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Leading the Lakes 2024: Reconnect. Rethink. Recharge.

May 22, 2024 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM (CDT)


Sharpen your leadership skills and reconnect with peers at Leading the Lakes! Presented by Essentia Health, this annual event brings together leaders from all over the Brainerd Lakes Area to participate in professional development, recharge their batteries, and network with the business community. 

This year’s event includes a superb keynote presentation by Greg Fine, “Superheroes Have Bad Days Too!” Engaging, interactive, and personal, this presentation dives into “impostor syndrome” and “superhero complex” and how these feelings can affect your role as a leader. This event will create a safe space for personal reflection, provide hope, and give attendees items they can put into action. Join us as we reconnect, rethink, and recharge.


  • Gain insight into Impostor Syndrome and Superhero Complex, empowering you to recognize and overcome feelings of inadequacy and overwhelm.
  • Feel supported and connected through shared experiences, realizing you're not alone in navigating challenges and feelings of depletion.
  • Leave equipped with actionable strategies to cultivate resilience and lead a purpose-driven life, igniting positive change personally and professionally.

Video Invitation from Keynote Speaker: Greg Fine
All the way from London, England, our Keynote Speaker Greg Fine has a special invitation for our Chamber Members to join him at Leading the Lakes!

Open to All Leaders, Owners and Managers!

  • Those who have completed Blue Ox Business Academy programs and want to reconnect with their peers.
  • Those who enjoy leadership experiences that inspire them to think differently.
  • Those who want to have fun, expand their networks, and recharge their batteries.

Event Timeline

  • 11:30 AM: Registration
  • 11:45 AM: Welcome & Introduction
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch Provided by Cragun's
  • 12:30 PM: Keynote: Superheroes Have Bad Days Too!
  • 2:00 PM: Conclusion

Keynote Presentation: Superheros Have Bad Days Too!

When the “Impostor Syndrome” and “Superhero Complex” collide, it can feel like you are losing everything. It doesn’t have to be that way! Reflections and insight from one leader’s journey through the darkness and how he found light. 

Chaos from a world-wide pandemic, economic disruption, uncertainty, loss and a sense of helplessness are pervasive and can be overwhelming. Leaders today aren’t burned out, they are often depleted. Drawing upon his journey from CEO to Digital Nomad, Greg’s purpose is to show others that they are not alone and explore how to live a deliberate and realistic purposeful life.

Engaging, interactive and personal, this program is designed to create a space for deep personal reflection and provide optimism, hope and actionable tips for affect change.

Meet the Speaker: Greg Fine

With more than 30 years of successfully helping organizations grow and prosper; combined with boundless energy, passion and enthusiasm, Greg's collaborative approach delivers the insight, strategies, and resources necessary to turn intent into action. Prior to joining Tecker International, he served as executive vice president and CEO of CCIM Institute, a 13,000-member international professional association. Before that, he was global CEO of the Turnaround Management Association. With a reputation for organizational change and innovation, his diverse and successful career has provided him with deep and comprehensive expertise that informs all of his work. 

Greg is a respected and engaged volunteer leader. He serves on the faculty for ASAE CEO Symposium and the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management. He was a member of the ASAE and ASAE Foundation Boards, Association Media & Publishing Board - including tenure as president, the DigitalNow Advisory Group, and the Chamber’s Association Committee of 100. Greg was named the 2017 Association Forum Inspiring Leader and he was recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago 2020 Notable LGBTQ Executives. He is prolific writer and speaker, most recently co-authoring a chapter in Professional Practices in Association Management (4th edition 2021

Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Greg was a leader from his earliest years. This included becoming one of the state's youngest elected officials in history when, at age 18, he was elected to the Missoula County High Schools Board of Trustees. He was re-elected twice and served as Board Chair. He is a graduate of The University of Montana with a BA in PSc and History Minor, is an avid world traveler, and an award-winning amateur poet. A digital nomad, Greg’s current basecamp is in Scottsdale, AZ.

Questions about this event?
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Individual Ticket: $75
Bundle of 4 Tickets: $250
Reserved Table of 8: $500

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Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Name: Seanay Berghuis
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