Be a part of a life-changing experience. 

A two-day online conference that Starts With Why (Keynote Presentation) and concludes with good-bye.
Six hours of content to prepare leaders of the future. Two days of friendship, connections
and ah-ha! moments. Be a part of this virtual experience. 

MAS / CAS credits will be available to attendees.

Date & Time

March 16, 2021 | 12 - 5 pm EST

March 17, 2021 | 12 - 5 pm EST



Register to Attend 

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The first 90 registered attendees with receive a carefully curated "swag box."

KEYNOTE: Start With Why
"When we’re clear about why we’re here, where we’re going, who we serve and how we’re getting there, people start to feel valued and fulfilled. Consequently, we will choose to do our best work and collectively bring bold visions to reality." 

Heath Slawner | Igniter with the Simon Sinek Organization


DAY 1 | MARCH 16, 2021

Noon EST

Conference Opens 

Noon - 5 pm EST Exhibits Open 

12:15  pm EST Networking | Warm-Up Activity 

12:45 pm  EST Edwards Garment Co. Virtual Factory Tour 

1 pm EST
Main Stage
Keynote Presentation - Start With Why!
Presented by Heath Slawner, Igniter with Simon Sinek and the Start With Why Team

2 pm EST Break | Informal Session with Heath Slawner

2:15 pm EST

Breakout Sessions

  • Uncommon Leadership - Latisha Marshall, Sr. Director of Sales Operations, ePromos
  • How to Manage Enterprise Level Accounts - Jon Sloan, President and CEO of Mercury Promotions

3 pm  EST


3:15 pm EST
Main Stage

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Panel 

  • Julie Kwan, HR Talent Development Consultant, Hilltop Holdings
  • Michelle Robinson, President & CEO, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Johanna Gottlieb, VP of Sales, Axis Promotions
  • Maureen Dwyer, Moderator

4 pm EST Exhibits & Networking


DAY 2 | MARCH 17, 2021

Noon EST Conference Opens 

Noon - 5 pm  EST Exhibits Open 

12:15 pm EST Networking | Warm -Up Activity
12:45 pm EST Edwards Garment Co. Virtual Factory Tour

1 pm EST
Main Stage

Main Stage - The Future of Technology and the Promotional Products Industry
Presented by Dale Denham, ‎Senior Vice President & CIO, Geiger

2 pm   Break

2:15 pm EST

 Breakout Sessions  

  • Street Cred in the New Ethos - Bobby Lehew, Chief Content Officer, commonsku
  • How Creative Cultures Grow Sales - Janie Gaunce, President & CEO, Grapevine Designs

3 pm EST


3:15 pm EST
Main Stage

Town Hall Discussion

  • Paul Bellantone, CEO of PPAI
  • Tim Andrews, CEO of ASI
  • Paul Kiewiet, Moderator

4:15 pm EST Exhibits  | Networking

* Working Schedule Subject to change

Event Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors   


Product Sponsors




MiPPA Cares

During the Midwest Leadership Conference we will raise awareness and dollars for Kids On The Go. 

Kids On The Go is a pediatric non-profit program designed to provide special needs children (3-17 years) with physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapies both over the summer months and during the school year.

The mission of Kids On The Go is to recognize and facilitate the goals of children with special needs and to further develop their current skills through therapeutic and wellness programs for the children and their families.

The vision is to provide a safe environment that will foster opportunities for growth, inclusion and provides valuable resources for our community.

Read More or Donate to Kids On The Go Here


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