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2023 InspireNext Summit

Friday, September 8, 2023 (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM) (CDT)


 Are you excited to take your career to new heights? 

Join us in Burlington, Iowa at the InspireNext Summit for an event that promises to elevate your professional journey! Our lineup of expert speakers is set to share valuable insights on accepting change, cultivating a dynamic and fun work environment, practicing self-reflection, and so much more. Meet our incredible speakers below! 

This is your chance to expand your professional portfolio while connecting with a fantastic community of like-minded individuals, all eager to unleash their full potential. 

We will provide lunch during the summit, and attendees are invited to join us for an after-party immediately following the event! Hosted at the Boogaloo Sports Bar & Grill located inside the event center, this provides the perfect opportunity to network, make lasting connections, and celebrate your growth with newfound friends. 

So, block your calendar, secure your spot, and get ready to embark on a transformative journey filled with learning, fun, and camaraderie. 


Steve Fredlund: The Safari Way to Greater Happiness

Steve is an award-winning actuary, humanitarian, coach, author, speaker, podcaster, and leader of African Safaris. As a two-time TEDx speaker, Steve uses remarkable stories to relate an African Safari to finding your "Big Five" in your life and workplace.


Chris Lee: Bobwhites to Boardrooms

Chris Lee is a wildlife biologist and Executive Director of the Des Moines County Conservation. Chris builds on 15 years as a conservation biologist, and draws parallels between wildlife management and the workplace. 


Craig Smith: Embracing Change

Craig Smith is the President of Sterzings Chips, and is no stranger to change. When the FDA put a ban on oils containing trans fats, their famous recipe came to a halt. Despite the change, trials, and tribulations, Sterzings Chips are still a staple in Iowa and beyond. Craig believes in the importance of not only embracing change, but being an advocate for it and aims to teach exactly that.


Melinda Bickel: Balancing Work & Home

Melinda Bickel, Co-Owner and Vice President of Bickel's Cycling & Fitness knows all too well the delicate (and often hectic) balance of being a mom, a business owner, and an involved community member. She values the importance of finding a healthy balance between work, home, and hobbies.


Candace D'agnolo: From Failing to Scaling

Candace D'agnolo is the Founder and CEO of Pet Boss Nation, podcaster, speaker, author, and Peoria Native. Candace has experienced first-hand the extreme struggles and ultimate successes of entrepreneurship since 2004.

The one thing she wished she had but couldn’t find was a support system of industry peers who believed in community over competition, mentors who could guide her, and a resource for the best marketing ideas around.

It didn’t exist, so she created it - and aims to share that message with the world.

Catfish Bend Convention & Event Center
3001 Winegard Dr
Burlington, IA 52601 United States
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Mac Holford
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Friday, September 8, 2023 (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM) (CDT)

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