featured speakers of the Business, Innovation and Leadership Sessions include Kimberly Bryant, Founder, Black Girls Code and Robert Richman, Culture Architect and Customer Experience Expert, as well as the Co-Creator of Zappos Insights.

Session topics are:

+ Fishing for Whales: Site Selectors Share How Regions Compete for the Next Big Investment

Featuring: Carol Henderson, Senior Director – Cushman & Wakefield, Chris Schastok, Vice President – CBRE

+ The Future of Manufacturing Technology

Featuring: Heather Ashton Manolian, Manufacturing Research Leader & Center for Industry Insights, Deloitte Services LLP

+ Customer Experience Automation: How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are Disrupting the Customer Journey

Featuring: Jaimy Szymanski, Founding Partner, Kaleido Insights

+ Beyond Diversity: The Business Case for Inclusion

Featuring: Claudia Schabel, President, Schabel Solutions

+ Becoming the Competitive Edge: How People Drive a Stronger Regional Economy

Featuring: Tim Terrentine, Vice President – Development and Alumni Relations, Western Michigan University

+ Ignite Change through Social Entrepreneurism

Featuring: Kimberly Bryant, Founder, Black Girls Code

+ Capitalize on Change: Using Disruptive Technologies to Drive Business Growth

Featuring: Craig Sutton, Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Tami Hedgren, Factory Manager – Deere & Company; Lee Spooner, Business Development Manager – EON Reality; Andy Cook, Co-Founder, Motion Raceworks; Carol Woten, VP, Sales & Marketing – Genesis Systems Group, LLC

+ Hack Your Culture: Building a High-Performance Workplace 
Featuring: Robert Richman, Culture Architect and Customer Experience Expert, Co-Creator of Zappos Insights

+ How to Raise Money for Your Startup  
Steve Grubbs, CEO, Victoryvr

Tickets for this event are available at Multiple ticket options are available: 

Annual Meeting Luncheon only - $75, Business, Innovation & Leadership Sessions only - $65, Annual Meeting plus Business, Innovation & Leadership Sessions - $125.

Presenting sponsors for this event are TBK Bank and Genesis Health System, and support sponsors are IMEG, Genesis Systems Group, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Russell, Van Meter, Edwards Creative, Courtesy Car City / Kimberly BMW, and OnMedia.

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