Thursday, March 18, 2021

Retreat 2021 Keynote Speakers Announced

The VA Council of CEOs 2021 Spring Retreat includes well-known, national keynote speakers, relevant workshops and learning opportunities for CEOs, and time for networking and making connections. This year’s event is virtual, and we are pleased to announce these two powerhouse speakers will command the stage.

Scott Galloway Presents The Four HorsemenPost Corona

April 21, 2021
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Scott Galloway looks at the implications of Coronavirus on society, the markets, and business. Through the lens of the Four (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google) Scott unpacks how industries including retail, media, healthcare, and technology will be impacted by COVID-19, and highlights winners and losers that will emerge post-Corona.

about Scott Galloway

Scott Galloway is Professor of Marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business and a serial entrepreneur. In 2012, he was named one of the world’s best business professors by Poets & Quants. He has founded nine companies, including Prophet, Red Envelope, L2, and Section4. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Four, The Algebra of Happiness, and most recently, Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity. He has served on the boards of directors of The New York Times Company, Urban Outfitters, and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. His Prof G and Pivot podcasts, No Mercy / No Malice blog, and Prof G YouTube channel reach millions. In 2020, Adweek named Pivot Business Podcast of the Year. 

Connie Dieken Presents Your Leadership Influence, Interrupted

April 28, 2021
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

This program, fully titled, Your Leadership Influence, Interrupted: How to use this Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity to Emerge Even More Influential, will be a highly interactive, engaging, and entertaining session. During this session Connie will share a proven method for leaders who want to make things happen in today’s fast-paced, attention-deficit world. 

You will learn three powerful habits to help them connect with anyone, convey information clearly, and convince anyone to act. 

Connect-Convey-Convince©– Connie uncovered these core habits during 16 years of guiding C-suite executives to successfully grow their organizations, and she will share relatable, often humorous, examples of how and when to use each one; and why most of us overuse one habit, much to our detriment.

  • Habit 1: Connect – to engage, align, and resonate with shared values
  • Habit 2: Convey – to clarify information, increase certainty, and reduce doubt 
  • Habit 3: Convince – to activate, empower, and gain specific commitment 

These habits will develop a consistent methodology to use in both business and personal lives.

about Connie Dieken

Connie Dieken is the founder of The Influence Lab®.   She advises C-level executives at the world’s biggest brands on the complex, rapid-fire challenges of influencing positive change.  She helps them gain commitment from multiple stakeholders in order to move forward with their key initiatives and shape the future growth of their organizations.

The Global Gurus® organization named Connie the world’s #1 Executive Communication Coach in 2020. She is also a member of the elite corps of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches. 

Connie Dieken

Connie built her unique skillset as a television journalist for NBC and ABC. It was in broadcast studios—interviewing leaders from U.S. Presidents to top CEOs—where she learned how to drill down to the root cause of any issue to reveal the way forward. Her reporting has been honored with five Emmy Awards®, two Telly Awards®, and induction into the Radio/TV Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame.®  

A research-based social scientist, Connie developed and launched Influence360º, a statistically validated assessment tool that measures influence patterns. Using that research, she helps leaders assess and develop the influence skills needed to connect, convey and convince others in a rapidly changing world.

Connie is also a best-selling author. Her two books, Talk Less, Say More and Become the Real Deal were both #1 best-sellers. Her upcoming book is Influencers: How the World’s Top Leaders Shape Positive Change.

A dynamic keynote speaker, Connie delivers highly influential, stunningly interactive digital experiences at online conferences and corporate events from the Dieken Digital Studios. She looks forward to the day when in-person meetings and leadership retreats occur around the globe again!

Connie’s thought leadership has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, CNBC, The Kuwait Times and other leading business publications around the world.

About VA Council of CEOs Spring Retreat

The VACEOS Annual Spring Retreat features acclaimed keynote speakers and workshops tackling the challenges that are most on the minds of small and mid-sized business owners of today. The event also includes time for networking and making connections. CEO members often say the Retreat is “worth the price of membership.” The event is included in membership. Learn more about VACEOs Member benefits.

(VACEOs Members and Sponsors only. Not a member or sponsor but interested in attending? Contact us at with questions.)

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