General Session: Wednesday, October 18 @ 1:30 pm

Leading Through Uncertainty  

Todd Henry, Author, Speaker, Creativity and Productivity Expert 

 Keynote - Todd Henry

There are certain core attributes that brilliant, effective leaders share, especially in the face of uncertainty. In this session, you’ll learn how to deal with the uncertainty inherent in our ever-changing marketplace, how to set your team and co-workers up for success, and what great creative leaders do consistently to unleash their best work every day.

Key Takeaways: • The practical daily, weekly and monthly rituals of effective leaders. • How to build trust and respect from the people you lead, and why you need both. • The five essentials of leadership effectiveness. • Specific questions and conversations that lead to better accountability. • How to balance personal ambition and organizational objectives.

General Session: Thursday, October 19 @ 9:00 am

How to Have Better Conversations 
Celeste Headlee, Award-Winning Journalist, Author, Public Speaker
 Keynote - Celeste Headlee (121x150)

Bad communication costs businesses billions every year. It can also prevent innovation and creativity. In the office and at home, people avoid conversations that could educate and enlighten.

Learn Celeste's ten practical, achievable methods for having better conversations based on her 20 years experience talking to presidents, celebrities, school teachers and carpenters.

Leave with:
      Tips on how to be a better listener
       How to regain the art of conversation that's been so damaged by social media.

Communication has increased in our technological age, but conversation has plummeted. Celeste Headlee can show you why conversation is so important and how you can become a master.

Closing Session: Friday, October 20 @ 11:30 am

Benchmarking Performance Data 
Anne Hawkins, Executive Vice President, Sector Analysis, STR

 Keynote - Anne Hawkins

Here is the benchmarking and meaningful data about our industry you asked for! Framing real performance data with both a big picture and detailed approach, this presentation is a continued conversation from the Executive Retreat’s most popular session.

Gain insights into how to use this data to understand what’s going on in the market and how to execute tactics that affect your bottom line, no matter what your role is in the organization.

Key topics that we will cover include:  
Analysis of the development pipeline nationwide and in the major TX MSAs 
TX operator financial performance and the potential impact of development on performance
How to use data in operational and strategic decisions  
Importance of data in understanding the state of the industry 

STR, a renowned data and benchmarking firm, will share performance data on Texas operators. Performance data will also be presented in the context of development occurring in the major Texas MSAs.