Oct 18, 2019

Leadership Summit Event Agenda


8:00 am – Networking

9:00 am – Keynote | Krishna Pendyala, ChoiceLadder Institute | 2 Days at a Time: Being Consciously Effective

10:25 am – Breakout Session 1| Bryce Roberts, Director of Leadership Development, Leadership Toledo | Speaking with Integrity: Aligning Voice and Truth

Breakout Session 2 | George Kral, Chief of Police, Toledo | Too Quick

11:15 am – Lunch

12:10 pm – Keynote | Traci Brown | Body Language Confidential

1:35 pm – Panel Discussion | Rhonda Sewell, Manager, External and Governmental Affairs, Toledo Lucas County Public Library and Steve Zirkel, President, Blue Everest | Authentic Journey through Life and Careers

2:45 pm – Keynote | Dr. Jacqueline Stavros, Professor, College of Business and IT at Lawrence Technological University | The Power of a Conversation

4:00 pm – Happy Hour at The Heights

In today’s world, contentious and ineffective debate is on the rise in professional, political, and personal arenas.  It is within this environment we must develop the next generation of leaders to shape the world we want to leave behind.

Emerging leaders need to be able to engage in–even seek out– personal interactions to drive positive change in their careers and personal lives.  It’s a skill that is developed and may be more important now than ever.

At the 2019 EPIC Toledo Leadership Summit attendees will gain the skills, insights and resources to take on divisive issues in an effective manner and keep their composure when it matters most.


9:00 am – Keynote

Krishna Pendyala | 2 Days at a Time: Being Consciously Effective

Session: With the global environment’s ever-increasing demand on quality and pace at which we need to conduct business, organizations and individuals simply do not have the luxury of continuing to learn by trial and error. This old-school way can no longer get the results that leaders are looking for in the moment, or long term. Instead they must seek new methods for accelerating the learning curve. Additionally, under the weight of increasing competition, the room for error and the tolerance for bad service are greatly diminished. In his interactive program, 2 Days at a Time: Being Consciously Effective, Krishna offers an alternative to the inefficient trial and error method. He deconstructs one of life’s most overlooked and vital skills: the ability to exercise conscious judgement and make values-based choices at work, home, and everywhere in between.

About: Krishna Pendyala is one of the world’s leading experts on the art & science of judgment & choice-making. His work with Judgment Quotient (JQ) is being recognized as the third intelligence beyond IQ and EQ. Krishna is an author, speaker, and a choice engineer who helps executives, entrepreneurs, and their teams make better choices. For over three decades, he has inspired individuals and teams at Boeing, Carnegie Mellon, UNESCO and UBS, and many others, using his simple, yet practical, frameworks distilled from his varied career experiences. His thought leadership is built on a long career of executive leadership, entrepreneurship, research, and innovation. 

His transformational approach to personal and professional development has been featured on TEDx, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Thrive Global, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Inc. Magazine amongst many others. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Beyond the PIG and APE: Realizing Success and True Happiness.

10:25 am – Breakout Session

Bryce Roberts, Director of Leadership Development, Leadership Toledo | Speaking with Integrity: Aligning Voice and Truth

Session: Do we have the courage to tell the truth? This workshop will refine participant’s ability to access deeper internal insight, promote understanding of what may be hindering showing up with greater authenticity, and develop competency in speaking with courage when it matters the most.

George Kral, Chief of Police, Toledo | Too Quick

Session: In the line of duty, a single moment’s decision can have a life-charging or life-ending result. Toledo Police Chief George Kral sets the scene from when he was a rookie on the force in 1991 and is faced with a decision an officer dreads to make but is forced to make: to shoot or be shot. What happens at the end of this fateful day in his first year on the job still shakes him today. 

Twenty-seven years later, now the Chief of Police he’s faced with another life-changing or life-ending situation… an officer involved shooting, and a community lashing back in protest. This time age, maturity, training and the ability to pause impact the outcome. 

Chief Kral speaking to his experience will echo the themes discussed throughout the day and relate them to real-life experiences. He’ll discuss how he’s made changes to the Toledo Police Department to ensure transparency and how we all can work to break down barriers among us. He will be open to a Q&A with the audience. 

