Buddy Lee
Founder and CEO

Buddy Lee

Keynote Speaker: The Road Map To Greatness!
Founder and CEO

Buddy Lee

Keynote Speaker: The Road Map To Greatness!

๐˜ฝ๐™ช๐™™๐™™๐™ฎ ๐™‡๐™š๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™– ๐™๐™Ž ๐™Š๐™ก๐™ฎ๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ, 2๐™“ ๐™๐™Ž ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐˜ผ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ก๐™š๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™โ€™๐™จ ๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™…๐™ช๐™ข๐™ฅ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š ๐™๐™ง๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™š๐™™๐™ช๐™˜๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š๐™š๐™ง ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™Ÿ๐™ช๐™ข๐™ฅ ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™™๐™ช๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™˜๐™๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ค๐™œ๐™ฎ His time-tested system lets you experience real and lasting fitness results while helping you to reach the highest levels of physicality and mental toughness. Guess what? You'll get to hear from Buddy Lee at the Next Level Conference this June. Not only will he keynote at the conference, he will also be doing a workshop exclusively for small business owners.

Company:Buddy Lee Jump Ropes

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Terri Allred
Founder and CEO

Terri Allred

Workshop: Trauma-Informed Leadership
Founder and CEO

Terri Allred

Workshop: Trauma-Informed Leadership

Trauma-Informed Leadership

We will explore the critical aspects of trauma-informed leadership, such as:

-understanding the prevalence of trauma and chronic stress,

-recognizing its impact in the workplace, and

-fostering a supportive work environment that promotes safety, trustworthiness, and empowerment.

This session will feature interactive discussions, practical exercises, and real-world case studies to help you develop the skills necessary to lead with compassion and empathy. By becoming a trauma-informed leader, you can drive positive change, enhancing employee engagement and overall organizational health.

Company:Allred Coaching & Consulting

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Christine Beech
Director

Christine Beech

Workshop: Navigating Conflict. Vendors, Customers, Employees...oh,my!
Director

Christine Beech

Workshop: Navigating Conflict. Vendors, Customers, Employees...oh,my!

Facing and managing conflict in the workplace is hard. Join this session to learn proven strategies for reducing resistance and gaining cooperation.ย ย Building on these strategies, we will discuss ways to respond in alignment with the situation and lay the groundwork for gaining cooperation.

Company:Red Wing Ignite

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Nicole Andrews
President & CEO, HomeGrown, LLC

Nicole Andrews

Workshop: Developing and Sustaining Equitable Partnerships
President & CEO, HomeGrown, LLC

Nicole Andrews

Workshop: Developing and Sustaining Equitable Partnerships

As leaders we look for key collaborators and to develop strong networks. A driving force behind the "who" we chose to work with, should be an alignment of our values and purpose. Is this person or organization truly going to see me for who I am, will they represent my brand accurately, and can I state their purpose and mission.ย  During this discussion we will go through the steps of building authentic relationships that center inclusion and equity.

Company:HomeGrown, LLC

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Shelia Neidert
Founder/Owner, SGN Professional Training

Shelia Neidert

Workshop: Emotional Intelligence For Leaders
Founder/Owner, SGN Professional Training

