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Executives are busy people – we know this from experience. The Executive Strategy Symposium is a chance for busy leaders to catch up and download the best in thought leadership in strategy, risk, and resilience education! We specifically designed this conference to address the full scope of issues managed by those at the top every day. Spend three days with us and you will walk away with new insight from our facilitators, speakers, and your colleagues. Learn what it takes to achieve Agile Focused Excellence!

Who Should Attend?

Senior Management & C- Suite Executives

Mid-Management Leaders

State & Local Government Administrators

Executive Directors & Tribal Administrators

Business Owners

Attorneys, CPAs, & Consultants

Challenges We Help Overcome

  • Know whether your strategy is designed to be sustainable or if you are playing a short-term game.

  • Connect with, lead, and manage your millennial workforce

  • Get your team off “stuck” and moving into productive, action-oriented cycles

  • Identify strategic blind spots and hidden risk within your strategy and execution plans 

  • Increase your personal leadership effectiveness and impact

  • Learn how and when to course-correct with crisis messaging

  • Discover strategies for building the right team at the top

  • Improve the implementation of your strategic plan

  • Learn to combat cyber-security threats

  • Reduce the bottom-line cost of conflict in your organization

  • Bring values to the desk and drive ethical decision-making and morale throughout your organization

Program Value

  • Catch up on the latest thought leadership topics

  • Discovery new ways to improve organizational performance excellence

  • Create synergy and improve information flow

  • Network and connect with your colleagues

  • Save time and expense with high-quality leadership training right here in Alaska!

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About Alaska Strategy Week

Agile Focused Excellence....what it takes to be successful in business today. Expand your thinking as our experts explore the hottest trending thought-leadership today. We will take you from concept to action on topics of strategy design, leader impact, crisis messaging, cyber-security and more!

Spend three days absorbing the best in thought leadership on organizational success and hear from experts both here and abroad who have taken concept and theory and actually put it to work in the real world! We will give you a fast-paced download that carves out the fluff and gets right to the heart of what you need to know to make real impact in your organization.

You will not want to miss this opportunity to recharge your batteries, tune-up your strategy, and network with colleagues! Invest in yourself, your team and your company!


Alaska Strategy Week is the realization of a vision long held by Erin Sedor, Founder & CEO of Black Fox Strategy.

“As a former C-suite executive, I was often vexed at the lack of high-quality educational opportunities in Alaska for executives and professionals in the field of risk and strategy. So much of what I do with my clients today is educational – helping smart people work even smarter with better tools, processes and approaches to strategy, risk, and resilience. It was time to create a platform for thought leadership to flourish right here in our backyard.”

You will not want to miss this opportunity to recharge your batteries, gear up for strategy season, and network with colleagues!

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Presents the:
Executive Strategy Symposium
June 16-18, 2020

The Speakers



We’re very excited to be hearing from many incredible folks at the 2020 Alaska Strategy Week!

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Erin Sedor

Founder of Alaska Strategy Week & Keynote Speaker


Black Fox Strategy, LLC

Redefining Strategy, Risk, & Resilience in the C-Suite & Boardroom

Erin Sedor is a risk and strategy expert supporting clients in a variety of industries in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors. She is the architect of the Essential Strategy approach and is the developer and principle instructor for the Essential Strategy Bootcamp. Erin has long been a thought leader in the area of integrated strategy, risk, and resilience systems, having more than 26 years of experience as a risk professional, C-suite officer, non-profit board chair, and now executive consultant and advisor.

Fueled by the need to create hybrid programs to better identify and mitigate strategic risk and improve goal execution during her corporate career, Erin developed a uniquely effective Essential Strategy approach that lays the foundation for more meaningful strategy design and execution, creating greater risk visibility and improving operational efficiency without reinventing the process.


Erin holds an MBA in Operational Risk, as well as bachelor’s degrees in both Finance and Organizational Development. She is a RIMS Fellow and international instructor for the RIMS organization and regularly writes and presents at conferences on the topics of strategy, risk, and resilience.


Jen Jarvis

Jen Jarvis Associates

Jen is a driven facilitator with the unique ability to unify diverse groups of people and create high functioning teams. Her talent for identifying and understanding challenges that organizations face when implementing strategy in the workplace improves meaningful employee engagement. This leads to a higher level of production, employee retention, and strategy execution.

