Live Conference

Emerging Leaders Conference

Co-Presented by MHEDA and MHI

July 12, 2018 -The Gwen Hotel - Chicago, Illinois

Registration Fees:
$649 pp Member Rate
$999 pp Non-Member Rate

Optional Activity
$99 pp Spin Chicago Networking Event on Wednesday, July 11.


Conference Website



What is a Star Performance? It’s shining so brightly one stands out from the crowd. MHEDA and MHI are proud to present the 2018 Emerging Leaders Conference. Gain tools and insight to propel your leadership skills to star status.  Enjoy out-of-the-box thinking, personal stories, case studies and interactive activities. Learn best practices on how to revolutionize your company’s culture; create raving fans through elevated customer service; make memorable first and final impressions, and discover how to escape the over-crowded space of mediocrity. We’ll end the day with a rooftop reception overlooking downtown Chicago. Don’t miss the hottest event of the summer, register today! View Brochure


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.



Topics and Presenters

Culture that Rocks: Revolutionize Your Company's Culture
Presented by Jim Knight
This interactive session is designed to highlight best practices to revolutionize your company’s culture.  Enjoy personal stories, watch videos, review case studies and more…all told through the spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll!  Come hear what all the buzz is about.

Service that Rocks: How to Create a Differentiated Experience to Deliver Results
Presented by Jim Knight
Ready to ignite your company’s customer service culture? Embracing and executing this philosophy will help you increase your value proposition and have your customers coming back for more.

You're Always "On!": How to Shine with Confident Communications
Presented by Amy Kinnaird
All day, every day, we make impressions on those around us. It could be a presentation to your boss, a conversation with a prospect, interviewing a potential hire or speaking to a vendor. This fun program will have you interacting with fellow attendees and improving your communication skills.  

Dominate Today! The Playbook for Dominating Both Your Personal and Professional Life
Presented by Matt Mayberry
You were not born to be average. Learn how to escape the over-crowded space of mediocrity. This action-packed session challenges you to step out of your comfort zone and expand your vision as to what’s possible in your life.

Roundtable Discussions

NEW Format for Roundtable Disccussions/Fishbowl Networking with Your Peers
Your opportunity to interact with your peers and learn how they are managing challenges and opportunities within their own organizations. A great way to meet people and tap into the collective brainpower of fellow attendees!

Two Networking Events

Spin Chicago - Wednesday, July 11 - 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Registration Fee: $99 (Optional Event)
Spin Chicago is an energetic, sprawling hangout featuring lots of Ping-Pong tables, global food, memorable drinks and DJs. Just a five-minute walk from The Gwen Hotel. Includes food, drinks and ping pong.

Rooftop Reception - Thursday, July 12 - 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Included with Conference Registration
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.

Conference Location

The Gwen Hotel Chicago
521 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Special Group Rate $249 before June 1
Call 1-888-627-7039 for reservations
Online Reservations

The Gwen provides effortless access to the Windy City’s iconic landmarks, exclusive shopping, and cultural institutions. World-renowned sites and dining can be found steps away from our hotel along the historic Magnificent Mile. Enjoy direct access to The Shops at North Bridge and explore iconic department stores, specialty boutiques, and distinguished restaurants


Call MHEDA at 847-680-3500 or email