Shelia Neidert

Workshop: Emotional Intelligence For Leaders

I am passionate about teaching, coaching, and mentoring professionals and teams. During my 17 years in the public and private sectors, 10 of which I spent in the CIA, I honed my skills in people, communication, presenting, analysis, and leadership. My career was never traditional. I had the pleasure of working in multiple disciplines, and the breadth of experiences I gained allows me to appreciate and re๏ฌ‚ect on the lessons I am committed to passing on to others. At CIA, I served in both the Directorate of Analysis and Directorate of Operations. I spent almost half of my Agency career as an executive briefer, serving as one of 16 Presidentโ€™s Daily Briefers before dual-hatting as the Chief of the Research Branch and CIA Directorโ€™s briefer for an operational unit. As a counterterrorism analyst, I wrote dozens of strategic and analytic papers for the president and senior policymakers and interacted with multiple international liaison partners. I enjoyed a unique relationship with the US military while serving as a CIA military liaison o๏ฌƒcer and had the privilege of traveling all over the world, to include a combat zone.
In 2016, I left the Agency to gain experience in the corporate sector and grow a family. From 2016 to 2020, I worked at the international healthcare organization Mayo Clinic. I led Mayoโ€™s Executive O๏ฌƒce for two years and then developed a ๏ฌrst-ever intelligence function while assisting with the design and build of a Global Security Operations Center. I also served as faculty for a leadership training program teaching best practices in executive brie๏ฌng, e๏ฌ€ective communication, and executive presence. It was not until I started teaching that I knew I had found my true passion.
In 2020, I decided to pursue training and coaching as a career, and enrolled in Penn State Universityโ€™s Psychology of Leadership masterโ€™s program. In 2021, I joined Chris Savos as Vice President of Savos Training Associates to teach leadership and critical professional skills to the public and private sectors. I also founded SGN Professional Training, LLC in February 2022 to provide 1:1 leadership and skills coaching to clients in the Midwest. I grew up in Los Angeles, California, and attended Washington State University where I earned my BA in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Psychology. Having grown up on the West Coast, started my career on the East Coast, and now cemented my family roots in the Midwest, I truly love exploring all corners of the US and diverse cultures throughout the world. My husband and I have two young children and live in Rochester, Minnesota. We are an active family that loves to bear the below-freezing temperatures on cross-country skis or sleds in the winter and spend the summer hiking, running, and cycling. We are also committed to growing as dedicated members of and volunteers in our community.

Company:Savos Training Associates

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Lee & Jodi Green
Owners

Lee & Jodi Green

Workshop Facilitator: How Getting Debt Free, Can Start Your Business Tree!
Owners

Lee & Jodi Green

Workshop Facilitator: How Getting Debt Free, Can Start Your Business Tree!

Lee and Jodi will share their journey to getting debt free and how it was the perfect tool to launch Lee's business - Greenhouse Grafix. Come learn some debt free strategies from Dave Ramsey's Financial peace course, to start you on your way to financial freedom. Finances are one of the branches of business success. Lee Green is a graphic artist who specializes in branding and marketing design. He graduated from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA with a bachelors of Arts. An award winning designer with over 20 years of experience, GREENHOUSE GRAFIX, LLC, is equipped and skilled to take your brandโ€™s marketing design to the next level. His knowledge and understanding of high quality design, gives him the ability to create eye popping designs for both large and small businesses around the world.

Company:Greenhouse Grafix

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Get Debt Free

Maria Serbus
Owner

Maria Serbus

Workshop Facilitator: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Shifting Self Doubt to Confidence.
Owner

Maria Serbus

Workshop Facilitator: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Shifting Self Doubt to Confidence.

Be inspired to get curious about the underlying emotions of self-doubt such as anxiety, uncertainty, and overwhelm that may be holding you back from starting or growing your business. Learn how to shift into positive emotions such as calm, grounded, and joy to help increase self-confidence in your work and business.ย Mariaย will lead the group through body-based strategies and techniques to learn how to calm the nervous system, which will drive more positive emotions and thoughts. Increase your self-confidence and make wiser, heart-led decisions with ease by attending this workshop.

Company:Maria Serbus Awaken Your Best Self

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Sidney Frye II
Pastor

Sidney Frye II

Workshop Facilitator: Sidney Frye II
Pastor

Sidney Frye II

Workshop Facilitator: Sidney Frye II

Tips on How to Finish What You Started Description: Join us for an empowering conversation focused on cultivating resilience and mental fortitude so you can achieve your #GOALS! This interactive session will outline practical strategies to help you navigate challenges, stay motivated, and persevere through the ups & downs of life as a small business owner.

