The annual CEO Experience was Wednesday. The event is a motivational business conference, and was organized in its entirety by the CEO Program, which is made up of local students.
The CEO Experience was open to students and adults. Keynote speakers will present throughout the day. The keynote speakers were Jon Acuff, who is a New York Times best selling author;Habeeb Habeeb, the President and CEO of Benefit Planning Consultants and the founder of the H-Squared Leadership Institute; and Craig Lindvahl and Karen Wolters, who presented together. Lindvahl is an award making filmmaker, state board of education member. Wolters has started five companies and is a Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame inductee. There were also 9 breakout sessions offered, of which attendees selected two.The breakout sessions were led by local community and business leaders.
Over 600 people attended the event last year, and the student’s in charge of the program hoped to top 1,000 this year. At this time we don’t have a final total on the number of attendees, but based on the packed Keller Convention Center Wednesday afternoon it seems very likely that the goal was met and exceeded.
The CEO Program, which was founded in Effingham County, has since expanded to be started in other counties in Illinois, as well as other states.