Leadership Summit Schedule

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Sunday, August 5

NEW! REALTOR® Leadership Program: Leadership 400: Taking the Reins
InterContinental Chicago Hotel
FEE: $300.00 per person. This course is optional and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

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8:30am - 3:30pm
NEW! Commercial Leadership Development Day 
Loews Chicago Hotel 
FEE: Free, but you must register to attend 
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Badge Pick Up
Lobby Level, Sheraton Chicago Hotel

2:00pm 7:00pm
NEW! R Bar Welcome Lounge
Lobby Level, Sheraton Grand Chicago
Join your peers at R Bar for an afternoon of networking before the official start of Leadership Summit! Enjoy beverages, light snacks and a live DJ before heading out for the evening of your choice.

Monday, August 6 

Continental Breakfast
Ballroom Foyer, Sheraton Grand Chicago

Badge Pick Up
Lobby Level, Sheraton Grand Chicago

NAR Program & Resources Displays
Ballroom Foyer, Sheraton Grand Chicago

Breakout Sessions
Sheraton Ballroom, Sheraton Grand Chicago
Each session is 45 minutes. You will attend all four sessions:

  • Your Role as Chief Storyteller 
    Speakers: Tommy Choi, Co-Founder of Weinberg Choi Residential and Keller Williams Chicago-Lincoln Park 
    Maren Brisson-Kuester, Broker, Cottingham Chalk Hayes REALTORS®
    Before you can communicate the full value of membership, including education, consumer communications and advocacy, you must be able to tell your own story! Epic storytellers and REALTORS® in their own right, Maren and Tommy demonstrate how vulnerability, authenticity and creating emotional connections through the art of storytelling can promote: your personal brand, the value of REALTORS® to consumers and the benefits of your association to achieve personal and professional goals. #chiefstoryteller
  • Surround Yourself with Greatness
    Speakers: Jarron Springer, CEO, Greater Nashville REALTORS®
    Breanna Vanstrom, CEO, Boise Regional REALTORS®

    Discover how to build a strong, effective organization. Define what makes an effective meeting; get familiar with using “Robert’s Rules of Order”; be able to explain the nuts and bolts of what makes an organization great; and demonstrate how to effectively build a team and recruit members.
  • CEO Performance Evaluations/Sexual Harassment Issues
    Speakers: Lesley M. Muchow, Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs, NAR
    Julie Bleasdale, Director Talent Development and Internal Communications, NAR
    Carole Kaptur, Director, Association HR Outreach, NAR 

    Learn how to define sexual harassment and the implications of the #MeToo movement. Uncover how to protect your association from legal liability; learn the most effective ways to conduct your association’s executive officer performance appraisal; and identify the parameters of a strong review process.
  • AE/PE Relationship
    Speakers: Ryan Conrad, CEO, Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®
    Bob Adamson, 2017 President, Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®
    Donna Lynn Peters, CEO, Walton-Barrow Board of REALTORS®
    Amy Bortman, Immediate Past President, Walton-Barrow Board of REALTORS®

    Define the roles and responsibilities of the Association Executive Officer and the President. Distinguish who is responsible for running and leading the association. Also, walk away with methods for resolving conflicts, which can help ensure the association continues to thrive in the face of a challenge.

NEW! You will receive a lunch voucher at Badge Pick Up in the Sheraton to enjoy lunch on your own. Eat with whom you want, where you want. Just be at the Harris Theater for the start of the General Session promptly at 1:30pm. (Restaurant suggestions near the Sheraton are listed on the Dining page, and will be available via the mobile app.)

NEW! NAR Flash Play
Harris Theater, Lobby Level 1
Take part in the newest way to learn about how NAR and its partners and affiliates can help you in your business. NAR Flash Play is a three-minute segment, demonstrating how NAR, its partners and affiliates can help you provide a service, solve a problem or better serve your members.

General Session
NEW! Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601
Emcees: Tracey Kasper, 2019 Vice President, Government Affairs
Brian Copeland, 2019 Vice President, Association Affairs
Leigh Brown, REALTOR®
Nobu Hata, Director, Member Engagement, NAR

1:35pm–2:20pm: Keynote Speaker Platon
A world-renowned and award-winning photographer and master storyteller, you will be spellbound as Platon shares his stories on how he took some of the most famous photographs in the world.

2:20pm–2:45pm: John Smaby
A REALTOR® for over 30 years, John’s personal and professional story demonstrates the path that led him to be the leader he is today, as well as how this has impacted his vision on the real estate industry and what NAR needs to do to continue to be an industry leader.

2:45pm–3:00pm: Bob Goldberg
NAR’s CEO has been at the helm for a year. Hear about NAR’s accomplishments in the first year of his leadership and updates on the association goals and priorities as we head into the future.

3:00pm–3:30pm : NEW! NAR Flash Play/Break

3:30pm–3:50pm: Telling NAR’s Story
Speakers: Kristy Hairston, Director of Productivity, Broker
Nate Johnson, Broker/Owner, Real Estate Solutions 

Learn how to effectively communicate NAR’s story to your members.

3:50pm–4:25pm : Innovation
Speaker: Jeff Turner, CEO North America, immoviewer
iOi is NAR’s new technology-focused summit, taking place August 28-30, 2018 in San Francisco. Get a brief overview of what to expect at this new event, and then listen as we delve into the implications and benefits of using AR/VR in your real estate business.

4:25pm–4:55pm: Commitment to Excellence
Speaker: Brian Knudson, CEO, Noggin Labs
The CEO of Noggin Labs previews the new Commitment to Excellence program being introduced in November 2018.

NEW! NAR Flash Play 
Harris Theater, Lobby Level 1

Happy Hour
Harris Theater, Rooftop Terrace
Enjoy food and beverages, as you socialize and discuss the day’s events, while taking in the stunning views of the city and Millennium Park.

Tuesday, August 7

Continental Breakfast
Ballroom Foyer, Sheraton Grand Chicago

NAR Program & Resources Displays
Ballroom Foyer, Sheraton Grand Chicago

NEW! NAR Flash Play
Harris Theater, Lobby Level 1

General Session
NEW! Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

8:45am–9:00am: John Smaby
Using Monday’s keynote as a foundation, John expands on his story to include specifics for his 2019 goals as president.

9:00am–9:55am: Keynote Speaker: Inky Johnson
Inky Johnson’s inspirational story delves into how to embrace the challenges life throws at you.

9:55am–10:25am: NEW! NAR Flash Play/Break

10:25am–10:55am: Industry Disruptors Panel
Moderator: Rebecca Thomson, 2018 President, Chicago Association of REALTORS® and Owner, Thomson Real Estate Group
Panelists: Kerry Melcher, General Manager, Opendoor.com
Glenn Kelman, President & CEO, Redfin

Hear from panelists on the opportunities that have disrupted the real estate industry, the impact of the disruption and what REALTORS® can learn from these companies.

10:55am–11:35am: The NAR Voice
Legal Liability/Board Issues: Katie Johnson, NAR General Counsel and SVP of Member Experience
Technology/Data/Communications: Nobu Hata, NAR Director, Member Engagement
Leadership Issues: Zan Monroe, CEO, The Zan Monroe Company, Inc.
Top Producers/Brokers/Members: Leigh Brown, REALTOR®
Top Industry experts take your questions live! Submit your questions via your device and listen to real-time answers from the experts.

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