About: Date of Hire: 12/14/1990, Promoted to Sergeant in June of 1995, Promoted to Lieutenant in July of 2006, Promoted to Captain in February 2011, Promoted to Deputy Chief in January 2014, Promoted to Chief of Police in January 2015. Education & Certifications: Tiffin University – Master of Science in Justice Administration 2012, Bachelor of Science – Management – University of Phoenix 2009, Associate of Science – Criminal Justice – University of Toledo 200, Graduate of the F.B.I.’s National Executive Institute (NEI), Graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP, Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) Class X, Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) Class #56. Professional Development – Committee Memberships:State of Ohio Steering Committee Member for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, Executive Committee Member – Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Board Member, Justice Advisory Council Member, Trained CALEA Accreditation Manager, Lucas County Data and Evaluation Network Member, Reentry Coalition of Northwest Ohio Member, University of Toledo Criminal Justice Advisory Board Member, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police – Legislative Committee Member, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police – Law Enforcement Foundation Member, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration Member, Lucas County DMC Workgroup Member. Married for 30 years to Teresa, and have twin 27 year-old sons, George and Jordan.

12:10 pm – Keynote

Traci Brown | Body Language Confidential

Session: Traci Brown is a trained body language of deception detection alongside our country’s top law enforcement. NBC, CBS and Fox have asked her expert opinion to reveal secrets hidden in plain sight regarding what clients may be keeping from you that are impacting your bottom line. Through her fast paced, interactive programs, Teri coaches on lie, fraud and identity theft detection skills that she’s used to get to the truth in billion dollar business deals, crimes and politics. She teaches the skills to uncover these secrets hidden in plain view and how to hear “Yes!” more easily and more often during interviews, meetings, networking events, negotiations, and even in conversations with your kids and spouse. The ultimate goal is for attendees to be able to use the same tools to create more success in both their organizations and their personal lives.

About: Traci is not only a master lie detector, she’s a persuasion expert.  Her persuasion system landed her a lucrative product deal with Kevin Harrington, a Shark from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank and took her on a wild ride to the big time consumer markets of TV shopping channels, infomercials and beyond.

Traci is a Three Time US Collegiate Cycling Champion and former member of Team USA.

She is a past president of the National Speaker’s Association Colorado Chapter and the author of four books including her latest,  How to Detect Lies, Fraud and Identity Theft.

1:35 pm – Panel Discussion

Rhonda Sewell, Manager, External and Governmental Affairs, Toledo Lucas County Public Library and Steve Zirkel, President, Blue Everest | What do you wish the 30-year-old you knew then that you know now? 

Session: If you compared your resume from 20 years from now with your current resume, what do you think will be the most surprising to you? 

Learn from Rhonda and Steve as they share their authentic journey through life and careers.  Hear about their successes and challenges as they’ve navigated life, career and community. Listen to the unexpected paths that got them to where they are today. They will also explain how the themes discussed by the others speakers apply to their lives. The energetic dialogue is moderated by Malena Caruso who will field questions from the audience.

Rhonda Sewell is the Manager of External and Governmental Affairs for the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. A tireless servant leader and community volunteer, this professional library advocate has worked 13 years for the Toledo Library, and is best known for her award-winning 18-year career as a noted journalist for The Blade newspaper.

Rhonda’s work involves managing the Library’s advocacy strategy for funding, and stewardship with legislators, elected officials, and community organizations. 

During her tenure at The Blade, Rhonda represented the daily Toledo newspaper as a Features writer, and as an international correspondent in England, Italy, France, Belgium, Switzerland, China, and The Netherlands. A decade of her tenure was also spent as the company’s Fashion Editor, where her work took her to New York to cover major fashion events, award ceremonies and to conduct designer interviews with the likes of Donna Karan, Kenneth Cole, Yves Saint Laurent, Susan Taylor, Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs and many more. Rhonda also worked as the American Fashion Correspondent for CLEO Magazine, a former women’s magazine based in Cairo, Egypt.

