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MKSSA 2023 Annual Conference

  • Thu, November 09, 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • Fri, November 10, 2023
  • 2:00 PM
  • The Broadway Columbia


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MKSSA 2023 Annual Conference



While our industry undergoes rapid changes, where innovation and collaboration take center stage, we invite you to embark on a transformative journey with us at the MKSSA 2023 Annual Conference. 

In a world marked by rapid advancements and transformative shifts, the path to excellence in talent acquisition is illuminated by the synergy of People, Process, and Technology. It's a journey that requires collaboration, innovation, and a shared commitment to elevate our industry. Join us at the 2023 MKSSA Annual Conference as we catalyze excellence, fuel growth, and foster collaboration to shape a transformative future for staffing and recruiting professionals.

NOVEMBER 9 & 10, 2023

The Broadway Columbia

Registration Information: MKSSA 2023 Annual Conference 

Conference Venue: The Broadway of Columbia. 1111 E BROADWAY, COLUMBIA, MO 65201 (573) 875-7000  Columbia's Premier Hotel Experience | THE BROADWAY HOTEL (thebroadwaycolumbia.com)

Hotel: Rooms are in high demand, and while most are already booked, we still have a limited number of rooms available at the host venue, as well as two alternative hotel options for attendees who have not yet registered or are finalizing their plans. Feel free to contact us directly for assistance: mkssa.info@gmail.com

Meet our Conference Speakers

We are honored to introduce this year's exceptional lineup of speakers, each bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the MKSSA 2023 Annual Conference. 

Henna Pryor, PCC, Workplace Performance Expert at Pryority Group

Lauren Jones, Founder of LEAP Consulting Solutions

Liz Haberberger, President of Dale Carnegie of St. Louis

Steve Gipson, Director of Sales and Operations at Recruiters Websites

Kyle Danner, Transition Expert and Professional EOS Implementer®

Don't miss the opportunity to learn from these industry leaders. Register today for the MKSSA 2023 Annual Conference!

MKSSA 2023 Conference Agenda

Thursday November 9, 2023

The Katy Ballroom

9:30 AM: Registration Open 

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Morning Networking and Coffee

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Opening Session Liz Haberberger

  • Topic: "Be Your Best for Others”

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Presentation Steve Gipson

  • Topic: "LEVEL UP: 12 strategies to drive sales in a DOWN Economy."

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Breakout Roundtable Discussions Sponsored by Bukaty Companies

  • Engage in facilitated peer-to-peer roundtable discussions on various industry topics: Sales and Business Development, Recruiting, and Leadership. Acquire practical answers, build valuable connections, and make the most of your learning.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Keynote Presentation Henna Pryor

  • Topic: " Awkward and Upward! How awkwardness can be your greatest asset for taking more professional risks”

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Happy Hour and Networking

Friday November 10, 2023

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Breakfast Session for Owners/Principles Capen Room

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Breakfast Networking Sponsored by rapid! PayCard

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Keynote Presentation Henna Pryor

  • Topic: " The 7 Essential Questions to Become Coach-Like”

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Breakout Sessions Sponsored by AVIONTÉ Staffing Software

Producers - The Katy ballroom

  • Session facilitated by Lauren Jones and Henna Pryor
  • Topic: "Fireside Chat"

Owners/Principles - Capen Room

  • Session facilitated by: Kyle Danner
  • Topic: “Are you running your business or is your business running you?”

10:30 to 11:30 AM: Keynote Presentation Lauren Jones

  • Topic: "Supercharge your Agency (and your desk) with AI" 

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Closing Session Lauren Jones

  • Topic: “Digital Transformation Done Right”
2:00 PM: Conference Closing

    MKSSA 2023 Session Descriptions

    Henna Pryor

    Pryority Group

    Awkward and Upward! How awkwardness can be your greatest asset for taking more professional risks

    Risk became a 4-letter word during the pandemic, but as ambitious professionals and organizations who are hungry to meet our potential, we need to take risks at work.

    Risk-taking sounds good in theory, but most of us have a hard time moving from wishful thinking to execution. Why? Because when we have a chance to take a risk in the moment, we feel awkward - and that awkwardness bumps up against our deep desire for others to approve of us and what we do. As it turns out, it’s what we improve in the face of taking risks -- often despite others’ judgment -- that leads to the greatest growth. After all, the fastest path to major improvement comes from strengthening what’s weak, rather than what’s strong.

    Join 2x TEDx Speaker, Author, Executive Coach, and Workplace Performance Expert, Henna Pryor, and learn why conditioning for awkward is your secret weapon for strengthening your risk-taking muscle - and how to do it right.

    By the end of this session, you'll be able to:

    • Pinpoint the exact reason it’s been difficult to take risks at an individual or organizational level - and how to move past it.
    • Learn how to use the concepts of deliberate discomfort and strategic micro stressors to strengthen mental muscle.

