Experience three amazing keynotes during our virtual convention!

Charged leadership: Energize your work & life

You are a superstar, a hero, a lifesaver who has navigated so much change and challenges in your work and life the last few months. As a caregiving professional, you have truly accomplished big things to maintain your sanity, wellness, and effectiveness—both personally and professionally. In today’s challenging world, it’s important to keep your energy focused where it’s needed most without draining the other areas of your life. This keynote will give you ideas and fresh motivation to shift your energy and help you and your team grow and be well now and into the future. You will learn about the seven key energy centers that drive your impact and influence at work and at home: motivation, creativity, confidence, relationships, communication, strategy, and vision.

When you charge up each area, you will make better decisions, manage your time more effectively, have more impact on your colleagues and residents, and feel more empowered when juggling all your day-to-day tasks. You will learn how to create and implement your personalized plan to keep your “Energy Grid” charged up, power up your goals, and keep on rising even when work and life are stressful and overloaded.

Some of the things you will do include the following:


  1. Evaluate your “Energy Grid” to pinpoint where you have opportunities to charge up and/or reset
  2. Learn ways to keep your seven energy centers powered up so you show up as your best
  3. Discuss how you can use what you learn with your team, so everyone stays charged up!


Kristen Brown, bestselling author, worldwide speaker, energy medicine practitioner
The most awesome leaders and happiest humans keep their energy in sync and charged up so they can show up and feel their best every day even when times are stressful! Kristen can help you do it! Energize your leadership and life to drive real growth for yourself, your loved ones, your company, and the world! Kristen Brown’s super-actionable and nerdy-research-proven methods for work/life alignment, leadership, and personal power are a result of her experiences as a bestselling author, worldwide speaker, energy medicine practitioner, 15-year corporate leader, widowed mom, and RYT-200 yoga teacher.

After her many years in corporate leadership roles working with some of the world’s most well-known brands, including General Mills, Disney, Kraft, Target, Walmart, and more, today she makes your business audience the star of the show by adding curated research, relevant interactivity, and savvy humor to her business-boosting programs and weaving in customized stories, interviews, and case studies tied to your audience, industry, and event theme. Kristen’s global expertise, master’s-level education, and holistic viewpoint will motivate you with cutting-edge ideas drawn from real-world data that will drive sales excellence, elite leadership, quality performance, personal growth, and profits!

During her time in corporate leadership she was widowed unexpectedly with a new baby during the economic crash that prompted her to start her business as a professional speaker, consultant, and coach. Since then, she has worked with respected clients, including Boston Scientific (13+ times), the Minnesota Timberwolves, General Mills, and many more associations and companies worldwide. Kristen shares her expertise and bestselling books extensively in the media, including a live TV appearance where she ended up “in bed” with a Pro Football Hall of Famer with 3.5 million viewers watching, swapping stories with a senator on his radio show, teaching a Minnesota Viking to play Twister on live TV, and sharing quotes and research in respected media outlets like Live with Kelly, Forbes, Working Mother, Fox, BBC, Psychology Today, monthly appearances on Twin Cities Live on ABC, and many more. Her books and podcast are read and listened to by audiences around the world. Her biggest faults—she is an occasional know-it-all, sometimes workaholic, and frequent wine aficionado; and her biggest love is her genetically-sassy daughter Brooke. She lives in Minneapolis and spends her free time boating, teaching yoga, hiking, and cuddling with her one-year-old black lab, Boone. Join the fun and get all the social media links where you can get daily energizers on her website

Moral Courage in Challenging Times

Doing the right thing requires moral motivation and moral discernment—the commitment and ability to make the best choices. Often, it also requires moral courage—the capacity to do right despite our fears or in the face of adversity. In these challenging times, ethical leaders find the courage to have make tough decisions and have challenging conversations every day. This session will focus on moral courage—how we can build our own courage, and how we can foster a spirit of moral courage in our teams and organizations. We will use real-life examples to illustrate specific techniques and concepts that leaders—at all levels—and practice and apply to assure that we are prepared to do what is right, in those moments of truth.

Dr. Charles "Chad" Weinstein, President, Ethical Leaders in Action, LLC
Charles A. “Chad” Weinstein is president of Ethical Leaders in Action, LLC, and author of Thinking Aloud: Reflections on Ethical Leadership. Since 2008 he has also served as the lead instructor for Leading4Life, the leadership fellowship program presented by the Care Providers of Minnesota Foundation, and works with leaders in skilled nursing, assisted and independent living, and home- and community-based health care organizations. Weinstein is also a community faculty member of the Metropolitan State University School of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, and has been an adjunct faculty member of the Carlson School of Management. He holds an MA and a PhD in ethics (philosophy) from the University of Minnesota, and a BA in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin.

Lost & found: Finding meaning in times of challenge

People have always used stories to cope with an unpredictable world. Challenging experiences can lead to unexpected and meaningful outcomes if we are willing to remain open to infinite possibilities. Kevin Kling’s near-fatal motorcycle accident left him partially paralyzed, however it expanded his heart in ways he could never have imagined. In this inspiring and uplifting keynote, Kevin will share his own and others’ healing stories, inviting the audience to travel with him through several portals that lead him to new ways of being in the world.

Kevin Kling, author, playwright, teller of tales
Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

Kevin describes his zodiac sign as “Minnesota with Iowa rising…” His storytelling started when a friend from the now-defunct Brass Tacks Theatre asked him to perform his stories. Since then, he has been awarded numerous arts grants and fellowships. The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, and others have recognized Kling’s artistry. In 2014, Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak named Kevin “Minneapolis Story Laureate.”

Kevin continues to write plays and stories in a rigorous fashion, and travels around the globe to many storytelling festivals, residencies, and has been invited to perform at the acclaimed National Storytelling Festival for several years. Kevin has released digital collections of his stories and published five books: The Dog Says How, Holiday Inn, Big Little Brother, Big Little Mother, and On Stage with Kevin Kling.


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