LPA Spring Meeting

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Join the LPA at the 2015 LPA Spring Meeting, May 5-6 at the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel in Center City Philadelphia, PA. Geared for upper- and mid-level management, the Spring Meeting will present market data, professional development, and the opportunity to network with your colleagues.

Over the course of a couple days, LPA Members learn specific take-aways for their company and casually network with other members during presentations and meals. In addition, while this year's optional outing to Lucky Strike Lanes- an upscale bowling alley in the heart of Philadelphia- is full, there are billiards tables and lounge areas that allow for anyone who would like to hang out with their colleagues.

LPA Spring Meeting Schedule
Tuesday, May 5
8:00-9:00am         -  Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15              -  Welcome & Introductions
9:15-10:45            -  Robert Curbeam, Risk Management in Flying and Business -
                                 Developing and Delivering Sustainable, Premium Customer Experiences

10:45-11:00          -  Morning Break
11:00-11:30          -  Alan Morris, ACHEMA

11:30-12:00pm     -  Seeding Labs update
12:00-1:30            -  Networking Lunch
1:30-2:30              -  K.C. Warawa presents the
2015 Laboratory Purchasing Trends Report
                                 and *NEW* Website Survey Presentation
2:30-3:30              -  Jerry Rackley, Demand Metric, Marketing By the Numbers
3:30-3:45              -  Afternoon Break
3:45-4:45              -  Christi Bird, Frost & Sullivan, Mid-Year Market Report
6:00-8:00              -  Reception/Dinner
8:00-10:00            -  Optional Outing to Lucky Strike

Wednesday, May 6
7:30-8:30am         -  Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00            -  Bob Wendover, Common Sense By Friday:
                                 Establishing a Decision Making Culture in
Your Menu-Driven Workplace
10:00-10:15          -  Morning Break
10:15-11:30          -  Robyn Benincasa- TEAMWORK - Win as One:
                                 The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy

11:30                     -  Meeting Adjourns

Keynote speakers include:

Astronaut Robert Curbeam
Risk Management in Flying and Business - Developing and Delivering Sustainable, Premium Customer Experiences.

How does your business unit address risk? Military officers are expected to make decisions in which their lives, and the lives of their men and women, often hang in the balance. Accordingly, they are taught how to make decisions to balance the risks and rewards associated with those decisions. Many of these techniques for risk management are also useful in dealing with business decisions. In the business world, Robert Curbeam applies the same methodologies that he learned and successfully used in his career as a naval flight officer and astronaut to the problems of profit and loss. Among them are:
•       Learning the craft.
•       “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst”.
•       Avoiding idea inertia.
•       Remaining calm.

He uses stories from his past to illustrate how he learned these skills and how they were helpful in avoiding potential catastrophes while flying a hundred feet over the desert at supersonic speeds and performing spacewalks as a member of a space shuttle crew.  He also demonstrates how following these four rules greatly increase one’s chances of success in dealing with risk, and will help you and your team operate in a more effectively. and it has in his life. At the end of that day, whether one is making life or death decisions, managing a business or just dealing with the trials and tribulations of the day, effectively managing risk helps make life better.

Robert “Beamer” Curbeam was an astronaut with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and held a wide range of positions with NASA as director of Safety, Reliability, and Quality Assurance for the Constellation program, deputy director of Flight Crew Operations; and Spacecraft Communicator (CAPCOM) branch chief. Curbeam was second-in-command for safety across NASA, as the deputy associate administrator of Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA headquarters. During his tenure with NASA, he served on three space shuttle missions and seven spacewalks. He currently holds the record for the most spacewalks during a single spaceflight. During the STS-116 mission, Curbeam completed four spacewalks.

Curbeam retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years of service. He is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and Navy Test Pilot School; was lead project officer for the F-14 Air-to-Ground Weapons Separation Flight Test Program; and logged more than 3,000 flight hours in 25 different aircraft and spacecraft. Curbeam was named Fighter Wing One Radar Intercept Officer of the Year in 1989 and received the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Best Developmental Thesis (DT-II) Award. Curbeam holds an advanced degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. He received his bachelor’s degree with merit in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He is currently the Vice President of Mission Assurance, Quality and Raytheon Six Sigma™ for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).

Bob Wendover
COMMON SENSE BY FRIDAY: Establishing a Decision Making Culture in Your Menu-Driven Workplace

Do you want decision makers who are self-reliant, strategic and confident?

