Executive Strategy Symposium
April 21-23, 2020
We’re very excited to be hearing from many incredible folks at the 2020 Alaska Strategy Week!
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Erin Sedor, Founder of Alaska Strategy Week & Keynote Speaker
Black Fox Strategy, LLC
Redefining Strategy, Risk, & Resilience in the C-Suite & Boardroom
Erin Sedor is a risk and strategy expert supporting clients in a variety of industries in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors. She is the architect of the Essential Strategy approach and is the developer and principle instructor for the Essential Strategy Bootcamp. Erin has long been a thought leader in the area of integrated strategy, risk, and resilience systems, having more than 26 years of experience as a risk professional, C-suite officer, non-profit board chair, and now executive consultant and advisor.
Fueled by the need to create hybrid programs to better identify and mitigate strategic risk and improve goal execution during her corporate career, Erin developed a uniquely effective Essential Strategy approach that lays the foundation for more meaningful strategy design and execution, creating greater risk visibility and improving operational efficiency without reinventing the process.
Erin holds an MBA in Operational Risk, as well as bachelor’s degrees in both Finance and Organizational Development. She is a RIMS Fellow and international instructor for the RIMS organization and regularly writes and presents at conferences on the topics of strategy, risk, and resilience.
Jen Jarvis Associates
Jen is a driven facilitator with the unique ability to unify diverse groups of people and create high functioning teams. Her talent for identifying and understanding challenges that organizations face when implementing strategy in the workplace improves meaningful employee engagement. This leads to a higher level of production, employee retention, and strategy execution.
She does this by teaching organizations to “Be at Cause.” Staff and organizations often feel in the world of cause vs. effect they are victims of the latter. Shifting the paradigm in organizations empowers leaders and their direct reports to seek opportunities to move their work forward. One client stated, “I was looking to stop the infighting amongst team leaders in our organization, by the time we were finished the fighting had stopped and they actually became united in driving a project forward.” Jen has supported the complexities of engaging/aligning staff in the execution of strategy in government, healthcare, tribal, for-profit, and nonprofit.
Jen hails from Michigan where she graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Math Education. Her current work is a continuation of her teaching and leaves organizations with sustainable competencies. She has teamed with Black Fox Strategy for the Essential Strategy Bootcamp to present best practices for goal execution and plan implementation.
Dr. Christine West
The Business MD
Psychological Strategist, Visionary Entrepreneur, Influential Speaker & Writer
Author of Conflict and Leadership: How to Harness the Power of Conflict to Create Better Leaders and Build Thriving Teams
Christian works with successful leaders to help them rapidly grow the value and impact of their organizations. His interest in leadership took shape while working in international disaster relief in places like Kosovo, Southern Sudan, and Indonesia. Regardless of how well or poorly a project was funded or designed, success was ultimately determined by the quality of leadership and dynamics of the team.
As a leadership coach and strategy consultant, Christian is recognized for how quickly he helps clients move towards their goals. Clients who work with Christian note his frank, objective approach to solving problems and addressing opportunities. He has become renowned for helping his clients successfully grow or navigate change with practical and easy to implement strategies.
Christian is called on by Fortune 500 companies, governments, and leaders in the entrepreneurial and non-profit community when they want to develop their personal leadership, help create high-functioning teams, or prepare for growth or change.
Christian is the author of Conflict and Leadership. His is next book, First Year CEO, is due to be published in late 2019. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com.
Christian is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor. He is an Advanced Stakeholder Centered Coach and has taught leadership, mediation, and negotiation skills in numerous countries. He has an MA in Organizational Leadership and a BA in Sociology.
Jonathon Taylor was born and raised in Anchorage and works currently as an Account Manager for Yuit Communications, a full-service PR and marketing firm.
Jonathan is a proud University of Alaska Anchorage graduate! During his time at UAA, he served terms as Club Council Chair, Speaker of the USUAA Assembly, and Student Body President while working full-time. He also traveled nationally and internationally as a member of the world-class Seawolf Debate Team, concluding the 2015 calendar year with his debate partner ranked #33 in the world.
Jonathon worked in Alaska's tourism industry before spending two-and-a-half years as Deputy Press Secretary and Communications Strategist for Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Communications Director for the Alaska Department of Public Safety. He joined Yuit in the spring of 2019 and manages a diverse array of client accounts.
Jonathan holds a B.A. in Political Science with Minors in Journalism, Communication, and Economics.
Right Fit International
Strengthening American companies by helping clients locate and place outstanding executive candidates.
