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Opening Keynote: Make Them Love You: Be Great on the Job

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 1:15 - 2:30 PM | Cascades Ballroom

Sponsored by CareerShift


What does it take to make them love you and be great on the job? Learn the gift of GOTS: Generosity, Initiative, Forward momentum and Transparency. 


You’re good at your job, but are you great? Do you always get the assignments you want? Do you know how to ask for help without sounding dumb? How to answer a question you don’t know the answer to? All the while sounding smart, capable and competent? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. Great on the Job teaches people how to talk to one another at work, every day, in every situation, when you’re on top of your game and when you have no idea what’s going on. CLICK HERE for the full program description.


Jodi Glickman, Founder & CEO, Great on the Job LLC


Jodi is an expert in training young people how to be Great on the Job. Jodi is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, consultant and regular blogger for Harvard Business Review. She is a faculty member of the Johnson School’s Leadership Program at Cornell and a contributor to Fortune.Com, LinkedIn and Business Insider. Her book: Great on the Job, What to Say, How to Say It, The Secrets of Getting Ahead (St. Martin’s Press, 2011) has been described as a veritable master class in workplace success.


Jodi is a regular contributor to media outlets and has appeared on MSNBC, ABC & WGN. Her career advice has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, US News & World Report, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, WSJ finance, CNN Money, Glamour, Shape, Real Simple, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, and others.


Jodi is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Southern Chile) turned investment banker (Goldman Sachs) turned communication expert. She received her MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell where she was a Park Leadership Fellow and received a full-ride scholarship to business school. Before turning to the world of finance, Jodi was a policy analyst at the U.S. EPA and did brief stints at the White House and Governor’s Office of Illinois. She has a B.S. in Social Policy, Magna Cum Laude, from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.


Jodi lives in Chicago with her husband and three children. She is a member of the Northwestern University Council of 100 and is a former trustee of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of, a NYC based non-profit aimed at eliminating the achievement gap in reading.


Closing Keynote: Get it Right Today, Not Tomorrow

Friday, June 23, 2017 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM | Cascades Ballroom


Do your employees and leaders too often operate in Survival Mode, putting out fires and putting off until tomorrow what should be done today? This program powerfully dispels the notion that there will always be a tomorrow in which we can finish today’s unfinished business and moves individuals to work and live with intentionality. Participants will leave fully engaged and ready to confront difficult situations, tackle complex issues, serve customers with respect and urgency, and perform their jobs with renewed passion. Full program description here.


Mercedes Ramirez Johnson


In 1995, Mercedes Ramirez Johnson narrowly survived a commercial airplane crash that killed 160 people, including her parents. She presents her proprietary Second Chance Living concept, an innovative mindset and approach with a proven track record, to organizations such as General Electric, ExxonMobil, General Motors, Microsoft, NASA, Gulfstream Aerospace, Chevron, and the various branches of the US Armed Forces.


Before becoming a speaker, Mercedes spent nearly a decade in high-level sales in the pharmaceutical and medical software industries. A record-breaking, multimillion-dollar producer, she became the youngest female and sole Latino account executive at Cerner Corporation.


Mercedes and her story have been the subject of considerable national and international media coverage.


Her extensive media experience includes appearances on ABC’s PrimeTime, The BBC, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Health Channel and as a recurring guest on numerous nationally syndicated daytime talk shows on NBC and ABC. In addition, numerous national magazines and major-market newspapers have run cover stories and special-interest pieces about her, and she was recognized as one of the country’s top young Hispanic up-and-comers by People Magazine’s Spanish edition, People en Español.


Mercedes and her husband have four sons and live in the Dallas area. To learn more, visit




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