Annual Conference


Monday, May 6

8:00 am–Noon

UVSA Board of Directors Meeting

2:00 pm–5:00 pm


2:00 pm–5:00 pm

Next Gen Session: A Leadership MasterClass
Michael Canic, PhD, Making Strategy Happen

NextGen leaders bring ambition and energy to their roles. But do organizations equip them with the necessary tools–processes, practices, models, and methods–that enable them to lead with competence and confidence?

In this 3-hour, interactive Leadership MasterClass, Dr. Michael Canic will outline a wide-ranging set of tools to help NextGen Leaders develop and sustain focus, create an environment of engagement and performance, and build a high-performing team. For anyone serious about developing into a first-rate leader, this session is not to be missed.

Learn more and register here.

6:00 pm–8:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, May 7

7:00 am–8:30 am


7:00 am–11:00 am


8:30 am–9:00 am

Opening Remarks and Annual Business Meeting

9:00 am–10:00 am

General Session I

10:00 am–10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am–11:30 am

General Session II

11:30 am–1:00 pm


Executive Leadership Session
(Invitation Only)
Strategy + Execution: An Advanced Seminar for Elite Leaders
Michel Canic, PhD

Almost everyone does strategic planning. Yet the published failure rates for strategic planning range from 70 to 90 percent. How does the committed leader go beyond the strategic planning charade and make significant change happen?  
In this fast-paced, 90-minute, Strategy + Execution Advanced Seminar, Dr. Michael Canic will detail a well-proven framework for strategy and execution that will help leaders successfully navigate our uncertain and complex world. He will also address specific strategy and execution challenges identified by the participants prior to the conference. 

1:30 pm–2:30 pm

General Session III

2:30 pm–2:45 pm


2:45 pm–3:30 pm

General Session IV

4:30 pm–6:00 pm

Networking Event

6:30 pm–9:00 pm

No Tie Lounge Reception

Wednesday, May 8

7:15 am–8:30 am


8:30 am–9:45 am

General Session V

9:45 am–10:30 am

General Session VI

10:30 am–11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 am–Noon

General Session VII: Economic Trends and Outlook 2024-2025: A Changing Landscape
Connor Lokar, ITR Ecomonics

Interest rates, inflation, labor, military conflicts, and a presidential election are on the minds of most leaders as they make plans for the rest of 2024 and prepare for 2025. Join us as we look at the trends for 2024, including a weakening economy, lower inflation, and a shift in consumer spending. We will take a look at key markets, both domestic and global. The presentation will give you valuable insights in time to develop tactics and strategies to beat the cycle and prepare for the business cycle rise ahead. Knowing what to watch for and the probable timing of the reversal to rise will give you confidence as you enact plans that enable you to get the most out of 2024 and 2025 while simultaneously getting ahead of your competitors.