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2018 Annual Conference
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Save the date for the 2019 RPI Experience Conference

April 9-11, 2019
Atlanta, GA

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Thank you for joining us at the 2018 RPI Conference in Nashville, Tennessee: April 29 – May 1, 2018.

2018 Keynote Speakers

Chester EltonChester Elton, #1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement and Leadership Expert

One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Chester Elton provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than 850,000 working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams.

He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is co-author of the New York Times and #1 USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership books, All In, The Carrot Principle and The Best Team Wins. His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Elton is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes. In 2017 Global Gurus research organization ranked him as #15 in the world’s top leadership experts and #10 in the world’s top organizational culture experts. 

Elton is the co-founder of The Culture Works, a global training company and is a board member of Camp Corral, a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes. He serves as a leadership consultant to firms such as American Express, AT&T, Avis Budget Group and Procter & Gamble. He is most proud, however, to be the father of four exceptional children-more exceptional now they’ve grown up and left home.

David SturtDavid Sturt, Author of New York Times bestseller Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love, and Executive Vice President of O.C. Tanner Company

David Sturt is the author of the recent New York Times bestseller, Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love. He has been interviewed and quoted by the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Forbes, CBS Radio, Huffington Post, and numerous other media organizations. He is a weekly contributor on and is a highly sought-after speaker, presenting to audiences at HR and leadership conferences across the US, Canada and the UK. These include SHRM, WorldatWork, ASHRA, Employers Council, HR Houston, Evanta, and multiple chapters of SHRM. David has a degree in Training and Development and an MBA, and has two decades of experience in research, innovation and leadership. He was born in England, raised in South Africa, educated in the US and Asia/Pacific, and has a passion for doing things that make a difference in the world.

Special Wild Horse Reception

Wild Horse Saloon

>> Wild Horse Saloon

Join us at the world famous Wild Horse Saloon in the heart of honky-tonk central in downtown Nashville for a special networking event in honor of RPI Best Practice #6: Celebrations & Events. RPI conference attendees will take over the entire 3rd Floor of the venue, complete with appetizers, our own private bar, pool tables, giant Scrabble and other activities starting at 7pm.

Wild Horse Saloon

Our entertainment sponsor, The C.A. Short Company has planned a fantastic evening complete with the Nashville Singer/Songwriter experience from local conference favorites Steve Mogck and Traci Snowe (with special guests), leading up to a set by RPI’s very own current Vice President, R Scott Russell who will be opening for country superstar Ty Herndon who will be performing his string of #1 hits and more for the RPI audience. Ty is a Dove Award winner and Grammy nominated artist who garnered five #1 singles, including his smash, “What Mattered Most” and more than 17 top country charting songs throughout his career. He was most recently the host of the Nashville Christmas Parade in 2017.

There will also be country line dance lessons for those excited to take to the dance floor for the real Nashville experience. This is the event not to miss and it comes with your conference registration. This event is sponsored by the C.A. Short Company with & Inspirus.