Emerging Leaders Conference 2019

Ready to start the Leadership Revolution? It’s time to be part of something bigger than yourself. How do you begin? By registering for the 2019 Emerging Leaders Conference. MHEDA & MHI are proud to present a one-day experience designed for young leaders in Material Handling. Gain leadership advice, connect with other young leaders and challenge yourself to think differently about what it really means to be a leader in our industry. We’ll end the day with a rooftop reception overlooking downtown Chicago. Don’t miss the hottest event of the summer, register today!

What’s New in 2019?

  • New Speakers, New Interactive Sessions, New Location!
  • Been There, Done That: A Conversation with Industry Leaders
  • Roundtable Challenges
  • Puppy Pop Up Event
  • Give Back Opportunity
  • Chicago Pizza Tour
  • And more!


Registration Fees Per Person
Member : $699
Non-Member: $999
(Join MHEDA to receive discounted registration)

Optional Networking Event – Chicago Pizza Tour: $109

Who Should Attend


Designed for young (or young at heart) material handling professionals who want to strengthen their management and leadership skills and advance their career within the material handling industry.


    Wednesday July 17

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Chicago Pizza TourOptional Networking Event
    Chicago is known for its amazing pizza. You’re invited to join us for a food tour of three local neighborhood pizzerias: Lou Malnati’s in the Gold Coast for deep dish, Pequod’s Pizza in Lincoln Park for pan style pizza, Flo & Santo’s in the South Loop for thin crust tavern style pizza. We will end the tour with s’mores pizzas for dessert. Includes beer, wine, soda and transportation. This is an optional event. Registration is $109 per person.

  • Thursday July 18

  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am


  • 8:00 am - 8:15 am


  • 8:15 am - 9:15 am

    Stop Being A Leader. Start Being THE Leader – presented by Ryan Avery
    What if you could discover one little difference that makes ALL the difference when accelerating your achievements and career? Keynote Speaker Ryan Avery will show you the difference of what it means to be A leader vs THE leader in today’s business world. When we are serious about growing and emerging as leaders, it is no longer acceptable to offer A product, A solution or even be A Leader. Today’s companies, employees and followers want THE product, THE solution and THE leader to follow. Learn how to eliminate the competition, set record sales, motivate others to action and produce solutions that actually matter.


    • Gain communication strategies top leaders use to persuade, motivate and accelerate achievements.
    • Learn storytelling techniques that masterfully allow leaders to connect across diverse generations and cultures.
    • Discover leadership insights that illustrate how to inspire others to action and to skyrocket you to the next level in your career.
  • 9:30 am - 10:00 am

    Revolutionary Communication and Leadership Strategiespresented by Ryan Avery 
    We welcome Ryan Avery back to the stage to take a “deeper dive” into the communication and leadership strategies and learn more about what it truly means to inspire others and connect with your team.

  • 10:15 am - 11:30 am

    Been There, Done That: A Conversation with Industry Leaders
    Industry veterans share their experiences and advice from the battlefront. Leaders will present their story during small group discussions at the roundtables, sharing their perspective and advice from being a leader in the material handling industry.

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Lunch as a Group

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Puppy Pop Up Event
    Relax and recharge after lunch by playing with puppies from the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society! We are also collecting donations. We are collecting (new) towels, blankets and plush/rubber toys to donate to The Anti-Cruelty Society. The Anti-Cruelty Society is a private, non-profit organization in Chicago that helps thousands of dogs and cats each year with spay/neutering, adoption and care for abused animals. 

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    The Social Revolution: Changing the Marketplace, Workplace & the Worldpresented by Amanda Hite
    Social Media affords individuals and industries the opportunity to connect and collaborate at unprecedented scale––and the superpowers to ignite influential, sustainable movements online to drive action offline and make meaningful impact. Amanda Hite shares the social media strategies and success stories that changed her life, her businesses and her world, and how anyone can ignite powerful, sustainable online movements that translate to offline action and meaningful change.


    • Connect your business to the communities and customers you serve.
    • Harness the power of social media to transform customers and employees from passive audiences to passionate advocates for your brand.
    • Integrate best in class practices of social media into an existing business strategy to drive revolutionary results.
  • 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

    Challenge Accepted: Roundtable Conversations
    With so many challenges and trends impacting the material handling industry, and in a room full of Emerging Leaders, you have the brainpower and tools to tackle these challenges and share your big ideas. Each table will be assigned industry trends/challenges and you will have an opportunity to come up with ideas and solutions.

