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About the GLC


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About the GLC


The Global Leadership Conference (GLC) is an invitation-only forum for senior automotive leaders to exchange ideas and address solutions for critical global issues. Each year GLC presents an outstanding agenda of thought leaders who share their insights on the challenges and opportunities facing our industry. A key element includes bringing perspectives from other industries and disciplines as well.

Hosted by SAE Detroit Section, GLC is the industry’s oldest and most proven venue for building long-term relationships. For almost seven decades, GLC has provided an intense but exciting forum for the leaders of OEMs and suppliers to define new ways to learn and grow together in an off-the-record format. The formal conference sessions are complemented with smaller, less formal, and intimate opportunities for discussion, called Leadership Lunch Conversations with key industry leaders.

2018 GLC Details coming soon


Please see below for the 2017 GLC program.

2018 GLC Details coming soon


Please see below for the 2017 GLC program.

2017 Keynote Speakers


2017 Keynote Speakers


2017 Conference Speakers


2017 Conference Speakers


Speakers subject to change

2017 Leadership Lunch Conversations


2017 Leadership Lunch Conversations


Friday, October 13
12:30 - 1:30 P.M.

 
 

Saturday, October 14
12:30 - 1:30 P.M.

 
 

Limited to 20 attendees per session, each one-hour lunch offers informal and candid discussions with noted industry leaders to address issues and challenges. Each attendee will have the opportunity to ask a question, with attendance limited to one person per company per session.

Registration will take place onsite on Thursday, October 12 from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Cameo Ballroom. Spaces will go fast.

Note: Gold and Silver sponsors were granted pre-registration as part of sponsorship.

 

Speakers subject to change

2017 Agenda


2017 Agenda


Thursday, October 12

12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Ride & Drive
Off North Entrance  

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.      
Opening Reception
Kate's Mountain Lodge

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.    
Welcome Dinner
Kate's Mountain Lodge
(Buffet style, casual attire - jeans welcome)

Shuttles available at Main Entrance of hotel starting at 6:45 p.m.

Note: On Thursday evening, the Meal Plan will only apply to Kate's Mountain dinner and will not cover any of the restaurants.

 

 

Friday, October 13

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Attendee Networking Breakfast
Colonial Hall

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    
Conference Sessions
Colonial Hall
(Business casual)

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
George Blankenship Meet & Greet
Chesapeake Bay

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.     
Leadership Lunch Conversations*
Eisenhower Rooms

12:30 - 5:30 p.m.    
Ride & Drive
Off North Entrance

Dinner on your own. Meal Plan includes a three-course dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. See dining information for more details and be sure to make dining reservations early.

9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.    
Afterglow
Exhibit Center/Bunker
(Cocktail attire)

 

Saturday, October 14

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.    
Attendee Networking Breakfast
Colonial Hall

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
Conference Sessions
Colonial Hall
(Business casual)
2017 PACE Awards Finalists announced

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  
Leadership Lunch Conversations*
Eisenhower Rooms

12:30 - 5:30 p.m.  
Ride & Drive
Off North Entrance

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.    
Gala Reception
Chesapeake Room

8:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.  
Black Tie Gala
Colonial Hall
(Formal attire)

Note: On Saturday evening, the Meal Plan will only apply to the Black Tie Gala dinner and will not cover any of the restaurants.

Times and locations subject to change

*Pre-registered guests only

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2017 Spouse & Guest Activities


2017 Spouse & Guest Activities


Friday, October 13

Networking Breakfast

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Crystal Room

Stop by at your leisure to network with other guests while enjoying The Greenbrier's signature dishes.

 

Zumba®

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Taft Room

A Latin and World rhythm dance fitness party perfect for everybody. It combines cardio, muscle conditioning, balance,  and flexibility. Sweat it out with your group while you engage in the “exercise in disguise.” Shoes with a little traction and comfortable clothing recommended. 

Cookie Decorating Hands-on Workshop

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Culinary Arts Center

With a touch of the hand and swirl of the wrists, sculpt an illustrative cookie that your friends will admire. Our pastry chefs will guide you as you master the frosting tube and dress your cookie with whimsical ornamentation. 

Keynote Speaker
George Blankenship
Conference Session

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Colonial Ballroom

Spouses and guests are invited to join the conference session to hear George Blankenship, Former Executive at Tesla Motors, Apple Computer, and GAP Inc., as he delivers a keynote address.

(Meet & Greet 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Bay)

Corks & Canvas Hands-on Art Workshop

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Taft Room

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of wine, art, and engaging fun. Guests will create a “Greenbrier themed” floral painting. The technique used will create a luminous painting that captures all the wonderful nuances of the watercolor medium - flowing colors, beautiful shapes, and happy accidents. Easy and fun to do for everybody regardless of level of expertise. Supplies and wine included.

