By Generation Next Chairman Andrew Dawson
Muncie Power Products, Inc.
This article was originally published in the November 2016 issue of Generation Next Edition.
I was fortunate enough to attend NTEA’s Executive Leadership Summit for the first time this October. Like many of you, I didn’t know what to expect regarding what would be presented, who would be in attendance, and what opportunities would be available to build professional relationships.
For those who have considered attending this event or plan to in the future, I want to provide some insights on what to expect.
Networking, networking, networking
Probably the most impactful takeaway from this fantastic event is the networking opportunities it affords. Don’t get me wrong, NTEA lined up a great selection of knowledgeable and passionate speakers. But what really struck me was the focus on networking with industry leaders.
At this event, you have the opportunity to network at nearly every single meal, allowing plenty of time for conversations that last longer than, “Hi, I am so and so, what do you do?” Now, of course you have to be willing to network and participate in these activities, but the Summit is set up in such a way that makes it very easy to do. For Generation Next members, it is a great opportunity to gain exposure to leaders and learn more about our industry.
The second takeaway is the educational content. It focuses not only on what we might expect economically, but also on pressing industry topics. Presenters offered three very different outlooks/perspectives on the economy. It was definitely interesting to hear expert forecasts on U.S. and global economics, geopolitics and the work truck industry. While providing a well-rounded look at the economic forecast, NTEA also brought in a speaker to discuss and provide guidance on one of the most pressing topics within our industry today – employee recruitment and retention.
Numerous breakout sessions offered the opportunity to choose from topics such as economics, lean practices, industry change, succession planning and financial planning. Regardless of your work function, this event has a lot to offer to help expand your knowledge in order to help you make better business decisions.
I really enjoyed the Summit and had the opportunity to meet several new individuals. I also had the opportunity to become more directly involved with NTEA by joining in on a task force discussion open to Generation Next members.
Hopefully you now have a better idea of what to expect at the Executive Leadership Summit. If you haven’t attended the event before or are still on the fence, I highly recommend taking advantage of this great opportunity. I hope to see you there next year.
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