November 9, 2017 - Sheraton Airport, Portland, Oregon
The Search for Excellence:
Calling Ourselves and Our Organizations to Higher Standards
Our theme seeks to explore excellence in four areas:
- Presentation skills
- Engaging across differences
- Training impact
- Innovative technologies
Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity can sidetrack our better intentions, but we can call ourselves to higher standards by reigniting our creativity and by embracing new ideas. Please join us for what has become an exciting tradition for local talent development professionals who are searching for excellence.
For a complete explanation of the theme, concepts and concurrent session tracks, click here.
Presenting: Jim Smith, Jr - "Mr Energy"
Based upon Jimʼs book of the same name, he delivers techniques that empower the individual to take ownership for tangible outcomes, and helps to create new levels of personal accountability that ultimately drive our success.
About Jim Smith
Any of us who has a list of accolades to share owes our success, in part, to the divinely ordered influences of people and/or circumstances which have helped shape us. Jim Smith, Jr., reared in a single parent home in West Philly, is fully convinced that it’s the tough love he received from his Mom, Nanci Smith, his manager at the Vanguard Group, Kathy Cook, and his Little League Coach Mr. Sam Gallman, which was the primary sculpting tool for chiseling into him a “no excuses” take on life. Their mantra and model of “doing whatever it takes to get the job done” was contagious.
The inner strength Jim’s mother demonstrated, while raising two boys in the face of adversity, helped Jim be a relentless competitor and excel in sports, where he made the team, and contributed to teams' success, despite the hurdles of that the world served up.
Strongly influenced by his 12th grade English teacher, Audrey Brodie, Jim’s scholastic journey earned him a Bachelor of Arts in English from Widener University and Masters in Journalism from Temple University. What Jim’s college education did not prepare him for was: how to navigate through the jaws and claws of corporate America. In fact, it impeded his persistence and passion for several years. Thank God for Kathy Cook! Jim learned from her: about mentors, that talent alone is not enough, not to take on bad business, and how to figure out which lane you need to be in to get where you want to go. Jim has continued to share these navigation lessons with others as a faculty member for the Temple University Executive MBA program, the Rutgers University Executive (and International) MBA Programs, and its traditional MBA program.
Three companies and 14 years in, Jim decided he’d had enough of the glass ceiling/sticky floor phenomenon of the corporate world. Still it wasn’t until 2002 that these life lessons in accountability, responsibility and self-determination really fueled Jim’s, now, relentless pursuit of helping others uncover their full aptitude. His own path has makes him an expert in the core theme of all his messages: You have more to give than you know and you have to BRING IT! – what Jim calls “playing full out!” For over 25 years, Jim has ignited audiences with his ardor and enthusiasm - providing untold numbers of “wow” moments through workshops, trainings, keynotes and coaching, which has earned him the nickname, “Mr. Energy!” Jim is 100% committed to what his brand does and says. Understanding that learning or development is an “inside job,” in every encounter, Jim unabashedly plows through participants’ scar tissue with humor and transparency to push people beyond what they think they have to offer.
Not only an internationally sought after speaker, Jim also is a best-selling author and recognized “personal power” expert who has motivated and equipped tens of thousands to reach their full potential in their careers and in their lives through his books, alone. His most recent book, The No Excuse Guide to Success, was nominated for the 2013 NAACP Image Award. Employing his “no excuses” philosophy at home, Jim is devoted to helping improve the lives of everyone affected by autism.
To learn more about Jim and his messages, visit his website. Jim will also be presenting a concurrent session called Present Like a Pro.
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