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Conference Program

November 5, 2021

10:00 – 10:45 am, EDT

Recharge, Refresh, Reset Self Care Activity, Julie Sanders, Lead Corporate Health Coach

11:00 – 11:15 am, EDT

Conference Welcome, Ken Lizotte CMC®, Conference Chair

11:15 am – 12:15 pm, EDT

Opening Keynote, Dr. Erin L. Kelly

Work Design for Health: Reflections on Hybrid Work and More, from a Major Experiment

  • Learn how the changing workplace will affect your clients' bottom line!
  • Discover how the changing workplace will impact your client’s company culture!
  • Increase your revenue exponentially by discerning how to make things better for your clients and their projects!

Major changes are developing in the workplace, particularly policies and management practices, many of which began changing before the pandemic. The implication of this could be significant in terms of potential improvements or, on the negative side, deterioration in workers’ wellbeing. Similarly, will equity be advanced or lose ground while supporting strong organizational performance? In her new book Overload: How Good Jobs Went Bad and What to Do About It (Princeton University Press, 2020, co-authored with Phyllis Moen), Erin L. Kelly suggests answers culled from a major experiment in a Fortune 500 firm. 

12:15 – 12:30 pm, EDT


12:30 – 1:30 pm, EDT
Breakout Sessions - Getting to Know You!
Mix and mingle with management consulting colleagues from throughout North America and globally. These informal networking sessions offer an opportunity for you to see old friends and make new contacts at the start of the conference. 

1:30 – 1:45 pm, EDT


1:45 – 2:45 pm, EDT

Dr. Philip Kotler

Corporate Leadership and Responsibility: Changes Now and Change that Must Come

  • Learn how fast-developing, never-before changes within corporate America affect your bottom line and your clients'!
  • Discover radical new responsibilities that consultants have to their clients and to their clients' clients! 
  • Develop your expertise from this not-to-be missed opportunity to learn from a legend!

Recipient of this year's IMC USA Lifetime Contribution Accolade, Kotler will address how have American businesses been changing over time? For one, companies today are equipped with new technologies for competing in local and global markets.  They are also becoming increasingly interested in defining their purpose beyond making profit.  They further need to embrace environmental goals and show heightened sensitivity to social problems.  And their politics too might be changing in response to the growing polarization in our two-party system.  Finally, questions arise about why people in Nordic countries score highest in happiness and health and what this might suggest about improving American capitalism.

2:45 – 3:00 pm, EDT


3:00 – 4:00 pm, EDT

Breakout Sessions - Alliances by Industry
Network with colleagues by industry expertise including marketing, C-Suite, systems/procedures, non-profit, and more. Form Alliances by Industry & Interest! Share experiences & techniques! Join discussions on business development, thought leadership, cyber security, branding, exporting & more! This breakout is hosted by the following expert facilitators:

Adam P. Cherrill, CMC®
Cherrill Consulting Group
Breakout: Competitive Intelligence/Strategic Advisory 

Margaret Chock PhD, CMC®
Information Technology Management Consultant
Breakout: Small to Large IT Systems

Angela Dingle, CMC®, CGEIT
Ex Nihilo Management, LLC
Breakout: Cybersecurity 

Elizabeth Glynn
EMG Global Business Solutions Inc.
Breakout: Global Trade/Exporting 

Roberta Guise DTM
Guise Marketing & PR
Breakout: Thought Leadership

Linda Howard, CVF, PMP, CMC®
Howard Consulting, LLC
Breakout: Nonprofit Consultants

Ken Lizotte, CMC®
emerson consulting group inc.
Breakout: Publishing Books/Articles 

Kirk P. Walters, Principal and Chief Momentum Officer
The Walters Group, LLC.
Business Development for Small Business

Michiko I. Wolcott, CMC®
Msight Analytics, LLC
Breakout: Data Analytics

4:00 – 4:15 pm, EDT


4:15 – 5:15 pm, EDT

The Future of Consulting: Repositioning Your Practice in a Post-Covid, "Next Normal" World

  • Learn how to position your practice for success given changes brought about by Covid in strategy, innovation, digital and data!
  • Develop ways to impact your clients’ businesses based on these far-reaching changes!
  • Transform your future and your clients’ by the information shared in this session!

The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus argued that “you cannot step into the same river twice.” Heraclitus’ observation argues that things are always changing, although it perhaps also begs the question how our recent Covid pandemic "river" has reshaped our current – and future – business landscape. 

HOST: Jim Talerico CMC®, Greater Prairie Business Consulting Inc.

  • Christina Churchill, Principal, Technology and Management Consulting, RSM, LLC
  • Ricardo Gonzales Rugmas, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company. 
  • Andre de Waal, Academic Director and Managing Partner of the High-Performance Organization (HPO) Center, the Netherlands.
  • Jerry Savin, CMC (c) Emeritus, CPA, President & CEO Cambridge Technology Consulting Group, Inc.

