• ATD Lincoln Mini Conference: Engaging Our Workforce with the Power of Purpose

ATD Lincoln Mini Conference: Engaging Our Workforce with the Power of Purpose

  • Thu, November 02, 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wilderness Ridge Golf Course and Restaurant





     Engaging Our Workforce
with the Power of Purpose

with Special Key Note John Chapo

Learn how local businesses, including Kidwell and Lincoln Industries, embrace community give-back to increase employee engagement, retention, and foster a positive and meaningful corporate culture

Connect with non-profit organizations that can help your business get involved in our community and foster the "power of purpose" in your organization


Thursday, November 2, 2017



11:30 am - 6:00 pm



Wilderness Ridge Golf Course and Restaurant

1800 Wilderness Woods Place

Lincoln, NE


 Event Agenda:

  • 11:30 – 12:00 noon Event Registration and Check In
  • 12:00 noon – 12:45 p.m. Luncheon (Reservations required)
  • 12:45 – 1:00 Opening Welcome by ATD and Break.
  • 2:00 pm - 2:30 p.m. Break with Refreshments - connect with non-profits.
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – “Engaging Our Workforce with the Power of Purpose.” Kidwell, Lincoln Industries and TBD speak on behalf of how and why they have incorporated community give back into their corporate culture.
  • 3:45 pm – 4:00 p.m. Break
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Keynote Speaker John Chapo
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 p.m. – Happy Hour and Networking


Southeast Community College

About John Chapo

John Chapo has been involved in zoo work for 44 years, ever since he began as a teenvolunteer at age 15 in his hometown zoo in South Bend, Indiana. John began his career as a volunteer zookeeper, moved into concessions and gifts, became a zookeeper while attending Indiana University and later became a lead zookeeper, educator and assistant director. He became one of the countries youngest zoo directors in 1984 at the age of 27.

John headed to Nebraska in 1986 to serve as the director and has enjoyed over 30 years of serving as the President/CEO of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

John has an associate degree in business administration from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Science in Public and Environmental affairs also from Indiana University and he attended the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust summer school and received a certificate.

John currently serves as a Nebraska Tourism Commissioner. He is also very involved with the American Zoo & Aquarium Association, where he is Chair of the Membership Committee. John has and continues to serve on numerous professional and community organizations boards, tasks forces and committees, several in a leadership capacity.


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