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Sessions & Events

Sessions will be posted on an ongoing basis.

Unlock Innovation: How the world’s most innovative leaders think and act
Having interviewed hundreds of top innovators, leaders and organizations around the world, New York Times bestselling author and tech entrepreneur Josh Linkner uncovered the five most powerful mindsets that are the building blocks for innovation. In this keynote, you will learn to embrace these powerful approaches in order to conquer adversity and fuel growth. Each of the five mindsets is reinforced through surprising, real-world examples and practical takeaways. The five mindsets are portable and can be applied immediately to any role, job function, or industry.

Linkner has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of more than $200 million, and he is the author of four books including The New York Times Bestsellers, Disciplined Dreaming and The Road to Reinvention. He has invested in and/or mentored over 100 startups and is the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners.

Today, Linkner serves as Chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation research, training, and consulting firm. He has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award. Tickets to the Kickoff Breakfast and General Session are $30. 


The Transformation of Energy.
Recently named one of the 25 most influential women in energy, Leslie Beyer leads the Energy Workforce & Technology Council, an association of oil equipment, service and technology companies that collectively employ more than 600,000 skilled workers. Leslie’s inspirational and visionary leadership is helping these upstream leaders transform their historic strengths into new opportunities—even as the world shifts toward lower-carbon fuel. In this session, you’ll see how you can adapt the lessons being learned upstream to future-proof your downstream fuel equipment business.

Leading the Future of the Industry.
Mike Marks, managing partner of Indian River Consulting Group (IRCG), will share his insights on the strategies and tactics successful distributors must employ during times of accelerated change. Marks began his consulting practice in 1987 after working in distribution management for more than 20 years. As co-founder and managing partner of IRCG, he has led clients—ranging from small firms to industry market leaders—to improved market access by aligning their resources to growth opportunities. Marks also serves on numerous boards of both public and private distribution firms; is a research fellow at the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) Institute of Distribution Excellence; and serves on the full-time faculty of the University of Innovative Distribution.

Danny Bader is a best-selling author whose life was transformed by a near-death experience—one involving 8,000 volts of electricity. He will speak on resilience, focus and purpose. His reputation as an influencer in this arena continues to grow. His best-selling book “Back to Life: The Path of Resilience” has received rave reviews from Success Magazine and ranked #1 on Amazon. He also pioneered the jckrbbtTM principle of vision, and he hosts “Back to Life—Finding Fulfillment After 50,” a podcast that works to inspire listeners through real-world stories, thought-provoking conversations and practical strategies to build energized, fulfilled lives. 

All PEI members are invited to the 10-Groups general session, even if you’re not part of a 10-Group. Simply email Scott Boorse at to RSVP.