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2021 Annual Retreat & Awards

August 12 and August 13, 2021

Retreat Schedule:

9:00 a.m.     Registration Opens (Networking)

10:00 a.m.     Welcome and Opening Comments 

10:30 a.m.     Networking Activity

11:15 a.m.     Break

11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m.     Lunch from 11:30 – 12:15

12:15 – 12:50 p.m.     Lunchtime Discussion: Virtual, In Person, or Both

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.     “Understanding Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions”

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.     Break

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.     “Building Mixed Teams: How to lead teams with both in-person and virtual staff”

4:00 p.m.     Break

4:15 – 5:15    “Tactical Change Management…Redefining Success”

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.     Dinner and Sharing of Best Practices at Twin Archer


EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARD is given to a community leadership program which has created and successfully implemented an innovative program, initiative or project.  The Excellence in Innovation Award is designed to recognize innovation with a proven track record. To be considered, the innovation must be creative, unique, impactful and must have been launched sometime within the past five years.


Held at Horizon Convention Center in beautiful downtown Muncie, Indiana.

$105 Standard$90 for Circle Members

Early registration (before July 1st)

$115 after July 1st


Accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriot at Horizon Convention Center

Rate: $104 per night.

2021 Presentations Include:

Understanding Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions

Melinda Messineo, PhD is a professor of Sociology at Ball State University. She is a nationally recognized teacher and workshop facilitator and publishes on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her research explores representations of race, class, and gender in the media and the impact that all media forms have on our understanding of people different from ourselves.

Tactical Change Management…Redefining Success

Jim Wilcox is the President and Owner of Wilcox & Associates, a Sandler Training & Consulting company with offices in Fort Wayne and South Bend, IN. As a serial entrepreneur and a clinically trained healthcare professional, Jim brings a unique perspective and passion towards business with over 20 years of experience in sales & sales leadership and successful business start-up experience. He has consulted in several start-up companies including one of his own which he successfully grew and sold during his 10-year clinical tenure.  It’s this perspective & passion that has propelled Jim and his team to success with clients and within the Sandler organization.

How to Be a Super Connector

Barry Schrock has been working in coaching, training, and leadership for more than 28 years as a basketball coach, educational leader, and business owner. He is currently the director of leadership programs with Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and is a sought-after high-performance coach, leadership trainer, and keynote speaker. He is an expert in helping individuals, teams, and companies discover high performance and unlock it for success. Barry has presented to thousands of individuals as a speaker, workshop trainer, company coach, guest lecturer, podcast guest and personal coach to C-Suite executives including CEOs, vice presidents, and managers.

Building Mixed Teams

Kira Childers is currently an HR Business Partner and Manager of the Talent Development Function at Ontario Systems, headquartered in Muncie, IN. Kira has worked in the talent development and talent management space for over a decade and has years of experience in the training and development of hybrid teams, as well as coaching leaders to grow in their leadership of hybrid teams.