    Session Title: The 7 Essential Questions to Become Coach-Like

    In her second session, Henna will draw on her Executive Coaching background and take attendees through "Executive Coach" bootcamp-style training, where you will learn how to become more coach-like in your interactions with your candidates, clients, and teams in order to skyrocket performance. We'll uncover the 7 essential questions you must learn - and use daily - in order to get out of the weeds, into strong levels of persuasion and influence, and into your strongest levels of output and leadership.

    Lauren Jones

    Leap Consulting Solutions

    Supercharge your Agency (and your desk) with AI:

    Recruiting is a time-consuming process that requires significant effort and resources. However, with advancements in technology, recruiters have the opportunity to leverage automation, bots, and AI to streamline their workflow and achieve greater efficiency. Unfortunately, many recruiters are hesitant to incorporate these tools into their recruitment strategy due to fear of losing control or being replaced by machines. This fear can lead to missed opportunities for growth and innovation within the staffing industry.

    In order to overcome this fear and empower recruiters to take advantage of new technologies, it is important for leaders in staffing to understand the benefits that automation, bots, and AI can bring. By eliminating repetitive tasks such as resume screening or scheduling interviews, recruiters can focus on building relationships with candidates and clients alike. Additionally, these technologies can help identify top talent more quickly and accurately than traditional methods.

    The key is not to replace human interaction but rather enhance it with technology. By embracing new tools and techniques, recruiters can supercharge their desk with tech - freeing up time for other valuable activities while improving overall productivity. It's time for leaders in staffing to remove the fear of automation and start exploring how they too can recruit like superheroes!

    Digital Transformation Done Right

    In today's rapidly changing world, digital transformation is essential for businesses of all sizes. But how do you do it right?

    In this masterclass, you will learn from leading expert, Lauren B. Jones, CEO & Founder of Leap Consulting Solutions as she walks you through all things related to a successful digital transformation. She will share insights on the latest trends, what to do and what not to do, and how to navigate the Leap 5 considerations.

    What you will learn:

    • The latest trends in digital transformation and how to leverage them to your advantage.
    • The common mistakes businesses make when implementing digital transformation, and how to avoid them.
    • The key considerations for Leap 5 digital transformation.

    Liz Haberberger

    Dale Carnegie Training of St. Louis

    Be Your Best for Others:

    Great things are rarely accomplished by individuals, they are the result of team effort and collaboration. In construction today, the way to get ahead and succeed is working together well.

    When leaders today show up and are focused on their success and the success of their teams, they are viewed as more collaborative and likeable. This workshop is designed for leaders to unlock their potential and help those they work with unlock theirs as well.

    In this session you will learn to:

    • Use 9 principles to connect with others.
    • Identify the key traits of high performing teams.
    • Get to know people using an innerview.
    • Build a vision statement for yourself.

    Steve Gipson

    Recruiters Websites

    LEVEL UP: 12 strategies to drive sales in a DOWN Economy

    The staffing industry has had an amazing run over the past decade, but the times have changed. Selling staffing has become harder…a lot harder! And to make matters worse, recruiting is still a challenge.

    30% of staffing companies did not survive the past two recessions. Don’t be a statistic! In this presentation, Director of Sales and Operations Steve Gipson skips the “doom and gloom” and shares practical ideas to LEVEL UP your marketing – to generate more leads, improve sales efficiency and outperform your competitors in today’s economy.

    Key Takeaways:

    • 12 specific strategies to LEVEL UP your marketing – by strengthening your positioning, messaging, website, online reputation and more.
    • How to make account managers more productive by modernizing your sales tools.
    • The best lead-gen tactics for today’s economy.
    • Strategies the most successful companies used during past recessions to minimize sales loss, accelerate recovery, and drive growth at more than double the rate of the staffing industry.

    Kyle Danner

    Professional EOS Implementer®

    Are you running your business or is your business running you?

    As an entrepreneur, you grapple with a lack of control over your time, people who don’t listen, understand, or follow through, inconsistent profit, and the inability to break through to the next level. With the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®), you and your team can get on the same page and move in the same direction so you can grow your business.

    During this session:

    • you’ll learn how to get the right people in the right seats.
    • create the right metrics to monitor progress.
    • Run an effective weekly meeting to keep your team on track,
    • and solve issues permanently. 

    For the latest updates, we encourage you to visit our website, and if you have any questions or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please feel free to reach out to one of our dedicated board members.

    This event qualifies for continuing education hours toward maintaining your ASA credential.

    Thank you for attending the MKSSA 2023 Annual Conference.  If you are ASA-certified, you may earn up to 9 CE hours for this event as a live attendee and/or OnDemand viewer. To submit this entire event for your ASA-certification, please log into your CE Status on the ASA site. Please retain proof of attendance in the event your CE record is audited. Once you submit CE hours to ASA, please wait at least three business days for the approved CE to appear in your CE status.


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    Email: mkssa.info@gmail.com 

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