Outlook presents “creative change”

“Nothing endures but change,” professed the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus. At Outlook Conference 2011 in White Sulphur Springs, W.V., May 2-3, noted author, teacher, speaker, business leader and executive coach Jeff Patnaude will present “Creative Change,” discussing how repeating patterns of change can be utilized and shaped for extraordinary results in business, relationships and personal growth.

A pioneer in bringing together the worlds of work and spirit, over the past three decades Patnaude has used his spiritual training as an Episcopal priest as a springboard for the revolutionary yet fundamental principles he offers through innovative corporate communications, management and leadership programs. His work and professional dedication center on the most pressing issues facing our culture today: balancing work, relationships, self-care and the need for great and authentic leadership.

Based on his creation of “The Practices of Inner Management,” Patnaude guides leaders from the inside out. His book, Leading From the Maze: A Personal Pathway to Leadership, models his belief that “authentic leaders do not set out to lead others, but to lead an authentic, vital life, expressing their own lives fully.”

In his presentation he will clearly describe a process of self-discovery and the inner management skills needed for executives and entrepreneurs who seek to enhance their behavior for more effective leadership in their business and personal lives. Patnaude has coached and trained more than 25,000 executives over the past three decades and helped corporations shape strategic and successful futures.

A full roster

A variety of presentations will cover important topics of interest to those who are a part of the specialty fabrics industry.

  • Dr. John Connaughton, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, N.C., will provide economic predictions;
  • Alasdair Carmichael of PCI Fibres presents an outlook on synthetic fibers (commodities and specialties);
  • Kim Glas, deputy assistant secretary for textiles and apparel, and Gail Strickler, assistant U.S. trade representative for textiles and apparel, will present updates on the Obama Administration’s policies;
  • Lt. Col. Michael Sloane will discuss the needs and requirements for the Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier program; and
  • Cass Johnson, National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), Auggie Tantillo, American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC), and Paul O’Day, American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA), will provide briefings on pertinent developments in Washington, D.C.

Registration materials for this premiere technical textiles industry forum are available at www.usifi.com or www.narrowfabrics.org, or contact Ruth Stephens at +1 651 225 6920 or rastephens@ifai.com. The conference is produced by the U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI), divisions of IFAI.