Thursday, Sept. 20

11 – 5 p.m.

Hilton Omaha | 1001 Cass Street, 68102

Welcome to motivation. Welcome to inspiration. Welcome to no regrets.

Make / Happen is about turning our best intentions into action – rocket fuel specially-formulated to propel ourselves and our goals forward. A conference for doers.

What do you want to accomplish for yourself, your company or community? Connect with aspirational peers at the intersection of skill-building and action-planning – and Make / it / Happen.

Still defining your lofty goal? Take this half-day to discover your possibilities, create your “what’s next,” and jolt yourself out of your comfort zone.

Presenting Sponsor

Our Make / Happen Promise.

Activation. We’re going to surround you with a continuous flow of high energy; thought-provoking speakers, ideas and information; and the tools to empower action.

“So many times, we go to seminars and we’re given professional advice – and then our notes get lost and we do nothing with the experience. Make/Happen is designed to help us springboard to the next step.”

Wesley Siebert, 2015 Make/Happen Attendee

What you choose to Make / Happen – Innovation? Creativity? Positive change? – is entirely up to you.  September 20. We’ll be ready to help you shake up the status quo.


6 Pack


$850 (Non-Member)



$150 (Non-Member)

Early Bird



Parking, lunch, appetizers and drinks are included with each ticket.

Reservations are due by Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. No refunds for cancelations will be granted after this day.


11 – 11:30 a.m.

Registration and Networking

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lunch and Opening Session

Design Thinking: Creating Innovation Through Connecting People

Grand Central Ballroom

Jeremy Falke

SVP, HR at Capital Senior Living 

Transform the status quo into powerful change with design thinking – this blend of specific mindsets, empathy and intentionality is a powerful way to create innovation and refine your approach and style to working together.

1:15 – 2 p.m.

Breakout Session

2:15 – 3 p.m.

Breakout Session

3:10 – 4 p.m.

Closing Session

Leadership in Action

Grand Central Ballroom

Their insights are among our business community’s most valuable resources. Greater Omaha’s successful business and community leaders specialize in vision, challenge and growth. They are eager to share their experiences with you – the good, bad and otherwise. This is an exclusive opportunity to gain the first-hand understanding that can help you improve your leadership footing and implement both culture and bottom-line-enhancing best practices.

Show up, find a seat and prepare yourself for a powerful, intimate conversation with our region’s best!


Amanda Bogner, President – Energy Studio Inc.

Ariel Roblin, President and General Manager – KETV

Carmen Tapio, President and CEO – North End Teleservices LLC

Dan Houghton, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President – BuilderTREND

David Hopp, Chief Operating Officer – Agape Red

Derek Wright, Area President – Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Jack Becker, Executive Director and CEO – Joslyn Art Museum

Jay Bolding, Owner – BOLD Office Solutions and Office Furniture Installers

Jim Krieger, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer – Gallup

Joe Hodges, President – Lion’s Gate Security

Karen Borchert, Chief Operating Officer – Flywheel

Karen Goracke, Chief Executive Officer – Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts

Kathy Bressler, Chief Operating Officer – CHI Health

Leslie Andersen, President and CEO – Bank of Bennington

Marc Wisdom, President – First Westroads Bank

Nancy Pridal, President – Lamp Rynearson

Othello Meadows, President and CEO – Seventy Five North

Pat Corrigan, President and CEO – ACCESSbank

Rob Reed, President and CEO – Physicians Mutual

Roger Weitz, General Director – Opera Omaha

Sherman Willis, Agent – State Farm Insurance

Tim Barry, Managing Partner – Hot Shops

Tim Burke, President and CEO – Omaha Public Power District

Tim Kerrigan, Vice President – Investors Realty, Inc.

Todd Luther, Managing Director, Human Resources – TD Ameritrade

4 – 5 p.m.

Networking Reception


This event is made possible by the generous contributions of several organizations. We appreciate their support.


Presenting Sponsor


Brand Sponsor


Engagement Sponsors

Mutual of Omaha | RSM US LLP

Corporate Sponsors

Bergman Incentives | Investors Realty, Inc. | Omaha Public Power District | VitalSigns Unlimited, Inc.

Interested in sponsoring? Contact Christine Fortier for more information.


For more information about Make / Happen, contact Christine Fortier.


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