LPA Annual Meeting

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2022 Annual Meeting is now open! Leading members to Adapt & Adjust, this promises to be another outstanding meeting with great speakers and ample opportunity for business networking. Along with a day and a half of professional development, education, and inspiration, the LPA provides optional outings to enhance your time spent in Scottsdale!

This year boasts a golf tournament, downtown Scottsdale waterfront culinary tour, and an off-road jeep tour of the Sonoran Desert. Guests and spouses are welcome to attend all events.

REGISTER HERE or Download the PDF


About the hotel
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
5402 E Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(480) 948-1700
Please note that the Marriott Camelback Resort is completely sold out of rooms (to include the LPA’s block) on Friday, September 30. When booking your room online, DO NOT select Friday as it will tell that all the selected dates are sold out. Select Saturday through Tuesday, for example. If anything changes on room availability for Friday, we will let you know. Thank you.

Reserve your room
LPA rate is $305 per night; $20 resort fee per day
Cut-off date is September 12, 2022

Tentative Schedule 
Saturday, October 1
5:00-8:00 PM               Chair's Networking Reception
Sunday, October 2
6:00- 8:00 AM              LPA Women's Forum Morning Meet-Up (optional, on-site)
8:00 AM-2:00 PM        Golf Tournament at Camelback Golf Club (optional, off-site)
11:00 AM-2:00 PM      Taste-It Culinary Walking Tour (optional, off-site)
6:00-10:00 PM             Opening Reception & Dinner
Monday, October 3
7:30-9:00 AM               Open Networking Breakfast 
9:00-9:15  AM              Welcome and self-introductions
9:15 AM-10:30 AM       Executive Summit
10:30-10:45 PM           Break
10:45-11:45 AM           Regulatory & Legislative Insights, Rob Smith/Pat Rose, Mercury PR
11:45-12:00 PM           Annual Business Meeting
12:00-1:30 PM             Networking Lunch
1:30-2:30PM                Life Sciences Update, Josh Waldman, Cleveland Research Company
2:45-3:45 PM               TBD
3:45-6:00PM                Networking/personal time
6:00-10:00 PM             Reception & Dinner
Tuesday, October 4
7:30-8:30 AM               Open Networking Breakfast
8:30-10:00 AM             Domestic & Global Economic Outlook, Connor Lokar, ITR Economics Group
10:00-10:15 AM           Break
10:15-11:15                  Tech Humanism: How Data and Technology Shape the Future of Meaningful Human Experiences, Kate O'Neill
11:30                             Meeting Adjourns
12:30-5:00 PM             Off-road Jeep Tour to the Sonoran Desert (optional, off-site)

REGISTER HERE or Download the PDF

About the Optional Outings
LPA Women's Forum Morning Meet-up
Sunday, October 2, 6-8AM, FREE

Enjoy a walk or run with members on a designated path from 6-7 AM. Meet up at the designated spot from 7-8 AM. More details will follow; please indicate you will be attending when registering. 

LPA Annual Meeting Golf Tournament
Sunday, October 2, 8:30AM-2PM

Camelback Resort Golf Club- Padre Course
7847 North Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253
Telephone: (480) 905-7980
*Please email the pro shop to reserve your clubs in advance; Clubs are $69 + tax per rental set and this will include 2 sleeves of golf balls.

The Annual Meeting Golf Tournament will be held at the luxurious Camelback Golf Club's Padre Course, with a shotgun start and , which features a championship 18-hole course and boasts spectacular mountain views. The Arthur Hills designed Padre Course will challenge your skills with the par 72 course full of rolling terrain, multiple lakes, traditional trees, and an abundance of bunkers. A box lunch will be provided to all golfers at the 9th hole.

Waterfront Scotttsdale Culinary Walking Tour
Sunday, October 2, 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM 

Taste-It Tours, Includes transportation and stops at 3 restaurants for signature dishes, 3 cocktails, and 1 dessert. Showcasing Scottsdale’s thriving food scene and the 5th Ave shop district, this is something to be experienced! On this tour, you may enjoy items like a delicious handmade pizza & wine, a Korean BBQ bowl with a tasty cocktail, authentic Mexican street tacos & margarita, or an award-winning dessert paired with a refreshing tea sample!

