GRIT: Creating a Resilient Workforce

Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:00 pm
Le Meridien
2100 Spring Road
Oak Brook
United States

Growth, Resilience, Instinct, and Tenacity. Do you have GRIT? Does your team?

We welcome Paul Stoltz, named a top ten most influential global thinker and the world’s leading expert on resilience, to deliver a keynote address on implementing the GRIT mindset.

GRIT is teachable by equipping entrepreneurs and business leaders with the tools they need to exceed their personal and professional goals. At this program, you’ll learn:

  • How to face challenges with GRIT
  • How to implement and maintain the GRIT mindset
  • The Adversity Quotient: What it is and how to improve it

Prior to Paul’s keynote, we're excited to welcome Marty Ozinga, a fourth-generation leader and the current President of Ozinga Concrete to share his story of working with six brothers in the family business. Ozinga celebrates their 90th Anniversary this year, and it certainly takes GRIT to grow from a small coal yard to a premier material supplier that succeeds through four generations.

At dinner, we will celebrate CFBC President Sean Hoffman’s tenure on the Executive Committee from 2014 to 2018. Join us as we present Sean with the CFBC Leadership Award!


Image result for paul stoltzAbout Paul Stoltz
Dr. Paul G Stoltz is the world's leading expert and consultant on resilience and creator of The Adversity Quotient (AQ). Today, GRIT and AQ are the most widely adopted methods of their kind in the world for measurably enhancing one’s resilience and agility—currently in use by industry-leading companies, top institutions, and many governments in 63 countries across the globe.  Dr. Stoltz founded PEAK Learning, a leading global research and consulting firm through which he coaches, consults, teaches, and collaborates with top leaders, thinkers, and influencers from start-ups and NGO’s to the Fortune 50. As a highly sought-after thought leader, presenter, and teacher, Dr. Stoltz combines inspiration and humor with application and substance, delivering a compelling and practical message to his audiences.


Marty OzingaAbout Marty Ozinga
Marty Ozinga IV is President of Ozinga, a fourth-generation, family-owned construction materials supplier founded by his great grandfather in Evergreen Park in 1928. Marty started at Ozinga in 1997 as a dispatcher and worked his way up as a yard manager, Vice President and Executive Vice President before taking over the reins from his father in 2012. Under his leadership, Marty has continued to grow the business, guiding it through the Great Recession and expanding its national footprint with more than 1,500 employees and operations in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida. Marty earned a BA in economics and business from Westmont College and an MS in communications from Northwestern University. He has served on boards for numerous not-for-profit organizations, including serving as President of the Board of Daystar School. Marty and his wife, Amy, reside in the Little Italy neighborhood with their six children.

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