At the heart of Converge is the value we place on community and connections.
In that spirit, allow us to announce Converge Conference 2023 – an interactive leadership conference.
LOCATION: 249 South Schuyler, Kankakee IL
(formerly Love’s Bookstore)
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Converge Conference will not only include local keynote speakers and panels, but also breakout sessions that will take the content discussed and provide ways to immediately put it into action.
Building stronger community and connections will take place through:
Creating ideas and products together
Focusing on community and what helps it grow
Discussing how we can be a part of building something new and better
Identifying “next steps” for personal and organizational growth
The 2023 Converge Conference will be a FULL DAY experience including: keynote speakers, panels, breakout sessions, and more!
8:30am: Doors Open | Registration | Coffee and Breakfast
9:00am: Opening Remarks
9:05am: Keynote Speaker – MacKenzie Cloy
9:40am: Emerging Leaders Panel (Hosted by Dr. Jeff Williamson)
10:20am: Morning Break
10:40am: Breakout Session 1
11:25am: Lunch Break
12:45pm: Keynote Speaker – Matt McBurnie
1:15pm: Breakout Session 2
2:00pm: Afternoon Break
2:15pm: Breakout Session 3
3:00pm: Afternoon Break
3:25pm: Advanced Professionals Panel (Hosted by Katherine Henson)
4:05pm: Final Remarks, Event Concludes
4:30pm: Vendor Show Ends
Schedule and speakers are subject to change.
Click on speaker to read their bio.
Emerging Leaders Panel
Advanced Professionals Panel
Breakout Session 1
Dr. Jeff Williamson – Team Building & Strengths
Katherine Henson – Social Media Strategies For Any Business Or Organization
Jesse Erickson – Project Management For Profit (Using Asana)
Brian Prairie – Interactive Photo & Video Session
Bill Perakis – Quality Customer Service In Business
Breakout Session 2
Eric Peterson – The Intersection of Mental Health and the Community
Barbie Brewer-Watson – Community Development & Engagement
Jake LaMore – Podcasting 101
Staci Wilken – Creating Positive Client Experience & Events
Bill Guertin – Sales for Non-Salespeople: Building a Culture of Growth
Mariah Vail & Melina Pizano – Developing Non-Profit Volunteers & Volunteer Opportunities
Breakout Session 3
To be determined before event based on top selections of 1 and 2.