a mini-conference for visionary leaders & their teams


March 7, 2019 | 2pm - 6pm | Minneapolis

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It takes guts to start or buy a business. It takes vision to lead and build it. And it takes a whole lot of endurance to stay the course through cycles of growth, hardship, and re-invention. Entrepreneurial leadership is not for the faint of heart. 

While many businesses are currently enjoying a season of growth, economists predict a recession on the near horizon. To survive and thrive through economic and demographic changes, we must lead with purpose, clarity, and RESILIENCE

Welcome to ACTION19: A mini-conference for visionary leaders and their teams.

ACTION19 speakers will focus on four categories of resilience that every business leader should be planning for and activating in 2019 and beyond: Recruiting, Retention, Revenue, and Recession-Planning

Join us for a half-day of learning, connecting, and inspiration.


"The Resilience Factor"

Cory Hepola is a multiple Emmy award-winning anchor, host, and reporter. Called a “Game Changer” in broadcasting, Hepola has been featured on the cover of Twin Cities Business Magazine. 

Cory has a passion for people, for inspiring and empowering, and for creatively telling their stories. In October 2018, Cory was presented with his second Emmy Award in three years for Outstanding Anchor, this time for his work surrounding Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. 

But, Cory’s story didn’t start there; it took him 13 years, more than 350 station rejections, 6 jobs in different states, and 2 layoffs to reach his dream of working in his home state of Minneapolis. There were times that it felt impossible, like the dream was too large.

“Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

Cory shares this with the hope that it will help inspire others to keep pushing towards their dream, as impossible as it may seem.

Mike Frommelt

Mike Frommelt

Visionary & Co-Founder, KeyStone Search

Mary Nutting

Owner, CorTalent & President, NAWBO

Josh Fedie

Founder, SalesReach

Andy Schornack

Andy Schornack

President & CEO, Flagship Bank Minnesota

Heide Olson

Heide Olson

CEO, All In One Accounting, Inc.

Amy Langer SALO

Amy Langer

Co-Founder, Salo, LLC

Aric Bandy

Aric Bandy

President, Agosto

Mike Bernard

Mike Bernard

Vice President, Authentic Brand

Jennifer Zick

CEO & Founder, Authentic Brand
Founder, Two Or More

Stephanie Silvers - Executive Director Dress For Success Twin Cities

COMMUNITY PARTNER: Empowering Resilient Women in Work and Life
Stephanie Silvers, Executive Director, Dress For Success Twin Cities

Stephanie Silvers is a passionate spokesperson for the non-profit organization’s vision “to significantly increase the number of women who gain and maintain personal and financial stability.” 

Dress For Success is much more than a provider of clothing for women seeking to grow in their professions. The organization empowers women to engage in work and life with vision, determination, and resilience.

Stephanie will take the ACTION19 stage, in an interview with Cory Hepola, to share more with our guests about the mission, vision, and beliefs of Dress For Success Twin Cities. 

Authentic Brand is proud to recognize this non-profit as our exclusive Community Partner for ACTION19. $5.00 from every ticket sold will be donated toward the empowering, enriching work of this local non-profit.


thank you to our sponsors


2:00 | Registration & Sponsor Showcase

2:30 | Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jennifer Zick

2:55 | Keynote: The Resilience Factor
Cory Hepola

3:20 | Recruiting + Retention Resilience
Mary Nutting & Mike Frommelt

3:40 | Revenue Resilience
Josh Fedie

4:00 | Recession Resilience [PANEL]
Andy Schornack, Heide Olson, Amy Langer, Aric Bandy, Mike Bernard (moderating)

4:50 | Closing Remarks
Jennifer Zick

5:00 – 6:00 | Hosted Reception & Sponsor Showcase


Minneapolis Event Center


212 2nd St SE #212 Minneapolis MN 55414

Get Inspired

Hear powerful stories of resilience that will fuel your soul and energize you to lead with purpose and clarity.

Gain Insights

Look around the corner for your business to see opportunities and risks for 2019 and beyond. Learn from expert advisors and other visionary business leaders.

Connect With Peers

Deepen your relationships with other local entrepreneurs and leaders who are committed to resilient growth.

“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems."

GEVER TULLEY - founder, brightworks school


Save Your Spot

$ 85
  • Tickets are limited. Register early to avoid the wait list.
    $5 of every ticket sale will be donated to our non-profit partner, Dress For Success Twin Cities.


ACTION19 Dress For Success TC

As part of Authentic Brand’s ongoing commitment to giving back to our communitywe’ve chosen Dress For Success Twin Cities as our exclusive non-profit partner for ACTION19. For every ticket sold, Authentic Brand will donate $5 toward this cause.

We are proud to support the organization’s commitment to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. 

We invite you to invest with us in this important cause.


Interested in sponsoring ACTION19 for the opportunity to showcase your brand in the company of 150+ local leaders?
Download our Sponsor Prospectus (PDF) for more details.