Crystal Nygard, Principle Owner and Managing Director for Right Fit International, has over 25 years of experience strategically growing companies and increasing their bandwidth in an evolving, competitive marketplace. Crystal specializes in executive recruiting and business strategy services. She offers companies who have an ambitious growth plan, new leadership, or mergers and acquisitions focus deep expertise in the integration and recruitment of impact players.
Crystal has over 20 years of experience as a business owner, working with construction, environmental, finance, and automation industries across the globe. She owned one of the very few 8(a) certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) companies in Alaska that brought innovation and efficient operation prevention savings to government contracting. Her government contracting and regulatory compliance knowledge and experience have provided clients with first-hand guidance on what it takes to survive in a competitive economy.
Crystal holds a bachelor’s degree in Business/Corporate Communications.
Pastor Daniel Bracken
Ask Daniel Bracken about what it means to pastor a church today and you'll get a wide grin crackling with energy and passionate conversation about how personal his faith and love for human potential will make every facet of career, family, and life stand for something more. Mix that with 20+ years in the ministry and a fervent pursuit to cross boundaries for the sake of his beliefs and personal convictions, as well as his deep love for people, and you'll know why Daniel along with his wife Karen pastor one of the fastest growing churches in Wasilla, Alaska. Pastor Daniel is part of a branch of the world-renowned, mega-church planting organization King’s Cathedral and Chapels of Maui, HI. He has been on staff since 1998.
During his years of ministry, Daniel has pastored several churches on the islands of Maui, Molokai, and Kauai. For the past 12 years, he has pastored at King’s Chapel in Wasilla, Alaska and oversees three other churches located in Eagle River, King Salmon as well as the Primrose Retirement Community in Wasilla. Pastor Bracken also serves as Associate Pastor of King’s Cathedral World-Wide (KCWW), a network of 230 churches located across the globe, providing leadership and vision to this ever-growing movement.
Pastor Bracken is a highly respected and a sought-after keynote speaker for conferences around the country. He is an authentic and dynamic communicator, bringing encouragement and hope through timeless truth and humor. His insights challenge and equip people to be not only courageous and committed, but to grow strong in faith. Pastor Bracken inspires people to be the best they can be, thus transforming families, businesses, and communities. He and his wife Karen along with his two children Daniel Jr. (16) and Hannah (20) currently live in Wasilla.
Beacon Media + Marketing
Jenn is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Beacon Media + Marketing and an award-winning sales and marketing professional who loves to share her 20+ years of expertise!
With a Master’s Certificate in Online Marketing and Social Media from the University of San Francisco, Jenn was the first Alaskan to be Inbound Marketing Certified and was elected Marketer of the Year by the Alaska Chapter of the American Marketing Association in 2016. Her specialties include inbound, social media, marketing strategy, and more!
Jenn’s speaking experience is broad and comprehensive. She is the Co-Founder of Women Entrepreneurs of Alaska and has spoken at their events for over five years. She was a founding board member of the Alaska Women’s Leadership Forum and has spoken at their annual event several years in a row. Her work in inbound has led her to speak at local and national conferences for a wide variety of industries including Alaska Inbound Marketing Summit (AIMS), the Anchorage Home Builders Association, the Alaska Peony Conference, the Rural Health Conference, the Rural Small Business Conference, and the national AABC Birth Institute. She has taught classes on topics like Facebook advertising and strategic marketing through Beacon Digital University for over five years. Jennifer is a contributing author of the book Digital Marketing Roadmap. Through her volunteer work with the Alaska Prison Fellowship, she has spoken at churches across Alaska.
Jenn’s speaking style is centered around storytelling and is highly interactive! She likes to provide specific, relevant examples to her audience instead of a 10,000-foot view. Jenn has a knack for explaining complex, technical concepts in a way that people can understand and act on.
Senior Vice President at Strategies 360
Charles likes being in the middle of the fray, telling a story. He has more than two decades of media and public policy communications experience.
He has worked in academia as a journalism professor, media as a television reporter and news director as well as in politics as an aide to two Alaska governors. This experience gives him a unique understanding of what messaging and marketing works and what doesn’t from the Beltway to Barrow.
Charles enjoys reading as well as cooking, fishing and hiking with his family. He lives in Anchorage with his wife Shannon and their three children. He has a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and a master’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
RONETTA "RONI" BRIGGS
Co-Founder and Principal Consultant
Roni is a change management, organizational design, and executive development specialist. With over 25 years of experience in a number of disciplines and industries, Roni is a thinking partner to many leaders at the C-level. She is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and holds a B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.