The Learning Leadership Summit is just over a week away, and I wanted to talk a little about why I value this event so much.

It’s simple: Connection = Value

The Summit is one of my favorite days of the year. When I think of the Summit the terms that come to mind are:

  • Excitement
  • Personal Development
  • Energy
  • Value
  • Connection

Connection with peers and friends is something I value on a personal and a professional level. It is why I am able to say that over 50 of attendees are part of my professional, and in many cases my personal, network. How fortunate I am to work in an industry and for a company that values connection and understands the value that connection creates.

Our speaker, Jess Elmquist, knows the importance of connection as well. I learned this instantaneously when meeting him at the Lifetime Fitness in Eden Prairie. I could tell there was a genuine connection between Jess and the staff. He knew them by name and they knew him. He shared how wonderful they were with us, and he seemed to know each of them as individuals.

I can’t wait to hear Jess speak at the Summit on Leading, Learning, or Lying: The Story of the Three Shells. You’ll immediately see that Jess is charismatic, engaging, and a great speaker. Something tells me you may even be able to sense that personal connection I saw between Jess and the staff at Life Time.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Summit. To make the Summit more valuable to everyone I have two requests for everyone in attendance:

  • Tell one person in your network how much you value them.
  • Connect with one new person at the Summit with the intent of adding them to your professional network.

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