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Friday, Nov. 4 | 8:10 - 9:10 a.m.

 Opening Keynote 

2016 Adam KreekWhy Our Fear of Failure Fails Us: How to Empower Drive, Engagement and Growth

Adam Kreek, Olympic champion, journalist, engineer and speaker 

We’ve got the balance wrong.

A healthy fear of failure is essential. It reminds us of our accountability and emboldens the threat of consequence. But excessive emphasis on failure can paralyze productivity and stop us from achieving our best work.

Risk aversion, inner-resistance, self-sabotage, procrastination, anxiety and perfectionism are all signs that we hold an unhealthy fear of failure.

Successful teams and organizations require a healthy relationship with failure. Too much fear—or too little—signals future disaster. Managing your fear of failure effectively allows for individual authenticity and reclaimed confidence. And we need both for sustained success and performance.

It’s time to reframe our fear of failure.

Learn key lessons to empower drive, engagement and growth:

  • How an inaccurate conception of failure cripples engagement, growth and ability
  • How to separate self-worth from past success and failure
  • Differentiate between blameworthy failure and praiseworthy failure
  • Reclaim lost confidence: the action-growth connection
  • Big dreams and small steps can increase your capacity for achievement

About the speaker: 

An Olympic gold medalist turned engineer, journalist and adventurer, Adam Kreek is a social entrepreneur who walks the talk. Adam is a journalist with CBC Sports, writing on topics of health and wellness for peak performance. He is a champion with the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to bettering health through science-¬based strategies. Adam also chairs the Board of Directors of Greasecycle, a start¬up bio-diesel company on Vancouver Island. As a corporate trainer, Adam teaches strategies of high performance to clients globally.

During his 13-¬year rowing career, Adam won more than 60 medals, including 43 gold. After a disappointing loss at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Adam and his team powered their way to a gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

Following his Olympic career, Adam was named Athlete Leader of the Year at the prestigious Canadian Sports Awards and was elected to the Canadian Olympic Committee to direct sports policy in Canada. Adam and his teammates were inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in June 2014.

Saturday, Nov. 5 | 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

 Wellness General Session 

Stress Less, Eat Better, Move More and Perform Your Best

Andrea Metcalf

Armed with an exercise science teaching degree and many training certifications, Andrea Metcalf started helping people achieve optimum health and business success in Chicago and around the country. In this presentation, she’ll share tactics and tips for maintaining overall health, focusing on several dimensions of wellness. Learn how nutrition, movement and emotional clarity all contribute to your best self.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to manage stress.
  • Develop and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Discover Exercise tips to help you perform at your best level

About the speaker: 

Andrea Metcalf is passionate about fitness, health and wellness and inspiring people to live their best lives. With more than 30 years’ experience in the healthy lifestyle industry, she has become recognized by national media outlets as a trusted expert and adviser. She is the best-selling author of "Naked Fitness" (Vanguard Press), a fitness DVD choreographer and trainer, as well as a force in the business media world. For years, she’s been a regular contributor to NBC’s Today Show, USA Today,, Reuters Health Report,, Huffington Post, Better TV and local Chicago stations.

Sunday, Nov. 6 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

 Closing Keynote 

2016 Doc HendleyWine to Water

Doc Hendley, founder and president, Wine to Water 

In 2003, Doc Hendley dreamed up the concept of Wine to Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. In January 2004, he held his first fundraiser and by August was living in Darfur, Sudan installing water systems for victims of the government-supported genocide.

When Doc returned home in 2005, the haunting memories of what he had seen in Darfur drove him to continue growing the organization he had started only two years earlier. And in 2007, after working two jobs and volunteering his time for over three years, Wine To Water became an official 501(c)3 and Doc’s dream finally became a reality.

“There is one thing that rings true every time I get the pleasure of hearing Doc Hendley speak—his passion comes through and hits you like nothing you’ve ever experienced in your lifetime. It’s not just the way he interacts with the audience, a sort of down home person that you seem to already know even though you don’t, but it’s the message about improving who we are as people each and every day, and helping those who have difficulty helping themselves because of places they live in or the circumstances of their country. Doc brings that message of hope and seems to naturally lift every person out of their comfort chair and into the wilds of Africa or the devastation in Haiti right alongside him. You feel everything that he feels and see everything that he saw. We are just enamored to be part of his world in a small way and hoping to work with him to better our world in a meaningful way.” —Rich Henning, United Water, 2011 North American Managers Conference

About the speaker: 

Doc Hendley is the epitome of the individual who has made a difference. He did not dream of dedicating his life to humanitarian efforts in developing countries. He graduated from NC State University with a communications degree he wasn’t sure how to use. While bartending to pay the bills, he noticed the men and women sitting on the stools seemed to want to be part of something bigger. The 30-year-old Hendley got inspired behind the bar, and today his nonprofit group, Wine to Water, has dug, repaired and sanitized drinking wells for 25,000 people in five Third World countries. It's an idea that started with wine tastings and a humble donation jar.

Hendley has taken personal risks to do the hard work of providing water and clean water education in far-flung locations around the globe. He has worked in dozens of refugee camps installing water systems for victims of Darfur’s government-supported genocide. Often inside the United Nations' dangerous "no-go" zones, he distributed water or chlorine tablets to people with only plastic sheeting for shelter.

Today Hendley’s Wine to Water foundation aims to help the 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean water. By using wine events to raise money and awareness about the lack of clean drinking water in the developing world, Doc Hendley has harnessed a powerful social force and multiplied the generosity of many.


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