9:00 am — 4:00 pm
The Auditorium (Entrance #6)
363 Stamm Road, , Milton, PA 17847 United States
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 The Art of Leadership 2019: Innovation

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The Art of Leadership Conference provides the Greater Susquehanna Valley with an opportunity to receive high caliber leadership development in an environment that connects our community and builds relationships across businesses and organizations throughout Pennsylvania.

Our goal is to equip you to master the Art of Leadership, bring excellence to your daily practices, and shape new leaders that will grow your team and your community. You will hear from leaders both world-renowned and locally recognized. They will share their insights into the Art of Leadership and offer their most successful practices. The Art of Leadership Conference is live onsite at Christ Wesleyan Church and is for anyone who leads. Whether you are responsible for a large staff, provide services to clients, oversee a volunteer team, or are sensing a call to future leadership, The Art of Leadership will equip you to lead in new and dynamic ways.

Innovation: This Year’s Focus

Every business, organization, leader, and employee faces the challenge of Innovation. You work hard, are dedicated to completing the tasks at hand, and strive to see growth in your company, department, and projects, yet tasks seem to overwhelm our time and leave no margin for the next big idea. How do we create that margin? How do you lead others to being creative? What does it take to make sure that your work, services, and production remain relevant to the ever-changing world around us? This year, the Art of Leadership is focused on a conversation of Innovation. We want to equip you with thought, theory, practice, and tools that will support the creative effort of you and your team. We will address topics centered on personal growth for creativity, fostering a work culture that thinks outside the box, personal experience leading change within industry, interdisciplinary tools to incorporate in your daily practices, and preparing for the employees and clientele of the future. We are excited for you to join the conversation this year at the Art of Leadership.

Event Registration

Registration begins at 8:00am. Conference starts at 9:00am.

(Cost covers event ticket, catered lunch, coffee, & snacks.) Leadership materials will be available for purchase at the event.


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Event Guest Speaker


Bob Freytag

Senior Consulting Partner & Director of Consulting Services


Bob Freytag, a Senior Consulting Partner and a Director of Consulting Services with The Ken Blanchard Companies®, is a highly engaging facilitator and performance consultant. He creates a challenging and powerful learning experience that helps leaders align their actions with their goals in order to maximize the success of their organization. Bob has more than 25 years of training and consulting experience in the military, government agencies, and a wide variety of private-sector industries. This depth of experience enables him to incorporate real-life examples that are relevant your environment. Bob provides expertise in the areas of leadership development, organizational development and culture change, process consulting, and curriculum design and delivery. Bob also trains and consults on programs that focus on team building, customer service, conflict resolution, leading in a virtual environment, and building trust. He is a coauthor of the Servant Leadership program, which is currently available through Blanchard’s Custom Production Department. Bob holds a bachelor of science degree in education, with a focus in workforce education and development, from Southern Illinois University. He is a certified Culture Change Consultant and a master trainer of many Blanchard programs; he is also qualified to administer and interpret the MBTI® and DISC assessments. In addition, he is designated by the US Navy as a Curriculum Development Expert and a Master Training Specialist. His clients include:

  • US Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Aerotek
  • Lowe’s
  • NRG Energy, Inc.
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Santee Cooper
  • Skanska USA
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • CBS Corporation
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Inc.
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Delta Airlines, Inc.
  • National Industries for the Blind (NIB)
  • Invesco Ltd.

Featured Session Speakers

Pastor Arlie Davis

Lead Pastor of Christ Wesleyan Church, Speaker
Arlie started as the Assistant Pastor at Christ Wesleyan Church (CWC) in 1981. He founded Meadowbrook Christian School in 1982, and was the first administrator. In 1989, he became Lead Pastor of CWC. As Lead Pastor, he is responsible for vision-casting and leadership. He teaches God’s Word each week and shares how to apply it to everyday life.

He has a B.S. in Special Education, M.A. in Religion, D.Min ABD in Leadership, Counseling, & Preaching.

He is married to Sharon, Wellness Care Director and Counselor at Christ Wesleyan. They have two kids, Aidan and Adrienne-Leigh, a son-in-law, Matt, and a granddog, Benny.

Mike BurnsMichael J. Burns

Director of New Hope Ministries, Coach

Michael has been serving in a pastoral role in a variety of ways since 2002.  He is currently serving the people of the Juniata, Susquehanna and Lehigh Valleys in Central Pennsylvania as a consultant, speaker, counselor, and youth advocate.

Michael has served and worked for PA Treatment and Healing as a safety crisis management trainer and crisis/D&A counselor.  He too served for twelve seasons as a college Lacrosse coach for Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA where he led the defensive team to become one of the highest ranked in the country.  Michael received his Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America in 1998 and then graduated from Whittier College in Whittier, CA with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Child Development.  In 2013 Michael graduated with a Masters in Theological Studies through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary of Lynchburg, VA.

