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NAPEO's 2014 CEO Forum combines practical and hard-hitting executive education with informal peer networking. Based on the success of last year, this year's CEO Forum will be available a la carte, so you can pick and choose to attend, one, two, three, or all of the events. The executive education component of this year's program will again offer the unique opportunity to learn from three Stanford University professors on topics of motivation, stress and health, and success in the face of change, this is a not-to-miss, once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from the best of the best! In addition to this invaluable learning experience, you'll benefit from the opportunity to forge lasting connections with like-minded industry colleagues in an informal setting. NAPEO's CEO Forum is open to NAPEO PEO member company CEOs and other C-level executives within these member PEO companies.

Forum 1 — Palo Alto, CA — Hotel RSVP Form — Reserve Your Room By March 6th!
March 20, 2014 — 2:00pm - 9:00pm (dinner included)
March 21, 2014 — 800am - 1:00pm (breakfast and lunch included)

Executive Learning with Stanford University Professors
Back again for 2014, a chance to learn from three well known Stanford professors and authors in a unique small-group setting.

  • Frank Flynn, Motivating Others to Perform, Leaders can't interact with everyone all the time. Rather, they must learn how to get others to work hard, even when they're not around to inspire or persuade them to do so. Typically we rely on the use of "carrots" to get more out of our best employees. However, in this session, you will learn about several psychological levers that can help you build employee motivation in a more sustainable way. Specifically, Frank will concentrate on strategies aimed at motivating employees to excel in their assigned role while working hard to support the firm's mission.

  • David Spiegel: The Stanford Center on Stress and Health, under the direction of Dr. David Spiegel, is dedicated to studying how stress and support affect mind, brain, and body. We are fundamentally social creatures, and the social and physical environment can both cause and ameliorate stress. Acute stress can stimulate immune response, while chronic stress wears it down. These factors can have an effect on the body's ability to fight disease. Social isolation is bad for your health, and depression predicts poorer outcome with cancer and heart disease. Dr. Spiegel and The Center are devoted to understanding mechanisms associated with stress and health, and to developing and testing new treatments that mobilize psychosocial support and stress management. In this session, Dr. Spiegel will relate his research to your role as a CEO, and provide a better understanding of how you can leverage the mechanics of stress to improve performance, productivity and overall wellbeing.

  • Charles O'Reilly, How Leaders Can Help Their Organizations Succeed in the Face of Change. All companies hit rough patches from time to time. But only a few manage to survive decade after decade — some of them in a form that bears no resemblance to the original organization. Nokia began in 1865 as a riverside paper mill along the Tammerkoski Rapids in southwestern Finland. In the late 1880s, Johnson & Johnson got its start by manufacturing the first commercial sterile surgical dressings and first-aid kits. And in 1924, the founder of Toyota came out with his company's first invention — an automatic loom. What explains this longevity? Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Charles O'Reilly calls it "organizational ambidexterity": the ability of a company to manage its current business while simultaneously preparing for changing conditions. "You often see successful organizations failing, and it's not obvious why they should fail," O'Reilly says. The reason, he says, is that a strategy that had been successful within the context of a particular time and place may suddenly be all wrong once the world changes. This session will cover how you, as a PEO CEO, can succeed in the face of change and bring your company to the next level.

Forum 2 — Washington, DC
June 10, 2014 — 6:00pm - 10:00pm
CEO Forum with Chris Voss, Former FBI Hostage Negotiator
In Search of Leverage: Negotiation Tips for your Business

Join Chris Voss for a fascinating look at how you can increase your competitive edge by applying the emotional intelligence secrets of hostage negotiation to your business. Voss is the founding CEO of the Black Swan Group, a negotiation consulting firm, and a retired FBI agent, who from 2000-07 was Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit and the lead negotiator to the US National Security Council Hostage Working Group and the Group of Eight. His presentation combines gripping war stories with real-world insight on how to handle difficult situations when the odds are not with you, use your personal strengths in negotiating, and employ communication techniques that influence favorable outcomes. Event includes transportation, dinner, presentation and great views of our nation's capital.

Forum 3 — Miami, FL
September 15, 2014 — 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Dinner & Discussion with NAPEO's Keynote Speaker

NAPEO's CEO Forum is open to NAPEO PEO member company CEOs and other C-level executives within these member PEO companies.

NAPEO would like to thank this year’s CEO Forum sponsors:


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