Keynotes

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Opening Session

Kick off the convention with Opening Session and the convention keynote. At Opening Session, the convention co-chairs and WRA President & CEO Mike Theo will officially welcome you to the WRA’s showcase event. Plus, outgoing chairman Steve Beers will recap the year, and Mary Duff will be installed as the new 2020-21 WRA chairman. Mary will welcome keynote speaker Paul Long, who is sure to inspire you and make you laugh!

Keynote Speaker: Paul Long
Keynote: "Connecting to Life Through FUN"

Based on the core principle of "Foundation," "Understanding of others," and "Help identify next steps," (FUN), this experience will allow you to explore your foundation and understanding of others to help identify next steps in maximizing your overall effectiveness at work and in life. Laugh, learn and actively engage while Paul coaches you through principles that help improve quality of life, challenge negative thoughts, provide memorable client interactions and create more FUN in all you do.

Paul leveraged his concept of "FUNdamism" to become the Kansas City Royals' 2016 Fan of the Year, a national speaker and advocate of pediatric cancer research. Drawing upon his experience as a director of operations for a Fortune 300 company, Paul provides an inspirational experience while sharing best practices in creating a forward-focused, service-oriented, self-disciplined mindset and FUN in real estate. Paul‚Äôs philosophy of FUNdamism, a deliberate approach to building trust-based relationships, is certain to help move you forward in your development as a REALTOR¬ģ or in the real estate space.

Watch Paul

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Economic and Real Estate Market Outlook

Speaker: Lawrence Yun

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will explore the current state of the national and local housing market and also offer a forecast of the future. With special emphasis on Wisconsin real estate, Yun will cover recent developments in the market and also forecast the direction of home prices in the next 12 to 24 months utilizing comparisons with past housing cycles. Further discussion involves the economic backdrop as well as a forecast of the economy and housing market. You’ll leave with a strong understanding of market and economic expectations that can help to guide your business decisions down the line.

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The Infinite Game Workshop

Facilitator: Stephen Shedletzky

We can't choose the game. We can't choose the rules. We can only choose how we play. 

In this workshop, we will bring to life Simon Sinek’s ideas from his latest book and The New York Times bestseller, The Infinite Game. Simon Sinek’s lead facilitator Stephen Shedletzky will teach you how to adopt and lead with an infinite mindset. 

In finite games, like football or chess, the players are known, the rules are fixed and the endpoint is clear. The winners and losers are easily identified. In infinite games, like business or politics or life itself, the players come and go, the rules are changeable, and there is no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers in an infinite game; there is only ahead and behind.

The more we begin to understand the difference between finite and infinite games, the more we can see that infinite games are all around us. We will realize that many of the struggles that organizations face exist simply because their leaders are playing with a finite mindset in an infinite game. These organizations tend to lag behind in innovation, discretionary effort, morale and ultimately performance.

The leaders who embrace an infinite mindset, in stark contrast, build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Their people trust each other and their leaders. They have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world, while their competitors fall by the wayside. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead the rest of us into the future.

The ability to adopt an infinite mindset is a prerequisite for any leader who aspires to leave their organization in better shape than they found it.

In this workshop, we will:

  • See that we are all players in both finite and infinite games, in our work and lives, and be able to distinguish the difference between the two.
  • Unpack the five essential practices to live with an infinite mindset:
    • Advance a just cause.
    • Build trusting teams.
    • Study worthy rivals.
    • Prepare for existential flexibility.¬†
    • Demonstrate the courage to lead.
  • Explore new ways of thinking, acting and behaving to make your life, career and leadership more meaningful, inspiring and impactful.
Watch Stephen

See what you'll learn in Stephen's session with his video here: watch now >>

Plus, this session will include multiple cash prizes! 

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