Leadership Conference Schedule

Official Events

Friday, September 20th

Travel Day | No Scheduled Events


Saturday, September 21st

7:00am – 9:00am | Breakfast | SpringHill Suites by Marriott

9:00am – 9:15am | Introductions | Indianapolis Marriott Downtown | Kentucky Room

9:15am – 10:15am | Workshop: Memberplanet – WGS Catherine Berry

10:15am – 10:30am | Break

10:30am – 11:30pm | Keynote: How to Create Your Own Luck – Guest Speaker: Antonio Neves

11:30pm – 1:30pm | Lunch | Indianapolis, Indiana

1:30pm – 3:00pm | Workshop: How to Own the Room – Guest Speaker: Antonio Neves

3:00pm – 4:00pm | Open Forum  | WGA Phil Buckberg, WGI A.J. Kessinger, WGS Catherine Berry, LC Coordinator Josh Naputi

6:00pm – 7:00pm | Social – Hosted by Alpha Rho Chi Alumni | Yard House at Circle Centre

7:00pm – 9:00pm | Dinner | Yard House at Circle Centre


Sunday, September 22nd

Travel Day | No Scheduled Events


Guest Speaker: Antonio Neves

Antonio Neves is an internationally recognized speaker, author and award-winning journalist. He’s the author of three books including, ’50 Ways To Excel In Your First Job (and in Life).’

For nearly 10 years, Antonio has helped organizations increase workplace engagement, create strong cultures of accountability, and tell stories that make people lean in.Antonio’s clients and audiences are some of the largest brands in the world including: Google, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Stryker, Booking.com, Stanford University, major trade associations, conferences and more.

An award-winning journalist, Antonio worked as a correspondent, host and producer for over 10 years in New York City with top networks including NBC, PBS, BET Networks and Nickelodeon.Antonio is a graduate of Western Michigan University and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University.


Finding The Edge: How To Create Your Own Luck

If you want to know where you’re heading, all you have to do is review what you did yesterday. If you excelled yesterday, fantastic. If not, starting today, you can positively turn things around and get on the right track to achieving success. As the Spanish proverb says, tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week. This is true for most people. A series of missed opportunities and closed doors. In this keynote, nationally recognized speaker Antonio breaks down three critical steps you can take to create your own luck in your life and career. Backed by research, this talk helps audiences understand how to avoid mediocrity and instead set themselves for epic success. Attendees are empowered with clear action steps to take that will prepare them to stand out, deliver measurable results and be associated with greatness.

How to Own the Room: The Art of Saying Nothing

Communicating with confidence can get you many things in life. More clients, higher revenue, better customer service, promotions, or just the plain respect of your co-workers can be yours. Here’s the secret no one wants to tell you: Charisma can be learned. In this workshop with internationally recognized leadership speaker, author and award-winning broadcast journalist Antonio Neves (NBC, PBS, BET, E!, etc.), you’ll learn how to: tell your story, use the secret communication too to become immediately likable and memorable, positively influence a conversation without saying a word, listen like a pro, and more!

Suggested Activities

Indianapolis Zoo
Since opening in 1964, the Indianapolis Zoo has emerged as a world-class facility, and it hosts more than a million visitors annually. Located in White River State Park since 1988, the 64-acre Zoo was the first to be triple accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Alliance of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanic garden. At the Zoo, guests can connect with animals and plants within the Zoo’s biomes, or living habitats that closely resemble their native regions of the globe. These five areas — Oceans, Forests, Deserts, Encounters and Plains — are home to more than 1,600 animals of approximately 230 species as well as 31,000 plant specimens that guests can visit year-round. White River Gardens is also part of the Zoo and continues its tradition of connecting animals, plants and people. This beautiful 3.3-acre landmark botanical attraction includes a 5,000 square-foot conservatory and combines the best of gardening ideas, plant information and inspirational design to serve the needs of all visitors.

Eiteljorg Museum
The Eiteljorg tells the stories of the people of North America in all their diversity and complexity. It’s a place for historical context, artistic expression, new ideas and individual perspectives. Here, visitors immerse themselves in the diverse cultures of the West and Native America, and sharing these amazing American stories is what we do at the Eiteljorg.

Indiana State Museum and Historical Sites
Uncover Indiana’s secrets at this world-class institution, featuring unique exhibits and hands-on experiences that showcase the stories, events and characters that have helped shape Indiana’s history. Located in White River State Park in downtown, the Indiana State Museum brings the best of the museum world to Indiana. Spanning three floors, the museum tells the story of the Hoosier state, and features a year-round calendar of exhibits that explore Indiana art, science and culture. Constructed completely from Indiana materials – including limestone, sandstone, steel, brick and glass – the building itself is a work of art, with icons representing each of Indiana’s 92 counties integrated into its exterior walls. Step inside, and you’ll be invited to experience Indiana’s past, present and future through scientific, cultural, history and art exhibits that help define our place in the world.

White River State Park
White River State Park boasts world-class attractions and destinations that offer distinctive experiences for every visitor. Greenspaces, trails, trees, and waterways co-mingle alongside cultural, educational, and recreational attractions across 250 beautiful acres in downtown Indianapolis. White River State Park is a great place to hold events, too! Greenspaces, hardscapes, and facility rentals are perfect locations for weddings, parties, charity events, corporate get-togethers and more.