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November 16, 2023 at The Grand America Hotel

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Join Utah Business on November 16, 2023

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 five distinct tracks covering entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, people & culture and strategy, 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

At Utah Business Forward, attendees can choose from five different tracks with speakers specializing in consumer goods, development, energy, entertainment, finance, government, logistics, tech and real estate. Explore the keynote speakers and choose from the five tracks to attend below.

Time

Topic

Speaker

7:45 - 8 :45 AM

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

N/A

8:45 - 9:00 AM

WELCOME

Melanie Jones

9:00 - 9:30 AM

The Next Generation of Philanthropy

Gail Miller

9:30 - 10:10 AM

The State Of Sports

Kristen Kenney, Steve Starks, Catherine Raney Norman, Jim Olson, and Stuart Adams

10:25 - 11:55 AM

Breakout Tracks

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11:55 - 12:40 PM

Lunch

N/A

12:40 - 4:00 PM

Breakout Tracks

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4:00 - 5:00 PM

The Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch

Brandon Fugal

Time

Topic

Speaker

10:25 - 11:10 AM

War Stories of a Startup

Sunny Washington

11:10 - 11:55 AM

Building and Retaining Top Teams and Culture

Shawn Nelson

11:55 - 12:40 PM

Lunch

N/A

12:40 - 1:25 PM

The Right Funding for Each Stage of Your Business

Alan Hall

1:25 - 2:10 PM

Transitioning from Corporate to Entrepreneurship

Marc Chenn

2:10 - 2:35 PM

Break

N/A

2:35 - 3:20 PM

Resources for Entrepreneurs

Brad Bonham

3:20 - 4:00 PM

Q&A Panel

Track Speakers

Time

Topic

Speaker

10:25 - 11:10 PM

Taking My Business International: Why & Where?

Stephen LeFevre & Jeremy Andrus

11:10 - 11:55 PM

Market Entry Strategy & Regulatory Concerns

Jim Porter & Jonathan Freedman

11:55 - 12:40 PM

Lunch

N/A

12:40 - 1:25 PM

International Supply Chains & Logistics

Joe Newell & Mike May

1:25 - 2:10 PM

Geopolitical Risk

Miles Hansen & Eric Levesque

2:10 - 2:35 PM

Break

N/A

2:35 - 3:20 PM

Strategic Partnerships & Financing

Golden Moore & Marla Trollan

3:20 - 4:00 PM

Q&A Panel

Track Speakers

Time

Topic

Speaker

10:25 - 11:10 AM

An Anthropologist's Guide to Marketing

Chelsea Shields

11:55 - 12:40 PM

Lunch

N/A

12:40 - 1:25 PM

Go-to-Market Plans that Make the Customer the Hero

Melissa Garcia

1:25 - 2:10 PM

The Realist's Guide to AI & Content Creation

Michael Smart

2:10 - 2:35 PM

Break

N/A

2:35 - 3:20 PM

Content Engagement

Michelda George

3:20 - 4:00 PM

Q&A Panel

Track Speakers

Time

Topic

Speaker

10:25 - 11:10 AM

Creating Space for the Complexity of People in Their Workplace Journey

Jennifer Sorensen

11:10 - 11:55 AM

Building an Authentic and Connected Culture

Nate Randle

11:55 - 12:40 PM

Lunch

N/A

12:40 - 1:25 PM

Strategies to Decrease Turnover, Increase Profits and Create Cultures Where People Want to Stay

Sydne Jacques

1:25 - 2:10 PM

DEI Enablement: Case Study with UTA

Sara Jones, Kim Shanklin

2:10 - 2:35 PM

Break

N/A

2:35 - 3:20 PM

Return Utah: Breaking Barriers to Employment

Shay Baker

3:20 - 4:00 PM

Q&A Panel

Track Speakers

Time

Topic

Speaker

10:25 - 11:10 AM

Fast Forward: Reimagining Corporate Strategy in a Fast-Paced Business Landscape

Steve Carlile

11:10 - 11:55 PM

Building Strategy Around Customer Experience

Richard Call

11:55 - 12:40 PM

Lunch

N/A

12:40 - 1:25 PM

Macro and Competitive Intelligence

Dr. Ruchi Watson

1:25 - 2:10 PM

Mining for “Ahas”: How to Capitalize on Data to Inspire Strategy and Influence Business Outcomes

Wendy Steinle

2:10 - 2:35 PM

Break

N/A

2:35 - 3:20 PM

Creating a Strategic Roadmap and Aligning the Organization

Heather Erikson

3:20 - 4:00 PM

Q&A

Track Speakers

Speakers

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Alan Hall

Founder, Chairperson, CEO @ BLUESKY ENERGY

Brad Bonham

Entrepreneur-in-Residence @ UTAH GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

Brandon Fugal

Chairperson @ COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL

Catherine Raney Norman

Chair, Salt Lake City @ UTAH COMMITTEE FOR THE GAMES

Chelsea Shields

Owner, CEO @ BRANDTHROPOLOGIE

Dr. Ruchi Watson

Managing Director @ GOFF STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP CENTER

Eric Levesque

COO & CO-FOUNDER @ STRIDER

Gail Miller

Owner @ THE LARRY H. MILLER COMPANY

Heather Erickson

Fractional Executive @ BEARTOOTH CONSULTANTS

J. Golden Moore

SVP @ ZIONS BANK

Jennifer Sorensen

Principal Organizational Development Consultant @ JIRAH PARTNERS

Jeremy Andrus

CEO @ TRAEGER

Jim Olson

President @ UTAH JAZZ

Jim Porter

Sr. Director, Strategy & Operations @ WORLD TRADE CENTER UTAH

Joe Newell

CEO @ NEWCORP

Jonathan Freedman

President, CEO @ World Trade Center Utah

Kim Shanklin

CPO @ UTAH TRANSIT AUTHORITY

Marc Chenn

Co-founder and Former CEO

Marla Trollan

Utah Director @ U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Melissa Garcia

Expert-in-Residence @ PRODUCT MARKETING ALLIANCE

Michael Smart

CEO @ MICHAELSMARTPR

Michelda George

Founder, CEO @ VERSATILE IMAGE

Mike May

Head, Sales @ AIR & SEA INTERNATIONAL

Miles Hansen

President, Board Director @ THE STIRLING FOUNDATION

Nate Randle

CEO @ GABB WIRELESS

President Stuart Adams

Utah State Senator

Richard Call

Strategy Director @ BONCOM

Sara Jones

President @ INCLUSIONPRO

Shawn Nelson

Founder, CEO @ LOVESAC

Shay Baker

Program Manager @ RETURN UTAH

Stephen LeFevre

Chief of Staff @ WORLD TRADE CENTER UTAH

Steve Starks

CEO @ THE LARRY H. MILLER COMPANY

Sunny Washington

Co-Founder, CEO @ SEER

Sydne Jacques

CEO @ NEXT LEVEL LEADERSHIP

Wendy Steinle

CMO @ DOMO

Venue

The Grand America Hotel

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