2022 Schedule

Elevate offers a full day of valuable professional development in the comfort and cleanliness of OKC's new convention center. Whether it is during one of the two inspiring keynote remarks or during the applicable information shared during a breakout session, attendees will walk away from the event with new tools and motivation to take their career to the next level.

Wondering which education session is right for you? Each session is included in at least one track:
 

  • Expanding Your Influence (geared toward people of all experience levels who want to grow as leaders)

  • Boosting Your Sales (geared toward people who are in sales)

  • Managing Your Team (geared toward people who manage others)

  • Improving Your Skills (focus on practical and actionable skills for the workplace)

  • Growing Your Business (business development tips for small business owners, location managers and entrepreneurs)

  • Developing Your Cultural Competency (focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace)

  • Starting Your Career (geared toward college students, interns and new professionals)

  • Investing in Your Resilience (sessions to help both employees and managers boost their mental wellbeing and stress management skills)
     

If you identify with one of those categories, use this as a guide to start scheduling your day. You may also choose your own adventure based on the session topics and speakers that interest you. No matter what education session you choose, we are confident that you will find valuable lessons to apply to your career!

Pre-registration for breakout sessions is not available. Sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis until room capacity is met.

Move | Refresh

10 to 10:15 a.m.

Check out the exhibitors outside the ballroom on your way to the next session!

Education Sessions

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Second and third floors

Five Ways to Increase Your Influence

Room 208A

Teresa Atkinson, M.Ed.
Development, Express Employment Professionals

Track(s): Expanding Your Influence


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The Future is Now: Recruiting, Retaining, and Developing Millennial and Gen Z Employees 

Room 208B

Landis Tindell
Manager, Corporate Communications, Oklahoma City Thunder

Track(s): Growing Your Business


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Starting from the Bottom:
Strategies Towards Advancing Upwards


Room 209B

J.D. Baker
Platform Manager, Cortado Ventures

Track(s): Starting Your Career


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Why People Lie to You...and What To Do About It

Room 301B

Mike Crandall
CEO, Sandler Training

Track(s): Boosting Your Sales


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Leading People Unlike Yourself:
How to Thrive as a First-Time People Leader


Room 301C

Matthew Palmer
Senior Director of Employee Experience, Heartland Payment Systems

Track(s): Managing Your Team


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Championing Equitable Advancement

Room 301D

Shalynne Jackson
Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, City of Oklahoma City

Track(s): Developing Your Cultural Competency

Move to ballroom

11:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Make your way to the Painted Sky Ballroom for your next dose of inspiration during Elevate's lunch and keynote address.

Lunch | Keynote Address

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Painted Sky Ballroom, fourth floor

Elevating the Ask:
The Art of Transforming Perspective through Inquiry

 

Linda Clark

Principal & Owner, Linda Clark Consulting; Co-founder, DisruptHR OKC

We’ve spent so much time becoming subject matter experts and developing expertise and sometimes we start limiting…ourselves. We limit solutions. We limit voices. We speak in declarative sentences, firmly planting a period on the end when a moment of curiosity bubbling into the space would include new voices, create the spirit of invitation, and add the spark to collaboration. The desire to fix overruns the joy of solving.

When we talk about growth mindset, resilience, and growth, the successful are asking questions. Questions generate trust. A hearty “I don’t know, can you help me?” can generate trust. Trust at work, at home, in your community. Trust that softens failures and mistakes and allows another chance to try. Trust that prioritizes innovation and creativity over exhaustion and endurance. Trust that unlocks the unspoken ideas that could be the next great moment for your organization.

Let’s flex our curiosity muscles with different types of inquiry and create a toolbox of behaviors that condition us to expand into the inquiry-driven conversation, expand into the more, expand into change.

 

Move to education session rooms

12:45 to 1 p.m.

Grab your hydration of choice and head to your first of two afternoon education sessions!

Education Sessions

1 to 2 p.m.

Creating a Culture of Inclusion

Room 208A

Adam Soltani
Executive Director, CAIR Oklahoma

Track(s): Developing Your Cultural Competency


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Keeping Balance: Mind Brain Skills and Resilience Strategies for Today’s Fast-paced Life

Room 208B

Dr. Murali Krishna
Co-Founder, Center for Mind, INTEGRIS Health's James L. Hall Center for Mind, Body and Spirit

Track(s): Investing in Your Resilience


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Serving a Customer, Not a Life Sentence:
Learn How to Enjoy Your Work for a Lifetime


Room 209A

Polly Fleet
Senior Account Executive, Cox Business

Track(s): Boosting Your Sales


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Leading at Scale:
How to Master your Business Cash Flow to Grow


Room 209B

Stacy Eads
International Business Coach & Keynote Speaker,
Scaling Up with Stacy Eads, LLC


Track(s): Growing Your Business


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Show Me the Way: How Finding the Right Mentor Can Move Your Career Forward

Room 301A

Rhonda Y. Thompson
Senior Learning Consultant, WM

Track(s): Starting Your Career


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Foundations for Professional Development

Room 301B

Dr. Markeeva Morgan
Senior Executive Program Director, The Boeing Company

Track(s): Improving Your Skills


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Help Wanted: Why is Everyone Quitting?

