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NAMIC Leadership Development Workshop, August 2-3, 2016,  Chicago, Ill.

Event Contact

Stephanie Guagliardo

Stephanie Guagliardo
Sr. Meeting Coordinator

General Information

The Leadership Development Workshop is a one-and-a-half day interactive workshop designed for new and emerging managers, supervisors, and team leaders in the insurance industry. Attendees will explore and gain insight into the four leadership essentials through in-depth instruction, group discussion, hands-on exercises, and facilitated learning. At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will leave equipped with tools to be a more effective team member or leader.

This workshop is part of Project Leadership, and upon completion, attendees are eligible to be T.E.A.M. certified.

We specifically develop our educational programming with our members in mind. NAMIC is comprised of a diverse membership and there are a variety of events to meet your needs.

This event is Designed for:

Team Leaders
Department Supervisors
Future Leaders
New Managers

Interested in attending, but not sure if this event is right for you? Click here to see who has attended in the past, or email Stephanie Guagliardo for more information.

Workshop Registration Fees

Registrations recieved on or before Friday, June 3, 2016 are applicable to receive the early bird discount.
The T.E.A.M. Certification fee is included as part of the workshop registration rate.


On or before
June 3

June 4
and later







American Fraternal Alliance Member



Non Member



Member Multi-Attendee Rate**



Optional Activity: Tastings Tour



*To qualify for this rate you must have earned the Professional Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) designation and be current in the program

**If three or more people from the same member company register by June 3, 2016, all will receive the reduced multi-attendee rate.

T.E.A.M. Certification - Now Included in Your Registration

This workshop is part of Project Leadership, and upon completion, attendees will be T.E.A.M. certified. For more information about T.E.A.M. Certification, please click here.

Optional Activity

Embark on an adventure to some of Chicago’s best restaurants. Attendees will enjoy appetizers at Troquet River North, pizza and salad at Quartino, and dessert at Nacional 27. Interact with colleagues, enjoy Chicago’s renowned cuisine, and take in the sites along the way. The cost of this activity is $75, which includes transportation, appetizers, pizza, salad, and dessert, two glasses of wine or soda, and coffee. Space is limited, so be sure to add this activity to your registration today.


In accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we invite all registrants to advise us of any disability and any requests for accommodation to that disability. Please submit your request as far as possible in advance of the program.


All registration cancellations and transfers MUST be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before July 1, 2016 are 100 percent refundable. After July 1, 2016, a $25 processing fee will be deducted. Refunds will be issued within 15 business days after receipt of the cancellation notice. No refunds are available after July 8, 2016, so please plan accordingly. You may substitute a participant at no additional charge. Please forward all requests to or fax to (317) 876-6213. Please note: Optional Dinners/Activities follow the NAMIC Cancellation Policy. Cancelling a workshop registration with NAMIC does not cancel a hotel reservation.


You will receive a detailed e-mail confirmation upon successful completion of the registration process for this event; please make sure to enter a valid e-mail address on the registration form. If you have any questions regarding your registration, please e-mail or call (800) 336-2642.


If you have any questions regarding your registration, e-mail or call (800) 336-2642. If you have any questions regarding the workshop, e-mail or call (800) 336-2642 ext. 1025.

What to Wear

The suggested dress code for this meeting is business casual.

Workshop Agenda

Subject to change without notice

Monday, August 1, 2016

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Event Information Desk

6:00 p.m.

Optional Activity: Meet to Eat
Interested in gathering for dinner and having friendly discussion with fellow attendees? Make plans to Meet to Eat. Choose between seafood at Devon Seafood Grill or pub fare at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, both of which are within walking distance of the Omni Chicago Hotel. Groups will gather in the hotel lobby at 6 p.m. and walk together to their selected restaurant. Each individual will be responsible for his or her own bill at the conclusion of dinner.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Event Infromation Desk

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Workshop: The Essentials of High-Performance Teams
This workshop qualifies for 8 CPE credits in Personnel/HR.*
The HR Certification Institute has pre-approved this activity for 9.0 hours towards HR (general) recertification credit.**
Why do some teams struggle to survive while others perform with excellence? Today’s work environment takes a heavy toll on individuals and the teams on which they work. Efforts to increase productivity routinely push team members outside of defined job descriptions and beyond personal comfort levels. Tension runs high, trust declines, confusing directives squelch efficiency, and competing goals limit progress.

