Route Talks: Wisdom for the Expedition of Management

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9/13/19 8:30 am EST
Postma Center At Pine Rest
300 68th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI
United States

What is Route Talks?

Caution: Managing people maybe harder then it appears! Route Talks is an experience to change this though! It's about understanding and appreciating that the management journey can be both good and bad. But it is also geared to make you think differently and experience these opportunities to grow head on, all while leaving you inspired to go out and become better at leadership.

How it works?

You show up between 8:30 AM-8:45AM, to eat some delicious breakfast and briefly network over a great cup of coffee. At 9 we will have an activity that will change the way you think about the both loved and hated 'team bonding.' From there the speakers; 'operators' and 'thinkers' (as we call them), will take the stage to impart on you the lessons they have learned over the course of their successful journey. Intermittently, there will also be awesome group panels to help you ask the nitty gritty question that you have always wanted answered! Throw a delicious lunch in there, and the day will be something you won't want to miss!

Four speakers will be a part of the day, all with very different background, but all very knowledgable of the changes that are happening in today's messy world of business! This won’t be the same old same old conference you go to for work, but a fresh of breath air when it comes to managing people! The day will also include an Expresso and Coffee Cart from Jamnbean, provided by Michigan Software Labs, to make the day even more memorable.

Who should attend?

If you are part of changing your workplace for the better, you should attend. If you manage people, whether direct reports or not, you should attend! If you consider yourself a leader, you should attend! If you coach people to be better, you should attend! Pretty much, if you are willing to grow and be the best you can be, you should attend!

Who is speaking?

Mike Harris - Co-Founder of Worksighted

Mike is co-founded Worksighted and is passionate about employment strategy and hiring practices.

A charismatic public speaker, Mike has shared his expertise at events like TEDx Macatawa, Holland Young Professionals, and West Coast Chamber of Commerce. In his TED talk, Mike outlines how aligning passions with work increases performance. Mike is devoted to guiding and growing the future leaders of Worksighted and the local business community by sharing knowledge he gained through starting and growing a business.

Mike is a board member of Entrepreneurial Organization Grand Rapids. He has been honored as Holland Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small-Business Persons of the Year and on Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 under 40.

Mike Harris earned his bachelor’s in mathematics and computer science from Hope College.


Matt Jung - Co-Founder of Comfort Research

Matt co-founded Comfort Research, which has evolved from selling foam bean bags (the patented Ahhsome Fuf Chairs) out of our college dorms to selling disruptive products which bring unprecedented consumer value using advanced manufacturing selling through the likes of Walmart, Meijer, Amazon, and Costco to name a few.

"I am a big believer that culture and strategy go hand and hand and at Big Joe we live it. We have worked tirelessly to recognize, reward, and repeat those that are living Big Joe values." -Matt Jung via Linkedin

Denise Van Eck - Owner at Thought Design

Denise works with individuals and teams that are high potential people and are interested in doing what it takes to be the very best versions of themselves. She believe that people are the foremost experts on themselves. Every person has the potential to solve their own dilemmas, create a roadmap for their own lives, and make a unique contribution to the world in some amazing way.
Dr. Brian Cawley - Associate Professor at Calvin College

Dr. Cawley works to equip and empower people and organizations to make effective use of psychological science and practice to improve work environments, work outcomes, and to promote flourishing by using science for a smarter workplace.

He holds a Ph.D in Industrial and Organization Psychology from the University of Akron. He is also apart of Talent Asset Advisors, as co-founder and partner.

A poised author, he has been apart journals such as: Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. He has also spoken at Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce and Calvin's Career Centers Annual Employer Conference 2019.

We cannot wait to see you there!