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Featuring leading speakers from within and outside of the Industry, the Content Sessions bring you actionable and inspiring insight delivered on trends, opportunities, skills, best practices and personal growth; providing you with the means to inspire innovation, leadership and growth for you and within your own organization. Please visit frequently to see the details as they are added.

Sunday, January 28

Opening Keynote: Community, Collaboration and Conversations

Thom Singer
6:00pm – 6:45pm


Thom Singer

Thom Singer is the CEO of the Austin Technology Council and is an active keynote speaker for associations and companies who value the power of the human side of business. He is the expert who brings the message of relationships, trust, and accountability to your next meeting.

Thom Singer has had over 15 years’ experience promoting “Community, Collaboration, and Conversations”. After a successful career in sales and marketing, he became a growth leadership speaker in 2009. He has brought his high energy presentations and action-oriented content to over 1200 audiences. Thom knows that as the speaker he has a responsibility to set the tone for a strong conference attendee experience.

Known as “The Conference Catalyst” he creates an atmosphere of fun and interaction that lasts beyond his presentation. In this role he does not simply speak and leave, but is engaged with the participants before, during, and after the conference.

Thom earned his Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation in 2014 and is committed to the business of meetings. He is the author of 12 books and has hosted several podcasts for companies and associations. On these shows he has interviewed over 1000 business leaders and others with a focus on discovering how the most successful people create connections and influence.

He and his wife make their home in Austin, Texas and are the parents of two highly-spirited daughters

Monday, January 29

Content Session: Ask Outrageously

Linda Swindling, JD, CSP
1:30pm – 2:30pm


Linda Swindling, JD, CSP

Linda is the negotiation expert for those who don’t like to negotiate. An advisor to CEOs and executives, she is better known for her down-to-earth approach, humor, and easy suggestions to Ask Outrageously and connect powerfully to get what you really want.
A respected mediator and “recovering” attorney, Linda attended Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, and is the go-to expert in negotiating everything from big deals to workplace drama. In addition to being a frequent media guest and a TEDx presenter, she is recognized as a Top 10 Global Guru in Negotiation.
Linda is the author of several books including Ask Outrageously, Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers, as well as the Passports to Success series. Her clients include Southwest Airlines, Ericsson, Women’s Foodservice Forum, the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, and the National Association of Catering Executives. Whether you are an expert negotiator or a negoti-hater, Linda is the real deal when it comes to winning with integrity.