If you knew the future, what would you do differently? If you could choose the future, what you would want - for yourself, your family, your organization and our Quad Cities? Join us next Thursday, August 23 to hear from futurist, economist and longtime friend to the Quad Cities Rebecca Ryan and learn how we can "think like a futurist" to become next-gen ready.

We've also expanded the Annual Meeting to offer an exciting professional development opportunity with a 1/2 day conference immediately following the luncheon. The Business, Innovation & Leadership Sessions is bringing together great minds in workplace culture, entrepreneurism, community leadership, and disruptive technology, all with the goal to deliver you with takeaways to inspire and grow your business.

The speaker lineup is stacked, with topics that will appeal to everyone in your organization. What are you waiting for? Deadline to register is at noon on Friday, August 17. Find more event details below and register today!

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Thursday, August 23 TaxSlayer Center, Moline
 Quad Cities Chamber Annual Meeting – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 Business Innovation & Leadership Sessions – 1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
 Throughout the TaxSlayer Center and MetroLink Centre Station
Annual Meeting + Business, Innovation & Leadership Sessions Package: $125 per person
Annual Meeting Luncheon: $75 per person
Business, Innovation & Leadership Sessions Only: $65 per person

Quad Cities Chamber Annual Meeting
 Thursday, August 23, 2018 TaxSlayer Center, Moline
 Registration & Doors Open: 11:00 a.m.
 Program: Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Sessions: 1:30 - 4:15 p.m.
After-Party: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Throughout the TaxSlayer Center and MetroLink Centre Station
Concert at Bass Street Landing: 7:00 p.m.
Track 1: 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

What makes a region stand out, how is economic development changing, and what can our community do differently to attract new investment to the region? This panel of site selectors (consultants that help companies make relocation and expansion decisions) will discuss community competitiveness, workforce, regionalism, quality of life and more. As community leaders work together toward shared goals of regional prosperity, this panel will provide insight into how the Quad Cities region can continue to compete for jobs and investment. 

Learn about the emerging trends impacting how factories are digitizing manufacturing processes, supply chains, and connections to customers. New technologies are changing how products are designed and manufactured at a rapid pace. These technologies are also impacting how manufacturers attract, develop, and retain the talents and skill sets to compete in the digital manufacturing environment. Join Heather Ashton Manolian from Deloitte Consulting and get a cutting edge update on these sweeping industry changes.

The rise of automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are beginning to disrupt the customer journey in ways that present companies with both new opportunities for engagement and also new challenges to overcome in reaching consumers and prospects. When mobile applications, smart home devices, autonomous vehicles, and other consumer technologies automatically make purchase and usage decisions for their owners, where to existing digital marketing, sales, research and customer service strategies fit in? Influencing the real “decision maker” becomes a feat in its own right, requiring brands to adopt a hybrid mix of data science and customer experience (CX) design skill. Explore how change agents and digital transformation leaders in myriad functions and industries are incorporating cognitive technologies into purchase / decision funnel strategies to better meet evolving customer expectations.

A study from the American Sociological Review has found that workplace diversity and inclusion is among the most important predictor or an organization’s success. We know that diversity plays a fundamental role in the success of our organizations. However, it’s time for leaders to think beyond “diversity for the sake of diversity,” and make inclusion a part of their organization’s vision as well. An inclusive workplace values every employee, regardless of roles, job titles, and tenure and places emphasis on equality, human rights, and employee welfare. Developing a diverse and inclusive organization requires strategy, clear expectations, and accountability. 
Track 2: 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Kimberly Bryant the founder of social movement Black Girls CODE will share her journey as what she calls an “accidental social entrepreneur” and the lessons learned along the way in shaping a new paradigm for women and girls of color in the technology industry. She will explore how recognizing our innate power to become change agents in our own lives and the lives of others by pushing through traditional boundaries and perceived limitations can help us drive change in our world.

Join local manufacturing leaders as they explain how they are deploying advanced manufacturing processes and digital strategies. Technologies to be covered will include additive manufacturing, virtual and augmented reality, smart automation, advanced materials, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. The Quad Cities region is fortunate to have many manufacturers who are embracing these advanced technologies and transforming the manufacturing shop floor.

Robert Richman, former Culture Strategist for Zappos, has worked with hundreds of companies on their culture. Through his career, he’s identified that the mindsets and principles of computer hacking could also be used to hack corporate culture. He has developed the techniques and pre-tested hacks that can be used immediately. During this session, you’ll gain specific answers to issues including specific leverage points that can be used by anyone to encourage culture change, why many culture-change programs fail, key tools you can use to successfully influence culture as soon as you return to the office, and why storytelling must be an integral part of your culture-change program.

You had an idea, you’ve started your business, but now you need more capital. Steve Grubbs, founder, VictoryVR is a career entrepreneur with businesses including VictoryVR, VictoryStores, Victory Enterprises, and BigFunnyCards to name a few. Steve will cover topics including understanding the difference between different types of funding and when they’re appropriate, how to structure a donor presentation and how to create projections on sales / revenue and Total Addressable Market (TAM).

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