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Unique Session Formats

Unique session formats make AAOE's Annual Conference an educational experience you won't soon forget! Learn more about featured session formats below.
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  • Brain Breaks - take a break from business education to focus on YOU
  • IGNITE Sessions – speakers will have just five minutes to give their presentation, and their PowerPoint slides will auto-advance to ensure they keep up! 
  • Learning Lofts – a memorable educational experience that presents content in a unique way, displayed across multiple screens! 
  • TED-Style Sessions – three speakers will present 15-minute sessions designed to inspire and motivate you 


Brain Breaks
This popular session format from last year's conference will be offered again to let you take a break from the business education and focus on you. Below are the Brain Breaks sessions being offered at the conference. 

A Truly "Happy" Hour to Tickle Your Funny Bone and Create a More Positive Work Culture
Monday, May 6, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sarah Routman, Laughter Yoga Leader and Teacher, Laugh for the Health of It

GOAL GET ‘EM! An Intensely-Fun Goal Setting Session
Tuesday, May 7, 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Lauren Pasqualone, Co-Founder, LP2 Boutique Agency

People-Reading Made Easy: A Simple Framework for Building Effective Professional Relationships
Monday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Randall Olson, VP/Talent Development Consultant, MTI Business Solutions; Mary White, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director, Corporate Training/Talent Development, MTI Business Solutions

Productivity Brain Breaks: A Facilitated White Space
Tuesday, May 7, 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Beth Ziesenis, CSP, Your Nerdy Best Friend

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IGNITE
Tuesday, May 7, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

During this fun edu-tainment session, speakers will have just five minutes to give their presentation, and their PowerPoint slides will auto-advance to ensure they keep up!

The Art of Distraction 
Ron Chorzewski, PT, MBA, CEO, Concord Orthopaedics, P.A. 
Mr. Chorzewski’s artwork has been viewed by close to a dozen people; most of whom are part of his own family.  The only thing worse than his art, is his ability to speak in front of large crowds. With expectations set low, you are invited to hear him speak about how a passionate hobby can improve the creativity in your career, help you to manage the stress of being a healthcare administrator, and remind you how a powerful distraction can allow you pay attention to what is most important in your life: your inner well-being. 
 
Screw Up or Screwing Up? Lessons I Have Learned About the Importance of Making and Embracing Mistakes 
Jana Foor, CMPE 

Mistakes are inevitable, but how mistakes are handled will separate a true leader from their counterparts. Learn how to embrace your mistakes and learn from them, and how to find the way forward after failure. 
 
Balancing Life’s Tightrope 
James Kidd, CMPE
, CEO, Advanced Bone & Joint 
As professionals, it is always difficult to balance the priorities of life. We are pulled in many directions. In this session, we will review lessons and tips for bringing balance to the crazy pace we keep. 
 
Chaos: Straight UP and on the Rocks 
Jason Miller
, Sales Agent, tsi (Transworld Systems) 
Ever felt like your world was in utter chaos? Whether it’s work, family, or personal life, chaos can cause unnecessary stress.  Let’s drain out the nonsense and pour a glass of hard truth. 
 
See Everybody That Can Pay You 
Kim Wishon, MBA, FACMPE
, Chief Executive Officer, Watauga Orthopaedics 
Stop making your patients and potential patients go through a 12-step screening process. Open your schedules to anyone that can pay you and watch your bottom line, market share, and patient satisfaction soar! 

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Learning Lofts
Experimental Learning Lofts will break the mold of a traditional session. Instead of a single screen, you will watch these unique and memorable presentations on a display of multiple screens.These sessions will stand out as immersive learning experiences.

Communication at Work: Successfully Removing Barriers to Increase Workplace Productivity
Sunday, May 5, 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Scott Lesnick, CSP, Professional Speaker/Author, Successful Business Solutions, LLC

Cost Effective Strategies for Securing Against the Human Behavior
Monday, May 6, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Adam Steinhoff, CEO, Dedicated IT

GOAL GET ‘EM! An Intensely-Fun Goal Setting Session
Tuesday, May 7, 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Lauren Pasqualone, Co-Founder, LP2 Boutique Agency

How to Use the K.I.D. Formula for More Success
Tuesday, May 7, 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Vernon Brown, What's Your Happi

Increase Your Organizational Productivity Through the 5 S's of Lean and Visual Management
Monday, May 6, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Laurie Fiorica, MS, Vice President, Ancillary Care Strategies

Interviewing for the Soft Skills You Can't Teach
Sunday, May 5, 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Amy Lafko, MSPT, MBA, CPBA, Founder/Principal, Cairn Consulting Solutions

It’s a Party and You’re Invited: Bring Your Own Device!
Monday, May 6, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Eric Christensen, CHCP, Director of Client Services, Healthcare Compliance Pros, Inc.

People-Reading Made Easy: A Simple Framework for Building Effective Professional Relationships
Monday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Randall Olson, VP/Talent Development Consultant, MTI Business Solutions; Mary White, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director, Corporate Training/Talent Development, MTI Business Solutions

Power Productivity for OA Leaders: Tech Tools to Get Stuff Done
Tuesday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Beth Ziesenis, CSP, Your Nerdy Best Friend

Strategies and Tools to Improve Physician Well-Being and Beat Back Burnout
Tuesday, May 7, 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Jeffrey Smith, MD, FACS, CPC, Orthopaedic Traumatologist, Orthopaedic Trauma & Fracture Specialists Medical Corp.; Phil Stahel, MD, FACS, CMO, HCA/HealthONE North Suburban Medical Center; Todd Swenning, Director of Orthopedic Trauma, Orthopedic Trauma of the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences (ICON)

Stump the Lawyer
Monday, May 6, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
David Glaser, Esq., Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron

Top-Rated Ortho Practices Increase Revenue Via 5-Star Reputations. You Can Too!
Wednesday, May 8, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Ty Allen, eMBA, CEO, SocialClime; Alexander Sroka, CMO, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Waging War on CHRONIC Issues in Your Practice
Wednesday, May 8, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
James Kidd, CMPE, CEO, Advanced Bone & Joint; Tammie Simao, CMPE, Chief Executive Officer, Orthopedic Partners

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TED-Style Talks
Wednesday, May 8, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Short, powerful presentations designed to inspire and motivate you, each delivered one after the other.

Appreciation and Recognition: Your Role as a Leader 
Ryan Smith, MHA, ACHE
, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Capital Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, PC 
Learn the impact of appreciation and recognition in the workplace, and gain easy tactics and practical ideas to put in place in work and in life. 

Bones Of Contention: The Four Rs To Avoid for a Healthy Relationship  
Kermit Glenn Smith, Professional Coach, The Transformational Tour Guide 
Cumulative Microtrauma is a destructive phenomenon that occurs in relationships just like it does in our bodies. In relationships, the most common cause is small, unresolved issues that build up over time, eventually replacing warmth and connection with chronic pain. These fragile “bones of contention” cannot continue to support the relationship and eventually end up creating fractured or even broken lives. This talk discusses the escalation pattern (Four Rs) for every relationship to be aware of and avoid to ensure that the bones of the relationship stay healthy and strong to support a life of love and passion.

How to Get Fired Up and Energized About Your Career Even if You Are O.D.D. 
Vernon Brown, What's Your Happi 
In his previous career, Vernon saw so many of his colleagues and associates tired and not being engaged. Vernon acknowledged that there is a better way and that mindset is what led to the creation of the O.D.D. Method, which he will share with you.

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