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GFAI Business Strategy & Compliance Conference

January 17, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

This conference is uniquely designed for your management team, key staff members and developing personnel.  The advanced content will help your company: 

  • Go outside the walls of your office to sharpen your skills
  • Understand the impact of national and global trends on your business
  • Gain new perspectives to help position your company for growth and success


8:00 am                         Breakfast Items Available

9:00 – 9:45 am                  Cybersecurity Resources for Your Business
Each day, we rely on a stable, safe and resilient cyberspace to conduct business, yet we know there are vulnerabilities in the system. Learn about the cybersecurity role of the Department of Homeland Security and the resources available to your company such as training, workshops and cyber assessments.
Antonio Enriquez, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Dept. of Homeland Security

9:45 – 11:00 am                Increasing Collaboration Across the Value Chain 
At the intersection of agriculture, technology and consumer trends, you’ll find Brook Cunningham. With her work as the Managing Director of Global Agribusiness and Nutrition at LazardBrook is uniquely qualified to connect the dots between what people want, the factors driving change and how every level in agriculture will need to adapt to deliver solutions for the global food system.
Brook Cunningham, Managing Director of Global Agribusiness and Nutrition, Lazard

11:15 am – 12:00 pm      Global Commodity Outlook and Analysis 
Business strategies are best executed with big picture insight; however, the daily decisions made in a rapidly changing environment can quickly alter the direction of the company.  Roy Huckabay, with Linn Group, will provide a global commodity outlook based on inventory, currencies and the political landscape to help attendees bring informed decisions to their business initiatives.
Roy Huckabay, Executive Vice President, Linn Group

12:00 – 1:00 pm                Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 pm                  Ladder Standards and EPA 
Compliance is a vital part of a company’s business strategy and  each employee plays a role in that success. This brief session will share helpful information on the new ladder standards and  discuss EPA compliance. Additional time will be dedicated to a facilitated Q&A portion.
John Lee,  Safety, Health and Environmental Services Director, GFAI

1:30 – 2:30 pm              Sexting and Social Media: Digital Workplace Dilemmas and How to Solve Them
Allowing employees to use their own mobile devices for work (BYOD) has its benefits, but how can employers mitigate the risks that it presents? What can employers do to curb concerns over liability, confidentiality, and productivity presented by social media? The workplace opportunities for digital dilemmas are numerous and daunting. Please join us for a discussion of some of the challenges inherent in the ever-changing digital workplace as well as practical legal advice on crafting effective policies and procedures to protect your company.
Susan Bassford Wilson, Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

2:45 – 3:45 pm                  Organizational Health for Competitive Business Advantage  
Most companies these days are fairly “smart” when it comes to their business fundamentals. Consequently, business leaders seeking to gain a competitive advantage are increasingly looking to an important, but often overlooked discipline: organizational health. This presentation will define what organizational health is all about, highlight some of its benefits, and offer some practical steps for getting started. Improving organizational health is not usually easy, but it is well worth the time and energy great leaders invest to maximize untapped potential.
Lee Hoffman, Untapt Consulting

3:45 – 4:30 pm                  Tech Panel & Integrating New Technologies, TBA


January 17, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm




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101 Holiday Street
East Peoria, IL 61611 United States
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