Vision2021 Virtual Conference
Vision 2021 Virtual Conference presented by Ewald Consulting

In 2020, associations across the world have cancelled thousands of in-person conferences and events. The travel and hospitality industry — and nearly every other industry — have been dramatically impacted by COVID-19. The Ewald Consulting team has shifted rapidly to virtual conferences and online offerings this summer, fall and into 2021. We’ve learned valuable lessons that apply to associations of all sizes.

On Tuesday, September 29, Ewald Consulting presents our Vision2021 virtual conference. This free event will showcase the Social27 virtual conference platform as well as feature some of the best and brightest thought leaders on creativity, innovation, diversity and inclusion, and behavioral economics – topics that are reshaping how associations offer value and succeed.

Let’s transform our mindset and business model as we plan for 2021 and whatever the “new normal” will be. Join us September 29 to transform your own vision for 2021.

For nearly 40 years, Ewald Consulting has served hundreds of nonprofit organizations across all sectors to improve industries and advance professions. We plan to help our clients succeed for the next 40 years and beyond.

Join us for this FREE event
September 29, 2020

Register Now!

Earn up to 3.5 CAE credits by attending Vision2021

Featured Speakers

Dorie Clark
Dorie Clark
Clark Strategic Communications
Brad Shuck
Brad Shuck
Associate Professor,
University of Louisville
Bravada Garret-Akinsanya, PhD
BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, PhD
Psychologist, Brakins Consulting & Psychological Services

Gail Zack Anderson
Gail Zack Anderson
CEO and Founder,
Applause Incorporated
Ben Borchert
Benjamin Borchert
Lead Workshop Facilitator,
Applause Incorporated
Ernie Harris
Ernie Harris
Founder, Interesting Blazer;
Chair, PDMA

Event Schedule

Event times are US Central Time/GMT-05:00

10:00 – 10:15 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
David Ewald – President, Ewald Consulting

10:15 – 10:35 am
Virtual Events: The Top Trends in 2020 and What's Coming in 2021
Ike Kehal – CEO, Social27
This session will highlight the top trends for virtual events in 2020. These trends are drawn from multiple events across industries, segments and size of events. We will also discuss what to expect in 2021 as virtual events transform the way we learn, engage and conduct business.

10:35 – 11:15 am
Stand Out: How to Develop Breakthrough Ideas
Dorie Clark – CEO, Clark Strategic Communications
To succeed in today’s competitive business environment, it’s essential to keep raising the bar. But how can you best encourage and cultivate innovative ideas? In this talk based on her book Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, Dorie Clark – an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a frequent Harvard Business Review contributor – explains how to develop breakthrough ideas.

11:15 – 11:25 am
Break (Tour the Platform)

11:25 am – 12:05 pm
The Behavioral Economics of COVID-19: Understanding Employee Engagement and Performance in a New Context
Brad Shuck – Associate Professor, University of Louisville
The COVID-19 crisis has reshaped our world of work. Perhaps never before has the value proposition of work been so vulnerable and the need for employee engagement so high. It has become clear that communication, community, and collaboration are emerging economies of work and are impacting everything about leadership, recognition, and performance. This laid back and informal presentation will cover the foundation of behavioral economics and highlight psychological principles that can be applied immediately. Join us and bring your questions and insights to this story-driven, evidence-based look at the behavioral economics — and the new world of work — of a post COVID-19 context.

12:05 – 12:45 pm
Diversity & Inclusion: Promoting Radical Engagement in a Changing World
BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, PhD – Psychologist, Brakins Consulting & Psychological Services
Radical engagement is a revolutionary process based on the development of profoundly different relationships within organizations. It creates a context through which power is shared, bridges are built, and bonds are strengthened. It also requires an intentional, premeditated course of action through which stakeholders challenge themselves (as well as the organizations in which they work) to explore the individual and systemic barriers that lead to disparities. Finally, by implementing far-reaching relationship changes, radical engagement leads individuals and organizations to actualize common goals predicated by trust, authenticity, and choice.

