2014 CEO Reatreat Agenda  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Welcome Lunch - Join your CEO peers for a casual catered lunch - Portsmouth Music and Art Center

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Opening Remarks

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Ears and Eyes Creativity Workshop - Bring your open mind, instinct, comfy clothes and join us as we combine live Jazz Music and Abstract Expressionist Painting.  We will have a hands on experience creating art work together – collaborating with each other and the improv music.  

4:00 p.m. Arrival And Check-In At Wentworth By The Sea 

5:30–7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception - Wentworth By The Sea, Lower Poolside - Get to know your peers on a social level during a poolside cocktail reception. 

7:00 p.m. Dinner - Wentworth Solarium - A buffet-style dinner will allow you to mix freely with your peers and maximize points of connection in preparation for tomorrow’s conference.


Thursday, October 23, 2014


7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet  - The Wentworth Garden Ballroom  

8:00–8:30 a.m. Welcome And Introductions - Settle in for a day of stimulating content and conversation as we introduce our agenda and review objectives for the Summit. 

8:30–9:00 a.m. Speed Networking - Meet new peers and reconnect with past acquaintances in this opening exercise designed to set the tone for open discussion. In hand-picked exchanges, you’ll find common ground and learning opportunities among your fellow CEOs. 

Facilitated by: Ed Barrows

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. The Truth about Leadership Development

Speaker: Carol Kauffman, PhD, PCC

Carol will discuss:

1) How do you really develop leaders?  What works?  What doesn’t?
2) What is the latest thinking around Leadership Development?
3) How do great CEOs develop strong Leadership teams?  What do they personally do well?  For those that fail, what mistakes do they make that you should avoid?

9:45 –10:30 a.m. Leadership:  Follow Up CEO Panel: CEO Secrets to Developing Great Leaders and Leadership Teams

Panelists: Peter Bransfield, CEO of Rypos and Josh McCall, CEO of Jack Morton 

Peter and Josh will discuss:

1) Describe your best leaders and how you got and kept them?
2) Describe your best leadership teams and how they came to be so great?

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Economic and Financial Trends - Things to think about with respect to your business and yourself

Speaker: Tom Fay, CFA, Regional President BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Facilitated by: Melissa Raffoni

11:45 – 12:45 p.m. Networking, Lunch & CEO Of The Year Awards 

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. CEO Panel: Digital Consumer Trends on the Internet and Content Marketing - what every CEO should know

Panelists: Mike Dreese, CEO of Newbury Comics, Ted Nelson, CEO of Mechanica and  Mark Kasdorf, CEO of Intrepid Pursuits

Facilitated by: Melissa Raffoni 

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Marshmallow Challenge & Group Picture 

Faciliated by: Ed Barrows

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Well-Being Panel and Discussion  - Strategies for building a productive, healthy workforce. 

Panelists: Mari Ryan MBA, MHP, CWWPC, CWP, CEO of Advancing Wellness, Marianne Gibbons, MBA, MS, RD,  Lisa Conant, DC, Jolie Yonker, Yoga Instructor

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Networking and Break

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Creative Writing/Peer Sharing Exercise

4:15–5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Evaluations  - We’ll briefly summarize the day, and collect your feedback on how we can continue to make the annual retreat the best investment of your time. 

Facilitated by: Melissa Raffoni, CEO, The Raffoni Group, and Ed Barrows, Strategic Facilitator, The Raffoni Group