Create a competitive advantage by developing high-performance teams. This interactive, results-based workshop is designed to provide attendees with tools to be more effective team members or leaders. Participants will explore the four leadership essentials through in-depth instruction, group discussion, hands-on exercises, and facilitated learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Realize the roles of the leader and team members; assess team skills, strengths, and challenges; and learn how behavioral styles and competencies impact team dynamics;

  • Discover how to build trust within your team and understand how teamwork as a strategy can be used to foster enhanced team behavior;

  • Examine and enrich the quality of goal-setting and planning, achieve buy in and refine decision-making skills, problem-solving tactics, and communication strategies;

  • Develop the essentials needed for effective teamwork and understand the value and benefits teamwork provides;

  • Discover how to foster commitment, engage in respectful dialogue and promote accountability in a way that increases productivity and morale; and

  • Execute an action plan that allows everyone involved to work more cohesively and collaboratively in a team environment, while also cultivating high-performing team behavior and results.

Tracy Butz

Tracy Butz, CSP
Think Impact Solutions
Menasha, Wis.

There will be periodic breaks that will occur at the instructor's discretion.

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.


12:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Workshop (continued)
There will be periodic breaks that will occur at the instructor's discretion.

5:20 - 8:45 p.m.

Optional Activity: Tastings Tour
Embark on an adventure to Chicago's best restaurants with fellow participants in this unique tastings tour. A glass of French wine and hors d'oeuvres await you at Troquet River North, followed by authentic Italian pizza for a main course at nearby Quartino, before ending your progressive dinner with coffee and dessert at Nacional 27. Along the way, you will take in the sights and sounds of Chicago, enjoy casual conversation with peers, and have a truly exceptional dinner from a variety of Chicago's renowned restaurants. Motor coach transportation is provided.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Attendees staying at the Omni Chicago Hotel will receive a breakfast voucher upon check-in. This voucher is can be used for the “art of breakfast” buffet in the 676 Main Dining Room. Attendees who are not staying at the Omni Chicago Hotel will want to grab breakfast on their own before arriving to the workshop.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Workshop (continued)
There will be periodic breaks that will occur at the instructor's discretion.

12:00 p.m.

Workshop Concludes

CPE Information*

There are no prerequisites for this workshop.

Advance Preparation:
There is no advance preparation required for this workshop.

Delivery Method:
This convention will be conducted in a Group-Live Setting.

Leadership Development Workshop has been certified for a total of 8 CPE credits in the field of Personnel/HR.

Program Level:
This program level is an overview.

NAMIC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: more information regarding administrative policies such as refunds, cancellations and complaints, please contact NAMIC at 800-336-2642.

HRCI Certification**

The HR Certification Institute has pre-approved this activity for 9.0 hours towards HR (general) recertification credit.

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

Where to Stay

Omni Chicago Hotel

Omni Chicago Hotel
676 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Ph: (312) 944-6664
Make Your Reservation

Hotel Overview

With exquisite decor, stunning city views and a wealth of creature comforts, this all-suite sanctuary is brimming with modern amenities for the 21st-century traveler. The only all-suite luxury accommodations on Michigan Avenue are now even better — located in the heart of the city, the beloved Omni Chicago Hotel is celebrating its recent renovation. The $11 million transformation includes a renovation and upgrade of all public space, and newly appointed guest suites. Embracing the iconic architecture within Chicago, the redesign highlights historical elements of Louis Sullivan's intricate sketches, the Chicago School's building materials, and the whimsy of modern sculptures synonymous with the city. Experience the essence of luxury where every suite is designed for ultimate comfort, and impeccable service leaves you wanting for nothing.

Event Hotel Rate And Cut Off Date

Rate: Each room is $249 plus taxes per night based on single/double occupancy.

