Attendees of this year's show will have the privilege of hearing two keynote speakers. The opening keynote, "The Passion of Leadership," will be given by Henry S. Givray, chairman, president and CEO of SmithBucklin Corp., which now manages PSDA.
Leadership is easily recognizable, but can be difficult to perfect. Givray believes leadership must be learned through "a process of personal, active engagement and self-discovery." His presentation is structured to assist others in identifying opportunities to grow as leaders, and also encourages continuous learning in this area. Practical ideas and principles for everyday use will be provided.
Givray has written two articles for BusinessWeek: "Leadership Lessons from Mom" and "When CEOs Aren't Leaders." Also, his commentary "We Need Real Leaders—Not Just Lofty Titles" was published in Crain's Chicago Business. Finally, Givray's thoughts on leadership and culture have been cited in several books, and he is one of 25 leaders featured in the 2007 book Apples Are Square: Thinking Differently About Leadership, by Susan Smith Kuczmarski and Thomas D. Kuczmarski.
The closing keynote, "Creating a Winning Momentum," will be presented by Krish Dhanam, CEO, Training International Inc.
Dhanam will show audience members how to take what they learned at the 2011 show and apply new concepts into their already existing foundation. By following a formula focusing on "foundation, definition, expansion and conclusion," companies can achieve their desired end result, and will be prepared for any changes headed in their direction as well.
A true success story, Dhanam's journey began in southeast India with the hopes of moving to the United States to achieve the American Dream. He reached his destination in 1986 with only $9 in his pocket. He won a sales contest and a ticket to a seminar conducted by Zig Ziglar. That encounter in 1991 led to a relationship with Zig and his company, Ziglar Inc. From telemarketer to vice president of training for Ziglar Training Worldwide and director of international operations for Ziglar Training Systems, Dhanam's climb to the top speaks for itself.