“Becoming an intentional leader is not unlike playing on the monkey bars. It requires you to let go of that rung behind you—that rung that defined who you are today but that can hold you back from who you are meant to be if you let it—and reach forward to the new rung—which represents the opportunity to be a leader.”

– Tim Hebert, Carousel Chief Client Officer

Some may view leadership as the title on a business card, when in reality, leadership is a mindset, a set of beliefs and a choice. The annual AlwaysOn Leadership Symposium was created with this notion in mind.

The one-day event, first held in 2010, is designed to encourage attendees to challenge and evolve their beliefs about modern-day leadership. Through a series of keynote presentations, breakouts and experiential learning exercises, the leadership symposium equips participants with the methodologies and frameworks to make change and impact within their personal and professional worlds.

This year’s event took place Thursday, May 18 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Three Reasons to Attend

  1. You Will Leave Thinking Differently. The symposium — from start to finish — is designed to encourage attendees to change and advance the way they think about things that exist today. You will leave with newfound perspective about the impact you can make in your life both personally and professionally. Plus you will hear from amazing industry luminaries doing extraordinary things.
  2. An ‘Aha’ Moment is in Reach. You’ll walk away with an understanding of what you personally can do to lead and influence change—your “aha” moment. There is a high level of inspiration and aspiration that is created at the symposium, and attendees leave knowing they can affect change immediately.
  3. This is Not a Tech Event. There will be no discussion of bits and bytes or products and specs at this event. Everyone—from IT directors to marketers to operation specialists—is welcome! Instead, we will explore principles and methodologies that can fuel positive transformation.

Who Should Attend?

The AlwaysOn Leadership Symposium is geared towards any individual interested in uncovering his or her leadership potential. The show typically attracts more than 700 professionals spanning a number of verticals, roles and company sizes including:

  • CEOs
  • COOs
  • CSOs
  • CIOs
  • CTOs
  • VPs of Marketing
  • VPs of Sales
  • VPs of Operations
  • IT Directors
  • Team Directors and Managers


“A great way to reenergize your thinking and find key points to take back to our business to drive positive change. Excellent speakers and presentation.”

– Leeza Mathews, Manager MIS, MTF

“I came to the event not knowing what to expect. I left with both inspiration and practical ideas to take back to my team and organization. The tools would be useful not just in work, but in my personal life too.”

– Adam Greenman, Executive VP, Community Investment, United Way of RI

“Truly a changing experience. Learned new ways to lead and implement change. All speakers were nothing less than excellent and I will be going back to my notes for a long time. Thank you for the opportunity to change myself.”

– Ana Novais, Executive Director, RIDOH

“[The event] spoke directly to my business and the changes we are facing to redefine its future. Inspiration and goals, simple straight forward. Don’t overwhelm, plan, engage the entire family.”

– Dona Vincent, President, Tedco Inc.

“A well-coordinated event where the speakers were informative and on-point. I loved how focused the event was with each speaker able to build on the prior one, even though they were from different companies. It made me feel as if they were speaking universal truths with every actionable advice.”

– Maureen O’Gorman, Consultant, Registration Technologies


Explore the Ocean State

Whether you’re a Providence native or a fresh face to the Ocean State, it’s hard to deny the magic of Rhode Island. As such, the AlwaysOn Leadership Symposium is staying home in the heart of Providence, taking place at the Rhode Island Convention Center located in the center of downtown.

With the downtown area a stone’s throw away from the convention center—via a sky-bridge—the leadership symposium affords participants the chance to explore the greater community, including the Omni Hotel, the Providence Place Mall and nearby Thayer Street. Carousel has reserved the top floor and Rotunda Room for the AlwaysOn Leadership Symposium, a space known for its open-floor-plan and wide views of downtown Providence.

Why Providence?

Since our inception Carousel has remained committed to creating lasting impact—with regards to the people and communities it touches. What better place than Providence, a short drive from our Warwick office, to fuel such positive change?

“Our state and city of Providence certainly have unique appeal,” suggests our Chief Client Officer Tim Hebert. “Access to the many of best hotels and restaurants, and the activities within the city are abundant. I know our clients, partners, and employees will thoroughly enjoy the day and the venue we have chosen.”

With so much to see and do, Providence offers no shortage of entertainment. When you come to AlwaysOn, be sure to engage beyond the day itself! In fact, we hope you’ll spend quite a bit of time experiencing what we love about our good ole’ Ocean State.


The one-day thought leadership event attracts leaders from near and far. From the IT director who hops in his car for a quick 10-minute drive down I-95 to the CIO who catches the next flight out of California. Downtown Providence has a large number of accommodating hotels so visitors will surely be able to find what suits them best. We’ve suggested a few places for you to stay, but you can also see the Visit Rhode Island website for more suggestions.

About Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s creative, visionary and diverse character makes it a place where great ideas are formed, entrepreneurial energy is strong and some of the world’s leading companies call home. Perfectly poised between New York and Boston, we’re the right solution for businesses seeking to develop and expand in the Northeast. The global industries and world-class organizations already headquartered here enjoy a vast array of specialized resources conveniently tucked into a compact region. Meanwhile, Rhode Island’s spirited entrepreneurial community is expanding. Start-ups are flourishing across the state. The energy they generate is attracting like-minded pioneers, eager to feed off the success of so many innovative products and services.

Built on Independence

Thousands of bright minds are drawn to our world-class colleges and universities which are turning out some of the nation’s top talent. Rhode Island also offers a vibrant arts and culture scene, some 400 miles of picture-perfect shoreline, more than 100 beaches and some of the best restaurants in the world. Rhode Island’s economic diversity, rich history, natural beauty and cultural appeal are the foundations of a state rooted in innovation, built on independence and geared for growth.

Here’s a list of links that will help you learn more about what makes Rhode Island a great place to do business and visit.

We hope you have a great stay with us here in Providence, RI.  The entire Carousel team is at your service should you have any questions at all.


7:30am-9 am
Registration, Breakfast & Networking

9-9:15 am
Chris Kardos, Carousel Industries’ Event Emcee

9:15-9:25 am
Welcome, Jeff Gardner, Carousel Industries CEO, & Jim Marsh, Carousel Industries CRO

Keynote: Tim Hebert, Carousel Industries Chief Client Officer

10-11 am
Keynote: Daniel Rodriguez, Soldier, Promise Keeper, St. Louis Rams Wide Receiver

11-11:20 am
Break/Partner Marketplace Open

11:30 am-12 pm
Keynote: Trent Theroux, Spinal Cord Injury Survivor

12-1 pm
Lunch/Networking/Partner Marketplace Open

1-3 pm
Breakouts/Roundtables/Partner Marketplace Open:

Breakouts: 1-1:45 pm & repeat 2:15-3 pm – space is limited, arrive early!

  • Learning and Applying Strengths Finder
  • 3 Reasons You May Lose Top Talent

Roundtables: 1-1:30 pm, 1:45-2:15 pm, & 2:30-3 pm – space is limited, arrive early!

  • Leading Change as an IT Leader
  • Navigating Your Career Inflection Point
  • Developing Your Personal Brand

3:15-4 pm
Capstone, Tim Hebert, Carousel Industries Chief Client Officer

4-6:30 pm
Cocktails/Networking/Partner Marketplace Open


Why Attend?

Through TED-like talks and peer networking opportunities, the AlwaysOn event helps attendees realize the “aha” moments that lead to positive transformation and lasting change for themselves and their organizations.

Register Now:

Due to overwhelming demand, registrants are limited to five attendees per company. Thank you.