Currently, Michael serves as Executive Director of Join Hands Ministry in Perry County. Michael lives in Sunbury, PA with his wife, Lauri, their daughter Addison and son Thaddeus.

Chad GeiseChad Geise

President of Furmano Foods, Inc.

Chad is a 4th generation family member of Furmano Foods who started his “career” with Furmano’s at a young age, working during the summers since he was 11 years old.

Chad received a bachelor of science degree in finance from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. Upon graduation, Chad pursued a career in Finance with Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).  During his time with JNJ Chad held numerous roles of increasing responsibility in the pharmaceutical sector, the consumer products sector and JNJ’s worldwide corporate headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Prior to leaving JNJ he was a member of the Licensing, Mergers and Acquisitions team for the pharmaceutical sector.

Chad joined the team at Furmano’s in 2009 with the goal of transitioning the business from the 3rd to the 4th generation. Chad has served as Vice President of Organizational Strategy and Growth, President of Furmano Foods, C.E.O., and Chairman of the Board.

Outside of work, Chad enjoys spending time with Tabitha (his wife), Emma & London (his children), and the rest of his family.  He is active at Christ Wesleyan Church in Milton, and in serving the Lord through various faith-based organizations throughout the local community and afar via short-term mission trips.

Brian C. Johnson
Dr. Brian C. Johnson

Professor, Author, Speaker, & Pastor

Brian C. Johnson honors the struggles and accomplishments of the ordinary citizens who launched the Civil Rights Movement by committing himself personally and professionally to the advancement of multicultural and inclusive education.

He serves as a faculty member in the department of academic enrichment at Bloomsburg University. He is a founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs, a consortium that promotes best practices for diversity in higher education.

He earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from California University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in communications, media, and instructional technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in December 2016. Brian is the co-author of Reel Diversity: A Teacher’s Sourcebook (2008), winner of the 2009 Phillip Chinn Book Award by the National Association for Multicultural Education, and a revised edition in 2015, and We’ve Scene It All Before: Using Film Clips in Diversity Awareness Training (2009).

Johnson serves on the ministry team at Revival Tabernacle in Watsontown, PA where he is the youth pastor. He is a gifted teacher and enjoys sharing hope and joy with those to whom he ministers. In August 2009, he authored Sintimacy: The Christian’s Love Affair with Secret Sin which was published by Revival Nation Publishing.

Event FAQs

Can I view this event online? You will not be able to view this event online.
Where are the sessions held? The event will be held in the Auditorium of Christ Wesleyan Church’s Milton Campus.
What time should I arrive? Plan to arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 am for registration.  The Welcome Session starts at 9:00am
What topics will be discussed? We will be covering a number of perspectives revolving around the concept of innovation including personal, team, and cultural innovation.
Is there reserved seating? All seating is General Admission.  If groups wish to sit together it is recommended that they arrive early to select their seats.
What should I wear? Most people wear business casual or jeans. If you get cold easily, we suggest bringing a light jacket or sweater.
What should I bring to Art of Leadership? Each participant will be provided a program for notes. Bring an open mind and willingness to learn from incredible leaders.

How do I register? Registration is available through Eventbrite by following the link on this webpage or by calling Christ Wesleyan Church at 570.742.8987.
When is the registration deadline? Registration closes on April 17, 2019.
Is there a group discount rate? There is no group discount but there is an Early Bird discount of $10 until April 8.
Do I need to have all the names of our group when I register? Yes, you will need to provide the first and last name of each person attending. This will be asked at the end of the registration process for group members.
Can I register over the phone or on-campus? Yes, you may register over the phone or on-campus. What does the conference price include? The price includes admission to the event, snacks and drinks throughout the day, a full catered lunch, and an opportunity to win a giveaway.
Will there be food? Yes!  We will provide snacks and drinks throughout the day as well as a full catered lunch that is mindful of the more common allergies including dairy and nut.  If you have concerns about allergies please contact Caleb Swartz directly at 570.742.8987.
What is the refund policy for this event? There will be a full refund available until April 17 when registration closes.

Is your campus wheelchair accessible?/What kind of accessibility arrangements are available? Yes, our facilities are fully accessible. If there are any additional accommodations you may need please contact Caleb Swartz at 570.742.8987.
What are my parking options for the event? Guests are welcome to park directly in front of the Auditorium or at the Well Entrance for the day.
Will The Well Coffee House be open? The Well Coffee House will have a made-to-order stand in The Auditorium with a limited menu available during the breaks and lunch. The Coffee House will also be open to serve you their full menu. Coffee will be provided at no cost for the entire duration of the event.

Will there be leadership materials available to purchase? There will be leadership books and materials available for purchase the day of the event with either cash or card.
Will CEU credits be available for this event? No Continuing Education Credits will be available as a result of attending the conference. We are able to provide documentation that you attended the vent for employers on a per request basis.
Still have questions? Call us at 570.742.8987 or email: caleb.swartz@cwc.life


April 26, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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