Room 301C

Doug Hacking
Corporate Culture Consultant, Relationship Resonance, Inc.

Track(s): Managing Your Team


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Everything Communicates

Room 301D

Susan Dell'Osso
Associate Director, Accenture

Track(s): Expanding Your Influence

Move | Refresh

2 to 2:15 p.m.

Check out the exhibitors outside the ballroom on your way to your final education session!

Education Sessions

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Second and third floors

Elevate Your LinkedIn Brand

Room 208A

Gunnar Hood
Digital Marketing Consultant, WSI Summit

Track(s): Growing Your Business


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Moving Beyond Politeness

Room 208B

Suzette Chang
Founder & CEO, Thick Descriptions

Track(s): Developing Your Cultural Competency


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Cybersecurity for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses

Room 209A

Curtis Coleman
Director of Cybersecurity, Oklahoma Christian University

Track(s): Improving Your Skills


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Better Together: The Importance of Connection and Healthy Relationships

Room 209B

Emma Wassilak
Clinical Supervisor, Sunbeam Family Services

Track(s): Investing in Your Resilience


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The Seven Secrets of Effective Coaching

Room 301A

Michael Shellabarger
Learning & Development Lead, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores

Track(s): Managing Your Team


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Community Leadership that Translates into Career Success

Room 301C

Marnie Taylor, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
Teresa Rose, Communities Foundation of Oklahoma
Rhonda Hooper, Jordan Advertising

Track(s): Expanding Your Influence


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Ask & Ye Shall Receive (Well, Most Times Anyway)

Room 301D

Teresa "Tee" Hicks
VP Sales - LocaliQ &  Market Lead for The Oklahoman Company,
Gannett & The Oklahoman


Track(s): Boosting Your Sales

Move to ballroom

3:15 to 3:30 p.m.

Head to the ballroom for the closing keynote address!

Finale Keynote Address

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Painted Sky Ballroom, fourth floor

Creating the New Normal

Elizabeth Lombardo
America's Most-Trusted Celebrity Psychologist; Best-selling Author, Head Coach for Happiness

 

Considered former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal's "Head coach for Happiness,” Elizabeth Lombardo is on a mission to free people from their inner critic to create the health, wealth and happiness they crave.

 

At Elevate, Lombardo will use her patented true success formula to help attendees discover the three essential ingredients that will help you create success in the new normal. While there are many factors in life that people can’t control, Lombardo’s presentation will offer immediate, actional skills that will help attendees optimize their mindset to create success, both now and in the future. By the end of Elevate, attendees of Lombardo’s keynote will be able to formulate a personalized action plan to advance in your personal and professional lives, even in unusual times.

Closing Reception

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Painted Sky Ballroom foyer and
outdoor patio

Elevate your connections and unwind at the closing reception after experiencing a day full of professional development and career education.
All conference attendees receive a complimentary drink ticket (look in the back of your name badge for the ticket).

Registration | Networking | Continental Breakfast

8 to 8:30 a.m.

Registration - Second-floor foyer,
south end

Breakfast - Painted Sky Ballroom,
fourth floor

Start the conference off right by grabbing your nametag, attendee bag and program guide and enjoy a power-boost breakfast and some early morning engagement with other attendees and exhibiting sponsors.

Welcome | Setting the Stage for the Day

8:35 to 8:50 a.m.
Painted Sky Ballroom, fourth floor

Learn what to expect from Elevate and how to make the most of the day's opportunities.

Move to education session rooms

8:50 to 9 a.m.

Grab your hydration of choice and head to your first education session!

Pre-registration for breakout sessions is not available. Sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis until room capacity is met.

Education Sessions

9 to 10 a.m.
Second and third floors

Choose to Be Extraordinary

Room 208A

Tammy Overholt
Senior Training Analyst, MBA, SHRM-SCP, American Fidelity Assurance Company

Track(s): Starting Your Career


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I Need a Leadership Instruction Manual:
Leading with Clarity


Room 208B

Kati Hanna
Partner, The Mettise Group

Track(s): Managing Your Team


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Building Inclusive Leaders In This Complex,
Employee-Driven Society


Room 209B

Sandra Quince
CEO, Paradigm for Parity

Track(s): Developing Your Cultural Competency


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Improving Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution through the Arts

Room 301A

Jennifer Maynord, M.S.
Founder and Director, Artio Services

Track(s): Investing in Your Resilience


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Three Ways to Elevate Your Young Professional Experience

Room 301B

Jema Esparza
Campaign Data Manager, United Way of Central Oklahoma

Track(s): Expanding Your Influence; Starting Your Career


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It's All in Your Head:
How to Keep Your Head Game on Point in Sales


Room 301C

Sunny Cearley
Vice President of Membership, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Track(s): Boosting Your Sales


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Building Small Habits That Lead to Extraordinary Results

Room 301D

Boone Ellis
Franchise Analyst, Express Employment Professionals

Track(s): Improving Your Skills