EAA Fall 2023 CEO Conference

Sunday, Sept 10, 2023 – Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

Join us in September

Please join us for the Fall 2023 EAA CEO Conference, taking place September 10-12 at the beautiful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort, a relaxing oasis in the heart of the Sonoran Desert.

Attendees will participate in thought-provoking discussions, learn from business experts and reconnect with fellow peers. In addition to the conference, attendees will have access to all of the amenities that the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has to offer, including world-class golf, a full-service spa, several pools and a variety of dining options.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with other CEOs and thought leaders, gain new perspectives, and take your business to the next level.

Conference Agenda 

 Date  Time (MST)   Activity
 Sunday, Sept. 10   6:30 - 9:00 p.m.   Welcome Reception & Dinner -
 Canyon Lawn (on resort)
 Monday, Sept. 11  8:00 - 9:00 a.m.   Breakfast
 9:00 - 9:05 a.m.   Opening Comments
 9:05 - 10:05 a.m.   Cyber Resilience for Business Leaders
 10:35 - 11:35 a.m.  Charting the AI Journey 
 11:45 am - 1:45 pm  Culinary Journey Interactive Lunch
 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.   AI Facilitated Workshop 
 3:00 - 3:05  p.m.   Closing Remarks
 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.   Reception & Dinner - Fat Ox 
 Tuesday, Sept. 12  8:00 - 9:00 a.m.   Breakfast 
 9:05 - 10:05 a.m.   The Changing Landscape of the World of Work
 10:35 - 11:35 a.m.   CEO Panel 
 11:35 am - 12:35 pm  Lunch 
 12:35 - 1:55 p.m.   Roundtable  
 1:55 - 2:00 p.m.   Closing Remarks 
 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.   Optional Dinner - Local Bistro

*Please note that the agenda is subject to change and will be updated continuously until the start of the conference. 

Conference Sessions & Speakers

Charting the AI Journey: Navigating Transformative Horizons for Business & Beyond
Sarah Alt, Chief Process & AI Officer, Michael Best 

Get ready to navigate the immediate future, where AI isn't just a tool - it's a transformative force for business. Harnessing AI's prowess means we can optimize operations, personalize customer experiences, and unlock hidden insights. Technology enthusiasts and business visionaries need a compass to navigate the AI-driven world that's unfolding before our eyes. In this two-part session, we'll explore what is happening right now with generative AI and what we can predict in the immediate future, including what may be coming for legislation and governance. In the second session, Sarah will facilitate a roundtable-style reflection to learn from each other what we do next to work alongside AI.


Cyber Resilience for Business Leaders
Mark Weatherford, Chief Strategy Officer, National Cybersecurity Center

Cyber resilience is fundamentally about an organization's ability to anticipate, adapt, withstand, and recover from malicious cyber events while continuing to operate and protect sensitive information. The cybersecurity threat and vulnerability landscape today has exploded and includes everything from data breaches and ransomware attacks, to supply chain vulnerabilities and threats to critical infrastructure – many of which are being conducted by well-resourced nation-state actors. That makes it an unfair fight for most private companies and whether a Fortune 500 or a smaller SMB, these threats can have far-reaching consequences, impacting not only the bottom line, but also customer trust and regulatory compliance. This session will help business leaders understand the cyber risk landscape and prepare you with the knowledge to ask the right questions while reinforcing the need for providing appropriate resources to defend your organization.


The Changing Landscape of the World of Work
Rebekah Kowalski, Vice President, Manpower Manufacturing at ManpowerGroup

Looking across the three big horizons of automation, digital, and sustainability gives us insight into the most significant shifts we’ve seen in recent times, influencing nearly every role and shaping the workforce of the future. This session will examine the challenge and opportunity presented with these shifts from both an employer and talent perspective and will look at how we can and must be thinking about the workforce needed to support them. 



Conference Registration

 Attendee Type  Registration Rate 
 Attendee* (Full conference & meals)  $1,600
 Guest (Dinners/Social events)   $650
 Registration Closes  Monday, Aug. 21

*The EAA is pleased to host the CEO Conference twice annually. Conference registration is extended to CEOs and the senior staff personally invited by them. 


Important: If you receive an error message during the registration process, that "your member type has not been invited to the event," please return to the webpage and login. You must be logged in to register for the conference. 

Conference Cancelation Policy: All cancelation requests must be made in writing via email to the EAA and are subject to a non-refundable $75 processing fee. Due to the requirement to confirm participation counts, cancelations received after Friday, Sept. 1, 2023 cannot be refunded. 

HRCI Alliance - Special 2023 Conference Discount

The EAA is offering a special registration incentive. All Associations participating in the HRCI Alliance will receive a special $900 discount for one conference in 2023. An email containing the HRCI discount code and instructions on how to redeem the promotional rate will be sent to the CEO of each association that has not redeemed the code earlier in the year. 


Hotel Accommodations


Experience the perfect destination to connect with yourself and your peers while enjoying the natural wonders surrounding the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The beauty of the resort is seen in desert gardens, palm-lined walkways and crystal pool views. 

 EAA Discounted Group Rate  $299 + tax, fees*
 Discounted Resort Fee  $25 ($40 double occupancy) Daily**
 Cut-off Date  Friday, Aug. 18, 2023

*Discounted Group Rate available Saturday, Sept. 9 - Wednesday, Sept. 13. Guest rooms will be available at the discounted group rate 3 days prior- and 3 days post-event; based on availability. 
**Resort Fee includes: Basic internet access in guestrooms & meeting space; daily maid gratuity; roundtrip porterage cost; $25 spa credit per paid night towards a facial or body treatment at Well & Being Spa (credit is not accumulative and is valid once per day), access to the Fairmont fitness center.  

Room Reservations: To make a hotel reservation, please click on the button or call the Reservations Department at (800) 344-4758. You must mention the EAA as your group to secure your guest room at the discounted group rate of $299+ taxes, fees. 


Hotel Address: 
7575 East Princess Drive 
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Hotel Website

Check-in / Check-out: 
Check-in: 4:00 p.m. MST 
Check-out: 11:00 a.m. MST

Hotel Cancelation Policy: 
Cancelations must be completed seven (7) days prior to arrival to avoid forfeiture of the deposit. Should you need to change or cancel your reservation, please have your confirmation number available when making changes online or by calling (800).344.4758.

Conference Transportation

Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is located 22 miles (23 min) from Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. 

Designated Ride Share passenger pickup locations: 

  • Terminal 3: South outer curb, west end between doors #2 & #4. See signage for assistance. Always confirm that you are getting in the correct vehicle with the designated driver shown on the app. 
  • Terminal 4 (two pickup locations):
    • Level 1, north outer curb, far west end outside door #1. See signage for assistance. Always confirm that you are getting in the correct vehicle with the designated driver shown on the app. 
    • Level 1, south outer curb east end outside door #6 or door #8. See signage for assistance. Always confirm that you are getting in the correct vehicle with the designated driver shown on the app. 

Airport Taxi: Taxis are available in the following locations: 

  • Terminal 3: North curb outside door #7
  • Terminal 4: Level 1, north curb outside door #7 or south curb outside door #4

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For additional conference information please contact: 
Kim Mitschke, CMP
Conference & Events Manager