Company:Mind Shifts

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Wafa Elkhalifa and Chao Mwatela
Wafa Elkhalifa-Equitable Development Coordinator, Chao Mwatela -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director

Wafa Elkhalifa and Chao Mwatela

Workshop: Co-Design
Wafa Elkhalifa-Equitable Development Coordinator, Chao Mwatela -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director

Wafa Elkhalifa and Chao Mwatela

Workshop: Co-Design

Co-Design Co-design has become a valued and effective community-centric approach to developing healthy and equitable projects, policies, and practices in the Rochester region.ย This presentation emphasizes the shift from designing policies and programs "for" communities to designing "with" them through equitable Community Co-Design. This process includes community members most impacted, particularly those historically excluded. Attendees will gain insights into the principles of equitable Community Co-Design and learn practical methods for embedding these principles into daily practice, enabling the translation of community insights into actionable outcomes.   Wafa Elkhalifa is the Destination Medical Center Equitable Development Coordinator. Wafa is responsible for coordinating a collaboration between DMC EDA and other community organizations and businesses in Rochester to help advance affordable housing initiatives, grow community co-design efforts, and assist the implementation of DMC EDAโ€™s strategies through equity lens. She is responsible for fostering relationships in the Rochester community through equitable engagement, and capacity building. Wafa has her undergraduate in organizational communication from University of Minnesota. Wafaโ€™s personal passions include growing the inclusion of diverse perspectives by creating pathways for democratic participation in the decision making of policies and procedures. She is on the board for the First Homes Program, and a member of the Cradle 2 Career Leadership Table. https://www.rochestermn.gov/ Chao Mwatela is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director for the City of Rochester, MN, where she leads efforts towards social equity within the organization and community. Her role involves assessing and implementing equitable policies, projects, and programs to foster a vibrant, inclusive community. With a background in education, Chao has experience as a K-12 teacher and a community college multicultural advisor, which informs her advocacy for equitable communities. Born and raised in Kenya, East Africa, Chao's journey began with completing the International Baccalaureate Program, sparking her passion for international education. She holds a Bachelorโ€™s degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Masterโ€™s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Winona State University. Chaoโ€™s commitment to systems-change work that aims to disrupt inequitable structural systems runs deep, both personally and professionally. Top of Form https://dmc.mn/

Our Conference

THURSDAY & FRIDAY, JUNE 13-14th

Rochester, MN

Our mission is to empower and inspire individuals and organizations to reachtheir highest potential.

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Keynote/Fireside Chat Speakers

As we continue to confirm A+ keynote speakers, we are excited to share that the following individuals will be highlighted:

Why Attend?

Next Level Conference

The inaugural forum theme was carefully crafted to help attendees connect with leading experts in various business industries. Next Level (Reimagine) will drive action several different business workshops. This three-day forum offers A+ keynote speakers, fire-side chats with well sought-after business leaders. The forum will also provide a wide range of resources, information, an exclusive networking opportunity and a small business expo with hundreds of small businesses.

Learning

Learn from some of the brightest minds in the business industry and stay up to date on the latest trends in the market. You will leave equipped with the best tools to successfully implement and overcome business challenges.

Development

Immerse yourself in the inspirational atmosphere of the event and develop new ideas that you can implement within your business, and in your personal life. Challenge your current business and leadership practices and open yourself and business up to new thinking that will help you innovate and address challenges in ways you never imagined.

Networking

Connect with hundreds of A+ keynote speakers, experts, CEOs, and entrepreneurs at our exclusive networking gala and expo. Small Business Forum will bring together experts, CEOs, decision makers, leaders, and entrepreneurs some of the leading companies throughout the United States, all in one place. Donโ€™t miss the opportunity to grow your network of contacts and Reimagine your business.

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Who Will Attend

The Small Business Forum offers a unique two-day learning experience. The program of content is designed to give business leaders an edge in todayโ€™s fast changing competitive landscape to sustain growth and achieve ongoing success.

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Chief Executive Officer

For Chief Executive Officer from across all industries.

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C-Suite Leaders

For senior leaders from across all industries and across all company sizes.

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Exect Teams

For leaders and executive teams looking for ideas and inspiration.

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Entrepreneurs

For entrepreneurs, small business owners and freelancers looking to scale their business.

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Everyone

For all those who understand the value of knowledge and continuous learning.