Hands-On Mixology Class

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Hayes Room

Back by popular demand, spouses and guests will learn the secrets to making great cocktails in this hands-on workshop. A friendly competition will conclude this one hour program. 

(Limited space - spouse/guest only)

 

Saturday, October 14

Networking Breakfast

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Crystal Room

Stop by at your leisure to network with other guests while enjoying The Greenbrier's signature dishes.

 

 

Yoga

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Taft Room

Energizing practice of breath awareness, Vinyasa flow, and activation of kundalini energy through the spine. This class is designed to help you release tension and resistance. It also supports overall health and emotional well-being. Comfortable clothing recommended. Yoga mat provided. 

Hands-on Mixology Class

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Hayes Room

Back by popular demand, spouses and guests will learn the secrets to making great cocktails in this hands-on workshop. A friendly competition will conclude this one hour program. 

(Limited space - spouse/guest only)

 

 

Beaded Jewelry Workshop

8:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Hayes Room

Create your personal work of wearable art (necklace and bracelet set; necklace and earring set; or bracelet and earring set) from a vast array of natural, colorful, and unique beads. Workshop will be led by Connie Gottshall who is passionate about personalized jewelry. She will assist you in selecting your jewels, guide you in laying your pattern, and give detailed techniques, which all come together for your one of a kind specialty. 

 
 

Activities are for Spouses/Guests only and subject to change.

Note: An email with a custom registration link was sent to each attendee email that registered a spouse/guest (also to spouse and assistant email if provided). After clicking the link, click "Sign up", then select the green "Register" button to register for a class. Save the link from the email to go back at any time and update your selections.

If the activity is full, please submit a Change Request, select "Other" and specify the details in the Request Details text field to be added to a wait list.

Online Spouse/Guest Activities registration will close Wednesday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m. After the deadline, registration will be available onsite at the GLC Desk.

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2017 Hotel Reservations


2017 Hotel Reservations


All room reservations must be made online via the conference link to ensure you receive the GLC group discount.

The Greenbrier has arranged a special room rate that includes a Meal Plan for all GLC attendees and their guests. The Meal Plan includes breakfast and dinner plus gratuities, resort fees, and taxes.

Please note: Be sure to reserve your room as soon as possible as space is limited and room selections go quickly.

The Greenbrier Dress Code

For questions about your Greenbrier room reservations, contact Jessica Dowdy at (855) 346-7156 ext. 2 or email jessica_dowdy@greenbrier.com.

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2017 Dining


2017 Dining


The Meal Plan consists of breakfast and dinner plus gratuity, state sales tax, occupancy tax, Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) fee, and resort fees. Breakfast includes Networking Breakfasts, a two-course à la carte meal or breakfast buffet in the Main Dining Room, Draper’s Café, or room service. Dinner on Friday includes a three-course meal and non-alcoholic beverages in the Main Dining Room, Sam Snead’s at the Golf Club, Draper’s Café, The Forum, Prime 44 West, or room service. A delivery fee will apply for room service.

Dining at Prime 44 West requires a $50 per person surcharge and the tasting menu in the Main Dining room requires a $55 per person surcharge. Alcoholic beverages or bar service of any kind is not included in the Meal Plan package. 

There will be group dinners on Thursday and Saturday evening. The Meal Plan will only be honored in restaurants on Friday evening. Please be sure to make your Friday evening dining reservations as soon as possible as space is limited.

Note: Group dinner at Kate’s Mountain on Thursday and Black Tie Gala on Saturday. Dinner on your own Friday.

For dining reservations, please contact The Greenbrier at (855) 346-7156 ext. 1.

The Greenbrier Dress Code

Reservations

Make your Friday evening dinner reservations by calling (855) 346-7156 ext 1.

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Dietary Requests

The Greenbrier will accommodate any special dietary requests you have if they are notified in advance.

Please notify Kerry Baldwin via email of any food allergies or vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free meals required.

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2017 Transportation


2017 Transportation


GLC Travel Package

The Travel Package includes round-trip direct flights with ground transportation to/from The Greenbrier, luggage transfer, and bell service. The 75-minute flights are provided by American Airlines, departing from Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) North Terminal to Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB).

Cost: $850 per person/round-trip

Travel Package reservations, changes, or transfers must be made by Friday, September 29, 2017.

No refunds after Friday, September 1, 2017.


Flight B - 183 passengers, round-trip only

October 12 - 2:00 p.m. departure, DTW to LWB
October 15 - 3:30 p.m. departure, LWB to DTW

Flight A - 183 passengers, round-trip only

October 12 - 9:30 a.m. departure, DTW to LWB
October 15 - 11:00 a.m. departure, LWB to DTW

 

Flight times subject to change


Itinerary and luggage tags will be mailed in late September. The Travel Package is offered from Detroit because there are no direct commercial flights available to Greenbrier Valley Airport, and flights to surrounding airports may be limited. Be sure to select the Travel Package when registering for the conference as seats will go quickly. You must select round-trip seats from either Flight A or B, and cannot combine them. Last year, Flight A sold out in two days.