You can’t afford to let your people navigate their way through work dependent on the menus in front of them. So what can you do to make them self-reliant, strategic in their thinking and confident in their actions?

Based on Bob Wendover’s new book, Figure It Out! Making Smart Decisions in a Dumbed-Down World, you’ll leave this interactive session with a three-step strategy for enhancing the everyday decision-making skills of everyone on your team.

How much do today’s technology-dependent staffers cost you in time and profits? Turn your menu-driven thinkers into productive problem solvers.

- Explode the myth of multi-tasking.
- Establish a culture of critical thinking among technology-dependent employees.
- Reduce the “parade” in your office by instilling the five C’s of problem solving  in your people.
- Inspire better decision making through “after action” sessions.
- Keep your people focused on making reasoned choices.
- How one store owner retains his young people three times longer than the industry average.
- Use “alley rallies” to improve decision-making and reduce costs.
- Build instructional videos that save thousands of hours every year and add to the bottom line.
- Why “think-alouds” may be the best supervision strategy you implement all year.
- Battle safe decision syndrome and foster calculated risk-taking.

Robyn Benincasa
Inspirational World Champion Adventure Racer, Firefighter and Founder of the Project Athena Foundation, CNN Hero for 2014

TEAMWORK - Win as One: The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy

What do the world's most successful teams have in common? --- The ability to upgrade their "teamwork" to Human Synergy! If your goal is to increase performance by inspiring your team to adapt, overcome, and win as ONE, this keynote is the perfect message for you.

Through her 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy keynote, Eco-Challenge Adventure Racing World Champion and San Diego Firefighter, Robyn Benincasa takes your team on a fast-paced multimedia adventure that visually and viscerally imparts the attitude and
mindset that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish truly extraordinary feats together...especially when the stakes are high, the goals are audacious, and constant change is the only thing your team can count on (aside from one another!). Expect to leave the room buzzing with inspired ideas about how to raise your team to the next level against all odds, both personally and professionally, and take home some simple and easily applied skills that will allow you to create Human Synergy with all of the teammates in your lives.

There is an old proverb that says "If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together".  But the stories and videos that Robyn shares from the most epic, entertaining and meaningful moments in the sport of Adventure Racing will leave your team with a deep understanding that with true Human Synergy you will go

farther AND faster in pursuit of your goals!

The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy:

•Total commitment
•Empathy and Awareness
•Adversity Management
•Mutual Respect
•'We' Thinking
•Ownership of the Project
•Relinquishment of Ego
•Kinetic Leadership

Also presenting...

Jerry Rackley, Chief Analyst at Demand Metric, represents over three decades of international marketing, media relations and corporate communications expertise. He has spent the bulk of his career helping organizations build relationships with target audiences and then communicate their value propositions through various marketing channels. Marketing by the Numbers, is intended for execs and sales & marketing people.  Based on research in the past year, Rackley will show how the pressure for marketers is growing to prove their contribution through metrics, but most marketers don't do this well.  Those who do tend to be much more strategic in nature, providing better leadership to the organizations they serve.  Those who don't tend to function like order takers: doing the work they're asked to do, very much in response mode.  Rackley will paint a vivid picture, a tale of two organizations so to speak, and help executives and marketers alike understand how they must evolve to be more relevant and improve the marketing contribution.

Christi Bird, of Frost & Sullivan, will be presenting the 2015 Mid-year Report: Forecast and Analysis of the Global Market for Laboratory Products.

K.C. Warawa, of K.C. & Associates, will not only digest the 2015 Laboratory Purchasing Trends Survey, but she will also have some insightful findings regarding a website survey she is currently conducting.

Alan Morris of ACHEMA, will discuss the benefits of attending ACHEMA
this year. Thinking about attending? The LPA will have a meeting and networking area available for the first time ever at ACHEMA 2015 this June 15-19!

A Seeding Labs representative will also be present, for anyone wanting to discuss ways to donate older or unwanted equipment to those in need or otherwise get involved with this worthy charity.

About the Hotel

About the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel. Call the hotel at 215-735-6000 and mention the 2015 LPA Spring Meeting to receive the discounted rate of $215/night. Room must be reserved by April 10th. Includes 20% discount on overnight parking, 10% discount on spa services, and complimentary internet. Check-in is after 3pm and check-out is by 12pm.

Please see online booking instructions below:

- Go to www.radissonblu.com/hotel-philadelphia
- Enter check-in and checkout dates (May 5-6)
- Click the “More Search Options” link under the “SEARCH” button
- Enter promotional code “LPA” and click "Search"


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