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Experience two amazing keynotes during our 74th annual Convention & Exposition!

Christopher Ridenhour
Monday, November 14  |  10:15 AM  |  Sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron, PA

Imagine the end to floor wars, cross-shift conflicts and the “churn and burn” nature of healthcare!  Are you ready to do everything necessary to keep folks from rushing to the exits? Are you ready to make this the “Year of Retention?” 

Today, let’s declare a moratorium on uncooperative, unengaged, and uncommunicative behaviors.  Haphazard nonspecific retention and engagement strategies guarantee increased abysmal morale, high accident rates, and pervasive overtime costs. The sheer impact of replacement costs alone threaten organizational survival. GREAT NEWS AHEAD! 

Retention 911: Reviving, Inspiring, Engaging, Retaining! dives deep into the hearts and minds of your colleagues to reveal what inspires and motivates human beings to embrace change, own problems, and take personal accountability for their part in creating a magnetic community. 

Our buildings deserve the peace that comes from a workplace culture defined by passion, purpose, cooperation and unprecedented levels of morale and engagement. You will walk away with countless strategies created to kick the “workforce crisis” right in the tail!

Christopher Ridenhour, GFN, National Speaker, Healthcare Management Professional, Accountability Coach, Expert Team Energizer, Certified Staff Whisperer, Shenanigan Enthusiast.
For the last 20 years, Christopher has traveled across North America and Canada keynoting and training for national aging associations. As the chief learning officer for two multi-site senior services organizations, Christopher has served as a driving force at creating organizational cultures defined by exceptional, measurable outcomes. To that end, he develops and delivers high-impact training focused on world-class hospitality, DEI, elevated employee engagement, new supervisor training, inspired leadership, total team commitment, among other critical workforce competencies. Christopher uses behavioral science, principles of organizational development, and observational humor in his presentations. 


Kat Perkins
Tuesday, November 15 |  10:15 AM  |  Sponsored by Lotus Pharmacy

Kat Perkins grew up in Scranton, North Dakota surrounded by a family of musicians. Kat followed her undeniable passion for performing and moved to Minnesota to pursue music. She quickly gained the attention of the local Twin Cities music scene. After a hiatus from performing due to vocal surgery, Kat made a musical comeback in 2014 by auditioning and appearing on season 6 of NBC’s The Voice. Kat turned 3 chairs during her blind audition, charted in the top 5 on iTunes several times with her stand-out performances on the show, and sailed to the finals with help from her coach, Adam Levine. She’s since gone on to play sold out venues across America with a variety of performances and tours, and she began a successful speaking career talking about following dreams and living a Fearless life.  

Praise Kat received from these presentations even led her to begin a nonprofit foundation, The Rising Star Foundation, providing scholarships and opportunity for aspiring musicians while also giving back to the local community.

Kat is a nationally recognized motivational speaker who can deliver her message to organizations, and leadership conferences of all types. She sets the tone for people of all ages and each appearance comes with a musical performance! You can expect an inspiring experience about finding your passion, taking leadership and working with others, developing a positive attitude, and working towards your dreams. You will leave the event with a sense of confidence, some laughs, and a full heart!

Kat Perkins, Motivational Speaker


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Loni Lagro
Loni Lagro
Education Support Specialist