Leadership Development Workshop attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Omni Chicago Hotel. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until July 5, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. While NAMIC works hard to secure a sufficient number of rooms, we cannot guarantee rooms will be available. Please click here to make your reservation. Please reserve your room early to secure the group rate.

The group rate of $249 includes one breakfast buffet voucher per room per day, to be redeemed at the 676 Restaurant.

Special Hotel Note: If you are planning to travel to Chicago during the weekend preceding the Leadership Development Workshop, it is important to book your room early. The Lollapalooza music festival is scheduled to occur from July 29-31, 2016, so there are only a few rooms available at the NAMIC rate prior to the start of the workshop.

Please contact Julie Motyka for assistance with this, or if you encounter any problems when making your reservation.

Travel Information

Getting to Omni Chicago Hotel is easy!

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, The Omni Chicago Hotel is just steps away from the Magnificent Mile as well as the City's premier hotels, shopping, and entertainment. It is also easily accessible by public transportation.

Please visit Omni Chicago Hotel website for detailed driving & train directions.

Ground Transportation from local airports to The Omni Chicago Hotel

Shared Shuttle

O'hare - The round trip shuttle cost for one person traveling is approximately $58. A rate discount may be available for groups of two or more people, traveling to and from the same location at the same time. Airport Express tickets/ reservations can be made online at Tickets may also be purchased at O'Hare airport in the terminals at Door 1E, Door 2E, Door 3E, and Door 5E across from Baggage Claim on the Baggage Claim level. Reservations are recommended.

Midway - The round trip cost for one person traveling is approximately $48. A rate discount may be available for groups of two ore more people, traveling to and from the same location at the same time. Airport Express tickets/ reservations can be made online at Tickets may also be purchased at the door three, lower level ticket counter across from the Baggage Claim in Midway Airport. Reservations are recommended.

Estimated taxi fare from Chicago O’Hare International is $35-$50. It is $25 - $35 from Midway Airport.

Convenient Parking
The Omni Chicago Hotel offers valet parking for its guests at a rate of $67 per 24 hours with in and out privileges. There are also a variety of Self Park complexes in the area that offer a variety of rates. For a complete listing of self parking garages in the Chicago area, please visit

Area Attractions

While visiting the Windy City you will want to be sure to visit many of the area's local attractions. There's something for everyone in Chicago, whether you want to take in a show, listen to some fabulous Chicago Blues, shop until you drop, or just explore the city. Check out these links below for more information.

Notable Chicago Sites

  • Hancock Observatory
    Catch a bird's eye view of Chicago on the new Hancock Observatory. The spectacular view from the observatory can span 80 miles over four states on a clear day. Since the recent renovation, there are a variety of attractions including an audio sky tour and detailed history wall detailing the rise of the Hancock Building. The observatory is open daily.
  • Willis Tower
    Willis Tower is the premier corporate office building in Chicago, home to more than 100 companies including prominent law, insurance, transportation and financial services. The iconic building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, encompassing more than 4.5 million square feet, including its Skydeck and 103rd floor glass viewing platform, The Ledge, which attract more than 1.5 million visitors every year.
  • Navy Pier
    Navy Pier is the place where all of Chicagoland and tourists from around the world have come together since 1995 to enjoy the beauty and thrills of a day on Lake Michigan. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats, Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other!

Music Venues

  • Blue Chicago
    Enjoy some live Blues music at nearby Blue Chicago. This famous club, and its sister club Blue Chicago on Clark, are just a short cab ride away from the Renaissance Chicago. These clubs offer one nightly admission fee to both venues so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
  • House of Blues
    Live entertainment is just a hop, skip and a jump away at The House of Blues. This famous venue hosts a variety of national musical acts on a daily basis. For those of you just interested in entertaining your taste buds, The House of Blues is also home to a restaurant that serves delta inspired southern cuisine in a laid back atmosphere.
  • Andy's Jazz Club and Restaurant
    If your musical taste is geared more towards jazz, then you won't want to miss Andy's Jazz Club. For over 30 years, Andy's has presented the best jazz Chicago has to offer. One of the most respected establishments; historic Andy's offers casual dinning and live jazz on a daily basis, with sets in the late afternoon and into the evening.