Off-Road Jeep Tour of the Sonoran Desert
Tuesday, October 4, 12:30-5:00 PM

You won't want to miss this epic Jeep Tour- a low-speed, bumpy sightseeing tour of the scenic Sonoran Desert via the Tonto National Forest. Your daytime tour will trek through spectacular Jeep trails overseeing the historic Great Western Trail leading to the Verde River, where guests sometimes catch a glimpse of our roaming wild horse population.

The professional tour guides, who are certified off-road drivers and the only driver throughout the duration of your Jeep tour, will teach about the Sonoran Desert flora, wildlife, Arizona history, and Native American ethnobotany. There will also be plenty of photo opportunities throughout this tour!

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About the SPeakers:

Kate O'Neill
Tech Humanist

Tech Humanism: How Data and Technology Shape the Future of Meaningful Human Experiences  

Companies like Google, Etsy, Cisco, and more look to Kate O'Neill, the "Tech Humanist," for optimism about the role of technology in the world along with a firm reality check. Kate is founder and CEO of KO Insights, a strategic advisory firm committed to improving human experience at scale.

Kate’s expertise in data-based business models, integrated experience strategy, and human-centric digital transformation comes from more than 20 years of experience and entrepreneurship leading innovations across technology, marketing, and operations in category-defining companies. She was one of the first 100 employees at Netflix, where she created the first content management role and helped implement innovative dynamic e-commerce practices that became industry standard.  In her keynote speeches Kate advocates for the future of humanity in an increasingly tech-driven world. Her insights help corporate and cultural leaders re-think how to succeed long-term by taking a human-centric approach to digital transformation and readiness for the future.

About Kate
Founder and CEO of KO Insights, Author of Tech Humanist, early employee at Netflix
Kate O’Neill is helping humanity prepare for an increasingly tech-driven future by guiding business and civic leaders to be both successful and respectful with human-centric data and technology, and by helping people better understand the human impact of emerging technologies. Kate’s expertise in data-based business models, integrated experience strategy, and humancentric digital transformation comes from more than 20 years of experience and entrepreneurship leading innovations across technology, marketing, and operations in category-defining companies. She was one of the first 100 employees at Netflix, where she created the first content management role and helped implement innovative dynamic e-commerce practices that became industry standard; was founder & CEO of [meta]marketer, a first-of-its-kind analytics and digital strategy agency; led cutting-edge experience optimization work at Magazines.com; developed Toshiba America‘s first intranet; and has held leadership and advisory positions in a variety of digital content and technology start-ups. 

Kate is now founder and CEO of KO Insights, a strategic consultancy committed to improving human experience at scale. A thought-provoking and dynamic speaker, Kate appears frequently at industry conferences and private events around the world, providing galvanizing keynotes, moderating and participating in lively panel discussions, and facilitating transformative executive workshops and retreats. Clients have included Google, Cisco, Etsy, Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Kelly Services, as well as educational institutions including the University of Cambridge and Yale University, professional associations like YPO and SHRM, industry conferences like INBOUND and UX Australia, cities such as Amsterdam, cultural institutions, and a wide variety of NGOs and IGOs including the United Nations. 

Whether in convention centers to audiences of thousands or in an executive board room, Kate advocates for the future of humanity in an increasingly tech-driven world. Her insights help corporate and cultural leaders re-think how to succeed long-term by taking a human-centric approach to digital transformation and readiness for the future. Author of 4 books including her latest, Tech Humanist (which was featured at CES 2019), Kate’s insights and expertise have been featured in outlets such as WIRED, CMO.com, and
USA Today, and she has appeared as an expert commentator on BBC, NPR, Marketplace, NBC, and a wide variety of other national and international news media. Named to the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar, a global ranking of management thinkers, Kate has also received numerous other awards and recognitions throughout her career such as being named “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year,” a “Power Leader in Technology,” and more. 

Kate has also been a longstanding vocal and visible advocate for women and underrepresented people in technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership. She was featured by Google in the launch of their global campaign for women in entrepreneurship. Born in the Chicago area and having enjoyed years of living in Silicon Valley, Portland (Oregon), Düsseldorf, and Nashville, Kate is delighted to now call New York City home.

