Conference Overview

  • Last year’s national member event was a huge success, and if you didn’t attend, we want you to come see what all the excitement was about! Registration is now open for Leadership Experience 2018, a one-of-a-kind, two-day member conference, which will once again be in the heart of Music City: Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Designed specifically for CEOs/Managers and executive leadership, you will discover the business impact of strengthening your management team’s leadership roles and get practical tips you can use at your credit union immediately.
  • Earn 7 CPE credits in professional development.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Welcome to Music City! Enjoy the spectacular views of Nashville from the rooftop terrace of the Kimpton Aertson Hotel while mingling and mixing with your fellow peers over light appetizers and drinks.

Monday, October 1, 2018

8:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Melissa Ashley, CEO, Corporate One FCU

9:15 a.m.

The Transformation of Nashville into Music City
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC)

Learn how the NCVC has led the strategic development of Nashville’s emergence as a top travel destination and been involved with major city-led projects, including the recruitment of the Tennessee Titans and construction of Nissan Stadium; development of Bridgestone Arena and bringing the Nashville Predators to town; the 2.1 million-square-foot Music City Center; and the city’s riverfront Ascend Amphitheater.

10:00 a.m.

Winning Well: Creating Your Culture Code
Karin Hurt, CEO, Let’s Grow Leaders

Every organization has a code—invisible, often unspoken norms that govern how you treat one another, solve problems, and serve your customers. Despite their best efforts, many leaders struggle to build the culture they want. Instead, they work tirelessly to manage the culture they get. These accidental culture codes often result in managers throughout the organization bouncing back and forth between trying to make everyone happy or using people like objects to get things done. Fortunately, there is a better way.

Join award-winning leadership author Karin Hurt to discover the secrets of building an intentional culture one interaction at a time. In this inspiring program, you’ll get the tools you need to build a culture that encourages both confidence and humility and focus on both breakthrough results and healthy professional relationships. Topics include:

  • Learn how to develop a “Winning Well” culture and a sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Get the tools to ensure your vision is heard, understood and implemented the way you intend.
  • Ensure you and your senior team get the information you need to make the best decisions.
  • Receive proven management tools and techniques to cascade throughout your organization.

12:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Multipliers, Revised and Updated: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
Shawn Vanderhoven, Partner, The Wiseman Group

Back by popular demand, Shawn Vanderhoven will lead attendees through an interactive and thought-provoking three-hour workshop that will help them unleash their inner “Multiplier” for resoundingly positive and profitable effects for their respective organizations. Multipliers are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. They inspire those they lead to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations. Conversely, “Diminishers” are leaders that sap everyone’s energy, kill ideation and diminish the talent, commitment and productivity of their team.

Research shows that most multiplying and diminishing happens on accident. Shawn will help attendees identify a diminishing tactic of theirs, learn what triggers it and work on turning it around into a new multiplying habit to become more intentional leaders. By understanding what triggers accidental diminishing behaviors and what hidden needs drive them, attendees will be able to recalibrate needed responses to get better results, replacing diminishing talent with multiplying brilliance.

4:00 p.m.


5:30 p.m.

Chart Toppin’ Night Out in Nashville

Renowned as the birthplace of bluegrass, the Ryman Auditorium is known around the globe as one of the best performance halls in the world. Along with behind-the-scenes tours of the Ryman and a few surprises, we’ll experience the iconic sights and sounds of Nashville during this once-in-a-lifetime unique evening event. Afterward, transportation will be provided to Honky-Tonk Row for those interested in experiencing Nashville’s nightlife.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

8:00 a.m.


8:50 a.m.

Melissa Ashley, CEO, Corporate One FCU

9:00 a.m.

Leading the Art of the Tough Conversation
David Dye, President, Let’s Grow Leaders

How do you build this critical competency at every level of the organization? How do you help your managers hold people accountable while building the relationships they need for future success? How do you create a culture where employees at all levels are encouraged to talk about what’s not working in a productive, solutions-focused way? Mastering the art of the tough conversation is a key to success in business and life. One of the greatest gifts you can give another human being is to tell them the truth.

Join award-winning leadership author David Dye for an interactive program where you’ll get the “Winning Well” transferable model for tough conversations, including:

  • The conversation you must have with yourself.
  • Tools to solve 90% of your tough conversations before they happen.
  • How to ‘Ditch the Diaper Genie’ and have the conversations you need to have.
  • The I.N.S.P.I.R.E. method of delivering tough feedback.
  • The competence/confidence model for meeting employees where they are.
  • Own the U.G.L.Y: How to ask strategic questions that get to the heart of the conversation.

10:30 a.m.

Leadership and a Diverse Workforce
Dr. Tracey Wilen, Researcher, Speaker

There is a growing appreciation of and body of research surrounding the importance of a diverse workforce. Research shows women now make up half of the workforce and have a wide range of leadership skills, including communication, collaboration, and problem solving and are well suited to lead in a disrupted world. Our younger generation is highly educated and offers new ideas and a comfortability with technology that provides value for organizational advancement. Learn how to lead your aspiring workforce to achieve success with best practices and practical advice that you can use today. Topics during this interactive and multimedia presentation will include:

  • Future leaders: How work, industry and leadership is changing, paving the way for new leaders.
  • Leadership: How women display the key attributes and characteristics of modern-day leaders.
  • Generations: What does the younger generation bring to the workplace?
  • Management: How to lead a diverse workforce and support employee growth.
  • Skills: What skills and attributes will help future leaders stay more competitive?
  • Practical advice: What are some key tips that you as a leader can do to help your workforce grow to their full potential?
  • Is it time for a career selfie? How to help employees taken ownership of their careers.

11:30 a.m.

Ask the Experts Panel Discussion
David Dye, Karin Hurt, and Dr. Tracey Wilen

Tracey, Karin and David will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss other leadership trends occurring in today’s workplace.

12:00 p.m.

Closing remarks and lunch

*Subject to Change



All registrations are $349 per registrant. Registration closes on September 14.


Corporate One will debit the applicable registration fee(s) from your credit union’s One Account. This charge will show in your credit union’s One Account within two weeks of submitting your registration as “Corp One Leadership Experience Reg.”

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Cancellations provided via email to before September 14, 2018, will be refunded the full, purchased amount. Cancellations received after September 14, 2018, are not refundable due to guarantees Corporate One must provide the hotel. Please cancel your room reservations directly with the hotel.

Your conference registration is transferable to another person at your credit union by notifying Corporate One at


Contact us directly at or 614-825-9361 with any questions.