  • Museum of Science & Industry
    Get inspired and explore the great world of science at the Museum of Science and Industry. This fabulous museum is home to a variety of exhibits that appeal to children and adults of all ages. The museum also hosts an OMNIMAX theater that is an attraction of its own. The theater itself is a 72' dome that is approximately 5 stories tall and seats 342 guests. Seeing a movie at the OMNIMAX is quite an experience. Both the exhibits and movies at the museum change frequently, so check out the museum's web page for more detailed information regarding upcoming attractions.
  • Shedd Aquarium
    Take the grand exploration of Shedd Aquarium. Shedd Aquarium boasts itself as the World's Aquarium. Opened in 1929, it is one of the oldest public Aquariums in the world. When you visit Shedd, you can experience environments from around the world. The Caribbean Coral Reefs, Amazon, and Pacific Rocky Coasts are just some of the exhibits you can explore. The Shedd Aquarium takes you closer to nature in some of the world's richest ecosystems.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
    The Art Institute consistently ranks among Chicago's most-visited museums. From French Impressionist paintings to African masks to the new wing for Modern Art, the museum offers visitors a rich cultural experience.
  • The Field Museum of Natural History
    The Field Museum is probably best known for its dinosaur displays, but it also has a rich and deep dedication to "the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures." It currently holds, conserves, studies more than 20 million objects, a collection which grew from holdings received after the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.


  • The Magnificent Mile
    The Magnificent Mile is a spectacular showcase of style, flavor, entertainment and fun. With more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels and unique entertainment and attractions packed and stacked along its length, The Magnificent Mile has an indulgence for every passion and every pocket.
    Mario Batali’s and Joe Bastianich's 63,000-square-foot, two-level complex is an eight-restaurant "polpo," as well as a butcher, a produce market, and a grocery with imported olive oil, wine and pastas, as well as locally sourced products. There are also stations for Nutella, salumi, cheese, pizza, espresso and fresh breads and pastries. The Chicago location is only the second outpost in the United States. The original location, opened in 2007, continues to thrive in Turin, Italy, but the Chicago outpost is the largest to date.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Leadership Development Workshop is an intensive and hands-on workshop is designed to provide critical leadership and managerial training for insurance industry leaders.

Our most popular sponsorships for this event include:

  • Refreshment Breaks: Starting at $800

  • Luncheon: Starting at $1,500

Please note this is not a complete menu of options and some opportunities may have been reserved. We will be happy to help you select a successful alternative or develop a custom option for your company.

For more information, contact Aaron Lifford, sponsorship and advertising specialist, at (800) 336-2642, ext. 1055 or at If you would like to learn more about NAMIC's sponsorship and advertising program, please click here.









Frequently Asked Questions

What is the suggested attire for business and social gatherings?
Workshop Sessions – Business casual
Optional Activity – Casual attire

What registration payment options are available?
The online registration system accepts credit card payments, check payments and multiple registrations under the same payment method.

When and how is registration confirmation sent?
Confirmation is sent via email so please enter a valid email address. If registering more than one person at a time you will need to forward the confirmation email to each delegate. You will receive your confirmation the quickest if you are paying online. Confirmation will be sent immediately after you submit your credit card information.

Does my registration include a hotel reservation?
No, you will need to contact the Omni Chicago Hotel to make a room reservation. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the rate of $249 per room. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until July 5, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. While NAMIC studies past attendance trends and the needs of our members, we cannot guarantee rooms will be available. Please plan ahead and secure your reservation as soon as possible to receive the group rate. Refer to the NAMIC group rate when making your reservation at the hotel.

What does my registration include?
Registration fees include T.E.A.M. certification, individual workshop resource materials and access to NAMIC sponsored meal functions. If you choose to participate in the optional activity, there will be a separate registration fee.

Who qualifies for the multi-attendee rate?
If three or more people from the same company register to attend the 2016 NAMIC Leadership Development Workshop by June 3, 2016, all will receive the reduced multi-attendee rate.


Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 2:19:54 PM. Modified: Thursday, May 12, 2016 10:46:02 AM.

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