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The Art of Leadership 2020: Influence Through Communication

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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.

Influence Through Communication: This Year’s Focus

Every business, organization, leader, and employee faces the necessity of communicating effectively. As leaders we know the importance of casting vision, navigating challenges, and demonstrating value for our employees, partners, and clients. We work hard, we fill our schedules, and we strive to be effective. How do we develop our skill and knowledge to communicate in a world that is so rapidly changing? We serve many unique generations today. We employ any number of digital and physical mediums for communication. But how effective are all our efforts?

This year, the Art of Leadership is focused on exploring Influence through Communication. We want to equip you with thought, theory and practice that will help you get your message across to employees and clients alike. By addressing topics centered on understanding the various generations we serve and working with the variety of personalities we encounter, we can utilize both digital and physical platforms to communicate.

We are excited for you to join the conversation this year at the Art of Leadership.

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Event Guest Speakers

Luis Congdon

Digital Marketing Expert

Luis Congdon is a digital marketing expert who helps businesses leverage the internet for sales, web traffic, and deeper relationships. His work can be seen in the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, JP Morgan, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Huff Live, Mind Body Green, The Good Men Project, and many other publications. Luis has worked with Inc. 500 companies, 7-time New York Times bestselling author Marianne Williamson, top franchises across America, yoga studios, health clubs, grocery stores, counseling centers, nonprofits, churches, and digital agencies. To learn more about Luis Congdon and the work he does, visit ThrivingLaunch.com

Dr. John Schafer

Dr. John Schafer

Associate Professor at Western Illinois University & Former FBI Special Agent

Dr. John R. Schafer is a retired FBI Special Agent who is currently employed as an Associate Professor at Western Illinois University. Dr. Schafer served as behavioral analyst assigned to the FBI’s National Security Behavioral Analysis Program where he developed many of the ideas presented in this book. He earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. He owns his own consulting company and lectures and consults in America and abroad. He authored a book titled “Psychological Narrative Analysis: A Professional Method to Detect Deception in Written and Oral Communications” and co-authored the text “Advanced Interviewing Techniques: Proven Strategies for Law Enforcement, Military, and Security Personnel”. He has published numerous articles on a wide range of topics including the psychopathology of hate, ethics in law enforcement, detecting deception, and the universal principles of criminal behavior. Dr. Schafer’s most recent co-authored book is the best-seller “The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over”. Dr. Schafer also writes a blog for psychologytoday.com.

Featured Session Speakers

Arlie Davis

Lead Pastor of Christ Wesleyan Church

Pastor Arlie Davis

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 & Sue Strickler

Mike & Sue Strickler

Mike & Sue Strickler

Mike worked 17 years in a local cabinet manufacturing industry before finding a connection to the leadership and sales arena. In 1998, he began his journey to “becoming the best version” of himself through multiple systems of development and experience speaking on local and national stages. Mike speaks both professionally and personally while sharing success principles and helping others to develop their own personal journey, so they can become their “best self”! His circle of influence and friendships include Inc. Magazine Top 50 Leadership and Management experts, Mr. Orrin Woodward and Mr. Chris Brady. Mike is currently the top sales manager for Rocky Mountain Structures located in Bloomsburg, PA.

Sue earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Keystone College where she also was inducted into the Hall of Fame for recognition as a NJCAA double sport recipient in field hockey and softball. She serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Special Education in the local school district for the last 26 years. Sue is a nationally ranked umpire as a USA Field Hockey and PIAA official. Prior to her officiating career, she was a 10-year assistant field hockey coach with one of Pennsylvania’s winning-est Coaches, Cathy J. Keiser, with 619 wins. Sue is deeply passionate about the “WIN” for you!  Whether competing on the field or working through life’s challenges, her goal is to encourage you to be your “very best”!

Mike and Sue speak as a team in both regional and national conference arenas on topics such as communication, being a team player, family of origin, power of encouraging words, and personality types. They have been married 29 years and have served on the Marriage Ministry team for the last 6 years at Christ Wesleyan Church in Milton, PA.  They have two adult children, KateLynn and Jacob, and currently reside in Selinsgrove, PA.

Dan Wirnsberger

Dan Wirnsberger

Wrestling Coach at Bucknell University

Dan Wirnsberger

Dan Wirnsberger graduated from Michigan State with a degree in criminal justice. While wrestling for the Spartans, Dan compiled a record of 120-44, the third-most wins in school history. He served as a captain for three years and logged multiple wins at nationals distinguishing himself as an all-American.

He spent six years as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech which gained national recognition with several all-American wrestlers and appearances in NCAA competition. He transitioned to serve as the head coach of Bloomsburg University’s Division I program (2002-2005), and built the team to feature 10 student athletes competing in the NCAA Tournament, the program’s first-ever Olympic Trials qualifier, and was named 2005 PSAC Coach of the Year.

In 2005, Coach Wirnsberger was named the 15th coach of the Bucknell wrestling program, and is entering his 15th year at the helm of the Orange and Blue. He led the program back into the national spotlight after a four-year hiatus where it was not a varsity sport, he has succeeded and currently ranks second on the Bison career wins list with 120. He has accumulated 146 victories across his career.

Coach Wirnsberger resides in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, Dana, a former athletic trainer at Bucknell, and their three sons, Cade, Max, & Chase.


March 27
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