Mountain Xpress to host Association of Alternative Newsmedia Executive Leadership Conference


Here’s the information from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia:

Publisher Jeff Fobes from Mountain Xpress will be your host for the 2013 AAN Executive Leadership Conference, set to take place in scenic Asheville, N.C., November 14 to 16. This retreat-style gathering is tailored specifically to publishers, owners and senior managers of AAN publications.

Here’s a look at the sked:

Friday, November 15
(All sessions will take place at HandMade in America, a short walk from the Aloft Asheville.)

9:30 to 10 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Welcome
AAN President Sally Freeman, Boise Weekly, Jeff Fobes, Mountain Xpress and Tiffany Shackelford, AAN

10 to 11:45 a.m.
Check-in and Opening Session
Purpose Driven — Re-imagining the Alt Professional: Specific principals and practices to create new identities, rejuvenate roles, and refresh and inspire the weary and worried.
Facilitator: Laura Dell

12 to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Local Asheville Panel

1:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Sponsor presentation

2 to 3:15 p.m.
Strategic Management of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is a way of thinking and behaving that can enhance your organization and and create high-impact results. In this quickly moving media world, it may be the thing that saves us. But first, you have to throw out your old way of operating and evaluating success.
Speaker: John Clark

3:30 to 4 p.m.
Future of News
A conversation on the future of news and digital media economics.
Moderator: Michael Wagner, Times Shamrock Alternative Newsweekly Group

4 to 6 p.m.
Next Stop: Mountain Xpress Office
We head over to 2 Wall Street to taste some true Southern spirits, enjoy a local Asheville brew and learn about these local products from the source. As an added bonus, you’ll get to hear about the “For Love of Beer and Mountains” Partnership between the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) and Highland Brewing. Join Charlie Ball from Troy & Sons Distillery, Ben Wicker from Highland Brewing and Anna Zanetti, SAHC Americorps PR & Outreach Associate

aturday, November 16
(All sessions will take place at HandMade in America, a short walk from the Aloft Asheville.)

9:30 to 11 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Alternative Staff Forms in the Alts
Wild ideas that work for utilizing low-cost, high-energy, highly intelligent, non-traditional staff to get the job done and done well.

11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sales and Monetization Strategies
Learn what’s working and share ideas on how to implement these strategies with small staffs and smaller budgets.
Moderator: Blair Barna, Charleston City Paper

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Working Lunch
Small group discussions (voted on)

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Final Session and Wrap-up

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Group Activity

7:30 p.m.
Group Dinner

Please note: agenda and schedule are subject to change.

Registration Information and Fees
Registration for the Executive Leadership Conference is limited to three participants per publication. Participants may include owners, publishers and senior managers. Attendance is limited to the first 35 registrants.

The registration fee of $425 per person for members and $475 per person for non-members includes continental breakfast and lunch on Friday and continental breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday. Guests may join attendees for the group dinner on Saturday for a fee of $100.

Click here to register for the conference.

1 Comment

Chris Power November 10, 2013 - 10:38 am

Interesting choice of host with everything going down at Mountain Xpress!

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