Schedule Speakers Register


Monday, August 26

Come a day early and take in a Triple-A baseball game between the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate) and the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers affiliate). It’s minor-league baseball at its best. Victory Field (The Vic) is right downtown—a 10-minute walk from the Hilton Indianapolis. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7:05 p.m. It’s Dollar Menu Monday with hot dogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks (and other items) for just a buck. What’s more, it’s also Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash Night, which means our local member’s annual holiday run will be promoted. Now here’s the best part: Ball game tickets reserved through the CEO Summit registration form are FREE! (We won’t know which section we will be in until later in August.) Just click the corresponding box when you sign up for the event and you can pick the tickets up at the Will Call window on game night. So, come enjoy the game, party with your peers, and root for your favorite team…and cheer for Wheeler Mission!

Tuesday, August 27

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration Opens
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Welcome Gathering
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Session 1: Is Strategic Planning Still a Thing?
Mike Evans
What should strategic plans look like these days in light of how fast things change and how quickly new opportunities emerge? Is a strategic map or strategic intent a better approach? We’ll get to the heart of the matter and help you determine—and present to your board—an approach that’s right for your organization.

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Session 2: Getting Alignment with Your Strategic Direction
Mike Evans
Once you know where you’re going, the next big job is to communicate it correctly and consistently to the leadership team, donors, community leaders, and others. This session will offer advice on doing that well so you arrive at your destination.

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Pre-Dinner Break
5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Dinner On-site
6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Session 3: The Power of Art in Life Transformation
Cindy Limbrick
God created art to arouse curiosity, build imagination, and soothe and heal the soul. Are you taking advantage of this extensive, amazing tool, exposing your guests and clients to various forms or having it on display throughout your property? You’ll be fascinated and motivated by some of the findings of our presenter.

7:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

I’ve Got a Question
We’ll be reading questions that participants have turned in anonymously at registration, covering any and every subject. Whether professional or personal, no topic is off limits. Answers will come from other participants as well as our presenters.

Wednesday, August 28

6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast on Your Own
There are plenty of eating options in the hotel and elsewhere downtown. Sit and savor or grab and go: You choose.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Momentum for the Morning
Nicholas Piotrowski
Engage with music and scripture to get things going.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session 4: So What Are You Really Good At?
Lisa Rice
Have fun exploring and processing your strengths though the CliftonStrengths assessment. Understand why you respond the way you do in everyday leadership situations and under pressure. Learn how to embrace this and surround yourself with people who will bring to the table what you can’t.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Snack and Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Mini Board Reports
Attendees will have up to 30 seconds to stand and talk about the biggest developments—great or less-than-great—transpiring in their organizations over the last six months. These will be magnets for afternoon networking.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Session 5: You’ve Got to Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive
Lisa Rice
What would happen if StrengthsFinder principles were brought into your programs, so instead of just working on problems and deficiencies, your guests and clients would also be taught how to further refine what they are good at doing? You’ll enjoy the fun exercises in this session.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pre-Lunch Break

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch On-site

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Session 6: Where’s the Equality Act Going…and How Quickly?
Greg Baylor
No bill introduced in Congress has the potential to rearrange the religious liberty landscape like this one. Understand its up-to-the-day status and what to expect through the end of this year and into 2020. Hear how similar bills played out in Canada and how it affected or didn’t affect Christian ministry. In light of the political climate, learn what to do and what never to do at your place.

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

News You Can Use
In popcorn-style delivery, participants can pass along news of new products just out on the market, government announcements others might not have heard about, where unlikely assistance can be found, what new software is hot, and anything else VERIFYABLE from which colleagues can benefit.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session 7: Building an Amazing Collaborative Network
Allison Melangton
Major corporations should be rushing to your side to herald your work and bring a ground swell of support. But how you attract them and how you keep them are not just coincidental. Hear how it’s done from someone with an amazing track record with national organizations and major players.

3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Snack and Networking Break

3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

Session 8: The Buck Stops Here
Mike Williams
You might have a great development staff, but you, as CEO, need to be the best and loudest voice in “the ask.” How are your skills and your confidence level? Our speaker will share how to discover and address the motivating factors of key donors.

4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Clean up and Pack up

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Walk to Wheeler Mission for Dinner

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tour 1

5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Travel to next location

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Tour 2

7:20 p.m. – 8:05 p.m.

Session 9: The Buck Continues Here
Mike Williams
The second entrée into this topic will focus on equipping all staff to engage donors properly. We’ll conclude with some future perspectives on major donor fundraising and a Q&A time.

Thursday, August 29

6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast on your Own

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Momentum for the Morning
Nicholas Piotrowski
No better way to start the day.

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Session 10: Creating a Platform to Maximize Impact
Shawn Bennett
You might have all of the pieces you need for a revitalized life-transformation ministry, but if the systems aren’t functioning and measurement devices aren’t in place, you won’t get the results you want. This session will build on Sessions 1 and 2 and introduce the glue to hold them all together.

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Snack and Networking Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

I’ve Got a Question
We’ll finish up our questions from during this segment…and introduce any new ones that came up over the past two days.

11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

On Your Way Out the Door
Robert Loggins
Our departing challenge from God’s Word will tie everything together and send you on your way with confidence and anticipation.

11:50 a.m.