Speakers

Motivational talks to enlighten and inspire

The Annual Congress Xstream features various speakers to ensure that the event is the perfect balance of education, information, and motivation. Learn from industry leaders and entertainers as they share their insight on success.
Keynote Speakers

On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership

Alison Levine
Tuesday Opening General Session

Imagine yourself on the highest mountain in the world. You have to deal with the physiological effects of extreme altitude, bone-chilling temperatures, battering winds, and a climbing team that’s counting on all of its members to make smart decisions. There’s simply no room for poor judgment. In any situation where the stakes are exceptionally high, there’s no better training ground for leaders than settings where people are pushed beyond their perceived limits. Drawing on her experience as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, Alison Levine will make a compelling case that the leadership principles that apply in the world of extreme adventure also apply to today’s rigorously competitive business environments.

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Unlocking the Secrets to Greater Engagement in Remote Teams

Amy Leschke-Kahle
Wednesday General Session

As the world of work adjusts to changing market dynamics, more people than ever are working remotely. In fact, more than 70% of people surveyed said remote work is the new normal, and more than 80% of workers claim they would turn down a job that did not offer flexible work options. What impact does working remotely have on engagement and productivity? Research shows this workforce trend enables greater performance even during challenging times. This session examines the key factors to quickly drive higher levels of engagement especially for remote teams.

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Money, Work, and Life in Exponential Times

Tarun Wadhwa
Wednesday General Session


Information and data are fueling a revolution that is changing how we interact and exchange. Covering advancements in machine learning, digital forgery, identity, blockchain, and connected devices, Tarun Wadhwa explores the progression of exponential technologies, how they are impacting industry and society, and how we can benefit from these disruptions. With insight into what the future of work and pay will look like, how the role of employees will evolve, and how companies will undergo fundamental change, you’ll learn what the driving forces are behind these technologies and what they mean for you.

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Stress Less, Laugh S'more, and Embrace Change

Kay Frances, CSP, MBA
Friday Closing General Session


The only constant in the universe is change. The world is going to change with or without us, so we may as well enjoy the ride! Motivational humorist and author Kay Frances, CSP, MBA, has discovered that people who learn to embrace change are happier, healthier, and more productive in their work and personal life. In this fun, lively, and interactive presentation, Kay will use humor, stories, and music to illustrate three simple strategies to improve your reactions to change and allow you to welcome change as a new adventure.

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Industry Expert Presenters

Your Future in Payroll Requires Expanded Knowledge and Skills

Brent Gow, CPP
Managing Partner
BRGow & Associates, LLC

Tuesday Special Presentation

Join Brent, as he discusses the rapidly developing technical knowhow of compliance demands of payroll leaders.

My Journey to Becoming a Payroll Executive

Davida Lara, CPP
Executive Vice President
Payroll Services
Entertainment Partners


Wednesday Special Presentation


The C Suite can include payroll. Join Davida, as she navigates us through her payroll journey from management to the C Suite all within the payroll profession.
Special Guest Speakers
Lois Fried, CPP
President
American Payroll Association
Jodi Parsons, CPP
Immediate Past President
American Payroll Association

Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
Moderator
Kristine Willson, CPP
2019 Payroll Woman of the Year
Jeffrey Hill, Ph.D., CPP, PMP
2019 Payroll Man of the Year