2024 CEO Leadership Retreat


Join the Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority for the 17th annual CEO Leadership Retreat on August 5-6 in the enchanting red rocks of Sedona, AZ.

This event offers a unique opportunity to step away from the daily grind, assess your achievements over the past year, and set new goals for the remainder of 2024 and beyond. Whether you hold the title of CEO, C-suite executive, president, business leader, or entrepreneur, this two-day retreat promises to connect you with fellow Arizona tech leaders, provide valuable insights from their journeys, and ignite the spark needed to position your organization for continued growth and prosperity.

EVENT AGENDA (subject to change)

SUNDAY, August 4

3:00 PM | Check-in at the Poco Diablo Resort

Attendees can take advantage of Group Room Rate at the Poco Diablo Resort. See room rate information below.

MONDAY, August 5 – CEO Leadership Retreat at the Poco Diablo Resort

8:00 AM | Breakfast/Networking/Registration

9:00 AM | Opening Remarks + Sponsor Remarks

9:30 AM | Keynote Presentation | TBA

10:45 AM | Mindfully Successful: Discover Effective Leadership Through the Integration of Brain, Body, and Breath Science
Margo Boster, MCC, Co-founder & Executive Coach, ImpaQ Solutions

Would you like to be mindfully successful rather than successfully exhausted? Drawing from decades of research on cutting-edge neuroscience, experience as a tech executive, and deep study of yoga and mindfulness practices, Margo will share how you can embrace—rather than battle—the functions of your brains and bodies and use your breath in a way that will move you through life with greater ease, authenticity, and, yes, success. During this session, we will explore breathing techniques to feel calm, energized, or patient; physical postures to feel centered, strong, and balanced; and brain exercises to reduce the impact of traumatic reactions (aka amygdala hijackings).

11:45 AM | Luncheon (Registered Attendees Only)

12:30 PM | Afternoon Keynote Presentation | Leadership in the Metaverse: Essential skills to lead with strategy + build community in our immersive, Web3 world
Carol A. Poore, Ph.D., MBA, President, Poore & Associates Strategic Planning

1:30 PM | A New Way To Look At Feedback
Joan (Joni) Hibdon, CPCC, PCC, Executive Coach, Consultant, Leadership Developer, Author, jdhInsights, LLC

People want feedback and they need it to grow. In this interactive session, you will have the opportunity to engage in the art of giving feedback. Joan will present several different elements and ways to look at feedback which you can then adopt into your own style of giving feedback. You’ll learn how to connect in a conscious, considerate way to really make a difference with the feedback you provide. And you’ll find new ways to overcome the challenge of giving feedback. Bottomline, from this session, you’ll learn how to create better relationships and ultimately, improved results in your organization.

2:20 PM | Afternoon Break/Refreshments

2:35 PM | Effective Ways to Counter Executive Isolation
Steven Weaver
, Certified Executive Coach & Vistage Chair, 3-Pillars Performance Group

Most CEOs suffer from executive isolation. The old saying, “It is lonely at the top” is all too true. In almost all cases, everyone we work with wants something from us. We need to make the best choices so we need to trust our instincts and rely on good advice. In this session, we will explore what executive isolation is, and, through an interactive process identify solutions that are working for executives like us.

3:15 PM | Presentation | High Road Leadership, Bringing People Together in a World that Divides
José A. Oliver
, CEO & Executive Coach, Awakening Minds, LLC

In our country, we have had figures that inspire us to become leaders that take the High-Road and make things happen for the benefit of many, and not only ourselves . At the same time, our current environment is more enticing to avoid such practices. Leadership success is a result of good skills combined with good values, and failure stems from either bad skills or bad values. High-Road leaders prioritize values and ethics, in contrast to low road leaders who devalue and manipulate people. We will learn several practices of high road leaders, including cultivating a bigger-picture thinking. During this session, the audience will be challenged to intentionally adopt high road leadership practices to positively impact their communities and culture.

3:55 PM | Premier Sponsor Presentation | TBA

4:10 PM | Closing Remarks

5:00 PM -7:30 PM | Dinner on own

7:30 PM | Dessert Welcome Reception and Star Gazing

  • Enjoy an array of desserts, drinks and a private star gazing experience on the Sunset Terrace at Poco Diablo Resort.

TUESDAY, August 6

Golf tournament at the Sedona Golf Resort, 35 Ridge Trail Dr, Sedona, AZ 86351

10:00 AM | Shotgun start at Sedona Golf Resort

2:30 PM | Golf Awards Luncheon

The conference has a room block for the nights of Sunday, August 4 and Monday, August 5. Room Block Name: Arizona Technology Council. The rate is $209 per night.

To Book Room online visit Poco Diablo Resort or Call: 928-203-5923.

PLEASE NOTE: Any retreat registration cancellation must be made by Friday, July 19 at 12 noon. Attendees are responsible for hotel bookings which are subject the hotel’s cancellation policy.

About the Poco Diablo Resort
Unwind in spacious accommodations that combine the comfort of home with the convenience of a full-service hotel. Plunge into the heated outdoor pool or relax in our whirlpool spa. Indulge at their full service spa with a massage, a facial and a mani-pedi. Refine your backhand on one of four tennis courts or grab a workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center. Read more…


Interested in sponsoring the 2024 CEO Leadership & Golf Retreat?
Contact [email protected] for information on the various sponsorship opportunities. 


1752 State Route 179
Sedona , AZ 86336


Poco Diablo Resort


August 5, 2024
August 6, 2024


Two Day Event


AZTC Member Conference | $425 Non AZTC Member Conference | $475 AZTC Member Conference & Golf | $575 Non AZTC Member Conference & Golf | $675 AZTC Member Golf Only | $175 Non AZTC Member Golf Only | $225 AZTC Member Golf Foursome | $775 Non AZTC Member Golf Foursome | $875