15 Sep September 19, 2018 – Peers Matter Leo Bottary, Eat Cake Be Brave Melissa Radke and Employee Retention Robert McFarland
Leo Bottary – Speaker on Peer Advantage and Author of What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth
Leo Bottary is an author, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator on the topic of developing “peer advantage” for high performing teams and peer groups. During a six-year tenure at Vistage Worldwide, Leo led the rebranding of the company and directed a thought leadership initiative on the power of peers, which resulted in a book he co-authored with Leon Shapiro titled, “The Power of Peers: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Growth & Success” (2016). Leo also serves as an instructor for Rutgers and Northeastern Universities. Prior to that, he was an adjunct professor for Seton Hall University, where he led graduate-level online learning teams and on-campus residencies. In April 2015, he was named Adjunct Teacher of the Year for its College of Communication and the Arts. Earlier in his career, Leo served in senior leadership positions at Mullen and Hill & Knowlton, where he was also Director of Client Service for the US. In the mid-1990s, he founded a public relations agency that a leading industry trade publication hailed as a regional powerhouse, new media pioneer, and great place to work.
Melissa Radke spent 15 years of her life in Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked as a studio session singer for Recording Artists. She is also a YouTube star, and soon to be a TV star too. Melissa’s “Upside Down French Braid” video has close to 10 million views and her “Red Ribbon” video has been viewed over 100 million times across multiple websites and media outlets. Her family has recently wrapped the shooting of their TV pilot. Melissa has always been destined for the stage, so for the last several years, she has traveled all over the United States bringing laughter and encouragement to civic organizations, hospitals, schools, corporate events, churches, and gatherings. In her new book, she shares a joyfully heartfelt and life-affirming story of self-discovery imbued with her special Southern blend of humor, faith, and candor. Sprinkled with an attitude she got from her mom and street smarts she learned from Seinfeld, Melissa explores tough issues of empowerment and self-worth, along with the trials of parenting, marriage, aging, and cheerleader tryouts.
Robert M. McFarland – Conference Speaker, Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach and #1 Bestselling Author of Dear Boss: What Your Employees Wish You Knew
Robert M. McFarland is the president of Transformational Impact. Robert is a leadership consultant, executive coach and conference speaker. He helps businesses, nonprofits, and individuals achieve the impact they want to have. Robert serves as the intentional Leadership Coach with the Intentional Living Center, and on his blog, Robert encourages Christian believers, especially men, to be intentional about their faith and lead purposeful lives that make an impact. Robert enjoys helping people change their thinking, so they can get the results they want at work and in life. Robert has worked with myriad organizations and companies conducting strategic planning, providing branding guidance, and giving communications counsel. Robert’s topics will include how to live an intentional Christian life from the biblical worldview and though that lens how to be lead yourself and how to lead others, particularly in a work environment.