HFTP Emerging Leaders Program

October 16-17, 2023
JW Marriott Indianpolis Hotel
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

The HFTP Emerging Leader program is a day-and-a-half, in-person meeting focusing on the skills, knowledge, and know-how to lead, influence, and guide individuals, teams or entire organization. The goal is to inspire and prepare emerging leaders with the skills to learn confidently and effectively.

HFTP members are invited to apply to participate in this new program for early to mid career members eager to build leadership skills for their future career path and within their HFTP professional association.

All HFTP members wanting to participate in the HFTP Emerging Leaders program MUST complete an application for review. 

Applications / Registration Information

Each participant must complete an application which will then be reviewed. If approved to participate a formal invite will be sent to you with all of the meeting details including hotel reservation information and any pre-program material necessary to make your participation a success.

Please note, completing the meeting registration DOES NOT automatically qualify you to attend. All registrations will be personally reviewed and formal invitation letters will be sent to those who are approved. 

Reigstration Steps

  1. Log into the HFTP website.
  2. Click on the orange box "MY PROFILE" tab. (Upper right on the webpage)
  3. Select "Events" from the drop down listing.
  4. Choose the "Emerging Leaders" picture.
  5. Choose "Register". (Upper right blue box on the webpage)

Program Application and Registration requires a website login. Please contact Brittany Brewster for assistance with registration.

Travel / Housing

HFTP will provide up to two (2) nights hotel accommodation and up to $500 USD for air travel for each approved program participant. The HFTP provided hotel nights are for Sunday and/or Monday at the JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel. This is also the hotel for the HFTP Annual Convention on the following days.

HFTP will not cover any other travel expenses to or from the event.

Schedule of Events

Note: Program content and schedule are subject to change without notice. 

Monday, 16 October

8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast Buffet 

9:00 AM Welcome Remarks
9:15 AM Put Me In Coach: Owning Your Professional Development
           Rachel Khulen, MBA, ACC-CPC, ELI-MP, RealizeYouCoaching  

10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Put Me In Coach workshop

11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM From Team Member to Team Leader: Make the Transition Seamless
          Andrew Buwalda, CHAE, Deerhurst Resort; Christopher Contos, MBA, Evention

12:00 PM Luncheon

1:30 PM Tips to Achieve Team Buy-in to Your Change Management Strategy
          Frank Wolfe, CAE, FIH, HFTP Global; Brittany Brewster, MBA, HFTP Global

2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Lead with a Solutions-Oriented Attitude: The Fast Track to Problem Solving
          Mark Pate, CHAE, CHTP, MBA, Highpointe Hotel Corporation

3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Go For It: Negotiate with Confidence for Your Professional Advancement
          Arthur Burger, CHAE+, Art Burger Consulting

4:30 PM Day One Concludes

5:00 - 6:30 PM Optional offsite reception

Tuesday, 17 October

8:30 AM Breakfast Buffet
9:00 AM Say What? Communicating with Confidence and Effectiveness workshop
           Rachel Khulen, MBA, ACC-CPC, ELI-MP, RealizeYouCoaching 

10:00 AM Developing a Professional Grid: How to Network like a Leader
          Justin Taillon, CHTP, CHIA, MBA, PhD, Highline College & Central Washington University

10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Program Recap and Announcements 

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch
Small group discussions covering the past two day topics.

Optional Tour: Depart hotel at 12:30 PM. Tour from 1:00PM -2:00PM. This is a walking tour to a nearby stadium.

Keynote and Workshop Descriptions

Put Me In Coach: Owning Your Professional Development
In today's ever-changing workplace, it is more important than ever for professionals to take ownership of their professional and leadership development. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize and shift beliefs to create a career success mindset.
  • Link three core values to career opportunities
  • Chart the action areas essential for career development to create their personalized career roadmap.
  • Create three accountability action items to be completed within 90 days.

Say What?: Communicating with Confidence and Effectiveness

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover communication fundamentals.
  • Recognize the four negative communication patterns and what to do.
  • Learn how to listen so people will talk and talk so people will listen.
  • Practice the three critical elements to communicate clearly and concisely.


Brittany Brittany, Director of Membership
Phone: +1 (512) 220-4032

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