7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Vendor Setup
8:00 AM - 8:55 AM - Registration Check-In and Morning Networking Breakfast

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9:00 AM - 9:55 AM - General Session - Ballroom A

Opening Remarks & Introduction

Anne Alston, President and Executive Director,
Destination Achievers, Incorporated


Dr. Xavier Bruce (U.S. Air Force, Ret), Founder of UpLift Transition Coaching

"Learn how to In-Power and Uplift Your Damn Self"

My approach is all about concrete techniques to get you where you need to go, not nebulous “feel-good” positivity. No two people are the same and we all have different personalities and skills. This is true whether you’re a servicemember who will be transitioning soon, a career changer, someone who is recently married or divorced, or a Baby Boomer who wants to successfully age in place. These require holistic, integrated solutions, rather than a rigid checklist.  I will introduce the six types of stress that mess up the way veterans show up in life. Key takeaways

  • Identifying the energy blocks
  • Analyzing the energy level,
  • Determine the best influence strategy to uplift oneself to take action.
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM - BREAKOUT SESSION #1
Dr. Dauv Evans  - “Everybody Is a Boss” – Business Track

This session is designed to demonstrate to employees at all levels how incorporating entrepreneurial practices can better assist them in exceeding their goals. When employees think like a Boss, they communicate differently, problem solve differently, approach professional development differently, and collaborate differently. Leaders are guaranteed to get at least 30% more production from their employees while providing the tools needed for future leadership opportunities. Dr. Dauv will highlight the traits of a “Boss” while engaging and entertaining the audience. His relatable journey, touch of wisdom, and a dash of humor will captivate listeners and demonstrate that everyone is a Boss. Learners will:

  • Re-evaluate their priorities from the perspective of an entrepreneur with a brand and not a “worker”
  • Re-evaluate the way they leverage internal and external partnerships to enhance their brand
  • Discover new ways to communicate as an entity unto themselves
Ty Nichols  - “Tiny Things Matter Most” – Career / Personal Development Track

Habits are the basis of your success - or maybe your downfall. Yet, despite the importance of habits, few people know much about how they work. Ty Nichols, The Habit Strategist, will reshape the way you think about progress and success and he will give you the tools you need to transform your habits. Whether you are a coach looking to win a championship, an entrepreneur looking to dominate an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to lose weight, reduce stress, Ty can help you break bad habits. When you take control of your habits, you take control of your life’s direction. Key takeaways are:

  • The science of habit how they work and why they are important
  • How your habits shape your identity
  • How to make good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible
Dr. Brianna Gaynor - “3 Peach of Mind Tips to Navigating Through Difficult Times” – Health Track

Change is inevitable in life. This session will focus on how to get through the trials we all face in life which affect all areas of life, including transition, relationships, health, finances, and loss, while caring for your own mental health. Dr. Gaynor will teach you three practical ways on how to create a blueprint on how to manage life’s challenges. You will learn:

  • The 3 A’s to handling life difficulties
  • How to receive the support you need, internally, and externally
  • Receive examples on how to apply these to both business and personal arenas
10:55 AM - 11:45 PM - BREAKOUT SESSION #2
Dr. LaQuista Erinna - “Stepping Stones To Success” – Health Track

After 20 years in the Army, Dr. LaQuista found herself on the other side – a military spouse, unemployed, thousands of miles away from her support system, and raising a newly diagnosed special needs son. Transitioning from military life, she lost her sense of identity and became depressed. Trying to balance family, relationships, and career can be challenging. Dr. LaQuista shares how she was able to start a private practice, publish two books, and complete her doctorate degree in less than two years. She will share how you can use your challenges as stepping stones to your success. Learn about boundary setting, emotional intelligence, and self-care to help maintain your sanity while living the life you want to live. Attendees will learn the following objectives:

  • How to set healthy boundaries in both their personal and professional relationships.
  • Attendees will learn how to leverage challenges as stepping stones to success.
  • Attendees will learn how to improve their emotional intelligence and create balance in their lives without sacrificing their sanity.
Tina Smith - “How to Fund Your Dreams” – Business Finance Track

