Mar 04

Leading from Within: The Heart of Exceptional Leadership

Marker Boston, MA Marker 12:00 pm EST

In leadership, there are moments of seamless harmony when initiatives unfold with ease, confidence, and camaraderie. Teams respond positively, embracing and advancing the introduced changes, even when they prove challenging and obscure. Remarkable accomplishments materialize.

Other times, stagnation in the face of change prevails, and coordination and camaraderie become elusive.

What distinguishes these contrasting experiences? Research indicates that leadership is not merely a trait to be acquired, but a dynamic internal state to be activated. Shifting the focus from passive learning on the sidelines to active leadership in the moment emerges as a transformative approach. In doing so, leaders can authentically propel themselves toward genuine breakthroughs.

Now, in this post-post-COVID era, leaders are faced with unprecedented challenges and opportunities for growth. Michele’s keynote will draw from more than 20 years’ experience as a leader at two major companies, Walt Disney World Resort and Walmart. She will share transformative learnings from her experiences, explore shifts in priorities, and the expansive concept of inclusion..

After the keynote, you will have the opportunity to engage in collaborative group discussions at your table with other industry leaders. This thought leadership workshop builds from Michele’s keynote. We have provided links to suggested pre-read leadership articles identified to help you gain insights into personal energy management, the impact of generational shifts, and strategies for authentic leadership in a changing cultural landscape.

Suggested Pre-reading: From the Harvard Business Review
Leading in the Flow of Work
Leaders Must React
Why Real-Time Leadership is So Hard


12:00pm – 1:30pm – Registration & Networking Lunch

1:30pm – 1:45pm – Welcome and Updates 

1:45pm – 2:30pm – Keynote by Michele Adams, VP, Walmart Claims Services

2:30pm – 3:30pm – Thought Leadership Table Collaboration 

3:30pm – Closing

Keynote Speaker:
Michele Adams
VP, Walmart Claims Services Problem

Michele Adams is the Vice President of Risk Management Operations & Casualty Claims at Walmart Claims Services in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Before joining Walmart, she was the Vice President, Risk Management Services at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida where she spent more than twenty years in the risk management organization. She has experience leading dynamic and diverse teams managing all aspects of risk and casualty claims. Michele is a national speaker on a wide range of topics involving risk management and workers’ compensation. In 2019 she received the Summa Comp Laude award from Work Comp Central, recognized for the positive impact she has made to the national workers’ compensation community. In 2017 Michele was inducted into the Florida Workers’ Compensation Hall of Fame for her contributions to the betterment of the workers’ compensation industry in Florida.

Michele is the past Chair and Executive Committee Member of the Medicare Advocacy and Recovery Coalition; serves on the Boards of the Florida and Arkansas Self-Insured Guaranty Associations, the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute; and is a past member of the Executive Committee of the National Council of Self-Insureds. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Rollins College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications. She also holds an MBA from the Crummer School of
Business, Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Michele is a native Floridian and when she is not working, is an avid reader and enjoys writing, college football, bike riding, and spending time with her family.