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WCCE Annual Conference & Retreat

The WCCE Annual Conference & Retreat provides an opportunity for local chamber executives from across Wisconsin to learn how to be a more effective community leader by developing professional skills and, ultimately, growing the local chamber. The event includes keynotes, breakout sessions, and time with colleagues that educate you on best practices, provide solutions to challenges, and prepare you for emerging trends.

Date

Sep 27 - 29, 2022
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Time

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Event Agenda

2022 Program

Program subject to change

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Pre-Conference

Tuesday, September 27

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Boot Camp for New(er) Chamber Executives (includes lunch)

Conference

12:00 PM

Conference Registration

12:30PM

Welcome and Introductions

Dave Eckmann

Dave Eckmann

President & CEO, Greater Wausau Chamber and WCCE Chairman

12:45 PM

Best Practice Sharing: 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes

2:00PM

Opening Keynote: Leading with Vision

“Unlocking a Purposefully Created Culture – The Keys to Organizational Excellence”

James Songster

Better Leadership Skills

4:00pm

Closing

4:45pm

Meet in the Hotel Lobby and Depart for the Pablo Center at the Confluence

5:00pm

Cocktail Reception and Guided Tours of the Pablo Center at the Confluence

6:00pm

Dinner at the Pablo Center

6:30pm

Leading Through Collaboration: Eau Claire's Economic Transformation

Scott Rogers

Scott Rogers (Moderator)

Vice President Governmental Affairs, Eau Claire Area Chamber

Benny Anderson

Executive Director, Visit Eau Claire

Jason Jon Anderson

Executive Director, Pablo Center at the Confluence

7:00pm

Social Hour and Music Entertainment

Conference

Wednesday, September 28

7:00AM

Breakfast

8:00am

Welcome and Introductions

Dave Eckmann

Dave Eckmann

President & CEO, Greater Wausau Chamber and WCCE Chairman

8:15am

Leading by Example

Steve Loehr Headshot

Steve Loehr

Vice President, Kwik Trip

9:15am

Leading from Lessons Learned on Liberty & Leadership

Kevin Hermening

Iran Hostage Crisis Survivor

10:15am

Leading from Chamber "War Story" Experiences

Kurt Bauer

Kurt R. Bauer (Moderator)

President & CEO, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

John Beckord

Retired President & CEO, Forward Janesville

John Casper

President & CEO, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

11:15am

Leading with Creativity: Programming & Events

Stephanie Klett

Stephanie Klett

President & CEO, VISIT Lake Geneva

12:00pm

Lunch: Wisconsin Economic Outlook

Peter Barca

Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary

John Koskinen

Wisconsin's Chief Economist

12:45Pm

Fireside Chat: Leading as Catalysts & Conveners

Kurt Bauer

Kurt Bauer (Host)

President & CEO, WMC

Dave Minor Headshot

Dave Minor

President & CEO, Eau Claire Area Chamber

1:15pm

Facilitated Discussion / Takeaways from the Morning

James Songster

Better Leadership Skills

2:00pm

Meet in the Hotel Lobby and Depart for Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company (Chippewa Falls)

2:45pm

Guided Tours, Leading with Branding Presentation and Reception

Katie Leinenkugel

Distributor Sales Executive I Brand Strategy & Engagement, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.

5:00pm

Load Bus and Depart for the Lakely (Downtown Eau Claire)

5:30pm

Cocktail Reception and Dinner at The Lakely

Conference

Thursday, Septemeber 29

7:00am

Breakfast

8:00am

Welcome and Introductions

Dave Eckmann

Dave Eckmann

President & CEO, Greater Wausau Chamber and WCCE Chairman

8:15AM

Fireside Chat: Free Chamber Membership for Small Businesses

Kurt Bauer

Kurt Bauer (Host)

President & CEO, WMC

Becky Bartoszek

Becky Bartoszek

President & CEO, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce

Laura Wiegert

Vice President Strategic Communications, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce

8:45AM

WMC's Working for Wisconsin Award Presentation

Kurt Bauer

Kurt Bauer

President & CEO, WMC

Rep. Amy Loudenbeck

Wisconsin State Assembly

9:05AM

Leading with Advocacy & Public Policy

Scott Rogers

Scott Rogers (Moderator)

Vice President Governmental Affairs, Eau Claire Area Chamber

Dan Cunningham

Vice President of Government Relations & Education, Forward Janesville

John Kirchner

Executive Director, Congressional and Public Affairs for Midwest Region, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Scott Manley

Scott Manley

Executive Vice President of Government Relations, WMC

Amanda Payne

Vice President, Public Policy, Waukesha County Business Alliance

10:15AM