Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 7

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Set-up
12:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration Open
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Committee Meetings
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
10 Group Meetings
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Chairman's Reception - Invitation Only
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception
After 7:00 p.m.
Committee Dinners - Invitation Only

Thursday, November 8

8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration Open
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Exhibitor Set-up
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Educational Session
More information coming soon.
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Grand Opening Luncheon

People will tell you that I overcame obstacles -- maybe. But the truth is I was incredibly blessed in my life. More was given than was ever taken away.

Some of you may know that my career statistics weren't that great. There were some incredible highlights and some agonizing low lights. The truth is, I won't go to the Hall of Fame. But if a career can be measured by special moments, lessons learned and a connection with people, then I would stack mine up with anyone's. Maybe there is an obligation to share. To try and learn from the experiences life puts us through.

When you play major league baseball it is easy to become self-absorbed. Your world can become very narrow. One of the aspects of speaking is that I enjoy getting out in the real world and seeing how hard people work. I have been amazed at how much their pursuit of excellence is similar to that same pursuit on a baseball diamond.

The challenge for me as a professional speaker has been to try and formulate a common language. The word that I have come up with is ADAPT. To continue to move towards our goals we must be willing to adapt. To change, and mold ourselves in order to meet the obstacles in our own way. Using ADAPT as an acronym you can put together a powerful set of words that stand alone in their significance, but they also string together like a chain in an amazing way.

A - Adjustability
D - Determination
A - Accountability
P - Perseverance
T - Trust

Not only can we mold ourselves to the challenges that come our way. We can also break that word down into those 5 components and give ourselves 5 incredible strategies, and apply them any aspect of our lives.

But going through life with a few extra challenges has made me a better person, not better than anyone else but better than I would have been. I've learned that sometimes adversity can be a good thing.

1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tradeshow Open
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Learning Lounges
Quick-hit education on hot industry topics
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception

Friday, November 9

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
WRCLA Meeting and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Registration Open
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tradeshow Open
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Learning Lounges
Quick-hit education on hot industry topics
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Move-out