12:45 – 12:55 pm
Break (Tour the Platform)

12:55 – 1:35 pm
Virtual Presentations Your Audience Will Love
Gail Zack Anderson – CEO and Founder, Applause Incorporated
Benjamin Borchert – Lead Workshop Facilitator, Applause Incorporated

Since we are all presenting virtually much or most of the time these days, let's learn how to stand out and engage our audiences in this new environment. In this session you'll discover how to maximize your virtual presence by improving your sound and lighting, as well as your physical presence. Second, you will discover how to create compelling content that cuts through the clutter and helps you impact your audience in a powerful way. Finally you will learn, see and experience engaging techniques that help your audience stay tuned in. As coaches and trainers who must keep learners engaged for up to two days in a virtual setting, we have learned to navigate this new landscape and are happy to share what we have been learning since pivoting to virtual coaching and workshops.

1:35 – 2:15 pm
Why Virtual Collaboration Will Fuel Explosive Growth in 2021 and Beyond
Ernie Harris – Founder, Interesting Blazer; Chair, Product Development and Marketing Association
In this session, we will explore the drivers behind innovation and commercial growth and how a global pandemic creates both headwinds AND tailwinds for those willing and able to capitalize on them.

2:15 – 2:25 pm
Closing Remarks
David Ewald – President, Ewald Consulting

Register Now!

Earn up to 3.5 CAE credits by attending Vision2021


Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50. She is a keynote speaker and teaches for Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. She is also the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of the year by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she writes frequently for the Harvard Business Review.

Brad Shuck

Dr. Brad Shuck is an internationally recognized scholar, author, and business thought leader in the areas of employee engagement, leadership development, and organizational culture. He is the author of Employee Engagement: A Research Overview (Routledge, 2020), has published or presented more than 300 scholarly articles, books chapters, and presentations, and holds four US copyrights for his research driven intellectual property. Shuck is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY).

Bravada Garret-Akinsanya, PhD

Dr. BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 40 years of experience in the field of mental health. She is the President & CEO of Brakins Consulting and Psychological Services, which has the mission of providing excellent, culturally competent mental health and consultation services that meet the needs of families and organizations. She is a Board Certified Diplomate/Fellow in African Centered Black Psychology by the Association of Black Psychologists, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Gail Zack Anderson

Since 1992, Gail Zack Anderson has offered individual coaching that helps leaders build confidence and skills for effective speaking, training, and presenting. She teaches at the University of Minnesota, CCAPS. Gail has a MA in HR and Change Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, and a BS in business from the University of Minnesota. She has served on the board of directors and is a past president for ATD-GTC. Gail is the author of the book, Confident and Credible: Presentations so Good You Deserve Applause.

Ben Borchert

Ben Borchert leads live and virtual workshops across the country. Each year, he helps hundreds of business professionals, like you, become more effective presenters. He works with people from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits. Ben draws on over a decade of theatrical experience including acting, technical, and directing. Ben received an MBA from University of St. Thomas. When you attend a Ben-led workshop, you learn to present with confidence, deliver with focus, and craft your message to stand crisp and clear for your audience.

Ernie Harris

Ernie Harris is the Founder of Interesting Blazer, a consulting agency focusing on product management and strategy, go-to-market analytics and interim leadership staffing. A veteran of both the enterprise and the startup community, Ernie has spent his career helping drive growth for the organizations he has had the privilege of working with. Prior to starting Interesting Blazer, Ernie worked with companies like TDAmeritrade where his product team built one of the first real-time streaming data platforms delivered via the internet.

Ike Kehal

As co-founder and CEO of Social27, Ike Kehal works to enable his customers to maintain Business Continuity with Virtual Events, in the challenging times of Covid-19. The Social27 platform provides virtual event solutions and business acceleration powered by AI automation. He built the company from a 2 person startup in his home office to a thriving company with 75+ employees and revenue growth in double digits annually. Customers include Microsoft, Dell, SAP, UW, AnitaB and more.

David Ewald

David Ewald joined Ewald Consulting in 1986. He was named managing partner of the firm in 1988 and became President and CEO in 1998. He earned his BS in microbiology at the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and his MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota with a major in business, government and society. David served as president of the Board of the Minnesota Government Relations Council in 1997 and president of the Midwest Society of Association Executives (MSAE) board in 2002-03.

Sponsored by

Ewald Consulting
Maple Lane Media

Applause, Inc.
Brakins Consulting and Psychological Services
Dorie Clark

Interesting Blazer
Lead Research, LLC


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