The conference will kick-off on Wednesday, November 16, with an Opening Plenary Sessionfeaturing a moderated panel with leaders from the Army, Navy and Air Force and other government agencies in a moderated panel to discuss where the relationship between government agencies and small businesses is headed in the future.
The Thursday Plenary Session will feature keynote addresses from Michael Jackson, global business expert, and a representative from the Small Business Administration.
Michael Jackson, Global Business Advisor
As a successful business strategist for over 30 years working with the likes of Microsoft, Virgin, HP & Qatar Airways amongst others, I’ve now become highly regarded as a professional conference speaker on the subjects of business change, excellence, leadership, consumer & trends. Take a look at what you can expect from Michael at the #SAMESBC!
Throughout the three-day event, numerous concurrent Education Sessionswill be held covering topics of interest to all businesses, large and small, looking to succeed in today's marketplace.
On Friday, the Luncheon and Awards Ceremonywill feature keynote speaker:
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, USA (Ret.), Renowned Leadership Expert
Lynch will share with SBC attendees the key leadership principles he has come to embrace in his 34 years as a soldier, and a leader—from focusing on opportunities, not obstacles; to being demanding, not demeaning; and remembering to always celebrate diversity, achieve a work-life balance, and have fun.
An Interview with Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, USA (Ret.)
SAME recently talked with Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, USA (Ret.), 2016 Small Business Conference Keynote Speaker, on a number of topics, including how his leadership style evolved, the importance of small businesses to the military community, and what’s the most important button on your keyboard.
Lynch attended West Point, as he says, “because I couldn’t afford to go anywhere else,” and graduated in 1977 as an engineer officer. He spent first decade of his career as an engineer before transitioning to the armory while stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. But Lynch has the utmost respect for engineers, who were the “critical component” he sought out while commanding in Iraq during The Surge. “I’m always the biggest proponent of engineers,” he says.
SAME: As head of Army installations while IMCOM Commander, you worked with many small businesses. What type of support and impact did they provide to help improve installations for soldiers and their families? Lynch: At 163 installations worldwide, small businesses made it happen. They were often local. They filled niche needs. Some 60 percent of soldiers and their families live off base; they lived in the community, next door to small business owners. These businesses were part of the community. We couldn’t have met our mission without them.
SAME: What are some messages that you share in your book, Adapt or Die: Leadership Principles from an American General, that are important for Small Business Conference attendees to be mindful of? Lynch: I have found that people learn best from stories. The book is structured so that there are nine leadership principles under the three main groupings (Attitude, Engagement, Time Management). The stories then tie into to the principle and it is relatable from the boardroom to the battlefield. I remember when I was as a brigade commander, a young major and his wife had just adopted a child. In all my years as a commander, everyone who ever served under me got two weeks off after the birth of a child to be together as a family—even when we were deployed. Well, the next day, this person was in the office and I said, “What are you doing here?” He replied, “Colonel, I have 52 emails to respond to.” I walked over to his computer, sat down, and then seconds later said to him: “Look at that, now you have no emails.” I did that every day for the next two weeks. And guess what, the brigade did just fine. There are some moments in life you can never recreate.
Only do those things that you can do; everything else, learn to delegate.
-Q&A edited together from an interview.
Individuals looking to form teaming agreements and partnerships will find the Networking Roundtables profoundly helpful. These sessions focus on bringing together large businesses and government agencies with small businesses. This format should allows both parties an opportunity to discuss real business opportunities and lay the foundation to develop new client-consultant relationships for small businesses.
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