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November 20, 2024 at The Grand America Hotel

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Join Utah Business on November 20, 2024

at The Grand America Hotel

Join us at Utah Business Forward, the premier conference designed exclusively for executives seeking practical insights and actionable strategies to propel their businesses forward. This dynamic event brings together Utah’s brightest business minds, curated specifically to address the challenges faced by today’s executives.

With six distinct tracks covering acquisitions, AI, branding, entrepreneurship, people & culture, and performance, attendees will gain invaluable knowledge across a range of crucial areas. Our hand-picked session speakers are industry experts renowned for their expertise and success in Utah’s vibrant business landscape.

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The Agenda

Time

Topic

Speaker

7:30 - 8:30 AM

REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST & NETWORKING

N/A

8:30 - 8:45 AM

WELCOME

Melanie Jones

8:45 - 9:15 AM

Opening Keynote

TBD

9:20 - 11:30 AM

Breakout Tracks

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11:45 - 12:30 PM

Lunch

N/A

12:30 - 1:15 PM

Return to Office without Mutiny

TBD

1:15 - 4:20 PM

Breakout Tracks

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4:20 - 4:50 PM

Mainstage closing keynote

TBD

4:50 - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Burke Olsen

Time

Topic

Speaker

9:20 - 10:20 AM

Dealmaking in 2024

Troy Keller

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Entrepreneurship through Acquisition: How to Buy a Business from a Boomer

Heather Griffith Barber

11:45 - 12:30 PM

Lunch

N/A

1:15 - 2:15 PM

What Story Do Your Financials Tell?

Patrick McMillan

2:25 - 3:25 PM

Accelerating Growth: The Power of Acquisition Funding

Omar Melo

3:25 - 3:35 PM

Break

N/A

3:35 - 4:20 PM

Q&A Panel

Track Speakers

Time

Topic

Speaker

9:20 - 10:20 AM

You Will Be Replaced by Someone Who Uses AI

Matt Harrison

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Google & Goliath: How Small Businesses Can Leverage AI to Punch Above Their Weight

Clémence Roger

11:45 - 12:30 PM

Lunch

N/A

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Leveraging Uniqueness with AI

Br33 Jon3s

2:25 - 3:25 PM

Demystifying AI for Business Innovation: Strategies for Competitive Advantage

Tyler Folkman

3:25 - 3:35 PM

Break

N/A

3:35 - 4:20 PM

Q&A Panel

Track Speakers

Time

Topic

Speaker

9:20 - 10:20 AM

Sensory Branding Experiences

Fernanda Böhme

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Economical Branding Guide for Everyday Businesses

Jen Hunsaker

11:45 - 12:30 PM

Lunch

N/A

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Leveraging Personal and Professional Branding to Build an E-commerce Business

Karalynne Call

2:25 - 3:25 PM

Behind the Campaign: Silent Night on Times Square

Chris Carlson and Jeff Taylor

3:25 - 3:35 PM

Break

N/A

3:35 - 4:20 PM

Q&A Panel

Track Speakers

Time

Topic

Speaker

9:20 - 10:20 AM

Startup Lab

Curt Doman & Cord Bowen

10:30 - 11:30 AM

From Startup to Scaleup

Nicole Tanner

11:45 - 12:30 PM

Lunch

N/A

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Business Exponential: Pivoting Your Small Business

Dr. Sidni L. Shorter

2:25 - 3:25 PM

Strategic Exits

Paul Burgon

3:35 - 4:20 PM

Q&A Panel

Track Speakers

Time

Topic

Speaker

9:20 - 10:20 AM

Radical Accountability

Dave Durocher

10:30 - 11:30 AM

The Connected Leader

Julie Lee

11:45 - 12:30 PM

Lunch

N/A

1:15 - 2:15 PM

The Power of We

Heather Brace

2:25 - 3:25 PM

Building Culture at Scale

Junghun Song and Dok Kwon

3:25 - 3:35 PM

Break

N/A

3:35 - 4:20 PM

Q&A

Track Speakers

Time

Topic

Speaker

9:20 - 10:20 AM

Bring Your Best Self to Work

Lyn Christian

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Negotiating Like a Boss: Contract Tricks and Traps for Business Leaders

Nicolas Wenker

11:45 - 12:30 PM

Lunch

N/A

1:15 - 2:15 PM

How To Sell Like a Buyer

Justin Ashby

2:25 - 3:25 PM

How to Build a High-Performing Team

Lynne Roberts

3:25 - 3:35 PM

Break

N/A

3:35 - 4:20 PM

Q&A

Track Speakers

2024 Speakers

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Justin Ashby

VP of Marketing @ Alysio

Heather Griffith Barber

Founding Partner @ Queen of Wraps

Heather Brace

Chief People Officer @ Intermountain Health

Cord Bowen

Director @ Doman Innovation Studio

Fernanda Böhme

Co-founder @ Böhme

Paul Burgon

Managing Partner @ Exit Ventures

Karalynne Call

Founder and CEO @ Just Ingredients

Chris Carlson

VP of Client Strategy @ Boncom

Lyn Christian

Founder and Head Coach @ SoulSalt

Curt Doman

Founder @ Progressive Leasing and Doman Innovation Studio

Dave Durocher

Executive Director @ The Other Side Academy

Tyler Folkman

GM/CTO @ TubeBuddy by BENlabs

Matt Harrison

Python and AI Corporate Trainer @ Metasnake

Jen Hunsaker

Owner @ Copy Write Marketing

Br33 Jon3s

CEO @ Gam3rStudios

Troy Keller

Partner @ Dorsey & Whitney

Junghun Song & Dok Kwon

Co-founders @ Cupbop

Julie Lee

Owner @ I See You Leadership

Omar Melo

Director @ Crewe Capital

Patrick McMillan

Fractional CFO & Transaction Advisor @ Amplēo

Lynne Roberts

Head Coach @ University of Utah Women's Basketball

Clémence Roger

Head of SEO @ MasterControl

Dr. Sidni L. Shorter

President and CEO @ Utah Black Chamber

Nicole Tanner

Founder @ Swig

Jeff Taylor

Executive Creative Director @ Boncom

Nick Wenker

Deputy General Counsel and SVP of Legal @ Young Living Essential Oils

Venue

The Grand America Hotel

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