Senior Forecaster
ITR Economics
Domestic & Global Economic Update

About Connor

Few young economists present their insights with the authority, accuracy, and humor that Connor Lokar brings to the stage. From the intimate executive retreat to the standing room-only keynote, he delivers with charm and candor, rousing and enlightening all who attend his talks. As a millennial, Connor brings a new perspective to the world of economics, delivering ITR’s industry-leading accuracy to current C-suite executives while forging connections with the next generation of business leaders. Connor specializes in construction but consults and presents to businesses across all industries, helping them grow revenue and remain profitable through an everchanging business cycle.

Managing Director
Mercury PR
Government & Regulatory Affairs Update

About Rob

Robert L. Smith is a Managing Director with Mercury, a high-stakes public strategy firm. Mercury provides results for the world’s most successful companies, leading advocacy groups, governments, political parties, NGOs, and prominent public and political figures. Using bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill, Rob has led many successful legislative coalition efforts on behalf of his clients. He previously served as legislative director for Congressman Wes Watkins (R-OK), focusing on trade and tax issues, and as legislative aide to Congressman Joel Hefley (R-CO), where he worked on defense procurement and military construction issues.

Director, Mercury PR
Government & Regulatory Affairs Update

About Pat

Patrick Rose is a Director in Mercury’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining Mercury, Patrick worked as a Public Affairs Fellow for Vox Global in their Public Affairs Fellowship Program. There, he conducted policy research and analysis as well as issue monitoring and legislative tracking. He also helped design and support communication initiatives to address legislative and PR goals. Patrick has also interned for Major League Baseball Advanced Media in their legal department. He is a native of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is passionate about college and professional sports.

Equity Research, Life Science Tools & Diagnostics industries
Cleveland Research Company
Life Sciences Outlook & Forecast

About Josh

Josh is currently a Research Associate at the research firm, Cleveland Research Company (CRC) where he and his team are responsible for coverage of the Life Science, Managed Care and Ophthalmology industries. Prior to CRC, Josh held a business development position at Forest Labs (now Allergan) in addition to working with several early-stage biotech start-ups where he held both business development and benchtop research positions. Josh holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences with a focus on transplantation immunology, and an MBA from the University of Toledo. He completed his undergraduate work in biochemistry at Bowling Green State University. He currently lives in Pepper Pike, OH with his wife Erin and daughter Charlotte.

Best way to get to Scottsdale
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is located 10 miles west of downtown Scottsdale, which means your group is only minutes from the city’s finest hotels, resorts and meeting facilities. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is “America’s Friendliest Airport®”. Sky Harbor serves nearly 45 million passengers each year and offers the following services and amenities:

  • Nonstop service to more than 100 domestic and 23 international destinations
  • More than 1,200 daily arrivals and departures, with more than 123,000 people traveling to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor
  • 20 major airlines, including Southwest, American Airlines, United, Delta, British Airways, Condor Airlines, Eurowings, Volaris and Air Canada
  • Free wireless Internet in all terminals
  • A full-service Rental Car Center housing 14 companies under one roof with the capacity to hold 5,600 cars ready for customer pickup
  • Three spacious terminals that house an exciting mix of more than 58 retail shops including an onsite urgent care facility and two XpresSpa locations  
  • 68 different restaurants and bars, including local offerings like Blanco Tacos + Tequila, Barrio Café, Chelsea’s Kitchen, The Parlor and The Tavern by Mark Tarbell

Things to Do in the Area
Downtown Scottsdale is only minutes away and has plenty to offer if you're looking to spend additional time in Scottsdale. The waterfront area boasts great shopping and views and the city of Scottsdale offers free parking, both on street and in parking structures. Camelback Mountain offers a challenging hike for those interested but be sure to prepare properly and let us know if you plan to go hiking. Camelback Echo Trail is said to be a steep, boulder-ridden hike UP for 1-mile. Finally, don't delay in booking your hotel room if you plan to add additional nights to your reservation! 
Click here for hotel walking and hiking trails. 
Click here for a Scottsdale area map and go here for additional maps and guided walking tours!
Antique Grove- 2020 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Casino Arizona- 524 North 92nd Street Loop 101 & McKellips Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Scottsdale Bike & Brew-  2 hour guided mountain biking tour through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Talking Stick Resort Casino- 9800 E Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

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