I had many dreams when I was younger of becoming a big-time celebrity. Did you do that too? Like me, you probably don’t have a lavish lifestyle. Guess what? It. Is. OK. As I began to manage my minimal salary properly, I started to see dreams of entrepreneurship, leaving a legacy, and financial freedom coming true. Let me show you practical things anyone can do. Your dreams aren’t too big, but they are limited to your thinking. Think big and your bank account will follow.  Key takeaways are:

  • Use current income to fund their dreams of being entrepreneurs
  • Live life without financial worries
  • Leave a legacy for loved ones
Valarie Austin “A Strategy for Investigating and Selecting a Career Path” – Career Track

This workshop will introduce participants to basic skills for effective career planning. To be successful, exploring careers and businesses that offer what you are looking for is a must. The plan begins with searching for educational institutions (technical colleges and universities) to fit career interest. Next, learn about the resources that are available to match potential employers to your specific goals, qualifications, and skills within those potential careers. To complete the plan, build a network to connect you with recruiters to land an interview and get the career you want. At the end of this workshop, attendees should be able to:

  • Explore specific careers and requirements for those careers (education, work environment/culture, salary ranges)
  • Research employers that are hiring that match their qualifications and skills
  • Create a network using apprenticeships/internships, social media, and career fairs to assist with employment leads
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM - BREAKOUT SESSION #3
Quinn Conyers - “Funded in 60 Seconds!” – Business Track

Veteran Business owners have great business ideas but often struggle to get the necessary funding they need to start or expand their entrepreneurial dreams! Quinn Conyers will show attendees how they can fund their business through business pitch competitions. She will show business owners how she personally won $77,000 in funding, made it to the 2nd round of Shark Tank 4X and appeared on the Entrepreneurs Elevator Pitch TV Show. After Quinn’s session, veteran business owners will know:

  • What is takes to create a winning business pitch
  • How to find business pitch competitions
  • How to pitch their business to customers and clients NOT just for funding
Shelly Rawlings and Rita Bruce - “Managing Stress During Transition” – Health Track

Some veterans experience anxiety, stress and even despair when leaving the Military system, they've known and operated in for a lengthy period.  There is often a struggle to find common words or phrases that civilian businesses use; perhaps intimidating.  If this is how you’re feeling, you’re not alone! Join our workshop!

Come learn how to heighten your awareness of stress indicators and get tips on how to manage them. You’ll leave with an immediate toolkit to implement and get POSITIVE results as we BOOST your confidence and AMPLIFY your brand as you begin your next chapter! Three key focus areas are:

  • How to Master stress during transition
  • Professional branding, how do we establish it
  • Use the toolkit to Boost and Amplify confidence
Laura Briggs - “Freelance Career for Military Spouse and Transitioning Vets” – Career /Personal Development Track

In this session, veterans will discover freelance ventures they can pursue after their service, how to evaluate their resume for skills they can translate into an at-home business, and what it really takes to get started. From content writing to social media management to website design and much more, freelancers are changing the way work is done. In this session, attendees will:

  • Learn the top 24 most in-demand freelance side hustles/careers
  • How to start freelancing
  • How to scale this into a full-time business
1:25 PM - 2:15 PM - POWER SESSION #1
Sean Chrysostom - Borrowing for Business Growth

Whether you are an existing small business or a new startup, this session will inform you of what  you need to qualify for funding. Topics includes Deb Financing Options, Lines of Credit, Bank Financing practices and more. This is a workshop you do not want to miss! Key takeaways are:

  • The importance of personal Credit in business loan decisions
  • The 5 C's of credit
  • The importance of speaking the lenders language
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM - POWER SESSION #2

Panel Discussion: All Business Mastermind Strategies

Moderator:  Kevin Wayne Johnson, Founder and CEO of The Johnson Leadership Group, LLC

3:15 PM - 4:05 PM - POWER SESSION #3
4:05 PM - 5:00 PM - Public Networking & One-on-One Sessions