Belmond Charleston Place Hotel

Charleston, SC

July 27-29, 2015

The Spark of Innovation: Learning Conference 2015

Explore transformative innovations for your organization and your career at this powerful, annual conference.  Discover how to spark ideas, stimulate clever thinking and develop a roadmap to innovation excellence.  Return to your organization and team as The Spark of Innovation.

Join us in Charleston, South Carolina for Learning Conference 2015.

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The Learning Conference is designed for mid to senior level managers in the following areas:

  • Marketing, Sales and Communications
  • Relationship and Branch Management
  • Human Resources and Training
  • Operations, Project Managers, and Technical Staff
  • Credit and Risk Management

This conference is a great opportunity for team building and strategic planning.  Be sure to include it in your 2015 budget.

Early Bird Registration: $1,725 (register by June 19)
Full Registration: $1,975 (register after June 19)

Inspiration and Take-Aways from 2014 Speakers and Sessions


Die empty – unleash your best work every day.  Define your work by establishing challenges, frame your work as a challenge, not a project. Turn your (projects) challenges into problems to solve and tackle them just as someone you greatly respect would.
       - Todd Henry, The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice

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The courage to fulfill your vision should come from your passion, not your position.
       - Teresa Taylor, The Intangibles of Leadership

What do some people make a bigger difference than others?  They are a “give me the ball” kind of person – 100% accountable, 100% of the time.  Some excuses are true, but none of them are helpful.
       - John Izzo, Stepping Up Your Leadership

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The role of a sales manager should be developing sales tactics (identifying specific activities) that will address where the marketplace will be 12-18 months in the future.
       - Bill Kitsch, Driving Value to the Customer through the Business Development Process

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Succession planning should be part of business planning and strategy, beginning with involvement from the CEO and cascading down to all levels. It should have structure and specific action items, dates and ownership with track ability.
       - Jay Lux, Leveraging Succession and Retirement

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Apply marketing brand management to the employment and hiring experience, not just business development efforts.  It helps you attract and attain the best talent by establishing your organization as a great and unique place to work.
       - Sandi Schmiesing, Building Your Employment Brand

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93% of the attendees that responded to the post conference evaluation said they were “likely to recommend” the Learning Conference to others.

Excellent conference and I've already recommended it to other coworkers.”

What attendees are saying about Learning Conference 2014:

Excellent, Excellent.

Good takeaways.

Gave me many new things to think about.

Pertinent topics, useful information, good presentations addressing known issues in agriculture.

I thought the conference this year had a wonderful group of speakers and topics, and I especially liked how each session built on something previous.

Great presentation to open the conference. Set a great tone and everything afterwards built upon the ideas Dr. Izzo established.

A lot of good takeaways new ways to think about your job and your projects.

The System can really benefit if we share practices like this more often.

Excellent exercise that provided good content from different associations. Would enjoy more exercises like this to bounce ideas around between peers. – Lunch Under the Trees

All were excellent! Very good and energetic! Loved it! Fun session! – IGNITE!