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Gather. Learn. Transform. ZingPosium is an in-person, two-day, one-of-a-kind event weaving together keynote speakers, Zingerman's wisdom, and training exercises. Content is uniquely curated each year to challenge and inspire forward-thinking leaders and lovers of learning. This June, we bring together a dynamite group of speakers who have mindfully transformed struggle into growth, who are working in that wild, tender space between trauma and transformation. In our current world of stress layered with uncertainty and topped with confusion, they are paving a much-welcome path: one where we can reframe challenges into growth and positive change.

Key Takeaways

What You Get

  • Explore how challenges may help us grow forward with techniques to move you into action
  • Ways to impact your organizational leadership and culture through learning and experimentation
  • Inspiring new ways to consider more perspectives and lead with more intention
  • Connect with other leaders and form a network of peers to learn with and call upon for help
  • An out-of-this-world Zingerman's Experience including delicious, shared meals from across our community of businesses, and official ZingPosium swag.

Our Schedule

All times are in EDT

Wednesday, June 22

4:00 PM

Welcome reception at Miss Kim (optional)

Thursday, June 23 (at ZingTrain)

8:30 AM


9:00 AM

Welcome, Intros, Agenda

9:30 AM

Keynote Session: Let Them Lead with John U Bacon

10:45 AM

Keynote Session: Post-traumatic Growth: A Transformative Personal and System Response to Trauma with Dr. Richard Tedeschi

12:20 PM


1:15 PM


1:55 PM

Keynote Session: Growing Forward with CommUNITY Building with Huda Essa

3:05 PM

Keynote Session: Embracing Crisis with Amy Emberling

3:50 PM


4:30 PM


6:00 PM

Dinner at Zingerman's Roadhouse

Friday, June 24 (at ZingTrain)

8:30 AM


9:00 AM

Welcome Back

9:30 AM

Exercise: Visioning

10:45 AM

Keynote Session: The Resilience of a Healthy Organizational Ecosystem with Ari Weinzweig

11:45 AM


12:30 PM


1:30 PM


“This seminar gave me lots of insight, encouragement and confidence to be a better manager.” – Steve, ZingPosium Participant

featured speakers

The Lineup

Portrait of John U Bacon

John U Bacon

Writer, Public Speaker, College Instructor

Let Them Lead

Based on Bacon’s experience leading the Ann Arbor Huron hockey team from the school’s worst to best in three years (despite being the worst player in school history – and he can prove that!), all captured in his book, Let Them Lead: Unexpected Lessons in Leadership from America’s Worst High School Hockey Team. This is a fun presentation, and surprisingly moving, full of practical lessons that leaders of all kinds can use the next day, and deeper philosophies they can employ for the rest of their careers to motivate their teams to work harder, work together, and take responsibility for their own success.

Portrait of Dr. Richard Tedeschi

Dr. Richard Tedeschi

Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Posttraumatic Growth: A Transformative Personal and System Response to Trauma

Dr. Tedeschi and his colleague, Lawrence Calhoun, defined the concept of posttraumatic growth (PTG) in their research at UNC Charlotte, showing how traumatic events can be catalysts for positive change. In this presentation, Dr. Tedeschi will describe how individuals and groups can respond to trauma in transformative ways. He will discuss the various versions of PTG and the process by which it occurs. Participants will be introduced to ways they can facilitate this process in those they encounter in their personal lives and organizations.

Portrait of Huda Essa

Huda Essa

Founder, Culture Links

Growing Forward with CommUNITY Building

This meaningful and timely learning opportunity is designed to sharpen your ever-important professional skills of empathy and productive communications. Leave with an increased capacity to utilize diversity as an invaluable asset that benefits you, your organization, and all others.

Portrait of Amy Emberling Managing Partner Zingerman's Bakehouse style

Amy Emberling

Managing Partner, Zingerman's Bakehouse

Embracing Crisis

Managing periods of significant change and uncertainty can be both terrifying and empowering. Amy Emberling, Managing Partner of Zingerman’s Bakehouse, will reflect on leading through crisis—staying true to your organization’s guiding principles and mission while finding ways to develop flexibility and tolerance for uncertainty. Using examples from the last two years at Zingerman's Bakery she will share everyday approaches that helped them engage energetically and enthusiastically with an existential crisis. How do we get our colleagues, and ourselves, to embrace the opportunities presented by crisis?

Ari Weinzweig

Founding Partner and CEO, Zingerman's

The Resilience of a Healthy Organizational Ecosystem

While the world focuses on big headlines and dramatic confrontations, servant leaders continue on, quietly but meaningfully, tending to their organization’s culture. In this talk, Zingerman’s co-founder Ari Weinzweig shares his multi-year inquiry into how the idea of looking at organizations as ecosystems elevates organizational effectiveness, enhances leadership, and enriches quality of life. Like the garden’s rich soil helps plants to grow, an organization’s rich culture will allow its people to grow and flourish within it.

“The aim is to create systems that are ecologically-sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute, and are therefore sustainable in the long term.” - Bill Mollison

When we do it well, wonderful things will happen.



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