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Elevate 2024 Conference to Feature Keynote by Corporate Culture Expert Betsy Allen-Manning

Furniture World News Desk on 11/22/2023

Betsy Allen-Manning, a renowned corporate culture expert, is set to deliver the opening keynote at the upcoming ICFA Educational Conference, Elevate 2024. The conference, which returns to the popular Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona, will commence on February 19 with Allen-Manning's address titled "People Savvy: Improve Communication, Build Better Relationships and Deal with Difficult People Effectively."

Allen-Manning, an accomplished author, podcast host, and business consultant, will delve into the nuances of human behavior, explaining how understanding different personality types can enhance communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution. Attendees are invited to complete an online personality assessment prior to the event to further personal and team development.

The conference, scheduled for February 18-21, will offer a robust program featuring industry experts. Topics include leveraging social media, home design trends, consumer insights, and female leadership perspectives. Jessica Salisbury and Jessica "Kiki" Knudson of Village Green Home and Garden will lead a session on effective social media strategies, with hands-on instruction for crafting impactful posts.

Bridget Sellers from Dotdash Meredith will share insights on "Trends in Home Design & Decorating," drawing from the vast resources of leading home furnishings publications.

The event will also feature panel discussions with consumers in the market for casual furniture and female retail executives discussing prevailing industry issues.

Economist Mark Vitner will provide the latest U.S. economic forecast, while Chris Andresen from Dutko GR will offer updates on Washington's legislative landscape. Legal aspects, specifically regarding PFAS in performance fabrics, will be addressed by Michael Sullivan of Womble Bond Dickinson.

Ty Bennett will conclude the conference with his keynote, "Partnership is the New Leadership," focusing on the significance of commitment in business leadership.

Elevate 2024 promises a comprehensive agenda with breakout groups, roundtable discussions, and ample networking opportunities. The schedule includes a retail design tour, golf at The Phoenician Golf Course, and a tennis outing alongside an alfresco opening reception.

Attendees can register for the Conference online at https://form.jotform.com/231864146433153.

A limited block of discounted hotel rooms can be reserved online at Hotel Valley Ho - Reservations - Room Availability (synxis.com). Sponsorships are available at  https://form.jotform.com/232756574567167.



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The International Casual Furnishings Association, based in High Point, N.C., represents manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives and designers of outdoor furnishings plus suppliers to the industry.