  • 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

    On Fire, Not Burned Out! Strategies for Engagementpresented by Courtney Clark
    Resilient employees know how to handle stress without burning out. Courtney Clark’s Accelerated Resilience™ strategies lead to greater employee engagement, reduced turnover, and less stress at the office.


    • Identify how change and chaos contribute to employee burnout.
    • Discover why staying engaged in change is critical, and the best tactics to keep you engaged.
    • Construct new strategies for managing stress without the threat of burnout.
  • 4:30 pm - 4:45 pm

    Trivia Game & Conference Wrap-Up

  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Rooftop Networking Reception
    End your Emerging Leaders Conference experience with a rooftop networking reception. After a busy day of learning, relax with your industry colleagues by enjoying drinks, appetizers and stunning views of Chicago. Included with your conference registration. Sponsored by Naylor Association Solutions.


Ryan Avery

Ryan Avery uses his experience as a Marketing Director, World Champion and Entrepreneur to show leaders and their teams how to reach their goals with lightning speed, communicate their message with absolute clarity and turn their ideas into measurable action. Known for being one of the Millennial generation’s most profound voices on strategic communication and achievement, Ryan’s keynotes present you and your team with actionable leadership strategies. Fun Facts: In 2018 Ryan and Bernie’s Book Bank broke the Guinness World Record for the largest book pyramid every constructed (144,000 books!) and is the youngest person to professional speak on all seven continents.

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Courtney Clark

Courtney Clark is the luckiest unlucky person in the world. After a series of major struggles beginning in her mid-20s, she has built two successful businesses and is the author of two books, including her most recent book The Successful Struggle: Powerful Techniques to Achieve Accelerated Resilience. She works with people who want to adapt faster and achieve more, and has spoken worldwide to organizations like Procter & Gamble, Dell, S&P, Humana, Cisco, and Cardinal Health. Fun Facts: Courtney has been kissed on the cheek by Tom Selleck and right front tooth is fake because she once roller skated directly into a pole.

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Amanda Hite

Amanda Hite is the Co-Founder and CEO of Be The Change Revolutions (BTC), a Movement Marketing Agency. Often referred to as the marketing, agency and workplace model of the future, BTC is a multi-million dollar company with a 867.7% 3 year growth rate. BTC Revolutions ranked #442 on the 2016 Inc 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America’s list, 37th in the Advertising and Marketing category and the fastest-growing private advertising marketing company in Washington DC. Fun Fact: Amanda grew up in a military family and had 32 homes before the age of 18.

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Jim Ripkey

MHEDA Member and ELC Conference Facilitator Jim Ripkey is President, Industrial Equipment, for Hy-Tek Material Handling. He has over 30 years of material handling dealership experience, including: overseeing sales, operations, marketing, and administration. He has facilitated workshops in areas of training, technology, and parts & service operations, and recruiting. Fun Fact: Jim once went fishing with Keith Richards. 


  • Loews Chicago Hotel

    455 N Park Drive
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Special group rate: $229

    Room block is available until June 1, 2019 or until block fills up.

    Get ready to experience the heart of downtown Chicago! Loews Chicago Hotel is located just steps from the shopping on the Magnificent Mile and the entertainment options of Navy Pier. Occupying the lower 14 floors of a stunning 52-story tower, Loews Chicago Hotel features 400 guestrooms, a signature Lobby Lounge, Streeterville Social – Chicago’s go-to rooftop patio for summertime drinking and dining alfresco and Spa at Loews Chicago. 

    For reservations call 1-877-868-8232 or click below to book online.

Reviews from the 2018 Conference

Every time I attend I come back with valuable takeaways.” – J.G., Lenze Americas

I enjoy getting different perspectives.” – A.P., Toyota Material Handling N.C

As an emerging leader this is important knowledge to obtain.” – D.P., Millwood, Inc.

I attend each year to continue growing and learning and to become a better leader.” – J.M., R.H. Brown

There were excellent speakers, and just the right amount of time to keep everyone engaged.” – D.E., Conveyer & Caster

I attended to become a better leader and communicator.” – C.D., Cardinal Carryor

My favorite part is the peer to peer collaboration.” – B.L., USSI