Make industry events a part of your leadership professional development strategy

Jason Ritchey
NTEA Board Chair
Curry Supply Co.
(Altoona, Pennsylvania)

This article was published in the June 2024 edition of NTEA News.

As an organizational leader, while you and your team are focused on the day-to-day planning and operations of your business, it is also important to make room for activities that support your professional development strategy

Following Work Truck Week, I referenced the value of industry events, which can ultimately aid in operational planning and increasing business efficiency and effectiveness. By taking the time to attend these programs, you are investing in yourself and your organization’s success, leading to new insights, connections and strategies that can drive your business. Let’s take a look at how these events can support your professional development.

Building strong relationships with peers and industry experts can open doors to new opportunities, partnerships and collaborations. It allows leaders to exchange ideas, learn from each other’s experiences and gain fresh perspectives on common challenges. Networking can also lead to mentorship opportunities, where seasoned executives can provide guidance and support to those looking to further develop their leadership skills.

Industry events provide access to a wealth of information designed to help leaders sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge base. Learning from top experts in the field can provide valuable insights into industry trends, emerging technologies and innovative strategies for success. By staying informed and up-to-date on the latest developments, leaders can make more informed decisions and adapt their approach to meet evolving business challenges.

Industry events also offer a platform for leaders to showcase their own expertise and thought leadership. Speaking opportunities, panel discussions and interactive sessions allow leaders to share their insights, experiences and innovative ideas with a wider audience. This can help enhance their professional reputation, strengthen their personal brand and attract new business.

As a professional development strategy, company leaders and their teams can participate in industry leadership, networking and learning events to help them stay competitive and drive business growth. Mark your calendar for NTEA’s 2024 Executive Leadership Summit in Plymouth, Michigan, this September. I hope to see you there.