​She does this by teaching organizations to “Be at Cause.” Staff and organizations often feel in the world of cause vs. effect they are victims of the latter. Shifting the paradigm in organizations empowers leaders and their direct reports to seek opportunities to move their work forward. One client stated, “I was looking to stop the infighting amongst team leaders in our organization, by the time we were finished the fighting had stopped and they actually became united in driving a project forward.” Jen has supported the complexities of engaging/aligning staff in the execution of strategy in government, healthcare, tribal, for-profit, and nonprofit.

​Jen hails from Michigan where she graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Math Education. Her current work is a continuation of her teaching and leaves organizations with sustainable competencies. She has teamed with Black Fox Strategy for the Essential Strategy Bootcamp to present best practices for goal execution and plan implementation.


Dr. Christine West

The Business MD

Psychological Strategist, Visionary Entrepreneur, Influential Speaker & Writer

Christine West’s philosophy is no matter what you are striving for in life it needs to create value for yourself and for the people around you. As a Business Psychologist, Leadership Impact Expert, and Strategic Solutionist, Christine’s outcomes for her clients simplify human complexities, advance humans and inspire growth with her executive and performance coaching, leadership development and strategic solutions.  Christine’s expertise is in Human Behavior Patterns, Emotional Intelligence, Psychological Safety and Abuse, Communication, and Leadership.


Christine West is academically educated in business, technology, and in clinical, transpersonal, energy and business psychology and from the school of life. Christine’s experience started in corporate as a sales engineer and a managerial consultant in Chicago. The Business MD was founded in 2004 by Christine to create healthier workplaces and more effective leaders. Across the North America, in Europe and Asia she has coached, consulted and worked with professionals and emerging businesses of all sizes and industries to include solopreneurs, Fortune 100, Health and Wellness, Construction, Engineering, Hospitality, Tourism, IT, Telecommunications, Real Estate, Banking, Government, Transportation, and Legal as an expert witness. 


Christine currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska where she uses her secret weapon expertise to assess individual and group emotional intelligence and behavior to create a big impact in leadership, sales and to champion a strong workplace culture. Christine is very personable, extremely intuitive, openminded and spiritual.  She loves to play outside, travel, and her German Shepherd Zenzi.  Christine loves to surround herself with forward thinkers, action takers, vibrancy and authentic rebels and misfits who have an out of the box cause.


Christian Muntean

Vantage Consulting

Author of Conflict and Leadership: How to Harness the Power of Conflict to Create Better Leaders and Build Thriving Teams

Christian works with successful leaders to help them rapidly grow the value and impact of their organizations. His interest in leadership took shape while working in international disaster relief in places like Kosovo, Southern Sudan, and Indonesia. Regardless of how well or poorly a project was funded or designed, success was ultimately determined by the quality of leadership and dynamics of the team.

As a leadership coach and strategy consultant, Christian is recognized for how quickly he helps clients move towards their goals. Clients who work with Christian note his frank, objective approach to solving problems and addressing opportunities. He has become renowned for helping his clients successfully grow or navigate change with practical and easy to implement strategies.

Christian is called on by Fortune 500 companies, governments, and leaders in the entrepreneurial and non-profit community when they want to develop their personal leadership, help create high-functioning teams, or prepare for growth or change.

Christian is the author of Conflict and Leadership. His is next book, First Year CEO, is due to be published in late 2019. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com.

Christian is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor. He is an Advanced Stakeholder Centered Coach and has taught leadership, mediation, and negotiation skills in numerous countries. He has an MA in Organizational Leadership and a BA in Sociology.


Jonathan Taylor

Yuit Comms

Jonathon Taylor was born and raised in Anchorage and works currently as an Account Manager for Yuit Communications, a full-service PR and marketing firm.

Jonathan is a proud University of Alaska Anchorage graduate! During his time at UAA, he served terms as Club Council Chair, Speaker of the USUAA Assembly, and Student Body President while working full-time. He also traveled nationally and internationally as a member of the world-class Seawolf Debate Team, concluding the 2015 calendar year with his debate partner ranked #33 in the world.

Jonathon worked in Alaska's tourism industry before spending two-and-a-half years as Deputy Press Secretary and Communications Strategist for Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Communications Director for the Alaska Department of Public Safety. He joined Yuit in the spring of 2019 and manages a diverse array of client accounts.