If you did not make Travel Package reservations when you registered but need to do so now, please complete a change request form providing the following information:

  • Name of each passenger as it appears on government issued photo ID (driver's license or passport)
  • Date of birth for each passenger as it appears on government issued photo ID (driver's license or passport)
  • Mobile phone number
  • Flight (A or B) for which you are requesting seats

Other flight options:

  • Commercial flight service to Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) with 15-minute drive
  • Commercial flight service to Roanoke, Virginia (ROA) with 90-minute drive

Use the link below for information about transportation to/from the hotel for Commercial Flights Only
Transportation to/from hotel for commercial flights only (pdf)

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2018 Pricing


2018 Pricing



Early Registration (By August 10)

SAE Member ..................... $1,695
Non-Member
...................... $1,995

Late Registration (After August 10)

           SAE Member..................... $2,095
           Non-Member
..................... $2,395

 

To become an SAE Member or to renew your membership, please visit www.sae.org/membership or call SAE Customer Service at 1 (877) 606-7323.

Registration Caps

Note: There will be a cap on registrations per company based on sponsorship level.

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Travel Package

$850 per person, round-trip. Flights limited to GLC registrant and their spouse/guest only.


Note: GLC registration and/or Travel Package do not include lodging. Hotel reservations are billed independently by The Greenbrier.

To apply any portion of your registration and/or Travel Package to more than one credit card, please submit a change request stipulating the payment terms required.

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2017 Ride & Drive


Thursday - Saturday
12:30 - 5:30 P.M.
Off North Entrance

2017 Ride & Drive


Thursday - Saturday
12:30 - 5:30 P.M.
Off North Entrance

Drive the "Best of the Best" vehicles available on the market today from the world's leading automotive manufacturers - from sports cars and family cars to SUVs and CUVs.

This is a great way to network and drive some of the newest vehicles on the market. Last year's Ride & Drive time slots filled up quickly, so be sure to reserve a spot when you arrive. Registration will take place onsite at the Ride & Drive tents off the North Entrance.

Note: Gold and Silver sponsors are granted pre-registration as part of sponsorship.

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Off-Road Experience

This year's GLC attendees get an exclusive opportunity to tackle a challenging off-road course in one of three modified Jeeps outfitted with the company's robust driveline solutions. These powerful vehicles sport an array of Dana's proven axles and prop shafts, including its Ultimate Dana 60" axles and Ultimate Dana 44" axles, created to give drivers the off-roading experience they crave. Don't miss your chance to sign up for this thrilling Ride and Drive.



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NETWORKING ACTIVITIES

In addition to the conference program, attendees may take advantage of the many networking opportunities available at The Greenbrier, such as bowling, bunker tour, falconry, fishing, golf, horseback riding, mountain biking, spa, tennis, and trapshooting. Reservations for these activities may be made by calling The Greenbrier Reservation Center at (855) 346-7156 x 1. Be sure to mention that you are part of the GLC block, as time slots have been reserved for our group until Friday, September 1.

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2017 Dress Code


2017 Dress Code


Please note that in recent years some changes have been made to The Greenbrier dress code. As a result, we ask all GLC attendees and guests to please read the updated dress code thoroughly to avoid any oversights while onsite.

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2018 GLC Committees


2018 GLC Committees


Planning Committee

Jacqui Dedo (Chair)
Aware Mobility LLC

Judy Curran (Vice Chair)
Ford Motor Company

John Brennan
Saphran, Inc.

Gary Corbin
OpTech

Julie Fream
OESA

Karen Healy
KLH Communications

John Hoffecker
AlixPartners

Brad Holden
Holden Richardson LLC

Mark Johnson
General Motors

 

 

Jeff Klei
Continental Automotive

Stefan Kroenung
Autoliv - Nissin Brake Systems

Jeff Lux
FCA US LLC

Lyle Otremba
Cooper Standard

Chris Reed
Nissan North America

Sanjay Rishi
IBM

Marianne Schrode
Dassault Systèmes

Kevin Webber
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Scott Whetter
North American Stamping Group
 

Welcome Committee

Jim Nader (Chair)
Up2Go International

David Andrea
Plante Moran

Gary Corbin
OpTech

Jeff Jenkins
Plante Moran

John Truskowski
Qlik

Ride & Drive

John Jaloszynski
JTEKT North America
Corporation

Production Services

Scott Lesher
Corporate OPTICS

Sponsorship

Herb Everss (Chair)
Global EMERGENT, Inc.

Jim Nader
Up2Go International

David Selliman
CoreTechnologie

John Truskowski
Qlik

SAE Detroit Section

Reneeˊ Bovair
Executive Director

Julie Beattie
Roxanne Loeffler
Cheryl Mudd
Conference Services

Maria Spencer
Accounting