Rhonda, a self-described servant leader, volunteers her time as a Mayoral-appointed Executive Board member of The Arts Commission, where she Co-Chairs both its Creative Placemaking, and Momentum/Community Engagement and Outreach committees. Rhonda is the Immediate Past Chair and served a six-year term on the Board of the ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation. Her previous Boards include:  African American Leadership Council of United Way (Chair); The Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Inc., (Chair); YWCA of Northwest Ohio; The Toledo Ballet; The American Heart Association; The Media Foundation Board of the Independent Collegian Newspaper at the University of Toledo; MADD Poets Society; The Art Tatum African American Resource Center at Kent Branch Library, and she currently serves on countless advisory boards and committees including the Advisory Council Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, which honored her in 2018 for Community Responsibility for its Women of Distinction Award.

Rhonda has also received awards for her strong community engagement including Woman of Distinction Award in Community Responsibility (2018), Girl Scouts of Western Ohio; The YWCA Milestones for Women Award in Volunteerism (2017); The Jefferson Awards Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Community Service (2016); Inspiring Woman of Leadership Award from the Maumee Bay Club of NANBPWC, Inc. (2016), among countless other prestigious recognitions.

Rhonda resides in Sylvania Township with her 4-year-old rescue terrier mix Oliver Gavin. Her twin daughters, age 19 are in their sophomore year in college. Savannah Rose is a pre-vet/animal science major at The Ohio State University and Sarah Ann is an English major at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Steven R Zirkel is the President and CEO of Blue Everest LLC, a strategic growth consulting and business advising firm. For the past 35 years, he has lead the growth of businesses domestically and around the world with several fortune 500 companies including Toledo’s very own Owens Corning, made acquisitions in Asia and NA, and conducted business in over 30 countries. He has lived in London, England, Tokyo, Japan and has traveled to over 70 countries. His clients range from the largest social media company to a leading supplier of custom picture frames. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University and attended business graduate school at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Steven has chaired and participated in key industry conferences/symposia in North America, Europe and Asia and has been featured as guest speaker to graduate and undergraduate students at BGSU. He serves on the Board of TutorSmart, is a member of the Private Director Association, and past Chairman of the College of Business Leadership Council at BGSU. Steven has served on the Board of Directors for Paramount Insurance, American Red Cross, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and the Planning Commission of Malvern, PA. Steven has been married for 33 years and has two adult sons.  He grew up in Chicago, IL, is an avid Chicago sports fan and currently resides in the Toledo area.  Leisure activities include fitness, golf, cooking, reading, travel, and in the process of writing his first book.

2:45 pm – Keynote

Dr. Jacqueline Stavros | The Power of a Conversation

Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement

Session: Do you wish to have the best possible conversation so you, your employees, colleagues, and external stakeholders are productive and have meaningful engagement? Conversations are the primary way we connect with others especially in workplace and social settings, imagine trying to lead a team, department or work on a project with just one other person without words or conversations? 

Conversations is the lifeline to how we get things done in most settings.  If we can have conversations that are appreciative and inquiry-based, it will strengthen relationships, move us towards positive outcomes in our teams and organizations and promote situations where you can flourish! 

Participants will:

About: Jacqueline (Jackie) Stavros passion is working with others to create meaningful results for positive change. She is recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leading. She is a professor at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) and Council of Practitioners for David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry. She just co-authored two new books, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productivity and Meaningful Engagement and Thin Book of SOAR: Creating Strategy that Inspires Innovation and Engagement. The heart of her work is using Appreciative Inquiry (AI), one of the most popular approaches to positive change – that is bringing out the best in people, their organizations, and communities to fuel conversations worth having that produce meaningful engagement and results.

Jackie has present her research and work in over 25 countries and co-authored many books, book chapters, and articles on AI and SOAR including: Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: For Leadership of Change, Dynamic Relationships: Unleashing the Power of Appreciative Inquiry in Daily Living and Positive Organization Development: Leading Transformation and Change. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Detroit’s Local 4, Fast Company, DBusiness Magazine, and many leadership blogs.  Prior to joining LTU, her industry work includes manufacturing, automotive, banking, technology, education, healthcare, government, and professional services. Jackie earned her Doctorate in Management from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She earned her MBA at Michigan State University and BA at Wayne State University. She lives in Brighton, Michigan, with her husband, Paul; their kids, Ally and Adam; and Rex, a lovable dog.

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