Get Ready To Mingle!

The Exchange is a great place to build your professional network! Check out all the social events GEAPS has planned for Exchange 2022. While we are all excited to get together in person again, our top priority is to keep our attendees feeling safe throughout the conference which includes the special events. 

Social Events During Exchange

When you come to GEAPS Exchange in Kansas City you’ll benefit from more than 45 hours of education, get a front row seat to innovation and be able network to your heart’s content—but there is still time to have a good time! 

Get Acquainted Party

Saturday, March 26, 2022
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Kansas City Convention Center - Hall B

Kick off your fun during the Get Acquainted Party!  Enjoy a reunion with GEAPS friends and colleagues. The casino-themed event will host blackjack, roulette, Texas hold ‘em and Plinko.  Don’t worry, you won’t lose real money; this is all for fun! Music will be provided by Glen Hofbauer. A former chairman of Kansas Grain and Feed Association, Hofbauer has been in the ag industry for 40 years. He has retired from the industry and is releasing music. Don’t stay out too late, we’re going to have fun the next morning.  

Admission includes two drink tickets and food. This event is included in the Full Registration option as well as an a la carte item. 

Fun Run/Walk

Sunday, March 27, 2022
6:00AM - 7:00AM
Marriott: Lobby

Start the morning and Exchange off on the right foot and head out for a refreshing 5k run or walk through a brisk spring morning in Kansas City.  

This event is free for all attendees. Group will start from the Marriott Lobby. Maps of route will be available on-site.

Shawn Ellis

Keynote Session

Sunday, March 27, 2022
8:00AM – 9:30AM
Location TBD

Keynote Speaker: Shawn Ellis, The Speakers Group

Beyond Resilience: Making a Shift from Surviving to Thriving

Do you feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with the accelerating pace of change in life and work? Are you exhausted from just trying to “survive” until this season of change has finally passed? If so, you’re not alone. Change is uncomfortable, and we don’t like what is uncomfortable. We like what is familiar. In this session, you will learn how to regain a sense of control — even when it seems like everything is out of control — and learn how to find peace, joy, and meaning in the midst of uncertainty and change. It’s all about shifting from the mindset of managing change to the mindset of creating change… and it all happens one moment at a time.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The science-backed principle of State Before Strategy — why it’s good to feel good!
  • Three choices you can make in any moment to shift into an empowered emotional state
  • How to find the confidence to “let go and trust” even in the midst of uncertainty
  • Why it’s important to “set your GPS”–or live from the future you desire–instead of trying to get to the future you desire
  • Three daily practices to cultivate resilience to rise above the challenges of the day

GEAPS Young Professionals

Sunday, March 27, 2022
4:30PM – 6:00PM
Convention Center: Expo Hall – GEAPS Booth #1926

Are you 40 or younger? Interested in networking with peers at the same place in their careers?

The Young Professionals Group, will meet at GEAPS Exchange in Kansas City. You’ll be able to meet with other young grain professionals, share your ideas and help build the group as a founding member!  Join the new private Facebook group. Search for “GEAPS Young Professionals” and a group admin will add you. This is a private group just for you!

This event is free for all attendees.

Welcome Reception

Sunday, March 27, 2022
4:30PM - 6:00PM
Convention Center: Expo Hall

Enjoy a networking event with drinks and snacks while you stroll through the Expo Hall. The Welcome Reception is a great opportunity to network and explore the hall as the first day of the Expo comes to a close. 

This event is free for all attendees.

Closing Session & Reception to Follow

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Closing Session: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Closing Reception: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Convention Center

Closing Session: An entertaining, inspirational, educational, and motivational program for people of all ages and all backgrounds. The program includes how they got started making videos, where all they’ve taken them, the power of communicating through social media, and the lessons they’ve learned in advocating for agriculture online. They will perform several of their parody music videos throughout the presentation and will be more than happy to stick around afterward for pictures, autographs, and conversations with attendees.

Closing Reception: Let’s say our farewells and close the conference together!  Enjoy delicious food and great conversation. The event will include a networking , hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Remember, don’t say goodbye, say “see you soon!

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