Feature Article

Out With the “Ole” in with the New By Joseph E. Fritz – Executive Director E

arlier this year, a number of our Member Companies took part in a third party survey conducted

by ORI to gage Member perception of services provided by the ICI and how we can better improve our offering. One aspect of that survey addressed the annual Spring Management Meeting, and the results were somewhat surprising.

It seems that the general perception of this meeting is that it is intended for top-level management and is somewhat of a “Good Ole Boys’ Club”.


can be further from the truth, though I must admit that when I was a young engineer 30 years ago, I too held that impression.

The fact is, the program

is designed to support leadership at all levels of your organization. To address this misconception, ORI had recommended a rebranding of the event. On review of the findings, our Board of Directors were in full agreement and assigned the action to the ICI Marketing Committee.


completing a review of past years’ agendas, the Committee recognized that the real focus is on the development of our businesses and our leadership, regardless of level in the organization. As a result, and after much

deliberation, it was agreed that the ICI has had its last Spring Management Meeting and will replace it with the ICI Business and Leadership Development

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Conference. It is the belief of the Committee that this more accurately describes the intention of the event and the program content availed to attendees. With regard to the program content,

we have heard from a diverse group of speakers addressing a broad range of topics from harassment to cyber- security, from employee motivation to retention, from labor law to the economic forefront and market outlook, and the list goes on. Naturally, there are aspects of the meeting that are geared for the upper echelon of management, but the vast majority of the topics addressed hold something for every leader in your organization.

Like all ICI events, there are opportunities and activities designed to bring Members together to network, renew relationships, develop new ones and to facilitate industry collaboration and growth, but the main focus is on leadership development. This program is carefully planned to address industry relevant topics that give attendees insights into personal and business development needs with immediately actionable results. So, if you were of the misconception

that this event is a meeting of the “Good Ole Boys’ Club”, I hope that I have dispelled that myth.

I encourage you

to join us in Santa Fe, NM from April 26-29, 2020 at our first Business and

Leadership Development Conference. I assure you that it will be well worth your time as you will benefit both personally and professionally from the experience.

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