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Kick-Off Classic

8:00AM – 4:00PM


Charleston Marriott Hotel
200 Lee Street
Charleston, WV




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Morning Session

The Ethics of OOPS! Slips, Mistakes, Failures and Your Future:

Everybody says, “We learn more from failure than success.” But most of us would still prefer the latter to the former. Because few seek failure, we’re tempted to avoid it at all costs — and that’s often where the ethical issues arise. How we deal with failure, in ourselves and others, can have wide-ranging behavioral, cultural and ethical impact — for better or for worse.

Greg Conderacci, who teaches this course, is no stranger to failure. Because “bad news is good news,” he covered major corporate and government failures as a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal. And, like all of us, he’s made many blunders himself. In both for-profit and non-profit leadership roles, he’s watched seeming success turn to failure — and vice versa. A BLI Senior Fellow, consultant, and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he is a sought-after adviser for personal and corporate turnarounds.


Upon completion of this course participants will focus on failure – personal and professional – to help them:

  • Recognize their own failures positively<?xml:namespace prefix="o" />
  • Manage failure constructively on the job
  • Coach others through failure to success   


  • Good failure: How to encourage it and harness its power
  • Bad failure: When it’s NOT okay to fail
  • Ugly failure: How to forgive it and move on
  • Fast failure: Can be better than “quick wins”
  • Slow failure: The cancer nobody notices

FIELD OF STUDY:  Behavioral Ethics 


Afternoon Session

Extraordinary Endurance: Leadership Lessons from the Long Road

When the prospects are daunting, the pain is immediate and the goal far away, endurance can be the most valuable leadership quality. If you’re confronting a challenge and wondering “How will I ever get through this?”, then this course is designed for you. Taught by two instructors who have crossed the country (one on foot and one on a bicycle), the course taps both their experience and their research into energy, endurance, leadership — and tackling tough tasks.

Greg Conderacci is one of BLI’s most popular instructors.  Greg, an ultra-distance bike racer, rode from Seattle to Williamsburg, VA and raised money for his favorite charity along the way. He has many years of experience in leading teams through difficult times.


  • Learn how to manage your energy, boost your morale (and your team’s) and keep on keeping on. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
  • Define the sources of energy
  • Describe ways to keep motivated
  • Describe ways to avoid endurance “sink Holes”
  • Describe various emotions and how to best use them


  • PIES: the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual sources of energy
  • Motivation: finding it; sharing it; keeping it…regardless
  • Realistic optimism: the power of a good story
  • Endurance “sink holes” — and how to avoid them
  • Dealing with unexpected setbacks — and support
  • Practice, Preparation and MacGyver: how to be ready for anything.
  • The little things that make a big difference (and the big things that don’t)
  • Cool: keeping it in hot times
  • Put your mask on first: caring for your self and your team in difficult times
  • Using love, hate, fear, pride and other emotions
  • Music, and other strong drugs
  • Storms, setbacks, retreats, reassessments … and quitting
  • Lucky accidents

FIELD OF STUDY:  Personal Development 


Plan on joining us for the 8th Annual Kick Off Classic and enjoy a fun filled day while earning CPE.  Dress casually and come in your favorite sports team attire!  Enjoy a delicious catered lunch. 



WV Society of CPAs
Lunch provided
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