Austin Business Community – Owners and senior executives, if the below speaker content is of interest or could assist you, please join us at one of our speaker workshop sessions. Please RSVP as space is limited.

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The meeting dates listed are for Vistage Business Owner Group CE4943. We are 15 Austin executives working together to become better leaders and making better decisions. Speakers provide work books or handouts and workshops take 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
There’s always room for one more…



January – Don Schmincke, “Discovering the Leader’s Code

February – Dan Barnett, “Make or Break Execution

April  VES- Dr. David Cook, “The Mindset of a Champion”, Alex Chausovsky, “Navigating the crest: Acute insights for improving decision-making

May – Balaji Krishnamurthy, “Developing Leadership Through an Intentional Corporate Culture”

July – “Rosey” Rosenberger, “Business Process Triage (Building self-healing, continuously improving processes and teams)”

August – Michael Canic , “Ruthless Consistency: Aligning Your Organization To Win… Or Else!”

October -Chris Jennings, “Sales and Sales Force Management for CEO’s: What does the CEO Need to Know


November 14 Speaker Workshop – Start time 8:15am – 2 1/2 hours

Eve Grodnitzky, “Mindset Changes Everything: The Art + Science of Success in Business and in Life”

Program Description:

Why do some of our employees embrace challenges, bounce back quickly from setbacks, take feedback well, and adapt easily to change – whereas other employees struggle to do these very same things? And (equally important) are these differences “hard-wired” – or are they something that we can change?

The answer lies in an understanding of a concept called “mindset,” originally described by research psychologist Carol Dweck. Mindset is the most fundamental way that we perceive, understand, and interact with ourselves, other people, and the world at large – and it can take two different forms: “fixed” or “growth.”

People with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence and skills are essentially innate (“fixed”) characteristics; you either have them, or you don’t. As a result, fixed mindset people often feel compelled to continually prove to themselves – and to others – how much innate intelligence and talent they already have. Unfortunately, this leads to a tendency to prefer working on things they’re already good at, and they can struggle if challenged to step outside their comfort zone – where they fear they might appear to be lacking in new or different skill sets.

By contrast, people with a growth mindset believe that “innate” intelligence and skills are significantly less important than effort and learning. They believe that it’s not how you start – it’s how you finish. And how you finish is largely determined by how hard you’re willing to work and how much you’re willing to learn. As a result, people with a growth mindset are less concerned with proving how smart, talented, and capable they already are – and are more interested in doing everything they possibly can to get better. They embrace challenges, show resilience in the face of setbacks, welcome feedback, and are undaunted by change.

The good news is that mindset itself is not “fixed”; it can be shaped at both the individual and the organizational level by focusing on three key factors. Understanding how to leverage these factors allows us to shift ourselves – and to help others shift – from fixed to growth mindset. Shifting to a growth mindset allows us – and our employees, our colleagues, our children and our partners – to perform at our best and to maximize our potential in every area of both our professional and personal lives.

Value to members & Guests: This session provides participants with a robust understanding of the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset – and the ability to recognize the components of these mindsets in themselves and in others. Particular attention is also given to the specific steps that participants can take to shift from fixed to growth mindset – and how they can help others make this shift as well. At the end of the session, participants will (1) understand the value of shifting themselves, their employees/colleagues, and their organizations towards a growth mindset; (2) have the tools to make this shift at the individual and organizational level; and (3) have identified the first two specific steps that they, personally, can take to begin to make this shift.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Eve Grodnitzky is a psychologist by training – and an author, executive educator and professional speaker by choice. After obtaining her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Michigan, she spent more than a decade working with several leading research and consulting firms, partnering with Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations on issues such as leadership development, performance management, employee engagement, and the attraction and retention of high-potential employees.


Please contact Ed with any questions about attending our Speaker Series.


2019 Speaker Series (Speakers, Workshop Title and focus)

January 16th) Speaker Workshop starts at 8:15am

Ami Kassar, The Growth Dilemma: Determining your Entrepreneurial Type to find your Financing Comfort Zone

(Focus: Business Brokerage, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, Financing, and Growth Management)

February 20th Speaker Workshop starts at 1pm

Irina Baranov, The Art & Science of Coaching

(Focus: Change, Creativity, Innovation, Communication and Presentation Skills)

April 17th Speaker Workshop starts at 8:15am

Carl Schroeder, Where to Go – Where to Grow: How to know your company’s market potential

(Focus: Strategic Planning and Visioning, Sales & Sales Force Management)

May 15th Speaker Workshop starts at 1pm


(Focus: Communication, Presentation Skills, Sales and Sales Force Management, Negotiations)

July 17th Speaker Workshop starts at 8:15am

Robert Teschner, Debrief to Win: Foundation of Accountable Leadership

(Focus: Problem Solving, Decision Making, Corporate Culture, and Performance Management)

August 21st Speaker Workshop starts at 8:15am

Joe Hernandez, Cutting Edge, High-Level Negotiating

(Focus: Negotiation Skill Development, Compromising)

October 16th Speaker Workshop starts at 8:15am

Jean Maxwell, Relationship Culture Works: If Culture Trumps Strategy then Relationships Trump Culture

(Focus: Leadership, Role of the CEO, Motivation, Empowerment, and Self Knowledge)

November 13th Speaker Workshop starts at 1:00PM

Alex Swire-Clark, The Rapport Advantage: Dynamically Transform the Way You Communicate

(Focus: Family, Relationships, Team Building, Conflict Resolution, Communication Skills)