- Professor James Olson recounted his and his wife's 30 year experience as CIA agents, including the trials of coming out from undercover to friends and family.
- Motivational speaker Chip Eichelberger explained that reevaluating your daily routine and taking care of yourself is just as important, if not more so, than taking care of your business. Getting "Switched On" involves working smarter, not harder, and success starts with how engaged you are and how well you respond to adversity.
- John Buhrmaster, ICBA's Immediate Past Chairman, updated attendees on ICBA's regulation policy efforts in Washington. He also outlined past successes and gave notice on future regulatory battles, such as the proposal to reduce Fed stock dividends paid to banks as part of a plan to fund the Highway Trust.
- Speaker Jeff Havens capped off general session events with his entertaining and educational presentation on understanding the differences between "Matures", "Baby Boomers", "Generation X", and "Generation Y" (commonly known as "millennials"). He showed that the older generations are not really as unbending as they seem, and the newest generations are not lazy or unengaged, merely isolated in a global world caused by the advent of the internet. Havens then suggested ways that the generations can meet each other halfway.
Many attendees have called CBI's 44th Annual Convention "the best conference with the best speakers in a long time". Were you with us in Okoboji last week? If you skipped it, here's what you missed:
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