It’s always energizing to attend a professional conference. The opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, a chance to gain new insights and the ability to enjoy a change of scenery are just a few of the benefits that most conferences offer. However, many business leaders utter a consistent theme about professional conferences:
At most conferences, I hear great ideas, get enthused, and then come back to the office only to wonder how, if at all, I can apply the concepts. Most of the time, what I’ve learned just dies on the vine, because it can’t easily be implemented.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a conference that offers immediately actionable ideas, with practical advice to implement and sustain positive change? There is one conference that does just that, and much more. It is the one conference you MUST attend. It is the Great Place to Work Annual Conference
Attendees at the Great Place to Work Annual Conference enjoy actionable tips from many best company leaders
I first attended the Great Place to Work Annual Conference in 2008 and have been eager to return each year. The conference is one of the very best out there if you are serious about creating and sustaining a truly great place to work. It doesn’t matter if your focus is on an entire organization or just one work team. The information you’ll hear and ideas you’ll discover are useful in any setting.
Here’s a sampling of what you will experience at this outstanding event:
- Mingle with the best in the businesses: No doubt, you’ve heard of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in America. You may wish that you had some way to pinpoint the keys to the success of these companies and apply the practices in your own organization. At the Great Place to Work Annual Conference, you’ll sit alongside people from these very companies and I assure you, every one is happy to share insights. I know – I’m blessed to work for one of the 100 Best Companies and delighted to have any chance to talk about my stellar employer, Baptist Health South Florida.
- Hear inspiring keynotes delivered by America’s best CEOs. Most conferences feature “big name” keynote speakers, so this may not seem unusual. However, only the Great Place to Work Annual Conference offers a rich lineup of the very best, sharing real-life strategies that have made their companies household names. For example, at the 2014 conference, W.L. Gore and Associates' charismatic CEO Terri Kelly mesmerized the audience as she described how Gore has leveraged both collaboration and innovation to create a great place to work.
- Enjoy engaging workshops full of practical, useful information. Where else can you learn the details of how one of the very top companies in the country onboards its new hires? Annette Holesh of SAS shared this with Great Place to Work conference attendees in 2013. Just last year, Audrey Robertson of The Container Store told conference attendees exactly how the company creates a very unique “employee first” culture that is the foundation of its success.
- Learn what it takes to be considered for recognition as a Best Company. Each year, the exceptional staff of the Great Place to Work Institute hosts workshops designed to help any company understand the process of applying for recognition and offers specific examples of the practices that make the 100 Best stand out from all others.
If you enjoy a cavernous exhibit hall full of displays and fun distraction such as business card raffles, be aware that you won’t find those here. The Great Place to Work Conference emphasizes learning and best-practice sharing. That’s another reason why it is so different - and so valuable.
Learn more about the 2015 Great Place to Work Conference and be sure to register for this must-do event. I’ll enjoy meeting you at the conference and talking with you about what makes Baptist Health South Florida one of America’s best companies to work for. Sharing our best practices with fellow conference attendees is always an honor and a pleasure. Moreover, I welcome the opportunity to help you create the same kind of environment for your employees.
See you in Dallas!
Lillian J. LeBlanc, SPHR, PCC is an Executive Leadership Development Coach at Baptist Health South Florida.