Jonathan holds a B.A. in Political Science with Minors in Journalism, Communication, and Economics.


Crystal Nygard

Right Fit International

Strengthening American companies by helping clients locate and place outstanding executive candidates.

Crystal Nygard, Principle Owner and Managing Director for Right Fit International, has over 25 years of experience strategically growing companies and increasing their bandwidth in an evolving, competitive marketplace. Crystal specializes in executive recruiting and business strategy services. She offers companies who have an ambitious growth plan, new leadership, or mergers and acquisitions focus deep expertise in the integration and recruitment of impact players.

Crystal has over 20 years of experience as a business owner, working with construction, environmental, finance, and automation industries across the globe. She owned one of the very few 8(a) certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) companies in Alaska that brought innovation and efficient operation prevention savings to government contracting. Her government contracting and regulatory compliance knowledge and experience have provided clients with first-hand guidance on what it takes to survive in a competitive economy.

Crystal holds a bachelor’s degree in Business/Corporate Communications.


Pastor Daniel Bracken

Kings Chapel

Ask Daniel Bracken about what it means to pastor a church today and you'll get a wide grin crackling with energy and passionate conversation about how personal his faith and love for human potential will make every facet of career, family, and life stand for something more. Mix that with 20+ years in the ministry and a fervent pursuit to cross boundaries for the sake of his beliefs and personal convictions, as well as his deep love for people, and you'll know why Daniel along with his wife Karen pastor one of the fastest growing churches in Wasilla, Alaska. Pastor Daniel is part of a branch of the world-renowned, mega-church planting organization King’s Cathedral and Chapels of Maui, HI. He has been on staff since 1998.

During his years of ministry, Daniel has pastored several churches on the islands of Maui, Molokai, and Kauai. For the past 12 years, he has pastored at King’s Chapel in Wasilla, Alaska and oversees three other churches located in Eagle River, King Salmon as well as the Primrose Retirement Community in Wasilla. Pastor Bracken also serves as Associate Pastor of King’s Cathedral World-Wide (KCWW), a network of 230 churches located across the globe, providing leadership and vision to this ever-growing movement.


Pastor Bracken is a highly respected and a sought-after keynote speaker for conferences around the country. He is an authentic and dynamic communicator, bringing encouragement and hope through timeless truth and humor. His insights challenge and equip people to be not only courageous and committed, but to grow strong in faith. Pastor Bracken inspires people to be the best they can be, thus transforming families, businesses, and communities. He and his wife Karen along with his two children Daniel Jr. (16) and Hannah (20) currently live in Wasilla.


Jennifer Christensen

Beacon Media + Marketing

Jenn is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Beacon Media + Marketing and an award-winning sales and marketing professional who loves to share her 20+ years of expertise.

With a Master’s Certificate in Online Marketing and Social Media from the University of San Francisco, Jenn was the first Alaskan to be Inbound Marketing Certified and was elected Marketer of the Year by the Alaska Chapter of the American Marketing Association in 2016. Her specialties include inbound, social media, marketing strategy, and more.

Jenn’s work in inbound has led her to speak at local and national conferences for a wide variety of industries including Alaska Inbound Marketing Summit (AIMS), the Anchorage Home Builders Association, the Alaska Peony Conference, the Rural Health Conference, the Rural Small Business Conference, and the national AABC Birth Institute. She has taught classes on topics like Facebook advertising and strategic marketing through Beacon Digital University for over five years. Jennifer is a contributing author of the book Digital Marketing Roadmap. Through her volunteer work with the Alaska Prison Fellowship, she has spoken at churches across Alaska.

Jenn’s speaking style is centered around storytelling and is highly interactive! She likes to provide specific, relevant examples to her audience instead of a 10,000-foot view. Jenn has a knack for explaining complex, technical concepts in a way that people can understand and act on.


Charles Fedullo

Senior Vice President at Strategies 360

Charles likes being in the middle of the fray, telling a story.
He has more than two decades of media and public policy communications experience.

He has worked in academia as a journalism professor, media as a television reporter and news director as well as in politics as an aide to two Alaska governors. This experience gives him a unique understanding of what messaging and marketing works and what doesn’t from the Beltway to Barrow.