Two significant trends are now developing in our US business community according to a recent McKinsey poll:

1.     46% of businesses have decreased their spending in 2021 because of Covid
2.     79% of companies have said that they are likely to continue operating in 2021 just as they did in 2020. 

These two trends will force us consultants to adjust if we are to succeed and thrive in the face of new customer habits and trying, unfamiliar economic times. This panel session explores how such developing trends will impact the “Next Normal” for both management consultants and their client companies.

5:15 – 6:15 pm, EDT

Kevin Zraly's "One Hour Wine Expert™"

Join your colleagues at the closing first day social with the One Hour Wine Expert™, a tasting of the four major grape varieties taught by Kevin Zraly, author of the "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course."

The wines will include:

  • Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)
  • Chardonnay (Cool climate Sonoma)
  • Pinot Noir (Oregon)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

Approximately one month prior to the conference, the winery names will be provided along with a suggested retail outlet, from which the wines can be delivered or picked up. If you are unable to locate the specific wine, then choosing from the same varietal is suggested. All wines to be tasted are less than $25 a bottle.

6:15 pm, EDT

Day One Wrap-Up

November 6, 2021

10:00 – 10:45 am, EDT

Recharge, Refresh, Reset Self Care Activity, Michele Yoga & Wellness, LLC

11:00 – 11:15 am, EDT

Day 2 Conference Welcome

11:15 am – 12:15 pm, EDT

Consulting Opportunities in a Favorable Global Market: The World Has Gotten Smaller!

  • Discover new opportunities to grow your business in a global market!
  • Learn how to effectively navigate new prospects brought about by the absence of past barriers!
  • Develop ways to leverage new opportunities in the U.S. and abroad so that you can take advantage of the new trade flow!

HOST: Andre Vaccaro, Nova Orbis Global Business Advisors Inc.
MODERATOR: Reema Nasser, ICMCI, Executive Director


The world as we know it has changed in a most dramatic way. Despite the obviously negative repercussions of the pandemic, what has also emerged are conditions for world trade that have never been so favorable. With the pandemic and lockdown accelerating the development of effective remote working conditions, many physical barriers to international trade and business have fallen by the wayside. As a result, the world has gotten smaller.

Given this more receptive and open world to US company exports, join us as a panel of experienced international consultants from different countries shares with us how opportunities can be leveraged both in the US and abroad and thus take advantage of this worldwide upswing in trade flow.

12:15 – 12:30 pm, EDT


12:30 – 2:00 pm, EDT

Chair’s Remarks, Annual Recognition and Awards Presentation

2:00 – 2:15 pm, EDT


2:15 – 3:15 pm, EDT

José Salibi Neto

Understanding Peter Drucker: My 14 Years with the Greatest Management Thinker of All Time

  • Apply the principal tenets of the late Peter Drucker's management consulting thought leadership to grow your practice!
  • Develop an ability to think years ahead to plan for trends which will benefit you and your clients!
  • Learn and implement Drucker’s insights which remain essential for successful business leaders today!

For a decade and a half, José Salibi Neto worked closely with the great management guru Peter Drucker in Brazil and Argentina and at Drucker's home in California. During this session, he will share what he learned about Drucker including his formation in the early years in Vienna, the origins of his thinkingthe four areas into which he divided his work, his mentors, the courageous decisions he made that helped him become the world's greatest management thinker, his management philosophy, and how he was able to think decades ahead of his time. Drucker’s thinking still remains important for managers worldwide, including the role of demography and his ability to predict what was coming. The role of abandonment, how he was driven by curiosity, and his integrative thinking will also be addressed. 

3:15 – 3:30 pm, EDT


3:30 – 4:30 pm, EDT
Breakout Sessions - Maximize Your IMC USA Experience!
Maximize your IMC USA experience by participating in the breakout of your choice including those with a focus on students, early career professionals, CMC’s, and pursuing your CMC. Breakouts specific to IMC USA Interests.

Hosted By:
Julia Demkowksi - IMC USA Leadership Opportunities
Gregory Brooks - IMC USA Member Benefits
Brandon Hamilton - IMC USA Student Opportunities
Jennifer Leake - Pursuing Your CMC Designation 
Jim Talerico - Consulting in a Post-Covid World - The Conversation Continues…
Dean Sprott – Further Exploring Peter Drucker and His Impact on Business and Consulting
Lindy Rome & Eva Bracciale - Just Have Fun!

4:30 – 4:45 pm, EDT


4:45 – 5:30 pm, EDT

Conference Closing Social

Stay-tuned for a special conference closing social!

5:30 pm, EDT

Conference Close, Ken Lizotte CMC®, Conference Chair