Plenary & General Session Information

Opening Plenary – David Rendall 
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Monday, November 7 — 9:00am

Dead Leaders: Lessons from the Lives and Violent Deaths of the World’s Most Influential People

Do you want to become a great leader? What does it take to achieve greatness?

When I ask audiences to identify the greatest leaders in the history of the world, a few names always make the list. After asking this question repeatedly over the years, I finally noticed something. The leaders, who were consistently rated as great, shared one thing in common. They had all been killed. They didn’t die natural deaths. They were either executed or assassinated. This led me to explore the lessons that we can learn from their example. During that journey, I discovered four leadership principles that have the power to transform your leadership and your legacy.

During the last fifteen years, David Rendall has spoken to audiences on every inhabited continent. His clients include the US Air Force and the Australian Government, as well as companies in the Fortune 500 including, AT&T, State Farm Insurance and Ralph Lauren.  

Prior to becoming a speaker, he was a management professor, stand-up comedian and endurance athlete. He also managed nonprofit enterprises that provided employment for people with disabilities. He has more than twenty years of experience leading people and organizations.

David has a doctor of management degree in organizational leadership, as well as a graduate degree in psychology. He is the author of three books: The Four Factors of Effective Leadership, The Freak Factor, and The Freak Factor for Kids.

SIGUCCS 2016 is also offering a Pre Conference Seminar with David Rendall! Visit this webpage for details.

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iStock_000023916233_MediumGeneral Session & Awards
Tuesday, November 8 — 1:00pm

The General Session on Tuesday will open with an update from the SIGUCCS Board Chair, Mat Felthousen.

This session is also an opportunity to celebrate our Award Winners – recipients of the Penny Crane Award for Distinguished Service, Hall of Fame Award(s), and Communication Awards.  At the conclusion of this event, we will join our award winners, poster presenters, and conference exhibitors for dessert in the Poster / Exhibitor Session.

Closing Plenary – Manley Feinberg
Wednesday, November 9 — 3:45pm

Leading on the Edge: 7 Vertical Lessons & 1 Essential Question to Elevate Your Impact, Regardless of Your Title

Professionals often struggle to deliver more value under tightening business constrains and rising expectations. Add the complications of regulations, engaging a multi-generational work force, constantly evolving technology, economic pressure, plus the chaos of day to day life; and you have a serious challenge.

After facing the same frustrations from the front lines to the executive level for more than 20 years; Manley believes the answer is in equipping individuals at all levels to think, act and influence as leaders in their environment. HisManley Leading on the Edge Keynote can be the catalyst for this change.

Manley is recognized as an award winning international speaker and business leader, a best selling author, published outdoor adventure photographer and professional musician. He served two terms as the President of the National Speakers Association, St. Louis chapter; and is a member of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Leadership Development Staff.

Manley’s inspirational keynotes are brought to life through his national geographic photography and riveting stories culminating from a lifetime of adventure through 25 countries, to over 400 outdoor destinations. Manley vividly shares compelling lessons from his adventure and leadership experiences in a way that allows you to relate to your mountains. He will have you hanging beside him surviving in the Himalayas, struggling to communicate in Uzbekistan, and immediately transfer the experience to moving you forward in your courageous efforts.

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