Charles enjoys reading as well as cooking, fishing and hiking with his family. He lives in Anchorage with his wife Shannon and their three children. He has a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and a master’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Thomas Showalter

CCP, SHRM-SCP HR Services Director Alera HR

Thomas’s passion is helping businesses to hire, retain, and engage high-performing workforces. After a rewarding career leading HR for several large companies, that passion led Thomas to found Alera ConnectHR, where he and his team of HR professionals bring their passion and expertise to Alera’s clients across the U.S. In addition to managing Alera ConnectHR, Thomas provides clients employment strategy, engagement, compensation, and performance management services. Thomas holds Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and SHRM-SCP designations, and a BA in Economics from the University of Oregon. Throughout his career, Thomas has been an active member in his community and profession, taking on leadership roles in SHRM, non-profit boards, and business-led efforts to address high healthcare costs. His industry experience includes engineering, construction, telecommunications, oil field services, technology, security, retail, consulting, non-profits, tribal organizations, and government contracting.


Michael Messick

President, Deep Forest Security Consulting

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Computer science in 1997, Mike started his professional career at the state’s largest ISP, Internet Alaska, where he developed cutting-edge investigative techniques for ISPs and law enforcement that pushed the limits of technology while remaining within the confines of established case-law and legal constraints. During his time at Internet Alaska, Mike assisted law enforcement and private entities with online investigations of all types ranging from stalking and white-collar crimes to drug trafficking and murder. 


In 1999, Mike moved to ConocoPhillips where he served as a Global Vulnerability Management Specialist.  In this role, Mike was part of a 7-person global team that developed policies & cyber-security awareness campaigns, provided risk management consultation, and performed vulnerability assessments and computer-intrusion incident response in a multi-national environment having over 5,000 servers, 38,000 desktops, and 50,000 employees.


For almost 15 years, Deep Forest Security has been providing cyber-incident response, information security risk management, and digital forensics for select clients requiring high levels of information assurance.  More recently, we started offering managed security monitoring and threat hunting solutions that dramatically reduce risk of unauthorized activity and intrusion. Deep Forest Security is also involved in the cyber counter-intelligence community as part of efforts to protect national critical infrastructure and multinational, US-based businesses against advanced cyber-threats.

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Presents the:
Executive Strategy Symposium
June 16-18, 2020

3 Days 11 Speakers & 12 Sessions!

Want to know exactly what we’ll be doing at Alaska Strategy Week? Here’s our full agenda! Peruse the topics that interest you below and decide whether you would like to join us for just one day or the full symposium experience.


June 16-18, 2020

Tuesday June 16, 2020

Essential Strategy Agile Framework with Erin Sedor

A model that integrates strategy, risk & resilience to drive performance excellence!

Millennial Leadership: Leveraging a New Kind of Talent with Jonathan Taylor

Learn how to connect & grow with your millennial workforce!

Inspiration to Action: Creating Momentum in Your Organization with Jen Jarvis

Get your team off "stuck" and moving into productive action!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Strategic Marketing Blueprint for the Digital Age with Jennifer Christensen

Jenn shares 3 core elements to drive your marketing plan today!


Emotionally Effective Leader: Measuring Your Impact with Dr. Christine West

Understand your behavior and its impact on your team and others!

Managing Through Crisis with Your Values Intact with Charles Fedullo

Learn how to course-correct crisis messaging to protect your reputation!

Who's Your Rockstar? It May Not Be Who You Think! with Crystal Nygard

A better strategy for getting the right people at the table!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

When Aliens Attack! with Michael Messick

How to survive a ransomware attack, or any cyber-intrusion!

It’s About the People, Stupid with Thomas Showalter

People are at the very heart of organizational strategy, risk and resilience!

Conflict & Leadership: Creating Healthy Workplaces with Christian Muntean

Address conflict in the workplace - one of the largest, preventable costs in business!

Crazy Fearless Ethical Leadership with Pastor Daniel Bracken

A humorous and thought-provoking look at ethics in the modern workplace!





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  • One additional 3-Day Conference Pass (2 total) with reserved seating

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Ptarmigan Plus:

  • Two additional 3-Day Conference Passes (4 total) with reserved seating

  • Premium, full-page Sponsor Highlight in Conference Binder

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