McKonly & Asbury’s signature event, COLLABORATE! 2024 is just around the corner and we could not be more excited! Our firm is not only celebrating 50 years, but 2024 will also be the 10th year we host COLLABORATE! This all-day conference is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2024, at the Penn Harris Hotel in Camp Hill.
Building on the success of last year’s event, we are changing things up by bringing in three dynamic keynote speakers for the general sessions, as well as creating another breakout opportunity during the day for attendees.
Morning Keynote: Robyn Benincasa, World Champion Adventure Racer; 3x Guinness World Record Endurance Kayaker; Full-Time Firefighter; New York Times Bestselling Author
Robyn Benincasa takes you inside the world of extreme adventure racing to highlight the common traits, attitudes and mindsets of the world’s most consistently high-performing teams.
For 20 years, Robyn has competed in the most rigorous conditions on earth as an adventure racer, mastering the skills required to inspire and bond with teammates in pursuit of audacious goals while working under extreme time pressures.
With a message that emphasizes caring about each other as much as ourselves, Robyn offers a unique view of how to build teams that succeed against all odds, triumph over adversity and win as one in times of great challenge and change.
Drawing from her award-winning book “How Winning Works,” as well as her experience as a full-time firefighter, she outlines steps anyone can take to create consistent world class results in every aspect of their lives.
In front of audiences, she combines academic research with incredible stories and breathtaking video footage to energize listeners, uplifting and empowering them to see opportunities instead of roadblocks and a future full of possibilities.
Mid-day Keynote: David Osborne, Executive Consultant, F2F Trainer, Digital Team Facilitator & Producer with Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc.
David Osborne is an Executive Consultant, F2F Trainer, Digital Team Facilitator & Producer, and Instructional Designer, working with Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc. (corporate) and more than 22 of Carnegie’s International franchises. In 2017, he won Digital Trainer of the Year, and in 2022 he won Sales Trainer of the Year as voted by Carnegie’s global clients. As of 2023, he has facilitated more than 10,000 F2F hours, and facilitated or produced over 10,000 hours of online training. Over the last 5 years, he has been a keynote speaker around the world for industry conferences like Hospitality Next Generation (HTNG), the Retail Executive Summit (RES), The Iron Workers Union (IMPACT), and the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC).
Prior to joining Carnegie in 2005, David spent 10 years in the Information Technology Sector as a Business Analyst & Project Manager for hire with companies like Hewlett-Packard, One America, and the United Way.
Afternoon Keynote: Dr. Anirban Basu
Noted economist and highly entertaining speaker Anirban Basu will provide the COLLABORATE! audience with an economic update. Dr. Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with an office in Indonesia. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others.
In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Dr. Basu as Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission (2014-2021). He also serves as Chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee. He is also the Chief Economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and Chief Economic Advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association. He serves or has served in similar roles for Visit Baltimore, Maryland Realtors, and Marcum, LLP.
Dr. Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990. He earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His Juris Doctor was earned at the University of Maryland School of Law. His doctoral work was completed at UMBC with a concentration in health economics.
Planning for COLLABORATE! is off to an exciting start. In addition to our keynote speakers, COLLABORATE! will continue its tradition of providing focused, highly informational breakout sessions. More information regarding COLLABORATE! sponsors, keynote speakers as well as an agenda will be forthcoming as we finalize plans. In the meantime, SAVE THE DATE for May 2, 2024!